Whether it’s correcting curved spines, repairing sports-related injuries, or lengthening limbs, Cincinnati Children’s is a leader in orthopedic care and surgery for children. Our program ranks No. 3 in the country in the 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals report published by U.S. News & World Report, improving one spot from the previous year.

The program performed nearly 7,000 procedures last year, and increased its number of total outpatient and inpatient visits, Brachial Plexus Center visits and Orthopaedic Sports Center visits. Increases in the MAGEC rod procedure eliminated the need for multiple surgeries in later years for scoliosis patients, and the program investigated the role of stem cells in neuromuscular contractures.

“We are one of the largest groups of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the country, all with subspecialty training and experience to provide the full range of pediatric orthopedic care, including the only two surgeons in this region with training in both sports and pediatric orthopaedic surgery,” says James McCarthy, MD, director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. “We also work in several ways to minimize the need for surgery, including injury prevention programs, minimally invasive techniques and investing in technologies that reduce the need for repeated procedures.”

Why We Stand Out 

  • Our Crawford Spine Center assembles a world-class team of experts to diagnose and treat all pediatric spine conditions, including scoliosis and other spine deformities. In addition to advanced surgical techniques, our team is a leader in providing Mehta casting for early onset scoliosis.
  • Our pediatric orthopaedic sports surgeons work closely with our nationally recognized Division of Sports Medicine to provide comprehensive care for athlete injuries. 
  • We use fully implantable devices at our Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Center that eliminate the need for external fixation when helping children born with limb deformities or major deformity from injury.
  • We provide one of the nation’s largest centers for treating brachial plexus injuries, which involve damage to a bundle of nerves in the neck and chest that control arm and hand movements.
  • Our state-of-the-art motion analysis laboratory and cerebral palsy center help children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders maximize their mobility. In conjunction with our therapists, we focus on preventive and new minimally invasive procedures to avoid the need for surgery or decrease the impact of surgery, while also saving costs.  
  • Our expanding Hip Preservation Program provides comprehensive care for a wide array of hip complexities.
  • The impact from our published clinical research is the highest of any pediatric orthopaedic surgery program.
  • We are leaders in improving patient safety. We teach other hospitals about how we reduced surgical site infections from a low rate of 5.5 infections per 100 spine procedures to a near-zero rate of 0.5 infections per 100 procedures. Our new EOS X-ray system for spinal imaging reduces radiation exposure to children by 95 percent compared to standard CT scanning.