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Latest trends in minimally invasive synostosis surgery: a review

Sanger, Claire; David, Lisa; Argenta, Louis

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: August 2014 - Volume 22 - Issue 4 - p 316–321
doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000069
MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY: Edited by Sherard A. Tatum
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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.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical School, Department of Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery, North Carolina, USA

Correspondence to Dr Claire Sanger, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center, Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27517, USA. Tel: +1 336 713 0200; e-mail:

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