Craniofacial Surgery and Recovery

Your child’s progress will determine the length of hospital stay; a child may stay an average of 4 to 7 days after craniosynostosis surgery. Once your child is able to take his/her feedings, has no sign of infection, and some of the swelling around the eyes has gone down enough to open at least one eye, your child will be able to go home. As your child grows, the skull bones continuously remodel according to natural forces. As a result, the screws used to stabilize the mobilized segment end up buried in the skull or even in the intracranial cavity. Postoperative CT scan images are particularly helpful for monitoring this situation.