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These are the two main craniofacial teams that specialize in the exact endoscopic method of surgery that Leah will be having. One of these teams will be performing Leah's surgery. In most endoscopic cranio surgeries the surgeons just go in and release the suture by removing a strip of the skull and then the patient is in the helmet for 12-18 months.
In Leah's surgery they will be "reconstructing" her skull shape while in there and this will give immediate results in the shape of her head and shorten the time in the helmet. This is the traditional "CVR" surgery (cranial vault reconstruction) but done the with an endoscope in a "minimally-invasive" fashion.
We feel so blessed that our pediatrician caught this early enough to qualify for the endoscopic method. If a baby is over 4 months of age they have to perform the traditional method of surgery. In this method they have to make an ear to ear incision and actually remove the skull plates they are working on, reshape them and put them back.