Pediatric Neuroscience Services

Leaders in the Treatment of Craniosynostosis

Our Center for Endoscopic Craniosynostosis Surgery is nationally known for its innovative approach to treatment. We’re experts in diagnosing and developing advanced methods for the treatment of infants with various forms of craniosynostosis.

Mild cases of craniosynostosis may not require surgery. A specially molded helmet may be all that’s needed. But for most babies, surgery is the main avenue of treatment for full correction.

Infants Benefit from Advances in Endoscopic Surgery

When possible, we perform minimally invasive procedures to decreases complications and reduce surgical trauma. Best results are gained when we operate on infants before 12 weeks old.

Our endoscopic surgical techniques produce exceptional results with less risk to your baby. During this type of procedure, the closed suture is released, allowing the rapidly growing brain to remold to the skull and the face to a normal shape over time. If there's no underlying brain abnormality, the surgery allows your baby’s brain adequate space to grow and develop.

Excellent Craniofacial Surgeons

Our craniofacial team offers a variety of innovative procedures to treat single suture craniosynostosis. For more involved cases requiring traditional surgery, a team of highly trained neuro-specialists focus on airway protection, eye protection and treatments for decreasing pressure in the skull. These are called open procedures and are typically more complicated.

Our craniofacial surgeons are highly skilled and welcome helping families with some of the most rare and delicate surgeries.

If you need to make a decision about a craniosynostosis condition, our medical team is here for you with answers that will help you make the best treatment decisions. The key to treating craniosynostosis is early detection and treatment.

If your baby hasn’t been diagnosed with craniosynostosis, but you’re concerned about the shape of his or her head, please contact us at one of our facilities.

Our Cranial Remolding Program

Our Cranial Remolding Program, in partnership with UT Health San Antonio, specializes in the treatment of head shape abnormalities. Our team of highly skilled professionals are nationally known for their successful treatment of plagiocephaly and post-operative craniosynostosis.

Once an infant has been referred to us by a doctor, we evaluate their head shape using an FDA-approved, state-of-the-art STARscanner. This eye-safe laser allows us to scan an infant’s head in less than two seconds. The STARscanner provides data that helps us determine the best approach to treatment. It’s also used to document changes in the shape of the infant’s head over the course of a specific treatment plan.

After the scans are evaluated and a treatment plan is established, the infant is fitted with a STARband cranial remolding orthotic helmet. These cranial remolding helmets guide and promote growth to specific areas while preventing growth in other areas of the head.

Most babies with craniosynostosis are required to wear one of these specialty helmets following their surgery for several months. The time required to wear the cranial remolding orthotic depends on the baby’s needs as well as the severity of their condition.

Plagiocephaly is Sometimes Mistaken for a Form of Craniosynostosis

Positional plagiocephaly usually develops when a baby prefers to lay his or her head in the same position when sleeping or resting. This can cause a flattening on the back of the head. In positional plagiocephaly the skull sutures are not prematurely closed. It’s mostly a cosmetic concern. This condition does not negatively impact brain growth or development. It is frequently corrected by using a cranial remolding helmet.

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