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Compassionate Care for Young Patients with Hand and Upper Extremity Conditions

The orthopedic pediatric hand surgeons at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of hand problems in infants, children and adolescents. These specialists are skilled in the latest techniques used to treat traumatic injuries affecting the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. They also use reconstruction procedures to correct congenital abnormalities, treat sports injuries, and perform microvascular surgery. We work closely with experts in genetics, plastic surgery, cerebral palsy and sports medicine to coordinate diagnosis and treatment.

Additionally, our hand therapists provide personalized physical and occupational rehabilitation to enhance the results of the treatments we provide.

Commonly Treated Hand Conditions

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery offers comprehensive treatment for:

  • Acute traumatic injuries
    • Fractures
    • Dislocations
    • Tendon injuries
    • Nerve injuries
    • Severed limbs
    • Infections
  • Congenital hand problems
    • Syndactyly (fusion/webbing of fingers)
    • Polydactyly (extra fingers)
    • Trigger finger (painful locking)
    • Hypoplastic fingers (underdeveloped fingers)
    • Hypertrophy (overgrowth)
    • Cleft hand (split or claw hand)
    • Radial club hand (angled hand)
  • Neuromuscular deformity, including cerebral palsy
  • Sports injuries
    • Rotator cuff tendonitis
    • Shoulder instability and Bankart lesions
    • Elbow instability
  • Hand tumors
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Bone tumors
  • Enchondromas
  • Hemangiomas

Expert Treatments for Pediatric Hand Conditions

To optimize patient outcomes, our specialists employ state-of-the-art technologies, including:

  • Advanced diagnostic imaging techniques, such as single sequence magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Ultra high-speed, high-resolution computed tomography (CT) scanning
  • Arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery
  • Reconstruction of congenital abnormalities
  • Microvascular surgery
  • Personalized rehabilitation programs for each patient

Pediatric Orthopedic Specialists and Hand Surgeons Perform Innovative Plastic and Orthopedic Procedures

Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons work with the Center for Hand Surgery, where fellowship-trained surgeons skilled in both plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery provide comprehensive treatment for patients experiencing problems with their hands and/or fingers.

Our team of plastic surgeons uses a variety of surgical techniques to restore the form and function of young patients’ hands, including flap surgery, grafting and replantation.