UT Health's Cranial Remolding Program specializes in the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of head shape abnormalities in infants. These deformities are relatively common and highly treatable with early intervention and expert management. Physicians, neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons and physical therapists from across San Antonio and South Texas utilize our program for our unmatched experience, expertise, technology and exceptional patient care.
Roughly 20 percent of children develop some kind of head shape abnormality during infancy. Often, head shape abnormalities are attributed to conditions like plagiocephaly and craniosynostosis. Cranial molding therapy is often recommended for moderate to severe cases to correct these abnormalities and ensure proper head growth.
When an infant is referred to us by their physician, we evaluate their head shape using an FDA-approved, state-of-the-art STARscanner. This eye-safe laser allows us to safely and painlessly scan an infant’s head in less than two seconds. The STARscanner provides detailed data that helps us determine the best approach to treatment. It is also used to document changes in the shape of an infant’s head over the course of their specific treatment plan.
Once the scans are evaluated and a customized treatment plan is established, the infant will be fitted with a STARband Cranial Remolding Orthotic Helmet. These Cranial Remolding Orthoses guide and promote growth to specific areas while inhibiting it in others. For patients with plagiocephaly, the STARband Cranial Remolding Orthoses is worn 23 hours a day for an average of three to five months (depending on their age and the severity of their condition). For patients with craniosynostosis, a treatment plan will require them to wear a Post-Operative Cranial Remolding Orthoses following their surgery. The exact parameters of the treatment plan will be dependent on the patient’s needs as well as the severity of their condition.
Appointments by physician referral
Call 210-450-9064 for more information.