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Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000069
MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY: Edited by Sherard A. Tatum

Latest trends in minimally invasive synostosis surgery: a review

Sanger, Claire; David, Lisa; Argenta, Louis

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Abstract

Purpose of review

To present the current surgical options for minimally invasive surgery for treatment of craniosynostosis.

Recent findings

Minimally invasive procedures are well tolerated treatment options for patients with craniosynostosis. Suturectomy and helmet therapy is a treatment option for scaphocephaly with minimal blood loss and length of hospital stay. Spring-mediated cranioplasty is, in addition, a well tolerated and effective treatment option for scaphocephaly.

Summary

In patients with multiple suture craniosynostosis, surgical techniques that utilize spring-assisted surgery can provide decreased morbidity with better bone formation made available for a second operation. Continued basic science research and clinical studies will expand the use and provide further minimally invasive procedures to infants with craniosynostosis.

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