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Craniosynostosis Surgery

Head Reshaping

Craniosynostosis surgery is designed to correct an abnormal head shape and allow the growing brain room to expand normally.

How much does craniosynostosis surgery cost?

Surgery for craniosynostosis is a reconstructive procedure and therefore is usually paid for by health insurance. While this procedure often has cosmetic benefits, these are considered secondary to the need to create extra space for the growing brain.

Craniosynostosis surgery costs may include:

  • Surgeon's fees
  • Hospital costs, including intensive care unit
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Medical tests, including imaging

Is craniosynostosis surgery covered by health insurance?

Many health insurances have exclusions for coverage of craniosynostosis surgery. When craniosynostosis surgery is performed to treat a functional problem, it may be covered by insurance. Carefully review your policy.


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