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
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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.
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