Yesterday, Josiah underwent a procedure called cranioplasty. Cranioplasty is defined thusly:
Cranioplasty is a surgical repair of a defect or deformity of a skull.Not very descriptive is it? If you’d like a bit more detail, check out the Wikipedia entry here.
Briefly, here’s what happened to Josiah:
Josiah’s fracture is what is called a ping-pong fracture (sorry, that link doesn’t give very much information). Basically, Josiah’s skull was fractured in three or four places, resulting in an indentation that resembles the shape a ping-pong ball might leave in something soft.
To fix the indentation, the neurosurgeon had to cut around the diameter of the fracture (what the doctor called a “cookie-cutter” shape that was roughly 4cm in diameter), remove the entire piece of skull, reshape the fractured pieces and secure them, and then replace the piece of skull. The securing was done with two donut-shaped washers (one on either side of the skull) that were fastened by a small screw. The most amazing thing is that none of the hardware used is permanent — all of it will dissolve within two to three months.
So, there you have it : a crash-course in cranioplasty. (Use your knowledge with care.)