Total calvarial remodelling is used to correct an abnormal head shape. It also enlarges the space within the skull to allow the brain to grow and develop. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the operation total calvarial remodelling and how to prepare your child for surgery as well as what to expect in hospital afterwards.
The skull is made up of several ‘plates’ of bone which, when we are born, are not tightly joined together. The seams where the plates join are called ‘sutures’. As we grow older, the sutures gradually fuse (stick) together, usually after all head growth has finished. When a child has craniosynostosis, the sutures fuse before birth. It can affect one suture or several. When one or more sutures fuse too soon, the space inside the skull cannot expand as a child grows. This can put pressure on the brain (intracranial pressure) which can have significant long term effects.
Total calvarial remodelling can be performed at any time after one year of age.