Pediatric orthopedics is the field that covers the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders (arms, legs and spine) in children and adolescents. It is for children with congenital malformations, and also bone, joint and muscle disorders.
Pediatric trauma care treats fractures and sprains.
These disciplines include diagnostic investigations, surgery, and peri and post-operative care from birth until growth stops. They also provide for medical monitoring of disorders not requiring surgery.
Pediatric orthopedics has a number of subdivisions:
- Trauma care for the arms, legs and spine
- General pediatric orthopedics: malformations, congenital hip dislocation, club feet, pain, infections, tumors, acquired bone diseases
- Spine disorders: scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis
- Limb reconstruction: correction of unequal lengths and deformities
- Neuro-orthopedics: cerebral motor impairment, neuromuscular disorders
- Sports medicine
Certain disorders are treated in collaboration with the Child and Adolescent Surgery Division, the Orthopedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Trauma Care Division and the Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery Division of the HUG, as well as the CHUV Pediatric Orthopedics Unit (FR).
The unit is also involved in humanitarian activities. Thanks to agreements between the Geneva University Hospitals and several humanitarian associations, the unit receives children who require specialized procedures that cannot be performed in their home countries. Physicians from developing countries are also frequently received and placed in a variety of jobs for the purposes of teaching and professional development.
Using the Internet, remote consultations on medical records are provided regularly, offering better care for patients with complex problems.
In developing countries, the unit participates in the training of local staff so they can meet the needs of the local population.