Cranial defects can occur after an accident, infection or surgery. In these cases, a large piece of bone from the skull is removed. People missing a part of the skull often need to wear helmets to protect the brain. In order to correct this problem, surgery is necessary.

Case Example



Arrow shows severe depression of the skull before treatment.


Reconstruction of a missing piece of bone in the skull is called cranioplasty. Multiple treatment options are available, including placement of an implant in the skull or reconstruction with bone from elsewhere. Additional procedures include fat grafting and other techniques to improve symmetry. The Neuroplastic Team offers all of these options and will work with you to identify the best treatment for your needs.

Comprehensive Care Center

Neuroplastic Center

Team Care

We strongly believe that the best treatment for patients with skull and cranial abnormalities is with a team approach. Every procedure is performed by both a neurosurgeon and a plastic surgeon, who collaborate to achieve the best care for each patient.

Our Team

Albert Woo, MD

Associate Professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Chief, Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Director, Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Konstantina A. Svokos, DO, MS

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics
Director, Fetal Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Neuroplastics

Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Division
Director, Center for CSF Disorders of the Brain and Spine

Neuroplastic Center
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone:  (401) 444-3457
Fax: (401) 444-2788