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Surgery Services at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City

Surgery Services at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City has a tradition of taking care of children with some of the most difficult pediatric orthopaedic conditions.
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Kristen Carroll, MD:

At Shriner's Hospital For Children, Salt Lake City, we do about 1,200 surgeries a year.

Theresa Hennessey, MD:

We have a tradition of taking care of children here and have attracted the most difficult cases.

Kristen Carroll, MD:

Certainly our most common surgeries are those that involve spine surgery, either infantile scoliosis with casting or scoliosis secondary to neuromuscular disease or idiopathic disease.

In addition, we do a lot of neuromuscular work on children with cerebral palsy. We also have a superb complex hip reconstruction surgeon and many of us are doing what are called osteotomies, cutting the bone to realign it, or make it a better joint or a better limb, after surgery.

Gail McGuill, RN:

So before your child comes to the hospital for surgery, the entire team will have met together, led by the registered nurse care manager, with the involvement of a physical therapist, our pharmacists and other members of the care delivery team, so that we can have a specific plan just for each child.

Kristen Carroll, MD:

When we tell a child and their family, we think you need surgery, we really do. It isn't that anybody's making money off of that surgery. So when we say we really think your child needs it, it's a wonderful level of trust with the family and they're like, "Okay." So from the get-go, they're invested and realize there isn't a conflict of interest between the surgeon and the procedure.

Theresa Hennessey, MD:

The parents never feel that they're in the dark. The parents never feel that they're not getting information or can't ask the questions they want to ask. We want to be asked the questions and we want to explain it because if they're on board with everything we're doing, the treatment's going to be more successful for the child.

Stephanie Dahl:

I genuinely believe that that's the philosophy of everyone here, is that they love these kids. They want to do the best for them and the least invasive possible but they're willing to give it their all and they do.