Craniosynostosis (1332)

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Traditional open surgery

What is craniosynostosis?

A baby’s skull has several bones. The spaces between these bones are called sutures. As a baby grows and develops, the sutures are where rapid growth occurs. In time, the brain stops growing. By the teen years the sutures close and form the solid bony skull.

Craniosynostosis means one or more of the sutures closed too early. This can cause problems with skull growth, and possibly brain growth.Normal skull of the newborn EN

A CT scan of your child’s head will be done to look at your child’s skull. Your surgeon will review the scan with you, and make recommendations.

When is surgery done?

The surgery is done by a craniofacial surgeon and a neurosurgeon. These surgeons will talk with you about the best time to do surgery. Your surgeons will explain what will happen during surgery. Please ask any questions you have.

What happens after the surgery?



Pictures are shown looking down from top of head.

1332 - cranio picture 1 EN   cranio picture 2 EN   cranio picture 3 EN


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child:

  • Has severe pain that does not stop.
  • Has a fever of 101 F (38.3 C) degrees or higher.
  • Is not able to drink enough liquids.
  • Has redness or swelling around the eyes or along the incision line.
  • Has bleeding or drainage from the incision line.
  • Has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.