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Swiss Cleft Centre


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Cleft Children International in association with BSES MG Hospital managed by Global Hospital and Research Centre, has started SWISS CLEFT CENTRE in Mumbai in April 2004. It has performed over 4000 operations on children having cleft lip and/or palate, haemangioma, jaw deformity, cyst and tumors of face, TM Joint Ankylosis and other facial deformity with success ratio of more than 95% in the last 9 years.

It is the first time in the entire state of Maharashtra that such a unique project has been started in BSES MG Hospital managed by Brahmakumari’s Global Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai. Centre dedicated to multidisciplinary long-term treatment . We have a Team of dedicated cleft surgeon, orthodontist, paediatrician, Speech therapist, ENT surgeon and counsellors.

Centre supports all aspects of cleft care in its totality -: This includes surgery, orthodontics, Rehabilitation, speech therapy, counsellors and dental care.

We believe in the power of partnership. We believe that by working with partners and forming strategic alliances, we can help more children, in less time, for less money. By collaborating, cooperating, sharing resources, talent, experience and expertise, we can achieve the goal or eradicating the problem of clefts. So, we strongly recommend the Government sectors, Non-Government Organisation, Corporate Sectors, Private Sectors, Hospitals, Media, Social Service Centre and Individual to come forward and Joint the Hand with us to accomplish the noble aim by organizing awareness programme and screening camps to identify these children and help them to eradicate this problem.

SWISS CLEFT CENTRE PROVIDES ABSOLUTE FREE OF COST COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT FOR ANY CONGENITAL CLEFT & CRANIOFACIAL ANOMALY TO POOR AND NEEDY PATIENTS.

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Fact File


• Cleft lip and palate is the most common congenital defect of the head and neck.

• Incidence in India 1: 796 live births.

• INDIA:   35,000 cleft children born every year. (100 per day).

• MAHARASTRA:   3,000 cleft children born every year.

• Only 30 – 40% of these are getting reasonable treatment.

• Estimated backlog – 1 million (recent WHO data).

What Is Cleft?


Cleft lip and palate is a birth defect that occurs in the womb between the fourth and eight week of pregnancy. When the normal fusion of the lip and palate tissues does not occur it results in an opening in the lip or roof of the mouth. It can be unilateral (one sided) or bilateral (both sides). It is possible for the child to have a cleft lip, a cleft palate, or both cleft lip and cleft palate, because the lip and palate tissues develop separately.

WHAT KINDS OF PROBLEMS COULD CLEFT CHILD HAVE?

• Cosmetic : Facial disfigurement. Psycho-social stigma to the child and parents

• Feeding: Frequent regurgitation of milk and food from nose

• Dental development : Teeth in the area of the cleft may be missing or improperly positioned. This may affect your child's appearance and chewing ability

• Speech difficulties: Minimal speech problems in cleft lip children however, often children with cleft palates benefit greatly from early speech therapy

Treatment   Plan


NO TREATMENT DESCRIPTION AGE WEIGHT(Kg) HEAMOGLOBIN(Hb)
1 NASO-ALVEOLAR MOULDING Modified feeding plate to reduce nasal
regurgitation milk and to reduce the
width of cleft and to improve
the shape of nose
At Birth - -
2 PRIMARY LIP REPAIR Surgical Repair of Lip and Nose 3-6 Month 5 Kg 8 Gm%
3 PRIMARY OMPLETE PALATE REPAIR Surgical Repair of Palate 1 Yr 10 Kg 10 Gm%
4 SPEECH THERAPY Treatment of Misarticulation and
Nasality in speech
2 Yrs - -
5 SECONDARY LIP REPAIR Surgical Correction of Scar or
other post-surgical lip deformity
2 Yrs 12 Kg 10 Gm %
6 PALATAL STULA CLOSURE Surgical Correction of Post-surgical
hole/defect in the palate
2 Yrs 12 Kg 10 Gm %
7 ORTHODONTIC OPENION/PALATAL EXPANSION Treatment to give the palate
normal anatomic shape
5-6 Yrs - -
8 ALVEOLAR  BONE  GRAFTING Surgical Reconstruction of Gum
defect by bone grafting
6-8 Yrs 20 Kg 10 Gm %
9 ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT Treatment to align teeth in
normal form and function
12 Yrs - -
10 ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY Surgical Correction of Jaw Position 16-18 Yrs - 10 Gm%
11 SEPTORHINOPLASTY Surgical correction of Nasal deformity 15 Yrs 10 Gm %
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