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Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is one of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals for pediatric orthopedics. Our orthopedic surgeons treat complex conditions—such as scoliosis and osteogenesis imperfecta—as well as orthopedic needs resulting from cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and other lifelong conditions. In addition, we provide acute orthopedic care for sports injuries, traumatic injuries and infections.
As part of Gillette’s Center for Pediatric Orthopedics, our orthopedic surgeons collaborate with other Gillette specialists to provide comprehensive care for every patient. In addition, through Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare, we evaluate and treat patients whose needs continue into adulthood.
Why Choose Gillette?
- Gillette is the Upper Midwest’s only nationally ranked Best Children’s Hospital for pediatric orthopedics.
- Our orthopedists understand the unique needs of people who have disabilities and complex conditions that begin during childhood and affect patients into adulthood.
- We offer the expertise of one of the largest groups of fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons in the nation.
- Our facilities and technology—including state-of-the-art surgery suites and one of the nation’s first and busiest centers for gait and motion analysis—are designed specifically for your needs.
- We believe that people who have disabilities deserve a lifetime of excellent health care—from birth through adulthood.
Our Orthopedics Team
Gillette’s orthopedics team is composed of experts who’ve chosen to specialize in the unique needs of children, teens and adults who have highly complex conditions. We have one of the highest concentrations of pediatric orthopedic surgeons in the nation.
The size of our team—more than 25 orthopedic surgeons and nurse practitioners—allows for a degree of subspecialization not found at other facilities. For example, we have experts who focus their practices on the spine, hands and/or hips.
Our team also includes experts who specialize in specific complex procedures, such limb lengthening. And we offer providers who can continue caring for our patients throughout adulthood.
Because many of the conditions we treat are are diagnosed prenatally, our orthopedists also offer prenatal consultations. We'll consult with parents about conditions such as amniotic band syndrome, clubfoot and limb or spine deformities and educate them about current treatment options, provide appropriate counseling and if parents wish, help them plan a course of treatment.
Lower Extremity Orthopedic Conditions
Many of our surgeons specialize in conditions that affect the legs and feet. In some cases, issues arise secondary to another condition, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. No matter the cause of a lower extremity condition, our goal is to provide comprehensive care that improves all aspects of life.
Some of the lower extremity conditions we treat most often include:
- Bowlegs (varus knee deformity) or Blount’s disease
- Flatfoot (pes planus)
- Foot and toe deformities (congenital and acquired)
- Knock knees (valgus knee deformity)
- Limb-length discrepancy and limb differences
- Osteochondritis dissecans
- Patellar instability and patellofemoral pain
- Rotational and alignment issues, such as femoral anteversion or tibial torsion
- Skeletal dysplasias
For more information about the complex conditions we treat at Gillette, search Conditions and Care.
Hip and Spine Orthopedic Conditions
Our large orthopedics team includes surgeons who specialize in conditions that affect the hips and spine. Sometimes problems such as scoliosis develop as a result of other conditions, including cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. In other cases, problems like developmental dysplasia of the hip are evident at birth. All Gillette patients can count on a team of leading orthopedists to manage their care.
Some of the hip and spine conditions we treat most often include:
Upper Extremity Orthopedic Conditions
Some of our surgeons specialize in issues that affect the upper extremities. Conditions such as birth brachial plexus injuries and limb differences are evident at, or shortly after, birth. We also treat conditions, such as complex fractures, that can develop anytime during childhood. Our ability to specialize in conditions that affect the upper extremities and hands makes Gillette unique among children’s hospitals.
Some of the upper extremity conditions we treat most often include:
Systemic Conditions and Disabilities That Cause Orthopedic Issues
Many of Gillette’s patients have complex orthopedic conditions or needs that result from other systemic disorders. We specialize in providing comprehensive care in collaboration with Gillette specialists from a variety of disciplines.
Some of the conditions we treat most commonly include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
- Muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular conditions
- Osteogenesis imperfecta
- Skeletal dysplasias
- Spina bifida
Our video about orthopedic care provides a closer look at how specialists provide comprehensive treatment specifically for children who have cerebral palsy.
View our other videos from this series.
Sports Injuries and Acute Orthopedics
Through Gillette’s Acute Orthopedic Clinic, we evaluate and treat children who’ve experienced complex injuries and infections of bones or muscle. When needed, we offer same-day appointments and 24-hour provider consultations—giving primary and urgent/emergency providers instant access to our specialists.
Our Acute Orthopedic Clinic is not a “walk-in” clinic, staffed by general practitioners. Instead, providers can refer patients to Gillette for a timely visit with a highly trained pediatric orthopedist, without the need for an emergency room visit.
In addition, our orthopedists provide coverage and care for Minnesota’s first Level I Trauma Center for Children, which Regions Hospital operates in collaboration with Gillette. We collaborate with Gillette’s extensive team of specialists to provide rapid treatment, comprehensive care and rehabilitation services. From the moment of injury, our collaboration with Regions Hospital allows our orthopedists to begin providing care that minimizes pain and disability, while maximizing recovery.
Some of the acute conditions we treat most often include:
For people who have disabilities and complex conditions, orthopedic needs often continue into adulthood. That’s why we offer care through Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare for adults whose conditions began during childhood.
Our adult-focused orthopedists provide evaluations and comprehensive care as part of a team of specialists. We work with patients and their families to develop plans that minimize the long term consequences of childhood conditions, reduce pain, and stave off the need for joint replacements and other invasive procedures.
Tests and Treatments We Offer
As leaders in providing orthopedic care for children, teens and adults, our specialists are committed to using the latest technology and techniques to diagnose and treat patients with a wide variety of conditions.
Some of the specific tests and treatments we offer include:
- Gait and motion analysis
- Limb-length surgery
- Ponseti method for clubfoot
- Radiology and imaging tests
- Single event multilevel surgery (SEMLS) and various individual orthopedic surgery procedures
- Spine fusion
- Vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR) surgery
For more information about the tests and treatments we offer at Gillette, search Conditions and Care.
Patients who have complex disorders often have many needs in addition to orthopedic care. That’s why Gillette brings together services in way that’s both comprehensive and convenient. We’ve provided expert orthopedic care for children for more than 115 years, developing an unrivaled system of care and support that addresses the many complex needs of our patients.
As part of Gillette’s Center for Pediatric Orthopedics, our orthopedists collaborate most often with providers in:
- Assistive technology
- Gait and motion analysis
- Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare (for older teens and adults)
- Minnesota’s first Level I Trauma Center for Children
- Orthopedics and surgical inpatient care
- Pediatric intensive care
- Radiology and imaging
- Rehabilitation medicine
- Rehabilitation therapies
For more information about the services we offer at Gillette, search Conditions and Care.
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