Craniosynostosis | Treatments

What are the treatment options for craniosynostosis?

Most, but not all, children with craniosynostosis need surgery to relieve pressure on the brain and correct the shape of the head. In some mild cases, observation might be the best treatment alternative.

Surgery for craniosynostosis often works best in children under age 1, since the bones are still soft and pliable, making them easier to move. Older babies and children can also have surgery, but it may be more complex. In rare cases, the surgery may need to be repeated over time, as the child grows.

Close up of Ella who was born with craniosynostosis. Both of her skull bones were fused together.

The surgeon may use:

  • minimally invasive surgery to release the sutures that are fused
  • reconstructive surgery to reposition the skull bones to allow for normal growth and development 

Expert care for craniosynostosis

Boston Children's Hospital has been a worldwide innovator in diagnosing and treating children with craniosynostosis for decades. Our clinicians in Neurosurgery and Plastic Surgery have extensive experience diagnosing and treating craniosynostosis in infants and children of all ages — using minimally invasive procedures whenever possible.