FAQ : About Cleft Lip and Palate
Q: What causes cleft lip and palate anomalies?
A: There are a number of reasons for the cleft anomaly including a genetic predisposition, diet, life style, lack of adequate vitamins especially folic acid, smoking while pregnant, and pollution. Research has shown that a genetic predisposition can be triggered by any of these factors thus increasing the chance for the cleft anomaly to appear more frequently among those who are poor.
Q: Why do we see so few individuals with cleft anomalies in developed nations?
A: Healthcare providers and the public healthcare system subsidize the cost of reconstructive surgery for most children born with cleft lips and palates. These programs are often not present in developing countries.
Q: How is Rotaplast working to address this disparity?
A: In addition to providing free reconstructive surgery, Rotaplast also teaches local surgeons about the most up-to-date surgical techniques for cleft cases. Local medical communities are encouraged to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment, including orthodontic and speech therapy follow-up programs.
Q: Is the work of Rotaplast limited to the treatment of pediatric cleft lip and palate cases?
A: Rotaplast’s primary mission is the treatment of children with cleft anomalies. In some locations, Rotaplast treats burn patients and those with other birth defects that can be corrected by plastic surgery. Occasionally, teenage and adult patients receive treatment.
More questions? Contact Donna-Lee Young Rubin, Executive Director.