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© 2021, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.Background: Although cleft surgeons in the United Kingdom follow a similar training pathway, and cleft centers adhere to similar protocols regarding timing of palate surgery and surgical technique, speech outcomes still vary significantly between centers. Objective: To explore if differences in technique exist between individual surgeons, performing a Sommerlad radical intravelar veloplasty (IVVP). Design: An exploratory, qualitative approach was adopted to understand the views of UK cleft surgeons performing a Sommerlad radical IVVP for primary cleft palate repair and to discuss what was important in the adoption, adaptation, and evolution of this technique within their own practice. Method: A semistructured interview schedule was designed. Interviews were conducted in person or via videoconferencing, with interested surgeons. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, and checked for accuracy. Analysis involved inductive thematic analysis. Results: Fourteen cleft consultants from the United Kingdom participated (3 females and 11 males). Seven of the consultants were trained in plastic surgery and 4 in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Eight themes were identified from the thematic analysis. One theme—Surgical Variation—is discussed. Conclusions: The findings provide insight into areas of variation seen within one surgical technique of cleft palate repair. These variations may have arisen to accommodate heterogeneity in the patient population or may have evolved in relation to different experiences of training or influences of colleagues. Further work is needed to explore the reasons for these differences in technique and to identify if any of these subtle differences contributed to variability in outcomes.
Author(s): Butterworth S, Hodgkinson EL, Sainsbury DCG, Hodgkinson PD
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Print publication date: 01/11/2021
Online publication date: 01/02/2021
Acceptance date: 02/04/2016
ISSN (print): 1055-6656
ISSN (electronic): 1545-1569
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
PubMed id: 33517708
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