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The Other by Marks
READ WHAT HE SAYS:
To A. A. MARKS, N. Y.: I wish you to know how many days the leg you made for me worked during the year. During the month of January I worked 407 hours; February, 292; March, 358; April, 253; May, 280; June, 316; July, 337; August, 376; September, 337; October, 391; November, 375; December, 337.
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immediately direct him around this obstacle so Original Contributions
that rarely will damage to the tooth follicle occur
if care is exercised. These sutures are passed ( EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE MEDICAL HERALD.)
into the bone tissue just about where the mucosa
folds upon itself. Lead plates which act as A FEW PRINCIPLES OF HARELIP AND splints are placed along the buccal. The bones CLEFT PALATE PROCEDURE*
are placed in their normal relationship to each WILLIAM L. SHEARER, M. D., D. D. S., Omaha, Neb.
other by the pressure of the thumbs. In this way
the silver wire and lead plates act only as supWhen we come to consider surgical proced- ports and are not employed in forcing the maxilure in harelip and cleft palate, one most import- lary plates together. After this is accomplished ant fact presents itself for serious thought, i. e., it is necessary to dissect the mucosa from the the babe does not have a voice in the choosing of ends of the maxillary bones so that bone tissue the one to serve him. All that is given him is will meet bone tissue and will thereby result in a cry and it is this cry which should be respected. bone union. A most deplorable picture is placed before our Normally the upper arch is smaller than the eyes. With this thought in mind I shall en- lower arch. If careful observations are taken of deavor to outline a few steps of the work which a child with cleft of the malar bones, it will be are necessary to accomplish the best results. found that the lower arch fits just inside of the
There seems to be a misunderstanding rela- upper arch. When this first operation is comtive to the time for surgical interyention in the pleted the transformation is as follows: The ridge different phases of this class of surgery, there- of the lower arch will be found to just overlap fore it is advisable to give the experience of men the ridge of the upper arch. In single cleft of deroting their time largely to this field. Brophy the malar bones the nose will be found decidedly has outlined this most clearly in his late work to the left or the right, as the case may be, of the and his conclusions are corroborated by many median line. This first operation do
median line. This first operation does not only surgeons,
bring the arches into position as above described, If the babe is presented with cleft palate in- but also places the nose in a position where, if a volving the alveolar border of the maxillary line were drawn from the middle of the forehead bones this operation should be done first. To to the center of the tip of the chin, bisecting the accomplish the best results it should be per- face, it would pass down over the center ridge of formed from the age of ten days to six or eight the nose. This will be illustrated with lantern weeks. It should be treated in the same manner slides to follow, also the technique. as an ununited fracture. The lip and soft palate The next operation should be done after the should not be considered until there is bone bone union, at any time the condition of the child union. It should be done early because the will justify. This involves the lip and making bones at this time are comparatively easily of the nostril. One of the most important surmoved into place and because the nervous mech- gical procedures is that necessary in the correcanism of the babe at this age is so slightly de- tion of the harelip. Indeed, so important from veloped that little shock follows.
the standpoint of cosmetics that I shall not enIt is advisable to repeat that the first under deavor to outline the steps in this paper, as they taking should be the closure of the cleft of the will also be definitely outlined with the lantern. bones because herein lies the future success of the The next operation, which will be upon the subsequent operations. The important steps in soft palate, should not be undertaken earlier this operation are as follows:
than from the fourteenth to the twentieth month, The silver wires are gently passed through or about the time the child endeavors to speak. the malar bone just under the floor of the orbit The closure of the cleft of the soft palate is by on either side. In so doing should a tooth folli- no means the most important part of this procle be encountered, the surgeon's tactile sense will cedure. The tissues must be placed in their 'Read before the Medical Society of Missouri Valley
proper positions so that the normal function will 21 Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 21, 1917.
be, insofar as possible, given to the individual. It must be borne in mind, in this branch of surgery, that unless the speech, etc., are materially benefited, even though the cleft is closed, the operation is largely a failure.
Certain definite steps must be carefully carried out to give the child that flexibility and resiliency of the palate so much needed in speech. A specially designed periosteal elevator should be used to perfectly separate the soft tissue from its periosteal attachment. Great care is necessary in the very initial step of passing through the muscular mucosa down to the periosteum in the process of lifting the soft tissue. It should be freed all along the posterior border of the horizontal plates of the palate bones, extending down over the hamular process on either side. Very rarely is this accomplished in cleft palate procedure. When the horse-hair coaptation sutures are placed, no tension can be allowed, or sloughing will follow and the operation result in failure. It is necessary at this time to place tension sutures of silver wire supported by lead plates to prevent tension on the horse-hair sutures as described above. In this operation, post operative care is most essential. Isolation of bacteria being impossible it is necessary to carefully irrigate the parts after each feeding, and in some cases a half dozen times a day. When it is impossible to isolate an organism it must be combatted by other means, and in this instance constant irrigation is considered one of the laws of success.
In the last two operations, namely, the lip and nostril, and the soft palate, great care should be exercised not to traumatize the tissue more than is necessary, as sloughing, particularly in the soft palate, is apt to follow. Lateral incisions in the soft palate should never be made because in so doing the tensor palati muscle and nerve are very likely to be severed, and once severed do not reunite. Following in the wake of this unfor-. tunate procedure is deafness, owing to the fact that by traction in the act of swallowing and speaking the tensor palati muscle dilates the pharyngeal orifice of the eustachian tube.
Permanent sutures left in the mouth at the completion of any of these three operations should be silver wire, lead plates and horse-hair, for the reason that they do not absorb the saliva which is constantly contaminated with different forms of bacterial life.
It has not been the intention of the writer by any means to outline all of the steps in these three operations-only to give a general summary of the more important steps to insure success in this field of surgery. Nor does he claim any originality here; on the contrary he cannot consider the subject in hand without acknowledging with sincere gratitude and appreciation his friend and teacher, Dr. Truman W. Brophy, whose achievements in original research, and whose lofty ideals have been a constant inspira