Minimally invasive surgery for craniosynostosis requires early diagnosis and intervention

Craniosynostosis, which often can be diagnosed soon after birth, requires treatment. The standard treatment, calvarial vault remodeling, involves a long surgery, blood loss and a long hospital stay.

Edward S. Ahn, M.D., a pediatric neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, discusses a minimally invasive treatment option whose results are as good as — if not better than — those of the standard open procedure. The endoscopic procedure is available when craniosynostosis is diagnosed early and intervention occurs shortly after.