Management of velopharyngeal competence.

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Velopharyngeal dysfunction is common in patients with a repaired cleft palate or unrepaired submucous cleft palates. The optimal time of surgical repair is 4 to 6 years of age after a thorough speech evaluation and speech therapy. Assessment of the velopharyngeal defect during speech allows the surgeon to customize the surgery to the patient. Patients require careful monitoring postoperatively for obstructive sleep apnea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-35
Number of pages9
JournalFacial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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