Is My Skull/Forehead Problem Significant Enough To Make The Risks Of Surgery Worthwhile?

Q: I am a 24 year-old male. I believe that I might have sagittal synostosis (scaphocephaly) and it has been quite a burden throughout my life. Furthermore, I have an extremely long face. I know that options are very limited for adults but I wanted to explore possible solutions (if any) to perhaps lessen the deformity. I am not sure whether the risks or thr trouble of surgery is worth and this is what I want to dicuss with you.

A: Thank you for your inquiry and photos. Scaphocephy refers to a horizontally long but narrow in width skull shape that is seen most prominently in the forehead. Ofthe this type of skull shape has a bulge in the upper forehead as well. In looking at your pictures, I can shortcut to the final conclusion fairly quickly. The risks and trade-offs of surgery are not worth it for you. You do not have enough of a ‘problem’ to justify any surgery so your assumption is correct. Your skull is not that deformed to merit a scalp or coronal scar to do some bone burring.  It is best to put these concerns behind you and move on with life…and feel fortunate that whatever bothers you is not significant enough to justify surgery. Many patients are not quite so fortunate with their skull and forehead concerns.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis Indiana