Strip Craniectomy (age: under 6 months)
The more common procedure, a cranial vault remodeling, includes a formal cranial vault expansion and reshaping procedure, but a strip craniectomy can be used as a preliminary procedure to reduce pressure in very young children with multiple sutures involved. This procedure is only used in patients with raised intracranial pressure with the goal of relieving that elevated pressure.
A strip craniectomy is typically performed in conjunction with a pediatric neurosurgeon. The procedure generally lasts approximately two to three hours. After surgery, your child will stay at the Hospital for recovery and follow-up care. Most children stay for an average of three to five days.
Additional surgeries including vault expansion and reshaping procedures will be scheduled according to your child’s recovery and how well she responds to this preliminary procedure.