Minimally invasive surgery paired with innovative, daily magnetic treatments helped a young girl's short leg bone painlessly grow more than two inches.
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.
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.
Some of the conditions that require limb lengthening or limb reconstruction include:
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your child needs medical imaging, we offer some of the area’s most advanced pediatric radiology services here on campus at Nemours
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.
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.
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.