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Medical Minute - Cleft Palate | So Many Surgeries

Medical Minute - Cleft Palate | So many surgeries

Parents of children with cleft lip and palate often have concerns about the many surgeries their child may go through. Hear advice from pediatric plastic surgeon Julia Corcoran, M.D. in this Medical Minute from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago. Listen to the full podcast from Dr. Corcoran at Visit our cleft palate webpage at
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This medical minute brought to you by Shriners Hospitals for Children Chicago. One of parents' main concerns about having a child diagnosed with cleft lip and/or cleft palate is the many surgeries that may be required. Dr. Julia Corcoran, a pediatric plastic surgeon at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago has some advice in this medical minute.

Dr. Julia Corcoran:
I think that that's probably the scariest thing for a family to consider is a lifetime of serial surgery. The best thing to understand about these particular surgeries, while they're important and they're real surgeries, most of them are outpatient surgeries, where you might come in for a day or maybe a single night. Because they can be timed around a family schedule, can be set up to be minimally disruptive to school and to growing up.

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Listen to the full podcast with Dr. Julia Corcoran at That's