In newborns, the plates of bone that make up the skull are separated by hinges called sutures. Sutures respond to brain growth by “stretching” and producing new bone, which allows the developing skull to grow along with the brain. Over time, the sutures fuse together with the plates to form a single piece of bone. For children with craniosynostosis, one or more of these sutures fused too early during development. Our endoscopic approach to treatment releases the prematurely fused sutures so that the growing brain remodels the head to a normal shape. The process is facilitated by the use of custom-made helmets that the patient wears during the ensuing months.
Our approach is less invasive than traditional surgery; it generally results in less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recovery times. Early detection, ideally within the first twelve weeks of age, greatly contributes to surgical success. However, our postoperative helmet therapy makes excellent outcomes achievable even in older children