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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Please also bring hard copies or electronic copies of all imaging studies including X-rays, MRI, or CT scans, if available.

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Nemours is one of the largest and most widely respected pediatric orthopedic practices in the United States — and the world. In fact, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is ranked among the top five children’s hospitals in the country for orthopedics for kids by U.S. News and World Report. Our pediatric orthopedists also have been selected as some of the Best Doctors in America®, year after year.

Our Areas of Pediatric Orthopedics Expertise

Our pediatric orthopedists and pediatric orthopedic teams treat children
with all kinds of conditions and injuries related to the bones, joints, muscles, and nerves.

We have specialized expertise in:
  • arthrogryposis (a condition, which develops before birth, of the joints and muscles that impairs a child’s ability to use the shoulders, wrists, fingers, and lower extremities)
  • bone tumor (that may be benign/non-cancerous or malignant/cancerous, though benign tumors are more common)
  • cerebral palsy (a condition caused by abnormalities in the parts of the brain that control muscle movement)
  • congenital (present from birth) clubfoot and other complex foot problems
  • gait and motion analysis (which looks at the way a child walks)
  • hand/upper extremities surgery (treatment for disorders, deformities, or injuries involving the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder)
  • limb length discrepancies and limb deformity (when children have limbs that are deformed or of unequal size)
  • lymphedema (when there’s a collection of excess fluid, called lymph, in the arms or legs)
  • management of complex fractures (broken bones), including growth
    plate fractures
  • muscular dystrophy (a genetic disease characterized by increasing weakness of the muscles)
  • orthotics (braces and other supports for bone, muscle, and
    joint conditions)
  • osteogenesis imperfecta (also known as brittle bone disease, a genetic disorder in which bones break easily, often from little or no
    apparent cause)
  • prosthetics (artificial extension that replaces a part of the body)
  • residual effects of injuries or infections
  • scoliosis (when a child’s spine curves from side to side, like an “S” or a “C”) and other spinal deformities
  • skeletal dysplasias (a group of conditions characterized by
    abnormalities in the growth, development, shape, or integrity of the bones and cartilage)
  • spina bifida (a congenital condition that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings)
  • sports medicine injuries
World-Renowned Skeletal Dysplasia Program

Skeletal dysplasias can lead to a wide variety of medical problems, but the most common feature among them is dwarfism – defined as having a final adult height below 4’10”.

The Skeletal Dysplasia Program at duPont Hospital for Children is one of the world’s foremost centers in the treatment of skeletal dysplasia, offering expert, state-of-the-art medical and surgical care used to treat children with dwarfism. Our goal is to maximize your child’s mobility, correct deformity, and prevent future complications.

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Leading the Way: Our Long History With Pediatric Orthopedics

Nemours' distinguished reputation didn’t happen overnight. We've been setting the standard for pediatric orthopedic care since 1940, when Alfred I. duPont's philanthropic vision was first realized through the creation of the duPont Institute in Delaware — a place which, for 40 years, was devoted entirely to pediatric orthopedics and led by renowned pediatric orthopedists in the developing field.

Since then, the hospital has grown and so has our program. Yet its pioneering spirit remains. We’ve also further fulfilled the vision of Alfred I. duPont by expanding our geographic reach for orthopedics for kids through Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as Nemours Children's Clinics in Jacksonville, Orange Park, and Pensacola in Florida.

Together, we share a commitment to offering procedural and technological excellence, dedicated and compassionate care, and the latest in clinical research and training. And in everything we do, we value your involvement as a key member of the care team. After all, who knows your child better than you? We want you and your family to be an active participant in the decision-making, care, and healing process.

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Researching and Inventing Life-Changing Innovations

Just going through the every-day motions of life can be challenging for children with musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions – until they come to see the experts at duPont Hospital for Children and meet WREX.

WREX (which stands for “Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton”) allows children with weakness to move their arms in three-dimensional space in front of them. WREX is the brainchild of PERL (Pediatric Engineering Research Laboratory), whose biomedical engineers and students work with clinicians at Nemours’ Center for Orthopedics Research and Development (CORD) to come up with engineering solutions to medical problems.

WREX is an example of one of the life-changing innovations for children pioneered right here. It’s part of Nemours’ promise to treat every child as we would our own.

Because of our reputation, families come from all over the globe to duPont Hospital for Children for pediatric orthopedics. And some of the children we see are considered highly complex — they may have a chronic medical condition as well as an assortment of other problems, they may be taking multiple medications, or they may be assisted by technology like a breathing machine.

Our Comprehensive, Coordinated Pediatric Orthopedic Care

To offer comprehensive, integrated care and the best possible course of treatment for your child (surgical and/or non-surgical), our pediatric orthopedists work closely with:

  • subspecialty pediatric physicians
  • medical imaging
  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • rehabilitation
  • your child’s primary care doctor

We support all treatment with a state-of-the-art cast room, as well as on-site brace, orthotic, and prosthetic shops. And our pediatric orthopedists are constantly innovating new ways to diagnose and treat orthopedic conditions. In fact, duPont Hospital for Children was among the first in the nation to offer a Gait and Motion Analysis Lab, where we use technologically advanced techniques to analyze the way a child walks, including details like the timing of muscles, the forces produced by the motion, and the movement of various joints.

What to Expect at Our Pediatric Orthopedic Visits

No matter who your child needs to see, we’re able to schedule most appointments quickly and without long wait times. We also make it easier for you to see everyone on your child’s care team — families can usually meet with pediatric orthopedists and other pediatric specialists and subspecialists on a single day, all at one location.

Your First Pediatric Orthopedic Visit

Your first trip to any of our pediatric orthopedic centers is usually a comprehensive diagnostic visit. Allow 1 to 2 hours for this visit, which
may include:

  • a thorough review of your child’s medical and family history
  • a review of previous medical records and X-rays
  • a detailed physical examination by a pediatric orthopedist, including many measurements
  • an assessment of range of joint motions and the relative length of the
    limb segments

Often, we can give you a specific diagnosis in this initial evaluation. But some conditions can take time to diagnose, so we may need to do further evaluation before we can pinpoint the problem.

After Your Pediatric Orthopedic Visit

Once we’ve made a specific diagnosis, we’ll tailor the treatment and management strategies to meet the needs of your child and your family.

In addition to medical care and specialist referrals, we provide emotional and psychological support to help families cope with and manage their child’s condition. We also offer genetic counseling services.

Making You Feel Welcome

One of the things parents appreciate most about our pediatric orthopedic care is our location at duPont Hospital for Children — located amid a beautiful park-like setting of huge oaks and inviting green lawns.

You’ll also find:
  • free valet parking
  • playground
  • kid-friendly waiting areas
  • little red wagons (available for escorting your young children)
  • gift shop
  • café and cafeteria
  • on-site pharmacy
  • Family Resource Center (with private sleeping rooms, a library, showers, kitchenette, laundry room, and business center)
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware (right across the street from
    our campus)

When your child's treatment requires surgery or an overnight hospital stay, we’ll help make your family’s experience as easy and stress-free as possible.

When you choose Nemours for your child’s orthopedic care, know that you’re choosing the most advanced, highest quality care available when it comes to orthopedics for kids. Whatever kind of pediatric orthopedic problem you’re facing, at Nemours we do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most comprehensive and compassionate care possible.

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And because we use an award-winning electronic medical record (EMR), your child’s entire health care team has instant access to information about your child’s progress and treatment — so that everyone is always on the same page at the same time.

We welcome all kids with orthopedic problems, regardless of how simple or complex their condition (and their care) might be. Our goal is always to improve children’s quality of life — and help kids be kids, no matter what medical condition they face.

What to Expect With Pediatric Surgery

If your child needs surgery, you can trust our pediatric surgical team at Nemours. Our pediatric surgical specialists (surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses) understand what kids need, psychologically and physically. Our guidebook provides step-by-step instructions and information about what to expect before, during and right after surgery at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

Top 10 Things Kids Need to Know About Surgery

Take your child on a pediatric surgery video tour with Sheridan on her surgery day. This fun, kid-friendly video shows children and teens what to expect, step-by-step, if they need an operation at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.