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Limb Length Discrepancy

A child on crutches due to a limb lenght discrepancy

The world-renowned pediatric orthopedists at Nemours are experts at evaluating and treating children from birth through age 18 with limb length discrepancies and deformities. Our specialists take a multidisciplinary team approach to diagnose and correct limb inequalities using advanced, nonsurgical treatments (such as physical medicine and rehabilitation) and state-of-the-art, minimally invasive limb lengthening surgical procedures and limb reconstruction. Recognized as international leaders and pioneers in pediatric orthopedics and orthopedic surgery, our specialists and care teams are dedicated to treating your whole child — and family — not just the condition.

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Limb length discrepancy in children results from congenital malformations (defects present at birth), acquired problems (such as trauma) and certain diseases (neurofibromatosis, Blount disease). At Nemours, we understand the complex conditions and injuries that can cause functional discrepancy, and will work with you to understand available treatment options specific to your child’s needs.

Conditions We Treat at Nemours

Some of the conditions that require limb lengthening or limb reconstruction include:

  • bowlegs (genu varum, Blount disease) and knock knees (genu valgum)
  • growth plate injuries
  • congenital (present at birth) limb deformities (fibula hemimelia, congenital short femur, radial clubhand, etc.)
  • upper extremity deformity (Madelung disease, cubitus varus, multiple hereditary exostoses)
  • short stature (skeletal dysplasias, growth hormone patients)
  • fracture malunions or nonunions 

When you come to Nemours, you can expect compassionate care in a family-centered environment. This means that every detail, from our medical care and support services to our facilities and amenities, were designed with you in mind. We value your opinion and encourage participation in your child’s care, because you know your child best.

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando

13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

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
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families

The Limb Deformity Center at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando has a program specifically designed to handle the complexity of limb reconstruction. Our multidisciplinary (coordinated) limb length discrepancy team offers devotes the time, compassion and resources necessary to appropriately treat every child as we would our own.

Using state-of-the-art tools and minimally invasive techniques — from Taylor Spatial FramesTM to internal lengthening devices like the PreciceTM Intramedullary System Nail — we tailor advanced treatment for kids with limb length discrepancy, whether it’s due to trauma or present since birth.

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Limb Length Conditions We Treat at Nemours Children's Hospital

If there’s a deformity in the bone or a limb length discrepancy, our Nemours experts can straighten or lengthen it for kids from birth to age 18. For your convenience, our orthopedic specialists see patients at NCH as well as our other Central Florida satellite Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations. Conditions we treat include:

  • bowlegs (genu varum, Blount disease) and knock knees (genu valgum)
  • growth plate injuries
  • leg length discrepancy
  • congenital (present at birth) limb deformities (fibula hemimelia, congenital short femur, radial clubhand, etc.)
  • upper extremity deformity (Madelung disease, cubitus varus, multiple hereditary exostoses)
  • short stature (skeletal dysplasias, growth hormone patients)
  • fracture malunions or nonunions
Our Coordinated Limb Length Discrepancy Care Team

The orthopedic surgeons at Nemours Children’s Hospital have a specialized team in place to optimize your child’s orthopedic care and outcomes. From the operating room to radiology, each member of the team is dedicated to bringing advanced diagnostics and treatments to children and teens in Central Florida who are experiencing limb length deformity. In addition to surgical needs, Nemours Children’s Hospital offers physical and rehabilitative medicine on-site and in our Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations throughout Central Florida.

Pioneering Tools and Techniques for Limb Length Discrepancy

At Nemours, we have the technology and equipment (like Precice® Nails) that can lengthen a limb entirely from the inside. In fact, our specialists helped pioneer “turbo lengthening” for younger children, which combines internal and external fixation and allows the external frame on your child’s arm or leg to be removed in weeks instead of months.

We use advanced techniques to perform arm and leg lengthening and deformity correction as well as reconstruct congenital deformities. For some conditions, such as genu valgum — commonly known as knock knee or genu varum (bow legs) — a small outpatient procedure called guided growth can be used to re-align the limbs.

A Hospital Designed by Families, for Families

At Nemours Children’s Hospital, family-centered care is at the heart of everything we do. In fact, families helped shape the unique amenities and convenient services that make our hospital like no other in the region.

If Your Child Needs to Stay Overnight in Our Hospital

You’ll feel right at home in one of our private patient rooms designed with input from families who know what it’s like to have a child in the hospital.

Our large, comfortable, single-patient rooms have sleeping accommodations for two parents, a private bathroom, wireless Internet access, connections for DVD players and game systems, and two flat-screen TVs.

Other in-room features include:
  • full floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light
  • refrigerator for family meals and snacks
  • wardrobe storage for personal items and a hotel-style safe
  • GetWellNetwork interactive television (uniquely based on your child’s age, medical condition and more) and allows your child to watch TV, surf the Web, check e-mail, play music and games, and learn about your Nemours health care team.

Our “hospital within a garden” setting features many places for you and your family to go for fresh air and relaxation, including a one-acre interactive sensory discovery garden or one of our rooftop gardens on the second and fourth floors.

We have many more comforts and amenities such as:
  • complimentary valet and parking
  • kid-friendly commons areas for siblings
  • café and coffee shop
  • nondenominational chapel
  • concierge services

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Advanced Pediatric Medical Imaging Services Available Onsite

If your child needs medical imaging, we offer some of the area’s most advanced pediatric radiology services here on campus at Nemours
Children’s Hospital.

Our unique services include:
  • interventional radiology: Our team of experts uses image guidance to diagnose and treat diseases and tumors throughout the body. Certain conditions that previously required open surgery can now be treated by Nemours pediatric interventional radiologists. We are very fortunate to have the only dual-trained pediatric diagnostic and interventional radiologist in the state.
  • neuroradiological or cardiovascular imaging, and fetal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): Our subspecialty-trained pediatric radiologists see children with complex conditions who require this highly specialized imaging.
  • Central Florida’s only 256-slice Brilliance iCT Scanner: We are one of only a handful of children’s hospitals in the country to have this latest generation CAT (or CT) scanner that scans faster than most machines and produces excellent images in a much shorter time with much less radiation exposure for the child.

Our team of board-certified pediatric radiologists and pediatric radiologic technologists are experts in the safe medical imaging of children of every age, even newborns.

We have also pledged our commitment to the “Image Gently” campaign of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which is increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.

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Family-Centered Care Means We're Here for You

At Nemours, we want to hear your concerns and share with you everything we can about your child's condition and treatment. If English is not your first language, we'll make sure you understand what to expect — in your language.

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With Your Family From Clinic or Hospital to Home: KidsTRACK

If your child has a complex or chronic condition we encourage you to take advantage of KidsTRACK, a unique service of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Located on the first floor of our hospital, KidsTRACK is designed to help families by providing expert assistance and information on all aspects of your child’s care, even before you leave our hospital or clinic.

A KidsTRACK care coordinator is available during every step of diagnosis, treatment and healing — helping your family make a smooth transition from Nemours Children's Hospital to home. Your coordinator works alongside the nursing/case managers in our subspecialty areas and acts as a single point of contact connecting you to medical and community resources.

Simply ask your physician for a referral to KidsTRACK
or call (407) 650-7715.

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