Multifaceted Orthopedics Team has Expertise in Treating Limb Deformities

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. Our fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic team has specialized training and experience in limb length differences and limb and hip deformities. Recognized through the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society, pediatric orthopedic specialists at University Hospitals are making breakthroughs in limb lengthening procedures. These advanced treatments actually grow new bone to correct limb deficiencies or congenital defects.

Our team has expertise in treating a variety of bone disorders, from mild to very severe deformities. Conditions we treat include osteogenesis imperfecta, developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) and other skeletal dysplasias.

Life Changing Limb Lengthening Procedures

With special training in limb lengthening procedures to correct limb and hip deformities, our team of pediatric orthopedic specialists are able to regenerate bone and soft tissue to correct limb problems. Working at an optimal pace that allows bone and tissue to fill in but not strengthen until the process is complete, the lengthening of long bones can occur. Long bones are primary bones that are longer than they are wide in the legs, arms and even hands. These bones are very dense and support the body, providing strength, structure and mobility. Once the bone and tissue is lengthened, our specialists take patients through a strengthening process of the new bone structure, allowing bones to properly harden for long-term strength and endurance. Our limb lengthening specialists provide this innovative care from initial assessment through surgery and rehabilitation. One team monitors the care of our pediatric patients with careful follow up for success.

Improving Outcomes through Innovations in Care

Our commitment to exceptional care includes innovative discovery in limb discrepancies and deformities. University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, a national leader in medical research and education with consistent rankings among the top research medical schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Through their faculty appointments at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, physicians at UH Cleveland Medical Center are advancing medicine through research and discovery, including innovative surgical techniques for correcting limb and hip deformities.

Pediatric orthopedic physician-scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine also focus on research and discovery of the anatomy, physiology and molecular biology of growth plates, or the growing tissue near the ends of the long bones in children and adolescents. These growth plates determine the length and shape of the fully mature bone. With many limb deformities, either from birth or through traumatic injury, growth plate expertise is critical to successful surgery for immediate recovery, and also for long-term growth and strong bone health.