International Cleft Palate Disssection Course
“Velopharyngeal insufficiency: Diagnosis and treatment”

30/31 October 2015
Utrecht, The Netherlands
An initiative of the Cleft Palate team Utrecht
"Velopharyngeal insufficiency: Diagnosis and treatment"



As cleft surgeons our aim is to repair the cleft lip/palate to be comparable to the normal anatomy. But, have you ever done a dissection course on a cadaver to see the normal anatomy of the relationship the levator veli palatine muscle has with the palatopharyngeus muscle? Have you ever seen what the super constrictor muscle looks like in the cadaver?

This course will look at the diagnosis of treatment of velopharyngeal insufficiency and hopes to bring the speech pathologist and the surgeon closer to each other.

What does the Speech Pathologist want from the Surgeon?
What does the surgeon want from the speech pathologist?

In the theoretical part of this course some experts will give us information about the normal anatomy and also the pathology involved in the cleft palate. Tips and trics about cleft palate and pharyngeal surgery (including buccal buccinator flap and lipofilling) will be discussed. In the practical part the normal anatomy of the palate, will be dissected on fresh cadavers.

We believe this course will be as successful as the previous course and we hope to welcome you to Utrecht in October 2015.




30 / 31 October 2015



Anatomy department, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Target group


Cleft surgeons doing the VPI surgery and speech and language pathologist involved in cleft care

Number of participants


28 surgeons
28 speech - and language pathologist



Surgeons: € 595 (cadaver dissection)
Speech and language pathologist: € 175



– Continuing Medical Education
(CME) Accreditation applied for (Dutch Association of Plastic Surgeons)

Course Director


Corstiaan Breugem


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