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Darrell L. Henderson, MD performs cleft lip and palate reconstructive surgery to allow patients in Lafayette, LA to have complete use of the mouth as well as provide or improve their natural appearance.

What is Cleft Lip and Palate Reconstruction?

They are birth defects evident in newborn children and can at times be detected prior to birth using ultrasound technology. They are two of the most common birth defects and involve incomplete formation of the upper lip (cleft lip) and the roof of the mouth (cleft palate).

In addition to cosmetic problems caused by cleft lip and palate, these conditions also interfere with many important daily activities. By nature, cleft lip and palate interfere with the ability to eat, as food is able to go into the nose from the back of the mouth. People with cleft lip and palate are also more susceptible to ear infections, hearing loss, dental issues, and speech impairments.

Cleft Lip and Palate Reconstruction Benefits

  • Corrects problems related to difficult breathing, eating or breastfeeding.
  • Improves communication and speech development.
  • Decreases the likelihood of colds, cavities and ear infections.
  • Offers children a sense of confidence and well-being in their appearance.

Reconstructive surgery to correct cleft lip and palate deformities is performed as soon as possible, usually between 3 and 18 months of age. Early treatment and intervention prior to surgery is crucial to maximize favorable outcomes. Our experts will work with you to develop an individualized surgical treatment plan for your child.

Cleft Lip and Palate Reconstruction Procedure

To repair a cleft palate, the surgeon will make an incision on both sides of the separation, moving tissue from each side of the cleft to the center or midline of the roof of the mouth. This rebuilds the palate, joining muscle together and providing enough length in the palate so the child can eat and learn to speak properly.

Preparing for Cleft Lip and Palate Reconstruction

The success rate of reconstructive surgery for cleft lip and palate is very high in restoring normal appearance and decreasing speech difficulties. As children grow older, however, additional corrective or reconstructive procedures may apply.

Cleft Lip and Palate Reconstruction Recovery

Your child may be restless for awhile after surgery, but your doctor can prescribe medication to relieve any discomfort. Elbow restraints may be necessary for a few weeks to prevent your baby from rubbing the stitched area.*

*Take note individual results may vary

What Does Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery Cost?

We accept most insurance including workers’ comp and we offer financing options through CareCredit®. The total cost depends on the procedure. After your consultation appointment, we give you a total cost that includes anesthesia, pre- and post-operative care, and other associated costs.  To learn more, call our office today.

Why Choose Darrell L. Henderson, MD

  • We are the premier providers for reconstruction in Lafayette.
  • Our team of surgical experts are highly qualified to perform a number of different reconstruction procedures.
  • We offer a personalized and individualized treatment approach.
  • We prioritize your health and well-being above all else.

What to Expect During your Consultation

We believe exceptional patient care is a right, not a privilege. Several areas will be covered during your consultation, including:

  • Your medical history
  • Discussion of your concerns and goals
  • Explanation of procedure and expected results
  • Customized treatment plan(s)
  • Applicable fees and financing information

Darrell L. Henderson, MD offers cosmetic treatments using the latest medical advances to patients in entire Acadiana region, including New Iberia, Abbeville, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, and Monroe. For your private consultation, contact our office today.


Darrell Henderson, MD
401 North College Road, Suite 3
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: 337-385-5836
Fax: 337-233-5054

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