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                 Treatments available for Craniosynostosis

Craniosynostosis is a condition in which the shape of the skull is abnormal.
This occurs when two or more out of the seven bones of the cranium
experience abnormal growth and the sutures that are responsible for holding
them together close prematurely. The condition could occur when the child
is still in the mother’s womb.

Craniosynostosis surgery is the best option for correcting deformities of
skull bone and face.

The condition could be attributed to isolated genes or inherited genes. A
majority of cases are associated only with deformed shape of the skull. In
some cases, the skull deformed as well as the facial features are deformed.
In a majority of cases, surgical treatment is required and is usually
performed for infants
below 2 months or later
when       the     child     is
between          nine      and
twelve months.

Only a plastic surgeon
who is skilled in this reconstructive surgery for the skull can correct the
congenital deformity. Depending on how severe the condition is, the child
may face some or all these problems:

    • Abnormal forehead
    • Abnormal shape of the skull


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    • Asymmetrical ears or eyes
    • Intracranial pressure due to which delays can be caused in
        development. If correction is not done at the right time, the brain may
        suffer permanent damage.

Specific Treatments for Craniosynostosis

Established plastic surgery centers offer treatment for craniosynostosis to
resolve specific conditions:

    • Metopic Synostosis: In this condition, the forehead is triangular in
        shape. There is a wide variation in the deformity. Sometimes, it is
        very mild and no operative intervention may be required at all.
        However, surgery is necessary for cases that are very obvious.
        Usually, this is done when the infant is 9 to 11 months.

    • Sagittal Synostosis: This is the most common type of premature
        suture fusion. Treatment gives best results when the infant is below 2
        months of age. Formal cranial vault remodeling is performed to widen
        the biparietal distance and also shorten the distance between the
        frontal and posterior of the skull. The treatment is minimally invasive
        and results in a properly shaped head.

    • Unilateral Coronal Synostosis: This condition involves deformities of
        the forehead, nose and the eye. This reconstructive surgery gives best
        results if it is performed on the infants when they are 9 to 12 months




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        of age. The bone is reshaped to create the forehead and the brow. The
        face is provided with symmetry and a more a natural look.

    •   Multiple Suture Synostosis: This is a very serious condition as there is
        premature closure of multiple sutures of the cranium. Various
        surgeries may be required to correct the issue. Multiple techniques
        may be used for controlling the elevated intracranial pressure. This
        includes early shunting, fronto-orbital advancement surgery and early
        monoblock advancement procedures.

Contact Details

Houston Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery
6400 Fannin Suite 2290
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-791-0700
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Description: Craniosynostosis surgery is the best option for correcting deformities of skull bone and face. Established plastic surgery centers offer several treatment options for craniosynostosis to resolve specific conditions