Can A Dent In My Head From Craniosynostosis Surgery As An Infant Be Fixed?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a middle-aged male. When I was a baby I had craniosynostosis for which I had surgery. I have a flat spot or dent on the crown of my head so I was reaching out to see if you performs procedures to fix an issue like this.

A: Thank you for your inquiry. Many patients with cranial vault surgery as infants do have residual skull contours (partial defects) and even full-thickness defects. Since you probably have a coronal scalp incision to some extent that could be used as access to fill in the defect. Whether that is best done with bone cements or a custom skull implant would depend on the location, size and whether the defect is partial or full thickness. A 3D Skull CT scan is needed to help guide the cranioplasty technique used.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana