Buccal Flap Surgery
The palate, or roof of the mouth, is critically important to breastfeeding and later for eating and speaking. To restore a cleft palate to normal, healthy function, our children's plastic surgery team designed the Buccal flap approach. In this procedure, we rebuild the palate by adding tissue from the inside of the cheek, like a flap of skin. It allows us to completely form the new palate to each child's structure.
This surgery to repair a cleft palate is usually done around age one. We're delighted that this approach has shown exciting results in the ability to eat and speak clearly for so many of the kids we serve.