Craniosynostosis Center 

The Craniosynostosis Center at the Walter and Michelle Stys Neuroscience Institute at Wolfson Children’s Hospital offers endoscopic and open repair for children with sagittal craniosynostosis, metopic or coronal synostosis. Treating these conditions is more than cosmetic; they can affect the baby’s developing brain. The sooner the baby is identified with one of these conditions, the more likely he or she is able to benefit from a less invasive, endoscopic repair (6 months and under).

Our multidisciplinary medical staff is comprised of nationally recognized pediatric subspecialists with Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital is ranked as one the 50 Best Children’s Hospitals in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery care by U.S. News & World Report.

Conditions We Treat

Sagittal Craniosynostosis – The most common form of single-suture synostosis, this condition occurs when there is a fusion of the suture along the midline of the skull in infancy. Because the head cannot grow in width, it grows in length to accommodate the expanding brain.

Metopic Synostosis - With this condition, the fusion is located in the center of the forehead, resulting in a pinched, triangular skull shape.

Coronal Synostosis - The sutures between the frontal and parietal bones are affected in this skull defect, causing deformity of the forehead, brow and eye sockets.

Treatments We Offer

Endoscopic Craniosynostosis Repair
This minimally invasive surgical procedure involves endoscope insertion through one or two small incisions on the top of the head; removal of small portions of the skull, including in areas along the closed suture to release the fusion; and the follow-up fitting of a custom molding helmet through Wolfson Children’s Rehabilitation Services to help with the reshaping of the skull.

Open Repair
This repair involves an incision from ear to ear, and the removal of a portion of the skull bone, which is reshaped and replaced with plates and screws that dissolve over time. Scarring is minimal, but this approach produces more swelling, blood loss and a longer hospital stay (3-5 days) than the endoscopic repair.

Making an Appointment

If you are a patient or family member and would like to make an appointment or for more information please call us at 904.202.NEURO (6387).

Making a Referral

We welcome referrals and inquiries from physicians. To request an appointment, for more information, or make a referral, please call us at 904.202.NEURO (6387) or email us at neuroscience@bmcjax.com.

For direct inpatient transfers, please call the Wolfson Children’s Hospital Transfer Center at 904.202.KIDS (5437) or 1.877.240.KIDS (5437).

Our Team

Our multidisciplinary medical staff is comprised of nationally recognized pediatric sub-specialists from the University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville.

Barry Steinberg, MD, DDS, PhD, FACS
Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Wolfson Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville

Nathan J. Ranalli, MD
Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Lucy Gooding Children’s Neurosurgery Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville

 
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