Cleft Lip & Palate Surgeon
Facial clefting is a congenital phenomenon that comes in many varieties and can be caused by several factors. It may be related to other syndromes and anomalies or may occur as a completely isolated one. There are over 17,000 known genes that contribute to craniofacial development and over 300 known syndromes with associated clefting. Dr. Rousso is a world-renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with extensive experience and expertise in cleft lip and palate surgeries.
Types of Cleft Lip and Palate Procedures
Cleft lip and palate occurs in a variety of shapes and sizes, which synergistically determine the functional and aesthetic consequences. It is for this reason that a comprehensive approach be taken in the care of the child with orofacial clefting. The aesthetic and psychological factors are closely intertwined, as are the functional and developmental factors. This is why we use a team approach in the care of our cleft lip and palate patients.
First and foremost, in the treatment plan is an understanding that parents of children with clefts of the lip and/or palate know that this is not a condition caused by any fault of their own. Although its development is multifactorial, the cleft deformities are a result of improper fusion during embryonic development and this is not a process that can be controlled by expecting parents.
Orofacial clefting can be divided into one of two categories: Isolated Cleft Palate (occurring at a frequency of about 1 case per 1,000 births) and Cleft Lip +/- Palate (occurring at a frequency of about 2 cases per 1,000 births). Some of the options Dr. Rousso can use for surgical repair include:
- Cleft Lip Repair
- Cleft Palate Repair
- Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Surgery (VPI)
- Pharyngeal Flap Surgery
- Sphincter Pharyngoplasty
- Submucous Cleft Palate Repair
- Furlow Palatoplasty
- Speech Surgery
- Minimally invasive pharyngeal augmentation
Dr. Rousso is the co-director of the cleft lip, palate and microtia team of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. This is a multidisciplinary team that consists of multiple medical and surgical specialists as well as nursing, speech and feeding professionals. They use the most cutting-edge and current techniques for the best aesthetic results. The team always utilizes the most evidence based and up-to-date procedures for functional speech and swallowing outcomes. Dr. Rousso has led many global surgical mission trips to third world countries and lectured on his techniques of optimal aesthetic lip and palate reconstruction throughout the world. He has given invited lectures on the topics of cleft lip and palate at the prestigious annual meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).
To learn more about cleft lip and palate surgery, contact our office in New York City to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rousso.