When an orthopedic patient is a child, the condition affects the whole family. That’s why we take a family-centered, personalized approach here at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. You can meet one of our pediatric orthopedic surgeons when you watch the accompanying video. He explains how he responds when parents ask him how he would treat his own child.
Which orthopedic conditions commonly affect children?
Pediatric patients can sustain broken bones and ligament strains just like adults. However, there are a number of orthopedic issues that can affect kids.
- Infant hip dysplasia
- Gait disorders
- Juvenile arthritis
- Growth plate injuries
How is orthopedic care different for young patients?
Contrary to the prevailing thought in centuries past, children aren’t “little adults.” They have a dynamic, constantly developing musculoskeletal system that requires a specialized approach to treatment. Children are also prone to developing orthopedic problems that don’t affect adults, such as greenstick fractures (when a child’s bone bends and breaks slightly).
Because of the dynamic nature of a child’s musculoskeletal system, orthopedists who specialize in pediatrics are uniquely qualified to treat these young patients. Some orthopedic conditions require observance and care, with the understanding that a growing body can correct certain issues over time.
Other orthopedic issues do require intervention to promote proper development. Pediatric specialists prefer to deliver nonsurgical treatment to their young patients whenever possible. If surgery is indicated, every precaution will be taken to safeguard the health of the child during the procedure.
Should I get a second opinion?
Parents should always feel free to seek a second opinion, and good orthopedic surgeons will always welcome the idea. Some situations in which parents may want a second opinion include the following:
- Rare diagnosis
- Complex or serious diagnosis
- Complex treatment recommendations
Additionally, parents may want a second opinion simply to become better informed about their child’s diagnosis and treatment options. Talking things over with another pediatric specialist can help parents understand the situation better.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital is a modern medical center in Las Vegas that is designed to comfort children—from admittance to discharge. We even provide tricycles and motorized cars, so that our young patients can “drive” themselves to surgery. A registered nurse is available to speak with parents 24/7 at (702) 233-5437.