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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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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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