Cranial Orthotic Device (Molding Helmet)

TRICARE covers the Dynamic Orthotic Cranioplasty (DOC) Band Post-Op device, a molding helmet, if your baby:

  • Is three to 18 months old,
  • Has had craniosynostosis surgery,
  • But still has a misshaped skull.

Craniosynostosis is a birth defect in which the joints in your baby's skull close before they should. Covered skull defects include having a lopsided head, or having an abnormally long or short head. 

TRICARE only covers molding helmets after craniosynostosis surgery. And only if your baby's skull defects are due to joints in your baby's skull closing before they should. 


This list of covered services is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers services that are medically necessaryClick to closeTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. and considered proven. There are special rules or limits on certain services, and some services are excluded.

Last Updated 10/3/2018