assisted cranial remodelling
Professor Claes Lauritzen in Sweden has pioneered the technique
of using a spring for craniofacial reshaping. He has performed over
150 cases using springs.
Our Craniofacial programme was the first in the Southern Hemisphere
to start using springs. During the period 2005 - 2009, over 40 springs
cases have been performed and we have taught craniofacial surgeons
from several other international units about their use.
Springs have significant advantages over traditional craniofacial
techniques in that there is minimal blood loss, and much faster
recovery. However the shape change occurs slowly over several months
and it is only effective if performed quite early in life. A second
procedure is required to remove the spring.
The case below demonstrates the first known case of deformational
brachycephaly treated using this technique. There have been no bone
cuts or repositioning, just springs inserted either side of the
4 weeks following
springs being tested in a dynamometer at the Christchurch