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Before and 6 months after Cleft Lip Surgery

Before and 6 months after Cleft Lip Surgery

About The Procedure

Cleft lip and palate is a common congenital disorder more often found in developing countries and if not corrected in early infancy can lead to difficulties in feeding, oxygen uptake, speech and social development. This highly specialized area of plastic and reconstructive surgery requires a life-long commitment by the surgeon. Dr. Hodgkinson, who trained at the Mayo Clinic with world world-famous Cleft and Craniofacial Surgeon Dr. Ian Jackson and Dr. Ortiz Monasterio of Mexico City has performed hundreds of these complex operations. It is not uncommon for these operations to require fine revisions as the child/adolescent/adult cleft patient develops. These revisionary surgeries are usually to accommodate the maturation of the face and may be to the lip or nose. Having formerly worked in India, Nepal, Mexico and Guatemala, Dr. Hodgkinson established the Peninsula Cleft Clinic in 1982 in southeastern Virgina. He went on to found the charity Operation Restore Hope in the Philippines of which he is still the Chairman today. Operation Restore Hope has performed over 1,500 operations to date on less fortunate children who without aid would have been left uncorrected. For more information on Operation Restore Hope, please see www.operationrestorehope.org