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Pediatric Orthopedics

Limb Deformity Expertise

The fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic team at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s has specialized training and experience in treating club foot, limb length differences and limb and hip deformities.

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Why Choose UH?

At University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, our entire pediatric team plays a key role in monitoring young patients, especially in a trauma situation or after a very complicated orthopedic surgery. As a dedicated, full-service children’s hospital and academic medical center, we provide full access to all pediatric specialty services, bringing together a team of experts for optimized patient care.

Recognized through the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society and European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society, our team of limb deformity specialists are making breakthroughs in limb lengthening procedures. These advanced treatments actually grow new bone to correct limb deficiencies or congenital defects.

Conditions We Treat

Our team has expertise in treating a variety of bone disorders, from mild to very severe deformities. Conditions we treat include:

  • Angular deformity (Blount disease, genu valgum)
  • Club foot
  • Congenital limb deficiency (congenital femoral deficiency, fibula hemimelia, tibia hemimelia)
  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)
  • Growth arrest
  • Hip preservation surgery
  • Limb length discrepancy
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Rotational deformity (femoral anteversion, tibial torsion)
  • Skeletal dysplasias

Frequently Asked Questions

How are limb deformities diagnosed?

If your child’s pediatrician suspects a limb deformity, they will likely be referred to a pediatric orthopedic specialist. To diagnose the limb deformity, the specialist will physically examine your child and may also use X-ray, computed tomography (CT) or other imaging to view and measure the extent of the deformity. We offer advanced EOSEdge technology for low-dose X-ray imaging, which provides high-quality 2-D and 3-D images with less radiation exposure. Your child’s doctor will determine a treatment plan based on this evaluation.

How are limb deformities treated?

Mild limb deformities may be treated non-surgically, using techniques such as casting, splinting, braces and shoe lifts. If your child is not experiencing pain or discomfort, observation and watching for any changes may be recommended.

Surgical options include limb-lengthening and limb-correcting surgery, which cuts into the bone and uses a device, either on the outside of the leg or an implant inside the leg, to slowly repair or lengthen the bone.

Your child’s health is important. Get expert care.

Make an appointment with one of our pediatric orthopedic experts. Call 216-844-7200.