We operated on 16 patient during 1 year period and the data collection was as usual name,age, sex, cleft width,type of cleft according to Veau classification, time for dissection and time for closure, and length gained with post-operative complication.
Result The intra-operative elongation ranged from 0.6 to 1.4 cm., and the time for dissection and suturing varied from 60 to 90 min, with a shorter operation time towards the few last cases.
Complication was few and ranged from single oronasal fistula and another case of mild per-operative bleeding with partial loss of anterior mucosal flap that was treated conservatively.
discussion -Furlow operation use the soft palate tissue to get lengthening and for secondary lengthening to treat VP incompetence. -Results obtained was less than that achieved by others due to limited experience. -Poor follow up. -Palatal measurement affected by edema of injection.
-Age problem and its consequences on palatal repair -Speech improvement is noticed due to proper velopharyngeal competence. -Time can be shorter with experience and it's not difficult to learn. -The advantage of good maxillary growth of this procedure over other procedures could not be assessed.
Conclusion Furlow palatal repair is a new technique and probably this was the first study of this procedure on a group of patients. It is a fairly easy technique that demands careful dissection and suturing and complication can be improved with practice