The Paediatric Orthopaedic division of Orthopedic surgery is a specialized branch of orthopaedics that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems in children. Led by Dr. S.K. Singh and senior consultant Dr. Tusshar Agarwal, this division provides the best possible care for children with musculoskeletal issues. One of the main focuses of the Paediatric Orthopaedic division is the treatment of congenital deformities. These are birth defects that can affect the normal development of the musculoskeletal system. Such deformities can include problems with the bones, muscles, joints, or connective tissues. The orthopaedic surgeons in this division are trained to diagnose and treat these conditions using a variety of techniques, including surgical correction if necessary.
Fractures involving the growth plate are another common problem that may require the attention of the Paediatric
Orthopedic division. The growth plate is the area of developing cartilage at the ends of long bones in children. If a fracture occurs at this site, it can result in an alteration in growth, leading to a deformity. The specialists in this division are skilled in managing these fractures, ensuring that the growth plate is not affected and that the bone can heal properly. Infections can also have a significant impact on the growth and development of the musculoskeletal system in children.
The pediatric orthopedic team is experienced in diagnosing and treating these infections, using a combination of antibiotics, surgical drainage if necessary, and ongoing monitoring to ensure that the child can recover fully without any long-term complications. One specialized service provided by the Paediatric Orthopaedic division is pediatric trauma care. Children are more prone to accidents and injuries due to their active lifestyles and growing bodies.
These injuries may range from simple fractures to more complex injuries, such as spinal cord injuries. The physicians, physician assistants, and
Physiotherapists in this division are trained to handle these traumatic injuries, providing immediate and appropriate care to minimize long-term consequences. Deformity correction is another key area of expertise in paediatric orthopaedics.
Children with conditions such as clubfoot
(CTEV) or flat feet may require surgical interventions to correct these deformities and promote normal development and function. The team in this division is well-versed in surgical techniques to address these deformities and to provide comprehensive post-operative care and rehabilitation. Additionally, the Pediatric Orthopedic division focuses on hip preservation surgery. Conditions such as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and hip dysplasia can lead to early arthritis if left untreated. Advanced surgical techniques are employed to restore the normal anatomy and biomechanics of the hip, thereby preserving its function for as long as possible. For children with other complex musculoskeletal conditions, such as cerebral palsy (CP), the paediatric orthopedic team provides specialized rehabilitation programs and may recommend surgical interventions when necessary. These programs and surgeries aim to improve mobility, reduce pain, and enhance the overall quality of life for these children.