Craniosynostosis is a condition in which the fibrous joints between the skull bones fuse too early. These joints are known as sutures. If this occurs (usually before or at birth) it can cause an abnormal head shape, or in some cases restrict growth of the brain, which increases the pressure inside the skull.
Surgery for craniosynostosis is designed to correct the abnormal head shape and allow the growing brain room to expand normally.
The surgery for craniosynostosis is typically performed in the first two years of life. There are multiple types of surgery used to treat craniosynostosis, including strip craniectomy, spring-assisted craniectomy and cranial vault remodeling, amongst others. Not all patients are a candidate for all types of surgery. The surgery is performed by a team of a plastic surgeon and a neurosurgeon, working together.
What craniosynostosis surgery can treat: