Orthopedics

Patient Success Stories

Read inspiring stories of hope from patients and families treated at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

April Patient of the Month: Lucky

Lucky started going to physical therapy when he was two because of the delays with sitting up and rolling over. His physical therapist noticed that the problem was not muscular but skeletal, a condition that she couldn't treat. The pediatrician told Janie and Greg, Lucky’s parents, about Nicklaus Children's Hospital. When Janie and Greg visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, they met Dr. Harry L Shufflebarger, Pediatric Spinal Surgery Director. He performed the necessary surgeries and now Lucky can enjoy a healthy life. Read this story.

Asnay Stands Up to Cerebral Palsy

Asnay Machado is an ambitious Westland Senior High School student with dreams of becoming a lawyer one day. Asnay, who was born with cerebral palsy, recently enjoyed a boost in confidence thanks to a surgery at Nicklaus Children’s that has enabled him to stand up straight for the first time. Read this story.

Devon, Determined to Stand

At around 6 months of age, Devon's mother started noticing that he wasn't meeting his developmental milestones. By the time he was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy and his muscle development was impaired. Surgery, physical therapy, and Devon's own determination brought his quality of life beyond what his mother had initially thought possible. Read this story.

October Patient of the Month: Astry

After Astry was born, her parents noticed that she wasn't progressing as babies typically do. She wasn't able to lift her head and she showed a lot of muscle weakness. Her pediatrician recommended they take her to see a neurologist, and so Astry's parents brought her to Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Read this story.

Alessandra's Success Story

At age 10, Alessandra was diagnosed with scoliosis and started receiving treatment at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. To view her inspiring story, visit mchf.org/alessandra. Read this story.

Surgery Puts Sarah Back on Track

Sarah was born with Noonan syndrome, a genetic condition that can result in spinal curvature and other abnormalities. She underwent her first surgery for scoliosis at age 13 with the Center for Spinal Disorders at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Read this story.

Maddy's Success Story

When Maddy was only 12 hours old, she was flown to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to undergo the first of several surgeries to treat spina bifida, a congenital condition that affects the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. Thanks to a multidisciplinary team approach, Maddy received coordinated care by an array of subspecialists.  Read this story.

Kimberly's Scoliosis Success Story

Kimberly was 14 years old when she started noticing an unevenness of her shoulders and rib cage, as well as the shortening of her torso. Her whole upper body was beginning to look disfigured, so her pediatrician referred her to the Orthopedics Department at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Read this story.

For the Love of Soccer

For some kids, playing sports is not only fun but it also a passion. For Esteban Leon, 14, soccer is always on his mind; but when he was only 10 years old, his dreams came to a halt while on the soccer field one afternoon. Read this story.

Young Boy Regains Ability to Walk

Gerard was able to move his lower extremities for the first time in two years. Read this story.

Keila's Success Story

Keila underwent spinal fusion surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and feels grateful for the care and support she received during her long recovery. Read this story.

Tiffany's Success Story

Misdiagnosed several times after freak accident, until Dr. Asghar diagnosed her with a rare spinal disorder: Klippel-Feil syndrome. Read this story.

Gianna's Success Story

Gianna, spent eight days in Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Her parents speak wonders of the surgeons and nurses that tended to her daughter during that time. Read this story.

Barbara's Success Story

When Barbara was hospitalized, the hospital was called Variety Children's Hospital. She had congenital hip problems and had many operations before moving to Miami in 1953. Read this story.

Tania's Scoliosis Success Story

Tania was eight years of age when was diagnosed with scoliosis. As she grew older, it got worse and so she had surgery with one of the best doctors in Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Read this story.

Ryan's Success Story

Ryan and his cousin were throwing Chinese stars into a tree when Ryan's hand slipped and he cut his finger. The only doctor and hospital that would take Ryan (due to the intricate possible tendon injury) was Dr. Perlyn and Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Read this story.

Deborah's Success Story

Deborah had one leg shorter than the other. She was treated at Nicklaus Children's Hospital until she was 18 years old and can now walk on her own. Read this story.

Jennifer's Spinal Surgery Success Story

Jennifer just got hired here at Nicklaus Children's Hospital! Not only does she feel so proud and lucky, but she also feels very honored to be a part of a hospital where she had a serious back surgery done several years ago. Read this story.

Keith's Success Story

After having his arm set wrong twice by two different orthopedics, his parents immediately took him to Nicklaus Children's Hospital, where he received the treatment he needed. Read this story.

Victor's Success Story

Victor was at Nicklaus Children's Hospital when he was seven years old due to his broken femur bone on his left leg. He missed an entire year of first grade. Being seven years old, it was difficult for him to realize what was going on. But the staff at Nicklaus Children's Hospital were there for him every step of the way, helping him get better. Read this story.

St. Clair's Success Story

St. Clair was having trouble walking because his legs were tilting inwards, which was wearing out his joints and resulting in painful and premature arthritis. His condition progressed to a point where he could no longer play sports or even walk without pain. He was diagnosed with genu valgum, more commonly known as knock-knees. Read this story.

Ashley Gets Ahead of the Curve

Ashley's family tell the story of how they searched throughout the country for a surgeon to correct Ashley's scoliosis, only to find that the best was right here at home. Read this story.

New 'Turbo' Limb-Lengthening Technique Helps Jalen Move Ahead

Jalen  is the first patient regionally to benefit from a new “turbo” limb lengthening procedure that reduced the length of time he wore the frame to only six weeks. Read this story.

Sebastian's Cerebral Palsy Success Story

Sebastian was diagnosed with a severe case of cerebral palsy, a condition that causes difficulty with muscle control. In Sebastian’s case, it would make it nearly impossible to pass key milestones like chewing solid foods and walking. Read this story.

Contact Pediatric Orthopedics
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Pediatric Musculoskeletal Injuries and Fractures
Dr. Monica Payares-Lizano. MD talks about the orthopedic care offered at Nicklaus Children's Hospital for pediatric musculoskeletal injuries.

Service Locations

Nicklaus Children's Aventura Care Center
20295 NE 29th Place
Suite 300
Aventura, FL 33180

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Main Campus
3100 SW 62nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33155

Nicklaus Children's Miramar Outpatient Center
12246 Miramar Parkway
Miramar Square
Miramar, FL 33025

Nicklaus Children's Miramar Outpatient Center
12246 Miramar Parkway
Miramar Square
Miramar, FL 33025

Nicklaus Children's Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center
11310 Legacy Avenue
Legacy Place
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Nicklaus Children's Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center
11310 Legacy Avenue
Legacy Place
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Nicklaus Children's Sports Health Center
11521 South Dixie Highway
2nd Floor
Pinecrest, FL 33156

Nicklaus Children's West Kendall Outpatient Center
13400 SW 120th Street
Suite 100
Miami, FL 33186

Nicklaus Children's West Kendall Outpatient Center
13400 SW 120th Street
Suite 100
Miami, FL 33186

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