Device for paediatric cranial malformation surgery
Treating children’s cranial (skull) malformations requires both multi-professional special expertise and fine-tuned precision instruments.
The sutures, or joints, between the bones of new-born babies’ skulls are normally open and not yet fused together, to make it possible for the head to grow. If one of the sutures fuses prematurely, the head cannot grow width, or it may grow crooked.
“If a child’s skull has remained too small, and there is not enough space for the brain, the distraction device is used to stretch the skull,” says Professor Willy Serlo, Chief Physician in Paediatric Surgery of the Oulu Craniofacial Centre.