Following these instructions will help prevent injury and promote healing after your child’s pharyngeal flap/sphincter pharyngoplasty procedure.
Feedings will begin with clear liquids and progress to a soft diet (ice cream, soup, eggs, mashed potatoes, etc). It is very important that nothing hard be placed in your child’s mouth. This includes straws, spoons, chips, candy or hard cookies.
Foods should be taken from the side of the spoon, being careful not to insert the spoon into your child’s mouth where it may hurt the stitches. Liquids may be taken from a regular cup, not a sippy cup.
Your child will remain on this diet until you are told by a physician that he or she may resume a regular diet (usually about 4 weeks).
Please ensure you rinse your child’s mouth with water after each feeding. A solution of ½ strength mouth wash may be used. This is made by mixing equal amounts of mouthwash and water. Remember to brush your child’s teeth with a soft foam or soft bristle toothbrush starting the day after surgery.
Snoring is common after surgery and may continue for several months. It may help to raise the head of your child’s bed so that he or she is sleeping in an upright position (30-45 degrees). A humidifier at the bedside may also help with a dry throat and snoring.
Follow Up Care
Your child should return to see Dr. Lin or Dr. Plikaitis two weeks following surgery. Post-op appointments can be made by calling 314-678-2182.
An appointment with speech therapy should be made 2 months following surgery by calling 314-577-5669.
Cleft palate and craniofacial team visits may resume 3 months after surgery. Please call Debbie, our clinical nurse coordinator, to schedule your team visit, at 314-577-5368. At that time, it will be determined if further speech therapy is recommended.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email Debbie, our clinical nurse coordinator, at 314-268-2700 ext. 3176 or the Department of Plastic Surgery at 314-678-2171.