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Our Treatment Approach

A Team-oriented Treatment Approach Unique to your Child

Your child’s team of physicians and specialists will work together to create a unique care plan for your child. Designing this personalized care plan is important to address the individual needs of each patient.

Whether your child requires complex surgery, medical management or psychosocial support, we work together to create the best possible outcomes for our patients and their families.

What You Can Expect

Before You Visit

Prior to your initial visit, you will be asked to provide us with your child’s medical records and any insurance information. For details on what's required, please visit our Patient Information page.

During Your Visit

You’ll typically begin with a visit to our clinic. Here, we will evaluate your child and work with you to design a customized treatment plan.

After Your Visit

Following the clinical evaluation and care plan development, you and your child will be introduced to their individualized team of specialists, which can include care managers, social workers, registered nurses, child life specialists, dieticians, occupational therapists, physical therapists and therapeutic recreation consultants. Procedures or follow-up appointments will be booked with members from your child’s team of specialists according to their care plan.

Our Commitment to you

We are committed to ensuring your child thrives at home, school and in their community. We provide the highest quality of care, with access to in-house clinical services, traditional inpatient and outpatient services and professional support services related to your child’s treatment plan.

Pediatric Specialty Care Programs at Shriners Children’s Northern California

Shriners Children’s Northern California offers one of the top pediatric orthopedic programs in the country, and our burn treatment program is leading the way in its approach to research and care. Other pediatric specialty care programs include colorectal and GI, cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, pediatric surgery, pediatric rehabilitation, and spine surgery and scoliosis care. You can read more about our pediatric specialty care programs below.

Pediatric Rehabilitation

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Our facility is designated by the State of California as a rehabilitation facility that meets all standards required by the Systems of Care Division of the California Children’s Services. This designation has been granted to us in recognition of our comprehensive and individualized approach to pediatric rehabilitation.


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Our hospital is a statewide leader in pediatric orthopedics. Shriners Children's Northern California is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 50 pediatric orthopedic programs in the country.

If your child has an orthopedic condition such as brachial plexus, cerebral palsy, clubfoot, a fracture, hand or limb deficiencies, spina bifida, scoliosis, a spinal disorder or a sports injury, Shriners Children's Northern California is an exceptional facility to consider for their treatment.

Burn Care

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We are the region’s only dedicated pediatric burn program verified by the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Our hospital is equipped to treat burn injuries of all degrees. From life-threatening burns to the smallest fingertip burn, our internationally noted team of burn and plastic surgeons work alongside dedicated caregivers to provide the care and rehabilitation injured children need to lead active, productive lives.

Colorectal and GI Care

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Our noted team of pediatric surgeons understands the physical and emotional impacts of colon and rectal diseases. We help put patients on the path to independence by freeing them from the social stigma that may leave them feeling ashamed, depressed and alone.

If your child is age 3 or older and has been diagnosed with a colon or rectal condition, our one-week outpatient Bowel Management Program can put them on a path to independence. After participating in the intensive program, children are better able to avoid accidents, bed-wetting, dependence on diapers or further damage to their system as they get older. We focus on improving your child's self-esteem and quality of life. Our goal is to have your child be clean and in traditional underwear upon completion.

Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Surgery

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Cleft lip and/or cleft palate occurs in approximately one out of every seven hundred births. This condition is a result of the tissue in your child's lip and/or mouth not fully forming during pregnancy.

If your child has a cleft lip and/or cleft palate, we offer specialized surgical repair which can help prevent problems associated with these conditions. Our surgeries can help regulate your child's breathing, speaking, and eating abilities, and enhance the reconstruction of their facial tissue for an improved cosmetic appearance.

Spine and Scoliosis Care

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Our Pediatric Spine Center offers a specialized program for the evaluation and management of pediatric spinal disorders, such as idiopathic and congenital scoliosis, Scheuermann’s kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal fractures and tumors.

Each child's individualized treatment plan utilizes the most advanced spine surgery and innovative spine care techniques. Our focus is early detection and fusionless treatments for the growing spine, as well as minimally invasive (nonfusion) to advanced surgical techniques in children who require spinal fusions.

A Recognized Leader in Pediatric Specialty Care

Our team of specialists works with you to design a treatment program that focuses on the overall health and well-being of your child.
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Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services

The Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) team is devoted to designing braces, artificial arms and legs, and adaptive devices that give children the ability to pursue their dreams. A visit to POPS is about more than measurements and mechanics. It’s about sharing hopes and dreams, and providing information that allows the technicians to return to the lab and design the perfect fit.
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We Understand the Unique Medical Needs of Children

We provide vital, pioneering treatment from birth to age 18. Here, children have the opportunity to be evaluated and treated by doctors recognized as the best by their peers.