Orthopedic Surgery

Our Orthopedic Programs

As a tertiary children's center, our experts evaluate and treat a wide range of orthopedic diseases and conditions. We offer the following specialized programs.

Spine Program

Our internationally renowned pediatric spine disorders team successfully treats all types of spinal conditions. The Spine Program also continues to develop new and better techniques to correct spine deformity in children. Learn more.

Sports Medicine & Performance Center

Our sports medicine specialists are expert in the unique nature of injuries to children and adolescents. Our goal is to get young athletes back to their sports as soon as —and as safely as — possible, using conservative management or arthroscopic surgery, if necessary. Our Sports Medicine and Performance Center, located in King of Prussia, is the first program in the region to utilize an interdisciplinary approach to sports injuries and fitness issues. Learn more.

Musculoskeletal Tumors Program

Our experts in the fields of orthopedic surgery, pediatric oncology, musculoskeletal radiology and pathology treat both benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) bone and soft tissue tumors. As a tertiary children's cancer center, we are active in all areas of tumor treatment, including limb-sparing surgical techniques. Learn more.

Orthopedic Trauma Program (musculoskeletal injuries)

We evaluate and treat all musculoskeletal injuries of the limb and spine, including fractures and orthopedic trauma. Our orthopedic surgeons practice in the first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in eastern Pennsylvania, here at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Learn more.

Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome

The Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome at CHOP is the first national multidisciplinary program devoted solely to the treatment and research of thoracic insufficiency syndrome. Led by world-class orthopedic surgeons, the center offers cutting-edge treatment for children with spine disorders and restricted lung growth. The most commonly used treatment at CHOP is the vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR), a surgically implanted device that expands a child’s chest, stabilizes spine curvatures and is lengthened with periodic outpatient expansions to keep up with the growth of the child. Learn more.

Hip Disorders Program

The Hip Disorders Program specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all pediatric hip disorders. Each year, we treat hundreds of children, teens and young adults — from the region and beyond — with congenital, developmental and post-traumatic hip disorders. Learn more.

Young Adult Hip Preservation Program

This unique program was created specifically for young adults (age 18 to mid-30s) with complex hip disorders and hip pain that, if left untreated, could lead to early hip replacements in otherwise active and healthy individuals. Each year, our specially-trained hip experts examine hundreds of teens and young adults with congenital, developmental and post-traumatic hip disorders. Some require complex, specialized surgeries — only available at CHOP and few select facilities across the country — to preserve, adjust or rebuild their natural hip function. The Young Adult Hip Preservation Program is designed to meet the needs of young adults who are active participants in their own healthcare decisions. Learn more.

Hand and Arm Disorders Program

The Hand and Arm Disorders Program is the region's largest multidisciplinary center treating children with congenital deformities, injuries and tumors of the hand and arm.
The program is a true collaboration of form and function: surgeons and clinical staff from two core divisions — orthopedics and plastic surgery — create a custom treatment plan for each child with a hand or arm disorder. By joining forces early in your child’s diagnosis, our team can work to enhance both the functionality and appearance of your child’s affected hand or arm. Learn more.  

Foot and Ankle Disorders Program

We treat disorders and deformities of the foot and ankle as well as clubfoot, vertical talus, hallux valgus, fractures and other trauma. Although rarely serious, children also can be evaluated and followed for conditions such as bowlegs, knock-knees and pigeon toes. Learn more.

Leg-Length Discrepancy Program

We treat all leg-length discrepancies. Learn more.

Limb Deficiency Program 

Children with limb deficiency, including those with amputations, face a range of physical and psychosocial issues. We work with issues related to residual limb care, prosthetic fit, school and peer activities, sports participation and normal growth and development. Learn more.

Cerebral Palsy Program

Our expert, caring physicians and staff care for a large number of children with cerebral palsy. As the only cerebral palsy clinic in Philadelphia that offers interdisciplinary services, we work with a range of subspecialists to provide the care your child needs. Learn more.

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