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Craniosynostosis repair

SURGERY TO REPAIR FUSED SKULL BONES IN BABIES

The surgery releases fused skull bones so that your child's skull forms properly

About

This procedure corrects craniosynostosis, which is a condition where the plates of a newborn baby's skull fuse too early or in an abnormal way. The surgery remodels the shape of the skull to alter the abnormal growth pattern. The procedure is carried out before the baby's first birthday, while the skull bones are still pliable.

Need to know

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    The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic, so your baby will be asleep throughout. Two small incisions will be made in your baby's skin to access their skull. The fused bones will then be released so they can move and grow. This will also allow your baby's skull to remodel. The area will then be closed with sutures.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have. In the week before surgery, it’s important that your child stays healthy. Let your consultant know if your child has recently had a cold, as surgery may need to be postponed to reduce the risk of complications. Because general anaesthetic is used during the procedure, you may need to alter your child's feeding patterns. Your consultant will tell you how long this might be. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    Your baby will be looked after in the intensive care unit after surgery. If recovery is going well, most children will be well enough to return home the following day.
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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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