Care for Children with Craniosynostosis (PDF, 360 KB)
Duke's Craniofacial Program in Durham, North Carolina, offers experienced surgeons and a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of cleft lip and palate and craniofacial deformities, including craniosynostosis.
Conditions treated include:
Your care team will usually include a craniofacial surgeon and a neurosurgeon. Other specialists may be consulted depending on your individual needs.
Additional caregivers may include specialists from dentistry, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, oral surgery, genetics, speech pathology and audiology, social work, child life, and neuroradiology.
For patients with the most complex conditions, in which more than a few specialist opinions are needed, we may suggest that families come to a multidisciplinary team conference. Here, the numerous specialists will meet you and your child. They will then assemble for a conference. Then you will receive a report on their consensus opinions.
Duke is becoming one of the busiest centers in the country for treating craniosynostosis, a congenital condition that impedes normal brain and skull growth. Duke’s surgeons perform 35 to 50 primary surgeries for craniosynostosis each year.
Duke’s experienced craniofacial surgeons collaborate with pediatric neurosurgeons to restore normal head shape as well as relieve any pressure on the growing brain, to ensure that growth and development continue normally.
Not every child will require surgery. Each patient is evaluated thoroughly to devise a treatment plan.
For the vast majority of children with craniosynostosis, growth and development proceed normally after treatment, with no further intervention needed.
Susan E. Anderson, RN
Division of Plastic Surgery
Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Team Coordinator
DUMC Box 3974
Durham, North Carolina 27710
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