Türk Nöroşirürji Dergisi 2017 , Vol 27 , Num 3
When to Choose Helmet Therapy?
Volkan ETUŞ1,Burcu GÖKER2
1Kocaeli Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Beyin ve Sinir Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Kocaeli, Türkiye
2İstinye Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Beyin ve Sinir Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye
Molding helmet therapy using an individual cranium orthosis presents a widely accepted treatment option for non-synostotic infants with positional head deformities. In recent years, endoscopic strip craniectomy or suturectomy has gained acceptance as a minimally invasive technique in craniosynostosis surgery with complementary helmet therapy. Endoscopic procedures are preferably performed for simple non-syndromic craniosynostosis cases with single suture synostosis and the postoperative use of custom-made helmets in those cases usually provides satisfactory results. Besides, recent reports have shown that cranial orthotics may also play an important role in post-surgical molding and maintenance of the cranial shape following cranial vault remodeling in complex craniosynostosis cases that have been operated with classic techniques. The current paper reviews the use of custommade helmet therapy following craniosynostosis surgery, as well as the efficacy of helmet use in positional cranial deformities. Anahtar Kelimeler : Helmet therapy, Craniosynostosis, Positional cranial deformity