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Burjeel Hospital aims to become first private facility to offer transformative cleft lip and palate surgeries in 2021

TAS News Service
January 26, 2021 10:11 am

MUSCAT : Leading healthcare and medical services provider – Burjeel Hospital aims to become the sultanate’s first private facility to offer – single stage cleft lip and palate surgery, and neonatal cleft lip repair in the year 2021.

Cleft lip and palate are openings in the upper lip, the roof of the mouth (palate) or both. The condition occurs when facial structures that are developing don’t close completely in an unborn baby. Cleft lip and palate are among the most common birth defects and most commonly occur as isolated birth defects, but sometimes can be associated with other inherited genetic conditions or syndromes. 

Burjeel Hospital will provide multidisciplinary surgery and a full range of treatments of the highest standard, for babies and young adults, through its team of highly experienced craniofacial and cleft-care specialists in 2021. Their medical team will include ENT surgeons, orthodontists, pediatricians, speech therapists, anesthesiologists that will be led by internationally renowned Plastic and Craniofacial Surgeon – Dr. Taimoor Al Bulushi, MD, FRCS, FEBOPRAS, FACS. 

“In general, when children have cleft lip and palate, they have problems nursing their mother’s milk and this is a problem for the development of the child. Both cleft lip and palate can be corrected with a series of surgeries that restore normal function and achieve a regular appearance with minimal scarring in children as well as young adults. We, at Burjeel Hospital are pleased to provide the routine opportunity of corrective, safe, and timely surgery to children and young adults who have endured challenges as a result of being born with a cleft lip, cleft palate, or both, courtesy our multidisciplinary team, led by an able and experienced hand such as Dr. Taimoor,” said Dr. Rohil Raghavan, Regional CEO, VPS Group, Oman.

“The cause of a cleft lip opening is not fully understood, but there are several risk factors,” averred Dr. Taimoor Al Bulushi. “The older the mother, the higher the risk of cleft lip or cleft palate. In addition, obesity, diabetes, and smoking during pregnancy, all increases the risk of having a baby with a cleft lip and palate.”

He also mentioned: “Usually cleft lip and palate surgery is done in multiple stages soon after a child’s birth, until 18 months. However, having introduced and mastered single stage cleft lip, nose and palate surgery in the sultanate, at Burjeel we will be able to even perform neonatal cleft surgery which is performed immediately after birth, as a significant addition to the hospital’s transformative surgeries.”

Catering to the growing medical needs of nationals, residents and medical tourists in Oman, Burjeel Hospital ensures it is always at par with the best available clinical expertise and medical technologies from across the world, along with personalized care in a comforting ambiance and warm environment.

Conveniently located in Al Khuwair, in the capital city of Muscat in Oman, Burjeel Hospital, is a unit of the prestigious VPS group, based in Abu Dhabi. Designed to be a premium healthcare facility, with Burjeel’s signature ‘art of healing’, the Hospital hosts a network of specialty clinics to cater to various healthcare needs. 

For further information please call 22085252.

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