Pediatric Orthopedics & Spinal Surgery

Compassionate care from the region’s most experienced pediatric orthopedic team

Children’s orthopedic care needs are different from those of adults. Read more here to learn how our services are tailored to address the unique needs of children and teens.

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Children have different orthopedic needs than adults. They often require specialized care and recover best in facilities designed specially for them. That’s why Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is comprised of surgeons, radiologists, and anesthesiologists who specialize exclusively in the care of children. Our Department of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery focuses on the treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions in children. No matter what service your child needs, we strive to create an environment that is comfortable and safe for them. 

Pediatric orthopedic programs and services

Orthopedics for kids: treatments and procedures

Conditions We Treat

A leader in children’s orthopedics

Our program is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospital orthopedic programs available. Our pediatric orthopedics department was one of six initial sectors established during our founding in 1950. In fact, it was an orthopedic surgeon who was responsible for the hospital’s creation. Today, our team consists of highly trained orthopedic technicians, physician assistants, nurse coordinators, support personnel, residents, and fellows (many of which are bilingual). Our physicians perform over 1,400 surgical procedures each year while the pediatric orthopedic surgery department facilitates an additional 34,000 outpatient visits annually. 

Emergency treatment when you need it most

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is the only free-standing pediatric trauma center in Florida, making it the best place for your child’s emergency care. Our unique transportation service, LifeFlight® Critical Care Transport Program, provides tertiary transport care for physicians and hospitals across South Florida, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
We understand the importance of getting your child immediate assistance, so Nicklaus Children’s Hospital gives patients definitive care for their injury on the spot. Children with fractures leave the hospital with a cast already in place, not a splint or a referral to a Florida orthopedics specialist, which you’d find at most hospitals. At our pediatric orthopedics center, families can leave with the peace of mind that their child has received full, comprehensive treatment.  

40,000

Program outpatient consults hosted annually

1,478

Pediatric orthopedic surgeries performed annually

10

Number of orthopedic surgeons in the program

Success Stories

When Layla was 5, she came to Nicklaus Children's Hospital with a severe case of scoliosis. To help straighten her spine, Layla spent time in halo gravity traction. While her mom returned home to Gainesville for work and school, the nurses at Nicklaus Children's took care of Layla, acting as substitute mothers and making sure she was well cared for.
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