Craniosynostosis Helmets

Surgery is commonly performed to correct craniosynostosis. The timing and type of surgery is dependent on the type of synostosis and the preference of the surgeon. Most often, surgery for craniosynostosis is performed during the first few months of life.

Helmets or headband therapy may be used as an adjunct to surgery. Some neurosurgeons use headbands for occipital plagiocephaly. In this type of therapy, the child can wear a STARband customized, external helmet or headband for a prescribed period to direct proper skull growth.

baby_reddress Helmet or band therapy involves taking a STARscan of the skull. We scan your child’s head, then fit him/her with a helmet or band which sits snugly on the prominent areas of the head, but allows the recessed and flattened portions to gradually expand into the open areas of the helmet, molding the head as it grows.

Depending on the child’s age, correction in skull shape usually occurs within three to six months. The helmet or band is made by a skilled orthotist at Monroe Orthotics and Prosthetics, working with the craniofacial surgeon and/or pediatric neurosurgeon or pediatrician.

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