Walter and Michelle Stys Neuroscience Institute
Wolfson Children’s Hospital provides pediatric neuroscience services in partnership with Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville. Learn more
Wolfson Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 50 best children’s hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery care. Our team is involved in research and clinical trials and provides treatment options based on the latest medical advancements.
Little bodies need big expertise. That’s why we believe children with skull defects deserve the focused attention of the most practiced specialists around, working as one team, to deliver outstanding care. You can trust your child with our accomplished team that provides compassionate, family-centered care in our world-class facility.
Conditions We Treat
- Sagittal craniosynostosis
- Metopic synostosis
- Coronal synostosis
- Lambdoid craniosynostosis
- Multi-suture and syndromic craniosynostosis
- A condition called plagiocephaly can sometimes look like craniosynostosis. Our experts know the signs to tell these conditions apart.
Treatments We Offer
Craniosynostosis is treated by two types of surgery, but which one depends on the type of condition and child’s age. Surgery prevents a buildup of pressure on the brain, allowing it more room to grow normally. Experienced pediatric neurosurgeons and craniofacial-maxillofacial surgeons work together in the operating room to make the repair.
A minimally invasive treatment for craniosynostosis is available for many babies under 6 months old. Endoscopic (minimally invasive) repair involves a thin, lighted tube with a camera and small tools attached that are inserted into one or two small incisions. Surgeons remove bone but do not change the shape of the skull. Helmet therapy after surgery molds the skull into a normal shape.
When endoscopic surgery isn’t an option, open surgery is performed to remove some of the skull, reshape it and replace it with plates and screws that dissolve over time. Since this surgery reshapes the skull, there’s no need for a helmet afterward.
After surgery, your child is cared for in a specialized pediatric intensive care unit staffed by a team trained in children’s neurological conditions.
Wolfson Children's is a national leader in both minimally invasive and highly complex neurological surgeries. Our state-of-the-art operating rooms are specially equipped to bring MRI to the patient during surgery. Surgeons can use the sophisticated imaging equipment during procedures to precisely guide and verify intricate repairs, all leading to better outcomes.
The Stys Neuroscience Institute team provides compassionate, family-centered care in our state-of-the-art facility. Our neurosurgeons, craniofacial-maxillofacial surgeons and other specialists work together to create a treatment plan based on your child’s specific needs and the latest medical advancements.
The Stys Neuroscience Institute serves the North Florida and South Georgia region and beyond. Wolfson Children’s is located on the south bank of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida.