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Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery Melbourne

Did you know that Dr Rodrigo Teixeira offers cleft care in private?

Dr Rodrigo Teixeira is available for private consultation of children with cleft lip and palate in his rooms in Richmond. He has been doing clefts since he completed fellowship training in Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery in Australia (2008). After his training, he practiced as a paediatric plastic surgeon for two years at the busiest centre for cleft lip and cleft palate in Brazil, the Hospital of Craniofacial Anomalies, also known as \”Centrinho\” and part of the University of Sao Paulo (USP), in Bauru. Rodrigo and his wife then returned permanently to Australia in 2011. He has been a consultant at the Royal Children\’s hospital since 2014.

Where does the procedure take place?

The operation is performed at the St. Vincent\’s Private Hospital in East Melbourne (STV). St Vincent\’s has a paediatric ward with experienced nursing staff, trained to look after children with cleft lip and palate. Also, the St Vincent\’s Hospital has a good record for cleft treatment and has been offering specialised paediatric surgery care for many years.

Is multidisciplinary cleft care available?

Yes, Dr Rodrigo works with other healthcare professionals, including ENT (otorhinolaryngologist), Speech Pathology, Dentistry, Orthodontics and Maxillofacial Surgery. The team will be able to liaise with your GP or paediatrician and coordinate a Team Care Arrangement (TCA).

Dr Teixeira is also available for routine follow-up and is happy to work collaboratively with a Speech Pathologist if any speech concerns arise after cleft palate surgery.

Can all types of cleft lip and palate be treated in private?

Private treatment is available for all clefts, unilateral cleft lip, bilateral cleft lip, cleft lip and palate and cleft palate only. It is possible to have private care from the first operation (cleft lip) to the very last operation, usually rhinoplasty.

Dr Rodrigo is also available to offer plastic surgery advice before and after birth if cleft lip and/or cleft palate has been diagnosed prenatally during ultrasound examination or picked up just after birth.

However, patients with complex medical conditions such as syndromes, cardiovascular malformations, respiratory conditions, etc, may still need to receive care in public centres of reference, like the The Royal Children\’s and Monash Children\’s hospitals.

What are the costs for treatment in private?

There are out-of-pocket fees that will vary depending on each type of procedure. Hospital Admission is normally covered by private health insurance.

There are out-of-pocket fees that will vary depending on each type of procedure. Other possible costs are: hospital excess (check with your insurance), pathology, radiology, anaesthetist and other specialists. Before you make a decision, you will receive an estimate quote for financial consent. 

More Cleft Lip and Palate Information:

Better Health Channel Victoria

Royal Children\’s Hospital

Better Safer Care Victoria

Hospital of Craniofacial Anomalies \”Centrinho\”

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