Repair of Craniosynostosis

Craniosynostosis is a birth defect that causes one or more of the bones on a baby's head to fuse to an adjoining skull bone earlier than normal.  The space between these bones are called "sutures." Most sutures do not fuse until the second or third decade of life. Craniosynostosis results from sutures fusing in utero or before the normal time.  When this happens, it can cause problems such as:

  • Increased intracranial pressure
  • Unbalanced appearance of skull
  • Reduced space for the brain to grow, and reduced blood flow to the brain causing developmental delays

Repairing Craniosynostosis

As an ACPA-certified craniofacial team (CFT), your child will be assessed by a palstic craniofacial surgeon and a pediatric neurosurgeon. We also provide assessment by a pediatric neuro-psychologist who performs neuro-developmental and cognitive assessment.  

  • The type of surgical reconstruction depends on which the sutures involved and the age of presentation.
  • Types of repair include: fronto-orbital advancement and cranial vault remodeling with barrel staves.
  • The type of reconstruction will be reviewed with you by the surgeons.