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Helping Kids Move and Be Their Best

Two elementary aged girls, one with a passive upper limb prosthetic, painting pictures.

A pediatric prosthesis is an artificial device that replaces and helps children regain function in a missing body part like an arm or leg. Modern prosthetic devices are made with advanced, lightweight technologies that allow kids to reach their full potential.

At Nemours, our certified pediatric orthopedists and physiatrists (specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation) understand how children grow and develop physically, emotionally and socially. Our goal is to help every child move and feel their best — and lead an active, independent life.

Conditions We Treat With Prosthetic Devices

We provide individualized care for each child who could benefit from a prosthesis, whether they were born without a certain body part or lost it due to illness or injury. We have special expertise and experience working with children with a wide range of conditions like limb deformities. Our experts team up to recommend the best prosthetic devices for each child. The prosthetic prescription can be for the lower extremities (foot, above and below the knee) and/or upper extremities (fingers, hands, above and below the elbow).

Prosthetic Services We Offer

We use the latest technologies to measure, make and fit prosthetic devices for children. And children’s rapid growth often means their prostheses will need to be rechecked often. So we provide thorough, ongoing follow-up prosthetic care.

Because children who need a prosthetic device will often need coordinated care from other medical areas, you’ll have access to our entire team of Nemours experts and specialists, including:

Why Choose Us

At Nemours, we work with our onsite doctors and surgeons to fit the ideal prosthesis for each age and stage. Our board-certified experts strive to make sure your child is as functional and mobile as possible as they grow and develop. We want to help your child not just function, but thrive with each new device.

Regional Prosthetic Care Highlights

Depending upon the location you visit, our comprehensive programs and services may include:

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Award for Orthopedic Care 2018-19

We offer offer full-service pediatric prosthetic care and on-site orthotics and prosthetics shops at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware (Wilmington, Del.). Our program is one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast. 

We offer full-service pediatric prosthetic care and on-site orthotics and prosthetics shops at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando).

We offer full-service prosthetic care at Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville (working with Wolfson Children’s Hospital).

Research & Clinical Trials

At Nemours, we’re actively researching new approaches for childhood disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

KidsHealth Library

Learn more about your child’s medical condition from the experts at Nemours’ KidsHealth.