About 50 per cent of these children have a cleft lip and palate, about 25 per cent have a cleft palate whereas about 25 per cent only have a cleft lip.
The department has a national function for all primary cleft-related abnormalities. The majority of later corrective operations are also carried out here.
Treatment includes operations for cleft lip-gum-palate, speech-improving operations, bone grafting and nose corrections.
The department cooperates with speech and language therapists, phoniatricians and ortodontists at the two cleft lip and palate centres in Aarhus and Hellerup.
The department performs craniofacial surgery on patients with rare abnormalities, including severel abnormalities of the ear, or consequences of other conditions in multi-disciplinary cooperation (craniofacial team) with maxillofacial surgeons, otolaryngologists, ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons and centres abroad.