View Full Version : Vertical Incision for Sagittal
02-19-2011, 08:44 PM
Did anyone else's child have a vertical incision down the back of the head for correction of sagittal cranio?
Evie had the strip procedure on Wed. and her incision goes down the back of her head (there's a pretty graphic picture in my album from after she got her dressings removed) and she's got about 35 staples in there now (they come out in 2 weeks).
It seems like in most of the pictures i've seen the incision is always from ear to ear. I wasn't sure if any one knew why they did it one way over the other.
02-19-2011, 09:35 PM
I think that ear to ear is more common these days but I have heard of the front to back incision before. I'm not sure what the reasoning is for one way or the other. I will check out your pictures now.
02-19-2011, 09:52 PM
Wow, Bridget - she is so adorable! Kind of crazy that she can still look cute with all of that bandaging around her head. Her head shape looks like it's improved already too which is always such a relief to see.
Still don't know about the incision but OUCH - that was painful to look at. You poor thing. All incisions are so hard to see. Hers looks like it puffed out - maybe because of the staples - I don't know. Glad to see she's healing up nicely though and you guys are home. Let us know how recovery is going.
02-19-2011, 10:31 PM
She is SOOOOO cute!! Love that little ribbon on her cap! It was a bit shocking to see the incision going that way, but maybe it's how the surgeon is most comfortable?? I think I'm more surprised that so much of her hair got pulled out. How did she survive that?? Her poor little scalp looks so red under all that yellow goo. :(
02-20-2011, 11:52 AM
Yes, the removing of the dressings was a LOT more traumatic then i was expecting. I thought they would have had a better way to get them off then literally ripping her hair out, it was pretty upsetting. (Luckily she didn't have too much hair to begin with and part of her head was shaved, but still..) And the incision is definitely hard to look at :( although i'm pretty immune to it now. They told me they used staples because it is a much faster way of closing up which is better for the incision site. I really hope it doesn't hurt her to get those staples out. I know I was super worried about getting the staples out after my c-section but it didn't hurt at all so i'm hoping it will be like that.
Also, I know Dr. Carson has been doing these surgeries for a long time so maybe it is just what he's comfortable with. And they told me her surgery was very specific to how her suture was closed so i guess that also could be why.
02-20-2011, 01:45 PM
Nowdays almost all surgeons do the wavy incision from ear to ear. I think they did vertical back in the 70's and maybe even 80's. So sorry. she's adorable.
02-20-2011, 07:09 PM
Hi Bridget, Evie is just divine! :heartbeat This is Rhys after his spring surgery for sagittal
Initially we thought his incision would be ear-to-ear too, but this is how our surgeon does springs.
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