The team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital was one of the very first to offer minimally invasive surgery for craniosynostosis. Since that first endoscopic procedure was performed in 2006, doctors affiliated with St. Louis Children’s Hospital have successfully treated hundreds of children with this technique.
Experience and Expertise
Why Should You Consider Endoscopic Surgery for Craniosynostosis?
There are tremendous benefits to endoscopic repair surgery. They include:
Endoscopic repair is considered both safe and effective. Numerous scientific papers have shown that it provides outcomes that are just as successful as traditional, open craniosynostosis procedures.
What to Expect With Endoscopic Craniosynostosis Surgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital
From your first appointment to your last, we will treat you and your child with compassion. Here’s what to expect:
At St. Louis Children's Hospital, we've been helping children who need craniosynostosis surgery for over 35 years, so we are prepared with answers to all of your questions. We have treated hundreds of children for all types of craniosynostosis. We can help your child, too.
Our center ranks among the most experienced in the nation at treating craniosynostosis. In fact, doctors from St. Louis Children's Hospital helped pioneer and refine minimally invasive endoscopic techniques for craniosynostosis repair. Some advantages of our Craniosynostosis Program are:
Our re-operation rate is very low. In the hands of our experienced surgeons, craniosynostosis surgery is not only is safe, but it's very successful.
We put patient safety first. None of our patients has experienced a major surgical complication, such as stroke or heart attack. Safety is our primary concern.
Our program is among the most experienced in the U.S. We have performed hundreds of craniosynostosis repair surgeries since 2003.
We developed the standard protocol for post-surgery helmet use. The 'St. Louis protocol' for helmeting after craniosynostosis surgery is named for us because we developed it. This protocol is used by doctors and cranial orthotists throughout the country.
We offer endoscopic repair for all types of craniosynostosis. Some surgeons only offer minimally invasive repair surgery to children with scaphocephaly (sagittal synostosis). Our experienced surgeons perform endoscopic repairs on all types of craniosynostosis, including multi-suture and syndromic cases.
We believe in a multidisciplinary approach to craniosynostosis. Babies whose skull bones fuse too early may have other issues, too. When you choose St. Louis Children's Hospital, you will see professionals from all the appropriate subspecialties, including plastic surgery, neurosurgery, psychology, speech and language, dentistry, orthodontics, ophthalmology, nursing, ear-nose-throat and genetics.
Streamlined appointments. On your first visit, you will get any necessary imaging done, receive the results and talk to the surgeons. We understand you don't want to take your baby from one clinic to another. We offer you everything you need in one place.
Our experienced surgeons treat all types of craniosynostosis including:
Scaphocephaly (also called sagittal synostosis)
Minor suture synostosis
Syndromic craniosynostosis that occurs due to another health condition, such as Crouzon syndrome and Apert syndrome
Multi-suture craniosynostosis in which more than two bones of the skull fuse together prematurely