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Surgical Mini-Lectures and Clinics

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
11:30AM - 1:30PM


(C) 201C


Cleft Lip and Palate: Comprehensive Reconstruction from Infancy Through Adolescence

Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD
Program Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Ramon L Ruiz, DMD, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Orlando , FL


Surgeons caring for children with cleft lip and palate deformities must proceed with a firm cognitive understanding of three-dimensional regional anatomy, the extent of the hard and soft tissue defects, and the complex interplay between surgery and subsequent growth. This allows the clinician to appropriately formulate and sequence the staged surgical treatment of patients with cleft lip and palate deformities from the initial consultation in infancy through adulthood. Thoughtful, interdisciplinary planning of the reconstruction saves the patient family unnecessary therapies and operative procedures. As such, appropriate planning avoids needlessly burdening the patient and/or health care system with inefficacious or unproven modalities. This clinic will provide a comprehensive review of the treatment rationale, diagnostic approach, and operative techniques involved in the staged management of facial clefts.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the staged approach to treatment of clefts from infancy through adulthood
  2. Describe the surgical procedures commonly used to reconstruct deformities associated with clefts

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