Shortly after confirming that her five-month-old daughter, Dove, will need to undergo neurosurgery this month, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave is opening up about the planned procedure and the recovery plan on Instagram.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member took to her Instagram Stories to share more details about the operation, just two weeks after revealing that Dove has been diagnosed with Lambdoid Craniosynostosis and will "undergo neurosurgery at the end of the month."
In response to a follower’s question of whether the infant will have “endoscopic surgery with helmet therapy or more open surgery,” the mom of three explained, “It is the more open surgery, the one with the zigzag scarring.”
Teddi also revealed what her daughter’s post-op recovery process will entail, stating, “They said most likely she will probably need to wear a helmet for a year after as well.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, Lambdoid Craniosynostosis "is a birth defect in which one or more of the fibrous joints between the bones of your baby's skull (cranial sutures) close prematurely (fuse), before your baby's brain is fully formed. Brain growth continues, giving the head a misshapen appearance."
Teddi previously opened up about how her family is maintaining a positive attitude throughout Dove's diagnosis. “Although we are filled with nerves as neurosurgery sounds scary, we have our faith that she will be ok,” she wrote. “Please keep baby Dove in your prayers and if you have had a child with this same surgery, please let me know below, as I would love any additional insight and support. Sending [heart emoji] to you all."
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