Hand & Upper Extremities

technician places orthopedic cast on girl

Nemours’ world-renowned pediatric orthopedic surgeons have special training in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery (surgery on very small blood vessels) which allows them to provide the most precise advice and treatment.

 
Read More About Hand and Upper Extremities
The nature of disorders, deformities and disabilities involving the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder can vary a lot. They may be:
  • present at birth (congenital)
  • develop later in life (acquired)
  • caused by an accident or injury (traumatic)
  • associated with other medical problems (part of a syndrome)

And these orthopedic conditions can be complex in the way they affect the bones, muscles, tendons, nerves and blood vessels.

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington


1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200

U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals: Orthopedics
 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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Support Services & Information
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware: a safe, free, family-centered home away from home when your child is sick and needs to be hospitalized
  • CaringBridge: visit this free site offering support and communication to help your family through your child's medical journey.

At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, named one of the best children’s hospitals in the country for Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report, we provide comprehensive, personalized treatment for disorders, deformities and disabilities involving the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons use only the most advanced techniques available to make sure your child receives the best possible treatment with the fewest complications. We work with your family to form a comprehensive plan, with options that can range from simple observation and casting to surgery and rehabilitation.

 
Hand and Upper Extremity Conditions We Treat
Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons help children with:
  • Syndactyly: joining of the fingers
  • Polydactyly: extra fingers
  • Symbrachydactyly: short and absent fingers
  • Thumb duplication: extra thumb
  • Thumb hypoplasia: underdeveloped thumb
  • Radial club hand: underdeveloped forearm structures on the side of the thumb
  • Ulnar club hand: underdeveloped forearm structures on the side of the pinky
  • Cerebral palsy: spasticity of the upper extremities
  • Brachial plexus/birth palsies: nerve injuries of the arm usually sustained during birth
  • Congenital radial head dislocation: dislocation of one of the elbow bones that causes decreased motion
  • Kienbock’s disease: collapse of the bone in the wrist
  • Pediatric fractures and malunions: acute broken bones and reconstruction of fractures that have healed out of alignment
 
Comprehensive Care for Hand and Upper Extremities Conditions

In addition to pediatric orthopedic surgery for hand and upper extremity conditions, we offer a comprehensive set of clinical services, including occupational therapy, physical therapy and casting.

And we’re committed to your child’s healthy growth and development throughout childhood, adolescence and into young adulthood.

Whatever kind of condition you’re facing, know that at Nemours we do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most compassionate treatment possible. We treat every child as we would our own — your child, our promise.