The condition occurs if the bones in your baby's skull fuse before or soon after birth, while the brain is rapidly growing. The fused skull delays proper bone growth and causes the brain to grow in the direction of least resistance, which ultimately leads to the shape of the brain, skull and face to become distorted. Each type of skull malformation leads to a specific abnormal head shape and a unique set of complications.
During surgery, we release the prematurely closed suture and allow the infant's misshapen rapidly growing brain to remodel the skull and the face to a normal shape. Depending on which form of craniosynostosis your baby has, our procedures are designed to provide the most optimal results. After surgery, the skull is reshaped with the use of a custom made cranial helmet that must be worn continuously over a few months time.