What is Craniosynostosis?
Craniosynostosis is a congenital condition that affects the proper growth of a baby’s head. If your infant has been diagnosed with craniosynostosis, cranial vault remodeling surgery will be needed in order to correct the condition.
Craniosynostosis occurs when a baby’s skull bones have fused together too early. An abnormally shaped head is the most obvious indication of craniosynostosis.
When a baby is born, the bones in the top part of the skull (the cranium) are separated. The seams between these bones, called sutures, allow the bone structure to grow and expand. This enables the cranium to create room for the rapidly growing brain. If one or more of the sutures is fused or closed, it prevents the head from growing normally. The result is a distorted head shape.
Most cases of craniosynostosis require surgery, so you need to find a specialist in your area that is board-certified, has experience, and can show you before and after photos from previous operations.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Morin’s work, get in touch with our Hackensack office today and our team will be glad to help.
Candidates for Cranial Vault Remodeling Surgery
An abnormally shaped head is the most obvious indication of craniosynostosis. The condition is typically diagnosed by physical examination and can be confirmed by getting simple skull x-rays.
Babies born with craniosynostosis may have an unusually shaped head as soon as they are born. In other cases, the sutures may fuse after birth, so signs may not be visible until the child is older. In either case, consulting with a board-certified craniofacial pediatric plastic surgeon as soon as you notice any possible signs is always the best decision.
Dr. Morin dedicates a large part of his practice to treating children with craniosynostosis. He strives to detect this condition as soon as possible and has extensive experience in all cranial vault remodeling techniques in order to deliver the best results to his patients. To find out more about Dr. Morin and his work, contact his office today and we will be glad to help.