There’s a care team supporting every pediatric orthopedic surgery at Shriners Children’s.
Our surgeons are known nationally and internationally for their contributions to the field of orthopedics for children. With their expertise in treating children from toddlers to teens, they understand the challenges of planning ahead for growing bones and bodies.
Our nurses, social services staff, and physical and occupational therapists specialize in pediatrics; they know how to meet a child's emotional and physical needs as that child prepares for surgery and progresses through their recovery. Specialists in child development from our Child Life program provide support during this time as well, to ease fear and anxiety. They provide comfort and coping strategies, along with opportunities for fun and creative activities, and time for play.
Every child is different, and so is each pediatric orthopedic surgery. We'll be here to answer your questions before and after surgery, and throughout your child’s recovery and rehabilitation. Just ask!
We look forward to sharing in your child's future following their surgery. We celebrate our patients as they increase their independence, build confidence and reach their greatest potential.
Specific treatments and services may vary by location. Please contact a specific location for more information.
Conditions We Treat with Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Across our Shriners Children’s healthcare system locations, we treat more than 100 conditions with orthopedic surgery. Because our surgeons perform many different types of procedures and perform them frequently, their talents and expertise are finely tuned. The intricacies of orthopedic surgery for children are second nature to them.
Some of the conditions we treat include:
- Amputation (can be due to deformities, accidents or burns)
- Blount's disease (bowed legs)
- Brittle bone disease (Osteogenesis imperfecta)
- Cerebral palsy
- Club foot
- Congenital arm, leg, hand and foot differences
- Chest wall deformities
- Hip dysplasia
- Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease
- Muscular dystrophy
- Scoliosis: infantile, juvenile, and adolescent
- Skeletal dysplasias (irregularly shaped bones)
- Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE, a hip condition)
- Spina bifida
- Sports injuries and fractures
Types of Orthopedic Surgeries We Perform
You'll collaborate with your child's surgeon and other care providers as you evaluate the treatments that will bring the best possible results, which may include surgery.
Your child may need specialized surgical care, such as the Ganz osteotomy, hip arthroscopy, limb lengthening, complex limb deformity reconstruction, or surgical hip dislocation. We also perform more common surgeries, which can include fracture care, cyst and benign bone lesion removals, and guided growth for abnormally shaped bones.
Two particular areas of expertise for our pediatric orthopedic surgeons are surgeries for cerebral palsy and scoliosis.
Surgical Treatments for Cerebral Palsy
One of the most advanced approaches to treating cerebral palsy with surgery is called a single-event multilevel surgery. Rather than your child having multiple surgeries over several years, we can combine multiple surgeries into a single operation. Our deep experience in the care of children with orthopedic conditions – plus advanced diagnostic tools like our motion analysis centers – allow us to determine the optimal timeframe for your child to have this surgery.
This approach lets us reduce the number of times your child might have to experience anesthesia and rehabilitation during their childhood. Ask your child’s care team if this is a potential option.
Surgical Treatments for Scoliosis
Scoliosis is another condition our physicians can treat with surgery, although we always first explore options that don’t involve surgery, including physical therapy with exercises specific to scoliosis correction or specialized bracing.
One of the latest surgical advancements in pediatric scoliosis treatment is the MAGEC System (MAGnetic Expansion Control); Shriners Children’s is a pioneer in this area. With this innovative technology, we can guide the growth of your child's spine without pain or rehabilitation, while reducing the number of surgeries they will face. One or two MAGEC rods are attached to the spine during surgery. As your child grows we can lengthen the rods using a magnet controller held outside of the body.
What to Expect After Surgery
The length of your child’s visit after surgery can vary from a few hours to an overnight or extended stay. This will depend on the type of surgery and the follow-up that's required.
They might begin rehabilitation during their time with us. Often, we can offer follow-up care services on site or at one of our clinics nearby, or our staff may be able to connect you with highly qualified and well-respected pediatric orthopedic care providers closer to your home. Speak to any member of your child’s care team to learn more.
Before surgery, I could not wear normal shoes. But now, I’m a shoe shopaholic!