Public Treatment Service in Hong Kong

Cleft lip and palate patients have to receive treatment in different stage of growth.  Surgeries are the main kind of treatment for them.  There are two phases of treatment as follows:

Phase Age Details of Treatment Responsible Surgical Specialty
QMH/KWH/TMH Children Hospital
Primary Treatment 3 months Lip Repair Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Paediatric Surgeon
1 yr. Palate Repair Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Paediatric Surgeon
Secondary Treatment 10 yrs. Alveolar Bone Graft Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
18 yrs. Orthognathic surgery

(HKACLP provides Early Orthodontic Treatment for 6-12 years old Cleft Lip & Palate Children to correct their underbite problem so this surgery may not be required)

20 yrs. Secondary Lip & Nose Revision Surgery Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon ENT doctor


  • QMH stands for Queen Mary Hospital, KWH stands for Kwong Wah Hospital, and TMH stands for Tuen Mun Hospital.
  • The above treatment is for patients with complete clefts, those patients with incomplete clefts only need part of the above treatment.
  • If required, the patients may receive speech therapy, and seek for ENT doctor’s treatment for ear infection and middle ear fluid.
  • In different public hospitals, soft tissue surgeries (including Lip Repair, Palate Repair, Secondary Lip & Nose Revision Surgery etc.)  for patients with clefts are provided by different surgical specialties.
  • Cleft lip and palate is a kind of orafacial anomalies, the patients not only need Primary Treatment but also require the Secondary one.  Therefore, when choosing treatment service for their affected babies,  the parents should consider the entire treatment course.
  • The above information is only for reference.  For details, please inquire individual hospital.


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