Craniosynostosis is a medical condition in newborns wherein the sutures of two or more of the seven bones in the skull fuse prematurely. Apparent signs of this congenital deformity are the abnormal shape of the skull and/or forehead with possible asymmetry of the eyes, ears, or both.
Your child’s pediatrician can help distinguish between craniosynostosis and plagiocephaly, a head shape deformity that occurs after your child is born and is usually the result of positioning (in a car seat, in the crib, etc). Unlike craniosynostosis, which is treated with surgery, plagiocephaly can be treated using positioning techniques, physicial therapy, and potentially a special, custom-made helmet for your child.
An X-ray or CT scan helps to determine the type of craniosynostosis and allows the Dr. Hall to properly diagnose individual conditions. The following are the four main types of craniosynostosis:
Craniosynostosis is best treated before your child turns one year old. This allows the reshaped skull to continue to grow, and can relieve pressure on the growing brain. Dr. Hall performs craniosynostosis correction surgery in conjunction with a pediatric neurosurgeon, and will reshape the bones of the skull to a more normal position.
Your child will spend a few days in the hospital after their surgery, with one night spent in the intensive care unit for close observation. There will be some swelling of the face and head that quickly resolves over the course of the first week. Pain is minimal and it typically controlled easily with oral pain medications.
If you have any questions about Houston craniosynostosis treatment, surgery for your child or would like to meet with Dr. Hall to discuss your options, call 713.791.0700 and schedule an appointment to meet with him at either of his Houston locations. You can also use the contact forms to request an appointment by email or request a consult via the internet at 2nd.md. To schedule an internet consultation click the 2nd MD logo below.