Craniosynostosis

Overview

Craniosynostosis is a birth defect that occurs when one or more growth plates in the skull have fused abnormally. This causes an irregular head shape, where your baby’s skull may appear long, triangular or asymmetric. The size of the eyes and the position of the ears may also be affected. Most importantly, early closure of the growth plates of the skull can cause increased pressure on the brain, which can lead to developmental delay and permanent brain damage. Surgery is usually performed to prevent these problems from occurring.

Comprehensive Care Center

Neuroplastic Center

Treatment

Treatment is recommended within the first year of life to optimize brain development. The Craniofacial Team offers traditional open cranial reconstruction and also newer endoscopic and distraction techniques to achieve the best possible result.

Types of Craniosynostosis

Team Care

We strongly believe that the best treatment for children with craniofacial 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 your child.

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
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Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 444-3457
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