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What is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon?

Children aren’t just short adults. Their muscles and bones require the specialized care of specialty-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons.

Pediatric orthopedic surgeons are physicians who have completed a residency in orthopedic surgery and a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics.

With their highly focused training, pediatric orthopedic specialists have the expertise and skill to manage the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of children with complex orthopedic conditions.

Pediatric orthopedic surgeons are better equipped to:

  • Help children become relaxed, cooperative and at ease
  • Provide a child-friendly approach in talking with children before, during and after treatment
  • Relay complicated diagnoses and procedures to worried family members
  • Understand how children's current condition may affect their adult orthopedic situations later

What do pediatric orthopedic surgeons treat?

Scott & White pediatric orthopedic surgeons are recognized experts in:

  • Minimally invasive pediatric orthopedic surgery
  • Treatment of bone infections
  • Correction of common childhood deformities
  • Fracture care
  • Treatment hip disorders
  • Treatment of foot deformities
  • Care of neuromuscular conditions
  • Correction spinal deformities
  • Treatment of sports injuries
  • Management of post-surgery rehabilitation

Not only do our pediatric orthopedists provide unrivaled, compassionate treatment of routine cases, such as hip dysplasia or fractures, but they have broad-ranging experience in the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of rare and unusual childhood orthopedic problems, including:

  • Marfan syndrome
  • Perthes
  • Plica syndrome
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
  • Syndactyly

What makes a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at McLane Children's special?

The pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Scott & White Healthcare work in collaboration with McLane Children’s Hospital and the Roney Bone & Joint Institute in a multidisciplinary team of subspecialists, which may include:

  • Radiology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Hand and wrist
  • Internal medicine
  • Joint replacement and reconstruction
  • Sports medicine
  • Vascular surgery
  • Urology