When should a child be operated upon for a cleft lip or a cleft palate?

When should a child be operated upon for a cleft lip or a cleft palate?

The video talks about when should a child get operated for cleft lip or palate by Dr. Ashish Sabharwal, Vice President and Regional Director for Southeast Asia, Smile Train. The ideal age to operate a cleft lip is three months and above and the child should have age appropriate weight. For cleft palate 9 months and above age is appropriate to operate.

Dr. Ashish Sabharwal

Dr. Ashish Sabharwal joined Smile Train in 2006 and steered Smile Train’s programs in North, West and Central India. Oversees all aspects of program development and strengthening relationships with internal and external stakeholders in the region. Provides ‘Timely’ and high-quality cleft care close to children’s homes. Had worked as Marketing Head for India’s premier Heart Institute and led business strategy and business development. A medical graduate from UCMS, Delhi University. Had an established in patient medical practice of two decades in Maternal, Child and Family Health. Head of Cause Marketing for a pharmaceutical company. A medical activist of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). Was the official representative of the IMA for interactions with the Government of India for implementation of National Health Programs and a member of the task force for evolving the policy and guidelines for Public Private Partnership.

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