Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Advanced Surgery to Treat Minor and Complex Pediatric Orthopaedic Injuries

Loyola Medicine specializes in the care of infants, children and teens who have congenital (from birth), developmental and traumatic musculoskeletal conditions. Loyola offers a broad spectrum of care options, including surgery, alternative treatments, limb braces, rehabilitation and therapy.

The pediatric orthopaedic surgery specialists at the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital at Loyola University Medical Center treat a range of conditions, from minor injuries to complex reconstructions, including birth abnormalities, broken bones, limited motion and sports-related injuries. Our doctors and surgeons are specially trained to consider how problems can affect growing bones.

Specific conditions treated by Loyola’s highly skilled pediatric orthopaedic surgeons include:

  • Bone and soft tissue tumors
  • Bow legs
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Clubfoot
  • Developmental hip dysplasia
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Flatfeet
  • Knock knees
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease

Why Choose Loyola for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery?

Loyola’s pediatric orthopaedic specialists take an integrated approach to caring for pediatric injuries and conditions. Our team understands the particular developmental needs of children and ensures that each child receives the comprehensive, individualized care they deserve. Loyola’s clinicians welcome families to be involved in all aspects of diagnosis, treatment and recovery, and are available to answer any questions and address any concerns you might have. 

Loyola is one of the few centers in the region offering extremity MRI scans for accurate diagnosis of injuries and problems in the arms and legs. This system provides high-resolution scans while being more comfortable than a traditional MRI scanner for children who have trouble sitting still.

What to Expect during Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Experienced specialists from Loyola’s pediatric anesthesiology team are present during all pediatric surgical procedures to monitor the child during surgery and adjust the dosage of anesthesia as needed.

Children recovering from an orthopaedic surgical procedure will receive assistance from our experienced rehabilitative services team. Our physical and occupational therapists will work with your surgeon to create a treatment plan appropriate to your child's age, capabilities and medical limitations.

Specialized Services for Pediatric and Adolescent Patients

At Loyola’s pediatric and adolescent sports medicine program, pediatricians, sports medicine specialists, orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists and physiatrists work together to treat problems and injuries resulting from youth sports. Our focus is on prevention, treatment and returning athletes to the game quickly and safely.

Loyola’s concussion program includes a rapid response team of specialists from medicine, neurology and neuropsychology, all of whom are trained to treat and manage traumatic brain injuries in patients of any age. An athlete is suspected of suffering from a concussion if they have: 

  • Balance problems
  • Double vision 
  • Dysarthria (slurred speech)
  • Headache 
  • Light sensitivity 
  • Nausea
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Vomiting

Loyola’s concussion experts are able to see an athlete suspected of suffering a concussion within 24 to 48 hours. Contact Loyola’s concussion program at 708-216-4263.