A clinic dedicated to juvenile osteochondritis dissecans (JOCD) has been initiated in the division, with an outcomes research component to track patient progress to operative and non-operative treatment. The Division of Orthopaedics is a founding member of the multisite Jupitoor Project study group, dedicated to advancing research in JOCD. Read more about the project.
Eric Wall, MD, is the principal investigator in the first study initiated by the study group, to investigate the staging of JOCD lesions in X-rays, MRIs and arthroscopy videos. The study group will develop and validate a new staging system for JOCD lesions.
The Division of Orthopaedics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has been among the primary investigators using the Orthofix device for limb lengthening for callostasis, i.e., corticotomy followed by regenerate bone and callous formation.
Leg lengthening and deformity correction have met with renewed interest and improved success in the past two decades. Particular techniques of distraction osteogenesis are now standards for limb reconstruction. However, the invasiveness of the procedures and months of treatment time lead to high risk of infections, significant rehabilitation time and many clinic visits and X-ray exposures. Therefore, the goals for our new research in bone lengthening and reconstruction include determining how changes in surgical treatment processes may increase the rate at which new bone forms and matures. Changes in treatment protocol may then be expected to significantly decrease treatment time.