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Aventura surgeon offers less invasive approach to fixing skull deformities

Aventura surgeon finds less invasive way to fix skull deformaties
Aventura surgeon finds less invasive way to fix skull deformaties

AVENTURA, Fla. – All babies are born with “soft spots” in their skulls, a design of nature that allows them to more easily travel through the birth canal and then leaves room for the brain to form after birth.

These soft spots, called frontanels, may fail to close on their own leaving an indentation that becomes noticeable and potentially troubling as the child ages.

If not addressed early in childhood, before the age of 5, fixing the problem could require invasive surgery, but plastic surgeon Dr. Joshua Lampert has found another solution.

“For adult patients who unfortunately were not treated as children and have permanent skull flatness, we’ve had great success using silicone implants to better shape the skull,” Lampert said.

The process involves using a CT scan to make a 3-D generated image of the skull. Lampert will then sketch what the skull would like and then sends it to the manufacturer to design the customized implant.

“In general, these implants we use for skull shaping are firm and are not gel-filled like breast implants, so they typically last a long time, hopefully the length of a patients lifetime and never have to be replaced,” he said.

Lampert said routine “tummy time” in infancy can help avoid the problem and special helmets can be worn to help close the skull if they are utilized before the bones fuse together.


About the Authors:

Veteran journalist Kathleen Corso is the special projects producer for Local 10 News.

Kristi Krueger has built a solid reputation as an award-winning medical reporter and effervescent anchor. She joined Local 10 in August 1993. After many years co-anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., Kristi now co-anchors the noon newscasts, giving her more time in the evening with her family.