Eurazeo Acquires a Majority Interest in Cranial Technologies
Eurazeo recently acquired a majority stake in Cranial Technologies, the leader in treating infants with Flat Head Syndrome (Plagiocephaly). In addition to putting in $200 million of its own money, Eurazeo also rolled over some of the equity from the existing management team.
Dynamic Orthotic Cranioplasty(r)
Dynamic Orthotic Cranioplasty is an orthopedic device used to treat infants with deformational plagiocephaly, a condition characterized by asymmetry of the skull base and facial features. This device applies a gentle holding force to the cranial prominences, stimulating growth and development in the flattened regions. This device can be effective in treating infants as young as three months old. However, it is important to note that this treatment may not be suitable for older infants due to decreasing growth and increased rigidity of the skull.
The Dynamic Orthotic Cranioplasty(r), a band designed to correct deformities of the skull, is available through Cranial Technologies, Inc. The procedure is covered by some insurance plans. MPTAC recently updated its guidelines to include it as an eligible benefit. It now includes language on whether the procedure is medically necessary.
Among the indications for this surgery are severe plagiocephaly, unresolved torticollis, and poor sleeping patterns. However, this procedure should not replace counter positioning education and skilled physical therapy for children with underlying conditions. The operative time range is two to four weeks.
The STARband cranial technology combines laser technology and cranial remolding orthosis to restore proper cranial anatomy and function. This treatment is effective for a variety of cranial problems. Its laser energy is low and harmless, and the treatment is safe for infants.
STARband cranial technology is FDA-cleared and is used by many doctors for treating deformity of the head. The treatment can correct severe head deformities such as brachycephaly and deformational plagiocephaly. It has been used to correct head shape abnormalities in over 600 children. It is available to O&P practitioners worldwide.
The STARband helmet can be customized to fit a baby’s head. It’s made of durable materials and is recommended for wearing for 23 hours per day. It is designed to guide growth of the skull in patients with plagiocephaly. These cranial rehabilitation helmets are typically worn for four to six months.
The STARband helmet is FDA-approved and is made of hypoallergenic materials. The helmets are carefully designed to protect a baby’s skin from rubbing or irritation. The cranial technology is based on careful calculations of a baby’s head circumference and growth. Comparative reports provide evidence of safety and effectiveness.
When using the STARband cranial technology, parents should take the time to explain its use and its benefits. Caregivers should also be trained on how to apply and remove the device. Caregivers should follow the instructions provided by the practitioner and should not touch the child’s head or neck. The practitioner should be contacted if there are concerns during the treatment.
The Staub Cranial(tm) technique places denture teeth in the natural physiological position. During the procedure, technicians locate bone reference points and mathematically calculate the ideal position for the tooth on the arch. This information is then input into a computer software program that outlines the position of the tooth on the mandibular and maxillary arches. This eliminates the need for wax bite blocks. The computer software also allows the dental technician to mount the stone working model on a semi-adjustable articulator without having to register the bite.
This technologically advanced system was developed by Dr. Karl Heinz Staub, and has been adopted by several laboratories across Europe. The Staub Cranial(tm) system enables dentists to provide better results for their patients. It also reduces the number of appointments required for denture fabrication.
The Staub method uses anatomically fixed reference points and symmetrical arrangements of direction, induction, and ending lines. This method can restore the position of the ursprunginal and definitive teeth. It also helps to answer questions related to definitive tooth replacement. In addition to addressing the patient’s wishes, this innovative method also allows for anatomical reconstruction.
This innovative procedure can repair facial fractures and cranial deformities. The cranial oral space is comprised of the oral cavity, soft tissue, and bone tissue. The restoration is permanent, lasting, and painless. It can also repair traumatic injuries to surrounding structures.
The technology is based on Chinese medicine and has been developed by Dr. Staub and Dr. Xie Shi Tu. It has been found to be extremely effective for patients suffering from headaches, migraines, and TMJ dysfunction. It also helps improve the quality of sleep.
Pat Rogel is a nationally recognized expert in cranial remolding treatment. He has been fitting infants with plagiocephaly with custom cranial helmets for more than 15 years. He has also used a variety of brands of cranial bands, but has found that the STARband is the most effective.