Orthopedic Services and Innovations

Pediatric orthopedic surgeons on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan perform open hip dislocation osteotomy, a surgical procedure improving alignment of the load bearing surfaces of the hip joint.

Pediatric orthopedic experts pioneered the use of flexible nails in the treatment of long bone fractures.

Physicians on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are among the leaders in the treatment of spinal deformity.

Pediatric orthopedic physicians rely on MRI to reduce the amount of radiation used on patients during evaluations for optimal results.

The experts at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are specially trained in the Ponseti Method, the most effective treatment for clubfeet.

Bone Deformities

A large number of pediatric patients at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan have hip and knee disorders that have  led to bone deformities. The orthopaedic physicians on staff are at the forefront of the latest advancements in the treatment of these conditions. They understand pediatric growth potential and know how to devise treatment plans that protect growth, enabling children’s limbs to develop normally.

Limb Length Discrepancy

The pediatric orthopedic surgeons on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan assess treatment plans for each child based on the patient and the severity of the discrepancy. As the timing of the procedure is critical, physicians on staff have the knowledge and expertise to treat limb length discrepancies while balancing expectations for future growth. In addition, they have experience treating various causes of limb length discrepancy including previous injury, infection, bone disease, inflammation and neurological conditions.

Musculoskeletal Tumors

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan is home to an elite group of physicians on staff, several of whom are part of a very small group of practitioners nationwide who specialize in the treatment of both benign and malignant musculoskeletal tumors in children. With this concentration of expertise, the orthopaedic team fully understands biopsy methods to allow for surgical curative procedures.

Spinal Deformities

Several members of the pediatric orthopedic staff specialize in the treatment of spinal deformities. Their ability to treat anteriorly and posteriorly with multiple methods that allow for growth applies to all types of spinal deformity, including congenital, infantile, juvenile, and adolescent scoliosis and kyphosis. In addition, the physicians on staff are also experts at treating spinal trauma and the spinal deformities associated with congenital dwarfism.

Bone/Extremity Fractures

Pediatric orthopedic specialists on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan work diligently to control pain, promote healing, prevent complications and restore normal use of the bone fractured area. In conjunction with the trauma surgical team and supporting specialists, the Orthopedic Department treats the full range of extremity fractures, from playground falls to sports related injuries.

Sports Injuries

Children’s Hospital of Michigan provides surgical and non-surgical treatment for sports injuries in young athletes. Common conditions, include knee injuries, bone fractures and ACL injuries, which have reached epidemic proportions especially in young women.  The orthopedic team has the expertise to treat these injuries, even in very young children. In fact, Children’s Hospital of Michigan has created the Pediatric Athletic Center of Excellence, a sports medicine program providing advanced medical care to children and adolescents who compete on a higher level. This is part of the Detroit Medical Center’s (DMC) broader sports medicine program that provides comprehensive orthopedic services for individuals throughout their lifetime. 


Children’s Hospital of Michigan is home to a highly regarded and recognized practitioner of the Ponseti Method for the treatment of clubfeet. In demand due to its high success rates and minimally operative approach, the Ponseti Method is currently the most effective and painless treatment for clubfeet available. The experts at Children’s Hospital of Michigan are specially trained in this procedure and receive patient referrals from the creator of the procedure, Dr. Ignacio Ponseti. Children and families travel from across the country and around the world to receive expert treatment for clubfeet from Pediatric Orthopedic Specialists at the Children's Hospital of Michigan.  

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