Jefferson University Hospitals

Cleft Lip/Palate Bone Graft

Bone grafting of the upper jaw (maxilla) is a surgical procedure for correcting a cleft lip (a gap or split in the upper lip) and a cleft palate (a split or opening in the roof of the mouth). It involves taking a small amount of bone from one place (usually the hip, head, ribs or leg) and placing it in the area of the cleft near the teeth.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Correcting Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate

At Jefferson, a multidisciplinary team of speech-language pathologists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, pediatricians, otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat physicians) and other healthcare professionals work together to manage and correct you or your child's cleft lip or cleft palate.