A prosthesis is an artificial extension that replaces a missing body part, such as an arm or a leg. Nemours pediatric Prosthetics Program is one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast. Because children who need a prosthetic will often need coordinated care from other medical areas, you’ll have access to our entire team of Nemours specialists.
Children who are born without certain body parts or who have lost them due to traumatic injury can benefit greatly, physically and emotionally, from using pediatric prosthetics. Today’s pediatric prosthetics are so advanced, they can go a long way toward improving your child’s mobility, functionality, self-confidence and overall health.
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Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- 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
Bring these forms for your first appointment:
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- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
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The pediatric prosthetist at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando uses the latest technologies to measure, fabricate and fit prosthetic devices (artificial limbs) for children with limb deficiencies caused by congenital medical conditions or amputations due to disease or injury. Here, our highly qualified prosthetist — certified by the American Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) — understands how children grow and develop physically, emotionally and socially. Our goal for every child is to achieve maximum mobility and confidence for an active, independent life.
We also provide pediatric orthotic services onsite.
Comprehensive Pediatric Prosthetics Care in Central Florida
A child who needs a prosthetic device will often require coordinated care from other medical disciplines. At Nemours Children’s Hospital, your child has access to an entire team of board-certified specialists including pediatric orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation and physical medicine specialists and behavioral health professionals. Our pediatric prosthetist works closely with your family and the team to ensure your child receives the best coordinated care possible.
Types of Prostheses We Provide
Modern prostheses allow children with limb deficiencies to do nearly everything they could do with natural limbs, including participating in sports and other physical activities. Advanced technologies make it possible to create lightweight pediatric prostheses designed precisely for size and function, as well as a custom look. This can build confidence and help your child accept and adapt to wearing the device.
At Nemours Children’s Hospital, we provide prostheses that replace:
- upper extremities (fingers, hands, above and below the elbow)
- lower extremities (foot, above and below the knee).
Advances within the field of pediatric prosthetics are constant. Our prosthetists have a passion for seeking out the latest advancements so your child has the most efficient, safe and intelligent prosthesis available.
Related Programs We Offer
Pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Nemours provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment for children with limb length differences using cutting-edge technology and equipment to lengthen a limb entirely from the inside.
Pediatric physiatrists (physician specialists who are nerve, muscle and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how your child moves) provide therapeutic treatment for maximum functionality, as well as education and training for continued progress at home.
Our physicians are certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and include one of fewer than 250 physicians in the United States with a certificate of subspecialty in pediatric rehabilitation medicine.
Pediatric anesthesiologists and pain management specialists prescribe medicines, physical therapies and complementary alternatives (hydrotherapy, biofeedback, massage) to manage pain in an inpatient, outpatient and/or day-stay hospital setting.
What to Expect at Nemours
At Nemours Children’s Hospital, we offer expert care in a child-centered environment. When you visit the pediatric prosthetics clinic, our practitioner will measure and evaluate your child’s range of motion and muscle strength. Using safe and effective technologies, we can minimize the time your child spends in the process. Depending on your child’s age, condition and lifestyle goals, the practitioner will work with you and the care team to artfully develop a customized solution for your child’s needs today and in the future.
Once made, the prosthetist will fit the device to ensure comfort, stability and mobility. Follow-up care is always provided to continually monitor the fit and functionality of the prosthesis as your child grows.
Care and Support for the Entire Family
Your child’s team cares about the physical and emotional wellness of the entire family, and values your involvement throughout the process. We understand that dealing with a chronic or complex medical condition such as a limb deficiency can be difficult for your child and family, but you don’t have to go through it alone.
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.
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
If your child needs medical imaging, we offer some of the area’s most advanced pediatric radiology services here on campus at Nemours
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.
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.
To help make the experience as comfortable as possible, we also provide emotional and psychosocial support and many other services for your child and family, including:
- social work
- Child Life services
- mental health counseling
- patient and family education
- spiritual care
- support groups