The Most Experienced Orthopaedic Team
The Miami Children’s Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery specializes in the care of musculo-skeletal problems in children. Orthopaedics was one of six initial departments established when Miami Children’s Hospital was founded in 1950. In fact, it was an orthopaedic surgeon who was responsible for the hospital’s creation. Today, the staff includes eight full-time board-certified orthopaedic surgeons trained to meet the special needs of children of all ages – from birth through 20 years of age. With the assistance of a dedicated support staff, the surgeons perform over 1,200 surgical procedures each year. The department also evaluates an additional 15,000 outpatient visits on an annual basis. As the largest and most comprehensive pediatric orthopaedic practice in Florida, the department can skillfully provide state-of-the-art and compassionate care for your child’s orthopaedic concerns.
The Best Possible Orthopaedic Care for your child
Children have different needs than adults. They often require orthopaedic care administered by experts who are specially trained in the care of children. That care is best provided in a facility designed exclusively for children. When a child needs orthopaedic surgery or a diagnostic procedure, Miami Children’s Hospital has pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, pediatric radiologists, and pediatric anesthesiologists who specialize exclusively in the care of children. This creates an environment that is comfortable and safe for your child.
Combining Clinical Excellence with Highly Personalized AttentionPatient care is provided by a team of highly trained, very caring professionals including orthopaedic technicians, physician assistants, orthopaedic residents and fellows, along with a large number of nurse coordinators, and support personnel. Many of the staff members are bilingual. They are ready to assist patients and their families at all times.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provides diagnosis and management for:
- Fractures (trauma)
- Scoliosis and spinal disorders
- Pediatric Sports Medicine
- Sports injuries
- Foot disorders (club feet)
- Limb deformities and limb length discrepancies
- Hip disorders (hip dysplasia, Perthes disease, etc.)
- Cerebral palsy
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Genetic skeletal disordersMusculo-skeletal tumors
The Division of Pediatric Spinal Surgery
Miami Children’s Hospital is one of only a few hospitals in the country that specializes in pediatric spinal surgery. The Department’s Division of Pediatric Spinal Surgery performs over 175 procedures per year, more than any other hospital in the United States. The division has achieved national and international prominence in treating all types of spinal disorders and is active in presentations at local, national, and international conferences and medical seminars. Division Director Harry Shufflebarger, MD, has authored more than 15 textbook chapters, published in excess of 50 scientific articles, and delivered hundreds of scientific presentations around the world. He presently serves on the executive committees of several spinal deformity societies. With new spinal instrumentation systems, dramatic corrections of spinal disorders are now possible. The key is early detection and treatment, and the place to receive treatment is at Miami Children’s Hospital.
Fracture Care Extraordinaire
The Miami Children’s Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery treats more pediatric fractures than any other facility in the southeastern United States. With approximately 6,000 fractures managed each year, Miami Children’s Hospital is the place to bring your child if he/she sustains a broken bone. While any injury to your child is stressful, the department’s vast experience with pediatric trauma and its use of minimally invasive techniques for fracture care will help you get through the experience as smoothly as possible. The department runs a daily fracture clinic that is dedicated entirely to the management of children with broken bones. The department has a strong interest in pediatric fracture management and is always working to stay ahead of the curve as evidenced by the continuing research, education and publications on the topic.
MCH’s Orthopaedic Department offers world-class pediatric sports medicine
services with up-to-date diagnostic services and state-of-the-art arthroscopic surgical procedures for children and adolescents. Even if your child is not a world-class athlete, he or she deserves world-class care.
Limb Deformity Program
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has established a limb deformity center to provide treatment for children and adolescents with limb length discrepancies or limb deformities. If you are concerned that your child may have unequal leg lengths, or if your child has a limb deformity (bowing, knock-knees, etc.), please schedule a consultation. The department offers traditional as well as cutting-edge techniques that help provide the best possible care for your child.
Miami Children’s Hospital is the only free-standing pediatric trauma center in Florida, which makes it the best place to take your child for emergency care. The hospital also has its own transport service. The LifeFlight® Critical Care Transport Program provides tertiary transport care that physicians, emergency departments and hospitals across South Florida, the Caribbean, and Latin America have come to depend on. Another distinguishing feature of the Miami Children’s Hospital emergency care program is that children receive definitive care for their injury on the spot. Children with fractures leave the hospital with a cast already in place, not simply a splint and a referral to an orthopaedist for casting as one finds at most regional hospitals. Families leave knowing the next time they see a doctor it will be for follow-up care, not additional emergency treatment.
For more information, please call the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at 305-662-8366.