Orthopedic Center's Research & Innovations

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Contact the Orthopedic Center

  • 617-355-6021
  • Fax Number: 617-355-0459
  • International: +1-617-355-5209
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Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center has a long history of innovation and is home to many firsts in orthopedic treatment.

Spinal Program

•   extensive experience treating all types of scoliosis and spinal disorders
•   pioneers in the adoption of the VEPTR (vertical expandable prosthetic
    titanium rib) and MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control system) procedures
•   leading national initiatives to lessen the risk of perioperative spinal infections
•   new low-dose imaging systems:
        -   EOS x-ray system lessens radiation risk with spinal screening
            and care follow up for scoliosis
        -   arm facilitates navigation and evaluation of pedicle screw
            placement for spinal operative stabilization.

Child and Adult Hip Preservation Program

•   international leader in hip preservation surgery
•   performed over 1,200 periacetabular osteotomies
•   collaborated in the development of the dGMERIC MRI scan evaluation of hip joint cartilage and its use in
    indications for hip preservation surgery
•   leading pediatric, adolescent and young adult center for hip arthroscopy surgery (in collaboration with
    Sports Medicine)

Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program

•   largest in the United States
•   provides expertise in advanced techniques of care for complex congenital anomalies, fractures, neurovascular and
    soft-tissue injuries to the hand and upper extremity
•   leaders of a national multi-center research study in brachial plexus birth palsy.

ACL Program

•   pioneers in the development of growth-plate sparing ACL surgeries for young athletes
•   leaders of landmark basic science research on ACL repair that has progressed to clinical trial

Additional highlights for the Orthopedic Center:

•   founders of the first pediatric sports medicine clinic in the nation and leaders in research-based sports injury
    prevention with 40,000 patient visits every year
•   one of the first centers in the nation to use adjuvant chemotherapy and perform limb salvage surgery for
    patients with osteosarcoma
•   the oldest and largest comprehensive center for the care of spina bifida
•   Orthopedic Clinical Effectiveness Research Center translates science into care and improves the quality of life
    of children with musculoskeletal disorders. The Center includes a Quality Safety and Value research team actively
    involved in Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans (SCAMPs) and Time-Driven Activity-Based
    Costing (TDABC) work on increasing value and patient safety in our care delivery for fractures, spinal fusions, hip
    preservation and sports surgical reconstructions

Boston Children’s is so much more than a hospital—it’s a community of researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, teachers, patients and families, all working together to make the impossible possible. ”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
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