Surgery relieves infant’s skull condition: Apache Junction boy’s sutures fused too early

On Friday, neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Elton and cranial/facial surgeon Dr. Rodney Schmelzer took young Brandon into an operating room. Three hours later, at Mesa’s Cardon Children’s Medical Center at Banner Desert Medical Center, Elton came out declaring, “It went great. He looks wonderful. Everything is freed up and back where we...

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Facial surgery in Mesa marks boy’s countdown to normal life

At 3 feet, 9 inches tall and 49 pounds, Cayden has undergone 13 operations since he was 5 months old. The last one before this week’s was in December. Cayden battles Apert syndrome, a rare genetic disorder – only 1 in 200,000 is born with it – in which the skull and facial bones prematurely fuse together. His face has a concave, sunken appearance, restricting normal...

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A Family’s Changing Face

Nikki Peterson is happy that the last big surgery is over and her son’s life should be extended. Cayden Peterson can breathe at night now. Before a June surgery broke all of the bones in his face, his breathing was labored and often stopped when he slept. She is grateful that the operation her family has been preparing for all seven years of Cayden’s life was successful. But she starts to...

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Boy Recovering from Rare Surgical Procedure in Arizona

Dr. Schmelzer was recently featured on Fox News.  7-year-old Cayden Peterson was born with Apert Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.  His skull and facial bones fused together prematurely. Watch the video and read more...

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New Research

A leading study indicates that there may be a cure for…

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