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The Transformation Of A Child Born With A Cleft Lip

Cleft lip and cleft palate comprise the fourth most common birth defect in the United States. One of every 700 newborns is affected by cleft lip and/or cleft palate. The transformation of this child born with a cleft lip, to a complete restoration of her face, will be updated weekly until full transformation is complete.
The fine surgeons and staff at St. Peters are the ones performing this service, in New Brunswick, NJ. If you need additional information, please contact them at (732) 745-8600. The regional Craniofacial-Neurosurgical Center provides treatment for babies born with craniofacial abnormalities, including cleft lip and/or cleft palate. Children with facial deformities experience difficulties that surgery alone cannot correct. In light of this, Saint Peter’s has assembled a team of specialists from ten medical disciplines to ensure that the physical and emotional needs of these special children are met. * St.Peters Hospital is not affiliated with this site, for informational use only! Please vote for my gallery! See my new gallery http://www.pbase.com/stella97king/cleft_lip_five_years_after

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Dr. Halofsky checked Stella's progress weekly and offered tips on how to best position Stella when turning screw.
DENTIST VISIT/ DATE 03/13/2003

Dr. Halofsky checked Stella's progress weekly and offered tips on how to best position Stella when turning screw.

Dr. Halofsky advised when turning the screw one full turn, you would hear a click sound. “ I only heard a screaming baby”, lol…
TIME TO TURN THE SCREW

Dr. Halofsky advised when turning the screw one full turn, you would hear a click sound. “ I only heard a screaming baby”, lol…

Unfortunately a week was lost when there was a minor problem with the device. After installation of the latham device it would be wise to have you Pediatric Dentist check to see if device is functioning correctly.
TURNING IT

Unfortunately a week was lost when there was a minor problem with the device. After installation of the latham device it would be wise to have you Pediatric Dentist check to see if device is functioning correctly.

Normally the device would only be required to stay in the child’s mouth for about three weeks. But varies from child to child or any other unforeseen problems that might arise.
JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE

Normally the device would only be required to stay in the child’s mouth for about three weeks. But varies from child to child or any other unforeseen problems that might arise.

As the screw works into the Latham device it will be harder to access the screw head. Stella’s gum will block any viewing access. So therefore it is required to kind of scoot back the gum using the screwdriver to access the screw head, resulting in slight bleeding of the gum. Have some tissue or gauze available to gently wipe area afterwards.
CLICK...ALL DONE

As the screw works into the Latham device it will be harder to access the screw head. Stella’s gum will block any viewing access. So therefore it is required to kind of scoot back the gum using the screwdriver to access the screw head, resulting in slight bleeding of the gum. Have some tissue or gauze available to gently wipe area afterwards.

Also if the screw still seems loose after one complete turn, turn until tight but not beyond two complete turns. Try to remove any debris from screw threads if child permits it at this time, caked on formula or cereal, etc.
CHECKING TO SEE IF TIGHT

Also if the screw still seems loose after one complete turn, turn until tight but not beyond two complete turns. Try to remove any debris from screw threads if child permits it at this time, caked on formula or cereal, etc.

When closure is achieved, the device will be removed. The Craniofacial team will check on Stella’s progress, then advise us on her next step.
THAT A GIRL!! ALL DONE!!

When closure is achieved, the device will be removed. The Craniofacial team will check on Stella’s progress, then advise us on her next step.

UPDATE MEASURE LOOKING GOOD
UPDATE MEASURE LOOKING GOOD
 LOOKS GOOD STELLA
LOOKS GOOD STELLA
NICE CLOSURE, JUST A COUPLE MORE WEEKS
NICE CLOSURE, JUST A COUPLE MORE WEEKS
When the device is removed, normally in the same procedure the plastic surgeon will repair the lip. Correction of the nasal deformity is also usually performed at the time of lip adhesion. The objective in repairing the lip is to close the cleft to create a pleasing face that will develop normally with minimal scarring.
SAY AHH

When the device is removed, normally in the same procedure the plastic surgeon will repair the lip. Correction of the nasal deformity is also usually performed at the time of lip adhesion. The objective in repairing the lip is to close the cleft to create a pleasing face that will develop normally with minimal scarring.

Notice how the sides of the roof and gum have come together. Also the front partial closure of the nasal cavity has eliminated Stella’s wheezing sounds when breathing. I now have to actually see if she is breathing when sleeping at night, she sleeps so soundly.
BEFORE/AFTER

Notice how the sides of the roof and gum have come together. Also the front partial closure of the nasal cavity has eliminated Stella’s wheezing sounds when breathing. I now have to actually see if she is breathing when sleeping at night, she sleeps so soundly.

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