Revision Surgery of the Cleft Palate

Shirley Hu, Jared Levinson, Joseph J. Rousso

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Cleft palate repairs often require secondary surgeries and/or revisions for a variety of reasons. The most common causes are symptomatic oronasal fistulas and velopharyngeal insufficiency. Complications from primary surgery, such as wound dehiscence, infection, and hematomas, contribute to the relatively high rate of revision surgery. Prevention of postoperative complications that may lead to fistula or velopharyngeal insufficiency is key, and many techniques have been described that have reportedly decreased the incidence of secondary surgery. Management varies depending on the nature of the fistulous defect and the type of velopharyngeal insufficiency. Numerous surgical options exist to fix this deficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-128
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Plastic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 May 2020


  • cleft palate
  • palatal fistulas
  • revision cleft surgery
  • velopharyngeal insufficiency


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