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Boston Children's Hospital has been a worldwide innovator in diagnosing and treating children with metopic synostosis and all types of craniosynostosis for decades. Clinicians in our Departments of Neurosurgery and Plastic and Oral Surgery have extensive experience in treating all forms and degrees of the condition.
We use minimally invasive techniques—medical and surgical procedures that use small incisions and miniaturized cameras and tools—whenever we can. In fact, Children's is a global leader in creating and refining new surgical approaches.
A child with mild metopic synostosis may have no symptoms beyond a noticeable ridge down the middle of his forehead. In these cases, doctors may decide no medical treatment is needed.
Many children with moderate to severe metopic synostosis will require surgical intervention.
Surgery for metopic synostosis:
Before the operation, your child's surgeon will:
During surgery, the surgeon and treatment team will:
After surgery, your child:
When your child has metopic synostosis, your family may have many concerns and questions. Not only are you focused on meeting all of your child's medical needs: You are also grappling with a significant emotional and psychological toll that can affect every member of the family.
In addition to the clinical information offered on this page, Boston Children's has several other resources designed to give your family comfort, support and guidance:
Patient and family resources at Boston Children's
Please note that neither Boston Children's Hospital nor the Craniofacial Anomalies Program at Boston Children's unreservedly endorses all of the information found at the sites listed below. These links are provided as a resource.
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