Orthopaedics

The UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute (OSMI) boasts the region’s most complete scope of practices for pediatric orthopaedics, which is why patients trust us to meet our goal of delivering integrated care for children with musculoskeletal issues.

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We accomplish this with physicians who shine as fellowship-trained pediatric orthopaedic surgeons. Additionally, these highly skilled physicians have a patient-centered facility at their disposal that features cutting-edge imaging and technology.

The pediatric orthopaedics field first arose as a specialty designed to help children with bones that were either deformed or misaligned. Since children’s bones have yet to fully develop, the approach must center on remedying the affected area but also keeping the child on track for healthy growth.

Conditions we treat:

  • Scoliosis and complex spinal deformities
  • Limb deformities and deficiencies
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • Clubfoot and other disorders of the foot
  • Sports injuries in young children
  • Congenital, developmental and neuromuscular conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system
  • Spinal cord trauma

Procedures we perform:

  • Spinal fusion and growing rod surgery
  • Spinal tethering for scoliosis
  • Mehta casting
  • Hip preservation surgeries
  • Limb-lengthening surgeries
  • Growth modulation and reconstruction for deformities of the lower extremity
  • Fracture repair and reconstruction
  • Ponseti casting for clubfoot
  • Arthroscopy
  • Surgery for spine, hips and feet related to cerebral palsy

Of the conditions above, two that are most regularly seen are scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and club foot, a developmental deformity in which the feet are turned inward, which causes a child to walk on the sides of the foot.

Club foot is typically rectified with surgery. Treatment involves casting the foot every two weeks to straighten it as much as possible before surgery. Depending on the situation surgery may be done at one year or as early as three months. The surgeon cuts the tendons in the foot and lengthens them so the foot can extend fully. After surgery, casting continues as well as a special brace.

When children have limping/uneven legs surgery can lengthen a short leg or stop growth of a longer leg, depending on the cause, age, and situation.

For bone fractures, orthopaedic surgeons are important in repairing complex fractures, which can affect appropriate limb growth in children.

Pediatric orthopedic surgeons also treat toe and other digit malformations, bone tumors in children, hip displaysia, and the effects of cerebral palsy and other health problems that impair movement.

Browse our directory to find UF physicians and other health care providers offering pediatric orthopaedic surgery services.