What Are The Potential Complications Of The Injectable Kryptonite Cranioplasty Procedure?
Q: Hi Dr Eppley, I was also wondering about the possibility of injectable kryptonite cranioplasty for plagiocephaly. I live in Europe and had not heard of this procedure until coming across your website. I am a 30 year old man, and my skull is flattened at the back, and a bit asymmetrical. I would be interested in the procedure, but as I understand it is fairly new. I was wondering about any other potential problems- for example, would there be much loss of sensation/feeling at the back of head? or risk of any possible future complications?
A: The injectable Kryptonite procedure is one I have been doing for the past 6 months or so. The material is not new but the method of delivery is one that I have developed specifically for onlay cranioplasty. It is a simple technique that does not permanently change the feeling in the skin of the scalp. The only potential complication has been that of smoothness of its contour, particularly at the edges where the material has to blend into the surrounding skull bone. I have seen that and also developed a relatively simple rasping remedy, which like the original injection method, uses a very small incision(s) for access. So the significant risk of the procedure may be the need for secondary or revisional smoothing if any irregularities develop.
Dr. Barry Eppley