Endoscopic Craniosynostosis

Overview

Endoscopic treatment for craniosynostosis is a newer technique that offers an excellent alternative to traditional open cranial vault remodeling. Instead of a large incision across the scalp, only one or two small 1-inch incisions are necessary for the surgery. The abnormally fused strip of bone is then removed with the guidance of a camera. Reshaping then takes place over several months with the use of a molding helmet.  This procedure is available for all forms of craniosynostosis, including sagittal, metopic, coronal, and lambdoid synostosis.

Benefits of Endoscopic Surgery

Benefits include much shorter scars, decreased time in the hospital and a much lower need for blood transfusions. However, this procedure is ideally performed in children who are 4 months of age or younger. Those who cannot have the endoscopic procedure can still receive open repair.

An Experienced Team of Specialists

Our craniofacial team is one of the most experienced in the nation with the endoscopic technique, with multiple scientific articles and international presentations on this subject.

We also strongly believe that the best treatment for children with craniofacial abnormalities is with a team approach, so every operation is performed by both a neurosurgeon and a plastic surgeon, rather than just a single specialist. We feel that this offers the best treatment possible for your child.

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to our doctors. Our team is proud of their outstanding safety record, which is among the best in the country.

Comprehensive Care Center

Neuroplastic Center

Our Craniofacial Team

Loree K. Kalliainen, MD, MA

Associate Professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgeon, Lifespan Physician Group Plastic Surgery

Daniel Kwan, MD

Assistant Professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Chief of Reconstructive Surgery, Lifespan Physician Group

Paul Y. Liu, MD

Professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Chief of Plastic Surgery at Rhode Island Hospital

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

Case Example

Before

After

Before image shows a triangular head shape from metopic synostosis. After image taken 1 year after surgery and molding helmet therapy.

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