Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment Before and After
At AdventHealth for Children, we’re here to help your child find their smile. A diagnosis of cleft lip or cleft palate can be surprising and overwhelming, but we’ve successfully cared for thousands of kids with lip- and palate-related conditions. You can trust our expert craniofacial surgeons and specialists to create the best plan for your baby. When you look at these beautiful faces, you’ll know you’re in good hands.
Meet Henry: Henry was born with a unilateral incomplete right cleft lip. His cleft lip was definitively repaired using a one-stage approach when he was 4.5 months old. He has done incredibly well with the surgery and recovery and continues to thrive.
“Dr. Sawh-Martinez and his team truly are amazing, and I would recommend them to anyone who asks. The team took such great care of our son, and the results are immaculate. Most people have no idea he was born with a cleft lip.” - Arielle, Henry’s mom
Meet Romeo: Romeo was born with a unilateral complete left cleft lip and palate. He had his cleft lip repaired using a delicate, two-stage approach. His cleft lip adhesion surgery was completed when he was 10 weeks old, and his cleft lip definitive repair was completed when he was almost 6 months old. Romeo then underwent his cleft palate repair right after his first birthday. Romeo has done extremely well throughout the journey and is one of our little rock stars.
“The team was amazing and explained everything to us from day one. The team has been a blessing to us. Dr. Sawh-Martinez and the staff are such a blessing. Every time we go, we’re always at ease.” - Eileen, Romeo’s mom
Meet Piero: Piero was born with a unilateral incomplete left cleft lip and palate. He underwent a definitive cleft lip repair when he was 6 months old, and our team is now gearing up for his cleft palate repair to occur just after his first birthday. As Piero is one of the many Spanish-speaking families we serve, our multidisciplinary team has been able to help navigate them through any barriers. We can’t wait to continue helping Piero crush it in this growth and recovery.
“Nuestra experiencia with Dr. Sawh Martinez fue maravillosa y muy armónica desde el principio, es lo que cualquier padre necesita. No podemos estar más agradecidos con los resultados que obtuvimos en la operación nuestro.” - Madre de Piero
If a craniofacial condition or injury affects your child, our experienced multidisciplinary team is here to restore their health, function and positive self-image with skill and compassion.
Craniosynostosis and Maxillofacial Surgery Before and After
Craniosynostosis may only affect 1 in every 2,200 live births, but at AdventHealth for Children, we offer innovative, evidence-based and proven treatments for this disorder. Our maxillofacial surgeons have special training and offer unique knowledge and skills. We specialize in caring for the rare congenital disorder Pierre Robin sequence/syndrome (PRS). Affecting about 1 in 20,000 newborns worldwide, PRS involves an abnormally small lower jaw and a tongue that may fall backward and block the child’s airway.
Meet Mikey: Mikey was born with right-sided unicoronal craniosynostosis. He underwent a minimally invasive stripectomy when he was 2.5 months old. To help his forehead continue to even out, Mikey wore a cranial helmet until around his first birthday. His family is incredibly happy with his outcome, and he has not required any additional surgeries.
“The communication, care and support we received from not only AdventHealth for Children, but Dr. Sawh-Martinez himself is something I will carry with me always. He treated Mikey like his own child and made me feel comfortable knowing my little boy was safe and in good hands.” - Renae, Mikey's mom
Meet Liam: Liam was born with sagittal craniosynostosis and had an open-approach cranial vault reconstruction surgery completed to correct it when he was 6 months old. He stayed with us for only two days in the hospital after surgery and has flourished in his recovery.
“Tiffani and Dr. Raj made us feel like we were their number one patient. They're taking such care of your child, but they took just as much care with us, which is not super common. Their whole team just made us feel like family.” - Tara, Liam’s mom
Meet Nakyng: Nakyng was born with a Pierre Robin sequence that included a cleft palate. He unfortunately developed trouble breathing and feeding on his own, which was determined to be from his small jaw. He had a mandible distraction surgery when he was 3 months old and was quickly back to feeding and breathing normally. Nakyng then had his cleft palate repaired when he turned a year old and has been living his best life ever since.
“You can’t even tell that he’s had surgery; it came out great. The team was awesome. I love them and am grateful for them. The nurses were great and helped me in any way possible.” - Ronnica, Nakyng’s mother
Compassionate Care for the Whole Family
You want to focus on your child, not logistics. Our multidisciplinary team not only helps children get the medical care they need, but we also help families find hope and confidence. That means connecting you with local community resources and support groups, even helping you find a ride to your child’s appointments. Whatever the need, big or small, we’re here to care for every family member in body, mind and spirit.