Craniofacial Surgeon Dr. S. M. Balaji decided to proceed with a craniostomy with calvarial reconstruction to correct her deformity. Customized 3-D stereolithographic models were used for presurgical planning.
She underwent the cranial vault reconstruction surgery on October 24, 2016, at Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Chennai by Dr. S. M. Balaji as part of the preconference live surgical demonstration prior to the 10th World Cleft Lip, Palate, and Craniofacial Congress. Dr. Balaji used sonic weld bioresorbable plates for rotation and advancement of the frontal bone complex. This is an essential surgery because not doing this surgery would result in compromise of brain development, which would lead to decreased mental acuity, vision problems, and many other cranial functions. Sonic weld plates were used instead of titanium plates because they resorb over time thus facilitating normal bone growth and brain development as opposed to the permanent titanium plates, which would require another surgery for their removal.
The parents expressed their appreciation of how Dr. S. M. Balaji was helping in transforming Jasra’s life for the better. Jasra would need facial asymmetry corrective surgeries at a later date.