Best Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeon in India

Comprehensive Treatment by Dr. Karoon Agrawal

40+ Years of Experience | 20K+ Surgeries
"I will definitely recommend everyone to visit Dr. Karoon Agrawal for both Cleft Lip and Pallet surgery. I had a great experience with him. He was so generous and humble that it made me very comfortable discussing my queries with him."

Comprehensive Care at its Best

Dr Karoon Agrawal performing cleft lip and palate surgery

Cleft Surgeries

Cleft lip or palate surgery is highly individualized. Dr. Karoon determines the most appropriate surgical options for your child, and will provide you information on pre-operative preparation and post-operative care required for recovery, function and growth.

Dental And Orthodontics for Cleft Lip and Palate Children

Dental And Orthodontics

Missing, small, extra, and crooked teeth are common in cleft patients even after surgery to repair their cleft. Quality dental care is provided for full rehabilitation of cleft patients.

Nutrition Services

Children born with clefts often have difficulties feeding because of their inability to create a closure to suckle. Mothers and caregivers are trained by a dedicated nutritionist to feed and support the growth of their baby.

Cleft Lip and Palate Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy

Even after surgery, many children with clefts will need speech therapy to address language delay, articulation problems and hypernasality. An inhouse team of highly specialized speech therapist will provide strategies for adaptive techniques and useful tools as your child masters speech with the continuous changes they will undergo the first few years of life.


Emotional Support

Children born with clefts may have visible scars and/or differences in speech that can lead them to feeling different and, in some cases, experience self-esteem issues. Essential counseling and support is provided to children and their families throughout their development.

Transformative Results - Everytime

Cleft Lip and Palate FAQs with Dr. Karoon Agrawal

I understand the news of your child having cleft lip or cleft palate anomaly can be incredibly stressful however I assure you we have exceptional treatment options available to shape your child’s smile just like any other child.

Here are some answers to common questions

These are birth defects where the tissues in a baby’s upper lip or roof of the mouth (palate) don’t fully fuse during development. It’s natural to feel worried, but know you’re not alone. There are many success stories, and I’m here to guide you through the process.

The exact cause is often unclear, likely a combination of genetics and environmental factors. While some things might be beyond our control, we can focus on providing your child with the best possible care.

Cleft lip and palate are usually diagnosed prenatally during an ultrasound or after birth by a pediatrician. Once diagnosed, we can work together to create a personalized treatment plan.

Cleft lip and palate can sometimes lead to feeding difficulties, speech delays, and dental issues. The good news is that with early intervention, these challenges can be effectively addressed.

Surgery is the most common treatment for cleft lip and cleft palate. I specialize in these delicate procedures, aiming for optimal function and aesthetics. Speech therapy, Orthodontics(dental alignment), Nutrition Counselling and Emotional Support might also be recommended.

Remember, there is a strong support network available. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you have. My goal is to provide clear information, address your concerns, and ensure your child receives the best possible surgical outcome.

Cleft Lip and Palate Playlist

Must watch for parents

Cleft Lip and Palate in Hindi: कटे होंठ और तालू के कारण और Cleft से जुड़ी समस्याएं

कटे होंठ और तालू की सर्जरी के बाद घर पर ऐसे करें देखभाल

कटे होंठ और तालू के बच्चों में Uvula बनाने से जुड़ी ज़रूरी जानकारी


Dr. Karoon’s Expertise in Cleft Care

  • Member of Global and Indian Medical Advisory Council (IMAC) of Smile Train India
  • Serving as a member of Editorial Board of Cutaneous Aesthetic Surgery since 2015
  • Former President of Indian Society of Cleft Lip Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Member of Editorial Board – Journal of Cutaneous Aesthetic Surgery
  • Founder Editor of Journal of Cleft Lip Palate & Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Key-note Speaker at 59th Annual Meeting of Japanese Teratology society
  • Faculty at National Conference of Plastic, Reconstructive and Craniofacial Surgery, Oman.

Specializing in a wide range of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery procedures, Dr. Karoon Agrawal has been delivering unparalleled results for the last 40 years. His innovations in this field have been lauded by both patients and peers alike for their effectiveness and industry minimum complication rates leading him to be awarded the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the field of Plastic Surgery in India. In addition to being the Director Professor and Head of the Plastic Surgery Departments of Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi and JIPMER Hospital in Pondicherry, he has conducted workshops and lectures to train Plastic Surgeons around the world. He has also been the advisor to the Govt. of India and is on the medical advisory board of Smile Train, the largest global non-profit organization for cleft surgeries based out of the USA. In addition, he has published the world’s first six volume Plastic Surgery Textbook from a developing country.

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About Smile Train

Smile Train is the world’s largest cleft-focused organization, with a sustainable and local model of supporting surgery and other forms of essential care. Over the last 20+ years, it has supported safe and quality cleft care for 1.5+ million children and endeavors to do so until every child in need with a cleft has access to the care they deserve.

Comprehensive Care Meets a Nurturing Community

Cleft Sarthi is an initiative by Dr. Karoon Agrawal to provide comprehensive care, unite communities, and empower children and parents on their unique journey with Cleft Lip and Palate.

About National Heart Institute Delhi

Established in 1981, National Heart Institute is a NABH & NABL Accredited Hospital located in the heart of the city. The Institute has been recognised for Open Heart Surgeries, coronary artery bypass surgery, angiography and angioplasties and other specialised cardiac treatment by the Central Govt. Health Scheme (CGHS), Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), Employees State Insurance (ESI), Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), besides the Governments of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Govt of NCT of Delhi. The Ministry of Defence, Office of the Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services and Directorate General of Medical Services Naval Headquarters have recognised NHI for treatment of their employees and their families. 150 Public sector bodies, almost all the TPAs and International Organisations like World Health Organisation & UNICEF are also empanelled with the National Heart Institute.

National Heart Institute, East of Kailash, New Delhi