Craniosynostosis, also referred to as synostosis, cranial synostosis, or cranial sclerosis is a birth defect that occurs as a result of premature fusion of the cranial sutures. Two or more of the seven main bones of the cranium fail to grow properly when the child is in the womb. Associated with deformity of the shape of the skull, this condition can be corrected with a surgery. Our highly renowned board-certified plastic surgeons at My Houston Surgeons are experienced in performing craniosynostosis surgery.
Craniosynostosis Surgery Procedure
A procedure that can be performed on infants two months old or younger, or on babies nine to twelve months of age, Craniosynostosis surgery can correct the malformation of a child’s skull. Surgical correction for this birth defect is imperative, as it allows a patient’s brain to grow properly, and gives them an improved head shape.
Benefits of Craniosynostosis Surgery
The procedure can:
- Improve the way a child’s head looks
- Relieve skull pressure
- Allow enough room in the skull for a patient’s brain to grow
TYPES OF SYNOSTOSIS TREATMENT
The most common form of craniosynostosis, the condition causes the forehead to take a triangular shape. This deformity may range from simple metopic ridging to severe trigonocephaly with markedly abnormal head shape. Our surgeons prefer to complete the procedure on patients who are between nine and eleven months of age. This allows them to widen the intraorbital distance and provide a smooth, pleasing contour for the forehead.
Caused by a variety of gene abnormalities, sagittal synostosis can most often be treated with minimally invasive techniques for babies less than two months of age. In cases where early treatment is not instituted, it is best to delay treatment until approximately nine to ten months of age.
Mainly associated with cosmetic deformities including eye, nasal, and forehead, the condition is treated surgically between nine and twelve months of age. During the procedure, our surgeons reshape the bone that creates the brow and remodel the forehead from its flat appearance to a more natural one.
Multiple Suture Synostosis
This refers to the serious condition where more than one of the sutures of the cranium fuse prematurely. Fortunately, we can treat the defect with a variety of surgeries. We control elevated intracranial pressure with multiple techniques, including early fronto-orbital advancement surgery, early shunting, and early monoblock advancement procedures.
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