Pediatric orthopedics is a specialty of orthopedics that deals with congenital and acquired diseases of the musculoskeletal system in children and adolescents. The additional title of pediatric orthopedics is awarded to specialists and trauma surgeons after two years of continuing education in which the competencies for the assessment and treatment of pediatric orthopedic diseases are taught.
The “Association for Pediatric Orthopedics” organizes annual scientific congresses at which special courses in pediatric orthopedics are offered. Surgical interventions are only performed by a few experts, because children are not small adults. Pediatric orthopedic treatments require not only special knowledge, but also years of experience. For this reason, Clinic Bel Etage is called upon worldwide as a competence center for pediatric orthopedics.
Pediatric orthopedic diseases:
- Hip dysplasia
- Congenital knee luxation
- Infantile flatfoot
- Congenital clavicular sudarthrosis,
- Radioulnar synostosis
- Madelung deformity
- Infantile cerebral palsy
- Spina bifida
- Congenital muscle diseases
- Osteogenesis imperfecta/Glass bone disease
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Septic arthritis, osteomyelitis
- Bone and soft tissue tumors
The therapy of pediatric orthopedic diseases is primarily a conservative therapy. Here, children must be treated holistically. Often the causes also lie in the psychological area or are caused by other organs. Malposition of the jaw (craniomandibular dysfunction) can also lead to pain and maldevelopment of the entire spine. Here, our pediatric orthopedists work closely with the in-house oral surgery clinic. Nutritional disorders can also lead to bone deformities. Therefore, micronutrient analysis and nutritional counseling should always be included in the therapy. Surgical treatment is necessary in only 15 percent of young patients. Typical surgical procedures are:
- Corrective osteotomy of the pelvis or proximal femur (thigh).
- Rotational malalignments
- Axial correction in case of malalignment of the legs
- Lengthening of the extremities
- Soft tissue correction for clubfoot or spasticity
- Expandable spine lengthening
A specialization of pediatric orthopedics at Clinic Bel Etage is the expandable correction of spinal curvatures (infantile scoliosis). With the help of magnets, the correction of the spine can be gradually expanded according to the child’s stage of growth. This saves children multiple surgeries and prevents growth disorders.
Foresight and sensitivity for a pain-free future
Illnesses and injuries in childhood are a heavy blow for the little ones and also for their families. In these moments, quick action and the expertise of proven specialists are the most important factors. At Clinic Bel Etage, our team puts its heart and soul into caring for the well-being of sick and injured children. If possible, the first option in the treatment of deformities or injuries is the conservative way. In some cases, however, modern surgical treatment methods offer better chances for a holistic correction of existing impairments. To accurately determine the appropriate therapy, our doctors use the latest technical possibilities and take the necessary time for a clinical examination.