In the 35-year history of Operation Smile, our world-class teams of medical volunteers have delivered free cleft surgery to hundreds of thousands of patients around the world.
However, all too many patients born with cleft conditions were unable to get surgery when they were babies, which is the ideal age range for the best results.
Supported by international and local medical missions and the ongoing care provided at Operation Smile's world wide network of cleft care centers, we've been able to provide safe surgery to some of the poorest and hardest-to-reach patients in the world.
As we look to the future, our goal is to provide safe cleft surgery for every adult, teen and child in need. Then, the remaining patients will be all babies and toddlers who can be scheduled for surgery at the best time. Their cleft care will be truly SET: safe, effective and timely.