Doctors at Duke Medical University perform a cleft lip surgery on 1-year-old Silas. The following video contains footage of actual medical procedures and is graphic in nature.
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A Baby's Cleft Lip Surgery Dr. Marcus Crawford: The boy a unilateral complete cleft lip and palate. And what that means is that the cleft extends entirely through the lip. And also to the gum line, but one of the things you have to do is be very accurate about the anatomic landmarks of the lips. We can put everything back together just the way it was intended to be and not try to actually shortcut just a little bit right there just because these will fill them, get that to come in a little better, just the muscle area there. I like to make just a little bit of muscle that will stay with the lips so I’ll make a small cut in there that let's that drop down. We’re going to work our way outside. So start with the places that are hardest to get to. And then we finish with the places that are easiest to get to. We’ll come back next week for the removal of the stitches. And in the mean time, I think he’ll spend the night here. He’s doing amazingly well with these procedures. That’s it, that’s how you do it. Dr. Travis Stork: Dr. Marcus performed the cleft lip surgery that you just saw in Silas. He did an amazing job and Erika, how is Silas doing after the repair? Erika: Oh, Silas certainly, he looks completely different. I had a lot of hesitation going into this surgery because I had so long to get used to his face but now he is gorgeous. He is completely gorgeous. He does not look like the same child at all. Dr. Travis Stork: And we’re looking at pictures of Silas before and after in the studio. I think everyone here is amazed at how wonderful— Dr. Jim Sears: That’s so great, look at that beauty.

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