Immediately following craniosynostosis surgery your child will be cared for in an intensive care unit (ICU).
Laboratory tests will be performed to ensure that blood levels and electrolyte levels remain normal following surgery.
Your child will receive intravenous (IV) fluids immediately following surgery, which will keep your child hydrated until they are able to resume eating and drinking on their own.
A headwrap may be placed at the time of your child's operation and is typically removed in the first 1-2 days after surgery. 手术引流管将在术后2-3天内移除. Antibiotic ointment is typically applied to the scalp incision line for 7-10 days; thereafter, 切口线可用肥皂和水保持清洁.
Swelling following surgery can be substantial depending on the type of craniosynostosis surgery performed. Your child's eyes may swell shut which is a normal part of the healing process following craniosynostosis surgery and will resolve in 2-3 days.
一旦您的孩子从最初的手术中恢复, they may be transferred out of the ICU to a regular floor unit for additional monitoring. Your child will remain in the hospital until they are able to eat and drink enough on their own to stay hydrated, have their pain controlled with oral medication and have at least one eye open if their eyes were previously swollen shut.
When your child is ready to be discharged home, they should return to their normal routine. Keeping your child's head elevated while sleeping in their crib or having them sleep in their car seat will help reduce swelling. Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon and neurosurgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your child's individual recovery period.
- Does my child need a helmet after surgery and if so, how frequently must it be worn?
- Are there additional procedures that will be required after surgery and if so when will they be performed?
最直接的 颅缝早闭手术结果 取决于手术的类型. 通过开颅缝早闭手术, 松解融合的缝合线, 头骨被重新定位，形成更典型的头部形状. The results of open procedures will be immediately apparent with a significant change in your child's head shape from before to after surgery.
Strip craniectomy surgery will release the fused suture but will rely on the use of a custom helmet after surgery to improve your child's head shape over time. Spring-assisted craniectomy surgery will also not result in significant change in your child's head shape immediately following surgery and may require the use of helmet therapy after removal of the spring to help redirect skull growth to a more typical pattern.
手术后立即, there may be significant swelling of the head which will mostly resolve within the first few days to weeks after surgery. 完全消除肿胀可能需要几个月的时间.
Your child may have slight irregularities or soft spots on their head following craniosynostosis surgery. These areas will improve over time as the bones of the skull remodel and heal.
虽然你的手术会有很好的结果, there is a chance your child may require additional surgeries in the future. If your child demonstrates repeat signs of increased intracranial pressure, 然后可能需要额外的颅缝早闭手术. Some patients with persistent skull defects from incomplete bone healing may require revisionary surgery depending on the location and size of the defect.
颅缝早闭手术后, your child will be followed regularly by your craniofacial surgeon or craniofacial team to monitor their immediate recovery and continued growth and development.