Open Craniosynostosis

Overview

Open cranial vault remodeling is the gold standard technique for the treatment of craniosynostosis. With this procedure, the surgical team makes an incision across the scalp. The bones of the skull are then removed and reshaped to normalize the appearance of the head, release pressure on the brain, and provide more room for the growth of the skull. Depending on the issues being addressed, doctors will focus on the back of the skull (sagittal and lambdoid synostosis) or the front (metopic and coronal synostosis).

Comprehensive Care Center

Neuroplastic Center

Treatment

Treatment is recommended within the first year of life to optimize brain development, but may be performed at any age with this procedure.  Besides these standard approaches, the Craniofacial Team also offers endoscopic and distraction techniques to achieve the best possible result.

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.

Safety

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

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 images show child with a triangular head shape from metopic synostosis. Surgery normalized the head shape.

Arrow shows the ridge in the middle of the forehead. Note the triangular shape of the head from overhead view.

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