Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Reality Still Not Same As Fairy Tales

Here's some news of the lengths surgeons go to in order to correct cranial abnormalities.

Perth surgeons have for the first time in Australia used metal springs to push apart the skull bones of a 12-week-old boy to correct an abnormality which would have meant his skull had to be broken and rebuilt. Zayvien Cox was born with craniosynostosis, a condition where some of the bones in his head fused too early, not allowing enough room for normal growth. [...] "In this procedure, all we need to do is cut from front to back the suture in the skull that's fused, so it's a smaller skin incision, and then we place the springs so that they slowly push the skull apart over the next few weeks, ensuring the bones go into their correct position," he said. "After about three months, we will do a small procedure with an incision only about 3cm to remove the springs once they've done their job. Eventually we hope to use springs that dissolve so we don't need to do the second procedure." Dr Hewitt, who trained in Sweden for a year, said the main advantage of using cranio-facial springs over conventional surgery was that it was less traumatic and safer for very young children, reducing the time that babies were anaesthetised and the likelihood of them needing a blood transfusion.

Surgery. Multiple springs. Three months.

If craniosacralists are to be believed, they can transform the alignment of cranial bones with the lightest of touches. Immediately.

Does anyone else see a disjunction here?

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