Get answers to your Pediatric Surgery questions.
Craniectomy; Synostectomy; Strip craniectomy; Endoscopy-assisted craniectomy; Sagittal craniectomy; Frontal-orbital advancement; FOA
For a planned surgery (not an emergency), you will need to prepare your child.
During the days before the surgery:
On the day of the surgery:
Ask your doctor or nurse about your child's eating and drinking before the surgery. General guidelines are:
Your doctor may ask you to wash your child with a special soap on the morning of the surgery. Rinse your child well afterwards.
After the open surgery, your child will be taken to an intensive care unit (ICU). After 1 or 2 days, your child will be moved to a regular hospital room. Your child will stay in the hospital for 3 to 7 days.
Talking and singing, playing music and telling stories may help soothe your child. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is used for pain, but your nurse will have other pain medicines if your child needs them.
Most children who have endoscopic surgery can go home after staying in the hospital 1 night.
Most of the time, the outcome from craniosynostosis repair is good.
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Baskin JZ. Craniofacial surgery for congenital and acquired deforminities. In: Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey BH, et al, eds. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2010:chap 185.
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