Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dottie's Big CVR Surgery

A week ago today, Dottie went into surgery to correct her Lambdoid Craniosynostosis



Craniosynostosis is a condition where one or more sutures of a baby's skull is partially or completely fused at birth. 

Dottie happened to have Lambdoid Craniosynostosis, which is the rarest type. Of course she's got to have the rarest of everything! That's our girl. My mama always said, "If you're going to do something, do it right!". I guess Dottie took that piece of wisdom seriously! 


During surgery, which is called Cranial Vault Reconstruction, or CVR for short - her head was cut in a zigzag from ear to ear (zigzag scars allow the hair to grow back in a normal pattern and cover the scar), and the fushion is broken. In Dottie's case, a dissolvable plate and rivets were put in to hold her skull in the correct shape until her bone heals in about 4-6 weeks. 


Surgery went fantastic, and our baby girl was moved to a regular room on the surgical floor only one day after surgery. 

She had surgery on Wednesday, August 12th and was home by Sunday, August 16th. So far recovery has been fairly easy, although nights are hard. We have her on only Tylenol during the day and two doses of hydrocodone during bed time, one dose every four hours. 


Hopefully her sleeping schedule will be back to normal the more she heals, but really only time will tell. 

We thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, good vibes and well wishes. Our girl is on the other side and doing fantastic! 







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