Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

The pediatric orthopaedics department at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Offers Leading-Edge Treatment for Musculoskeletal Issues

From the most complex spinal surgery to simple strategies for preventing sports injuries, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio has the resources and expertise to care for children with orthopaedic problems.

Ranked 14th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, our pediatric orthopaedic team provides exceptional care for babies, children, and adolescents affected by spinal deformities and a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.

Comprehensive Model of Care

When it comes to treating children with muscle and/or skeletal issues, our division leads the way for a number of reasons, including:

  • There are 13 physicians and nurse practitioners in the division of pediatric orthopaedic surgery. There are numerous other support team members to help diagnose, treat and manage a full range of conditions
  • Treatment by physicians who are board-certified experts with specialty training; research shows that utilizing this expertise provides the best outcomes with fewer complications
  • An advanced pediatric pain management program
  • Award-winning recruited from some of the nation’s best programs; our physicians and researchers are represented on the editorial boards of every major orthopaedic publication and have been chosen to participate in leadership roles in all major U.S. orthopaedic publications and organizations.
  • Several physicians have been elected to fill leadership roles within major orthopaedic societies (e.g., Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American Orthopaedic Association (AOA)).
  • Access to a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center
  • A leading sports medicine program
  • A long-term pursuit of evidence-based medicine and continued analysis and improvement of treatment programs through the use of comprehensive databases
  • An intensive clinical research program aimed at delivering advances in care; we are conducting numerous studies approved by the Institutional Review Board
  • The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Pediatric Surgery Center, which is the only surgical facility in Cleveland designed solely for pediatric patients

Internationally Recognized Specialists Deliver Team-Based Care

Our teams offer treatment at several convenient community clinics for a wide range of bone, joint and muscle issues in children, including:

  • Neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy, myelodysplasia and muscular dystrophies.
  • Injuries that require immediate attention such as fractures, and sprains
  • Tumors—both benign and malignant
  • Bone disorders
  • Spinal deformities and scoliosis
  • Abnormalities with the upper and lower extremities such as those involving the hands, arms, hips, legs, and feet

We treat children with neuromuscular disorders at the Neuromuscular Specialty Clinic, which provides access to a diverse team of specialists representing pediatric orthopaedic surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric urology, physical medicine, nursing and pediatric physical therapy.

A History of Leadership Going Back a Century

For more than 100 years, we have established a strong record of developing new therapies, conducting research and putting new techniques into practice every day. Our orthopaedic specialists:

  • Developed spinal cord monitoring, a system used worldwide to help make spinal surgery safer
  • Developed a revolutionary “growing rod” program so that very young children with spine deformities can have a much better chance of growing to a normal height with their organs developing more fully
  • Pioneered the use of Amicar®, a medication that helps reduce blood loss and the possibility of complications in patients undergoing spinal surgery
  • Revolutionized the less invasive anterior approach to spinal surgery, which involves operating through the chest rather than from the back; it is used to improve mobility of the spine and guide spinal growth
  • Participated in developing ScoliScore, a painless and noninvasive tool to predict scoliosis progression

A Culture of Compassion, Communication and Convenience

Parents can rest assured that our staff of experienced, caring professionals will make every effort to keep their child safe and comfortable. The hallmark of our approach is dedicating time, extra attention and convenience to patients and families.

Our pediatric orthopaedic physicians and nurses are available to answer questions from concerned parents and family members. The convenience extends to the availability of making multiple appointments in one location. Also, we have multiple clinic locations throughout northeast Ohio, which means that our patients are never too far away from our advanced treatments.

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