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Endoscopic-assisted repair for sagittal synostosis

Matthew D. Smyth and Kamlesh B. Patel

The craniofacial team at St. Louis Children's Hospital has been performing endoscopy-assisted synostosis surgery since 2006. Most infants with single-suture synostosis younger than 6 months of age are candidates. The sphinx position is used, with two incisions: one posterior to the bregma and one anterior to the lambda. The endoscope is incorporated primarily for epidural dissection and bone edge cauterization. Blood products are available but rarely needed with single suturectomies. Patients are managed on the floor after surgery and discharged to home on postoperative day 1, with helmet therapy coordinated and initiated immediately after surgery and continued until about 12 months of age.

The video can be found here: https://vimeo.com/513939623

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Introduction. Innovations in craniosynostosis surgery

Craig Birgfeld, Federico Di Rocco, Cormac O. Maher, Mark R. Proctor, and Matthew D. Smyth