Endoscopic-assisted craniosynostosis surgery is associated with less blood loss and shorter operative times as compared to open surgery. However, in infants who have low circulating blood volumes, the endoscopic approach is still associated with significant blood loss. A major source of blood loss is the bone that is cut during surgery. We discuss the novel use of an ultrasonic bone-cutting device for craniosynostosis surgery, which decreases bone bleeding. This device, which has primarily only been used for spine and skull base surgery, may help reduce blood loss in these infants.
KL, Chaichana; GI, Jallo; AH, Dorafshar; and ES, Ahn
"Novel use of an ultrasonic bone-cutting device for endoscopic-assisted craniosynostosis surgery,"
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS): Vol. 8
, Article 7.
Available at: http://ecommons.aku.edu/pjns/vol8/iss1/7