My daughter Brynn just had surgery for left coronal cranio almost 2 weeks ago. I was so... nervous to be doing this to her. Especially those last weeks before surgery. Whenever I saw her happy, I kept thinking should I really do this to her. I knew the surgery would help with her looks but was terrified what could happen to her brain. Brynn was mostly on track with her development before surgery. And the thought of doing this for looks just seemed very selfish of me. Although I knew down the road, this could impact her development, at the time it didn't seem to be impacting her.
Brynn did so well with her surgery. Better than I imagined. She was of course in pain. But even during the pain she managed to grab toys and want to play. When we brought her home, she began to perk up more and more each day.
Now that almost two weeks have passed Brynn is doing things she never did before surgery. She has started turning in a 180 degree circle on her tummy to get toys, she wants to grab at everything (cats, remotes, toys) she rarely did this before. She tried to pull off her clothes and diaper all of the time. While this is annoying sometimes, it is a developmental milestone she was not doing before. When she eats, she moves towards her food now and chews better. When she babbles, she is suddenly using consonants and vowels, before she would just squeal. She is even smiling more now and laughing. She never laughed before. It is absolutely amazing.
Brynn's surgeons said there was a lot of pressure on her brain. They didn't know how much pressure until they tried to take her skull off the brain and it was very hard to pull off. Her surgeon thinks she may have been having headaches as well.
I have not a single regret doing this for Brynn seeing how her development is progressing so quickly after surgery. She is doing so well, I am just totally amazed. So to all the parents out there, worried if you are making the right decision, know that you are!