Epidemiology, Surgical Reconstruction, and Cost
by Travis T. Tollefson, MD; Joseph K. Wong, MD, FRCSC; Jonathan M. Sykes, MD; Wayne F. Larrabee, Jr, MD
Aseries of 46 procedures (42 patients) was performed on youth with cleft lip–palate deformities in Lanzhou, China. Patients’ ages ranged from 6 months to 18 years. There were no short-term complications in this series, which included many advanced cases. The estimated cost per patient was US $1590. Youth with unrepaired cleft lip–palate in western China can be treated in a cost-effective manner.