What is craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis occurs when the bones in a baby’s skull join together too early, hindering normal brain and skull growth. This premature fusion can lead to a misshapen skull, increased pressure on the brain, and developmental issues. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for preventing long-term complications.

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Types of craniosynostosis

  • Sagittal Craniosynostosis: The most common form, affecting the suture along the top of the head.
  • Coronal Craniosynostosis: Involves the fusion of one or both of the coronal sutures near the forehead.
  • Metopic Craniosynostosis: The fusion of the suture running from the nose to the upper forehead
  • Lambdoid Craniosynostosis: Affects the suture at the back of the head.
  • Multisuture and Syndromic Craniosynostosis: Involves multiple sutures and may be part of conditions including Crouzon syndrome and Apert syndrome
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What is the procedure?

The surgical approach to craniosynostosis depends on the type of the suture fusion and age of presentation. Dr. Davidson employs the latest techniques to ensure the best possible functional and cosmetic outcomes. Each child must be carefully and thoroughly assessed to determine the ideal surgical approach.

Minimally invasive surgery for craniosynostosis

  • Minimally invasive: Suitable for infants 4 months and younger, this technique involves smaller incisions to remove bone at the area of fusion and remold the skull with springs (that are removed in a second operation) or a post-operative helmet worn for several months
  • Benefits: Reduced scarring, shorter recovery time, and less blood loss compared to traditional surgery.

Open cranial vault remodeling

  • Comprehensive correction: Used for older infants (including revision procedures), this technique involves making a larger incision to reposition and reshapes the bones of the skull using absorbable plates and screws in a single procedure.
  • Benefits: Single procedure, able to treat more complex or revision cases, no need for postoperative helmet or second operation to remove springs
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Benefits of treatment

  • Normal brain development: Alleviates pressure on the brain, allowing for normal development.
  • Cosmetic improvement: Corrects skull shape, leading to a more typical head shape.
  • Reduced risk of complications: Early treatment can prevent potential neurological and developmental issues.

Recovery and post-operative care

Recovery varies based on the type of surgery performed. Minimally invasive procedures generally have a shorter recovery time, with most infants returning to normal activities within a few days. Open cranial vault reconstruction requires a more extended hospital stay and recovery period. All surgery is performed under general anesthetic with patients staying in the hospital under the care of caring medical professionals. Parents are provided with comprehensive aftercare instructions and support throughout the healing process. Dr. Davidson will be closely monitoring your child’s progress and is always available to discuss your concerns.

Safety and excellence in care for children with craniosynostosis

At Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Institute, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our young patients. Our hospital-based surgical setting provides state-of-the-art facilities and highly skilled staff, ensuring the highest standards of care. Dr. Davidson’s expertise in craniofacial surgery, combined with our expert neurosurgeons, ensures the highest standard of surgical outcomes.

Long-term follow-up

Long-term follow-up is crucial for monitoring the child’s development and the success of the surgery. Regular appointments are scheduled to assess skull growth, developmental milestones, and any further treatment needs.

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Our commitment to clinical excellence.

At Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Institute, we set the standard in craniosynostosis care, combining world-class expertise, exceptional patient care, and a profound commitment to the community. Our team is led by renowned board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr Edward H Davidson MD FACS FAAP, with specialist fellowship training in craniofacial surgery and over a decade of experience. He is renowned nationally and internationally as an educator in craniofacial surgery.

We pride ourselves on providing a boutique concierge practice experience. We strive to make patients feel special and loved through unwavering availability, wraparound care, and a caring, empathetic, and professional approach. In partnership with Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Foundation, we can provide financial assistance to those needing craniofacial care. Contact us to learn more about our approach to craniosynostosis treatment and how we can support your family.

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