Craniosynostosis is a birth defect that causes one or more sutures on a baby's head to close earlier than normal. The skull of an infant or young child is made up of bony plates that allow for growth of the skull. The borders at which these plates intersect are called sutures or suture lines.  The cause of this condition is unknown.  If not corrected, it causes major head deformity that can be severe and permanent.  There are different types of craniosynostosis, which depends on which sutures in the skull have closed.

Our first son, Eli was born with right unicoronal craniosynostosis.  The best option was to go in and surgically open the suture that had closed on the right side of his head.  Since two plates in his skull had prematurely fused together, it caused his skull, forehead and eye sockets to be misshaped.  During surgery the neurosurgeon removed the affected bones in the front of his skull and forehead, and the plastic surgeon molded the bones into a normal shape.

Eli underwent cranial surgery at 5 and a half months old on June 10, 2013.  Everything went well during surgery and recovery and he is doing fantastic post-op!

Related Posts:

March 22, 2013 - Update on Eli: Dr Visit - Plastic Surgeon
April 15, 2013 - Update on Eli: CT Scan - It's Confirmed
April 23, 2013 - Update on Eli: Dr Visit - Neurosurgeon; Next Steps
May 6, 2013 - Update on Eli: Dr Visit - Opthamologist
June 8, 2013 - Update on Eli: It's Almost Time
August 20, 2013 - Update on Eli: Surgery (Backtrack)
- Update on Eli: Hospital Stay (Backtrack)
August 10, 2013 - Update on Eli: 2 Months Post-Op