Minimally invasive surgery for craniosynostosis requires early diagnosis and intervention

June 28, 2018


Craniosynostosis, which often can be diagnosed soon after birth, requires treatment. The standard treatment, calvarial vault remodeling, involves a long surgery, blood loss and a long hospital stay.

Edward S. Ahn, M.D., a pediatric neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, discusses a minimally invasive treatment option whose results are as good as — if not better than — those of the standard open procedure. The endoscopic procedure is available when craniosynostosis is diagnosed early and intervention occurs shortly after.