These conditions negatively affect the very core of one's personality, the physical & psychological trauma involved, is beyond explanation. This department is an internationally accepted center of excellence, which is very often visited by Plastic Surgeons from all over the globe. The credit of origin & existence goes to Dr. H.S. Adenwala who has successfully corrected about 16,000 such patients - a world record. Since the management has given top priority to alleviate the agony of this category of patients, the procedure is FREE OF COST which attracts poor people, not only from Kerala, but also from other parts of India.
|Date of Joining
|Dr. Narayanan P V
|01 April 1998
|Dr. Vasant R
|04 April 2011
|Dr. Varun Menon P
|15 April 2016
|Dr. Marilyn George
|03 May 2022
This department provides comprehensive care for patients with congenital clefts of the lip, palate and complex facial clefts. This is probably the only Department of its kind that is dedicated solely to the care of cleft deformities. It has been in existence at the Jubilee Mission Medical College & Research Institute for more than 53 years, and a total of more than 16,000 cleft surgeries have been performed at this Centre.
The care of the cleft patient begins soon after birth. Counselling the patients about feeding, explaining to them the nature of the deformity, allaying fears and misconceptions start soon after birth at our out-patients clinic. The cleft lip and palate child requires surgery for the cleft lip at about 6 months, repair of the cleft palate at around 1 year, improvement of minor deformities of the nose at 5½ - 6 years, Alveolar bone graft for proper eruption of the teeth at 7 years, surgically bringing the upper jaw forward for gross deficiency of growth after 16 years with orthognathic surgery.
Smile Train is a charitable organization based in New York, USA, that helps in funding for the treatment of Cleft Patients. Partner hospital are meticulously screened for proper safety protocol, infrastructure and skills of the treating surgeons and anaesthetists. The Charles Pinto Centre was the first to be inspected and accepted as a partner in India by Smile Train.
The department is visited by trainees from all over India and abroad from departments of Plastic Surgery, Paediatric Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial surgery with trainees coming here for exposure to cleft surgery and to further hone their skills in this specialty.