What is pharyngoplasty?

Pharyngoplasty is an operative procedure that reshapes the back of the mouth to alter the amount of air that escapes through the nose instead of the mouth. It is commonly used to treat children with speech abnormalities from disorders such as cleft lip or cleft palate.
A common birth problem is a cleft palate, where both the upper lip and soft palate (upper part of the mouth) are split. The surgeon will repair the cleft to prevent excessive air escaping through the nose. The surgery will also improve speech. This type of surgery is called pharyngoplasty.

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