When either a child or adult has difficulty relating to hypernasality (too much air in the nose) surgery may be helpful. This may occur following cleft palate repair or because of a hidden or sub mucous cleft. Several assessments are necessary to help decide on the best option. First an assessment by a highly specialist speech and language therapist, followed by lateral videoflouroscopy and or nasendoscopy are performed so as to clarify the problem. This can help to decide of surgery would be beneficial or not.
Procedures to improve the function of the palate usually involve a general anaesthetic and a one night stay in hospital. Soft food for about 2 weeks after surgery is usually recommended.