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All You Need to Know About a Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Marta Jordan December 20, 2018

Whether you’re planning to pursue a career in the field or generally looking for further information or trying to find a good quality surgeon, this post will cover some important basics on what a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon is and what they do.

Before we begin, one has to know what doctors in the field of paediatric ortho specialise in and what their primary jobs are. These doctors are trained to treat problems related to the musculoskeletal systems. They are, moreover, specialised for infants to children rather than young adults and beyond. This is a doctor you will be going to if your child has problems with his or her bones or perhaps you visited them yourself when you were younger.

Surgeons in this field specialise in performing surgical procedures for children with musculoskeletal problems such as the common broken bones, infections of the same, abnormalities such as limping and with the gait and deformation of limbs and the spinal cord such as scoliosis and clubfoot.


These surgeons are qualified medical doctors. Their basic qualifications include graduation from a reputed and approved school of medicine, graduation from an authentic, approved and recognised program for orthopaedic surgery residency and also have a completion in additional training in the subspecialty in paediatric orthopaedics.

When considering second opinions or surgeries, it is paramount that one looks into the qualifications and authenticity of the doctors and surgeons and their practises and institutions.

These surgeons can be easily found in almost every medical institution. They are most common in children’s hospitals as they specialise in children’s medicine, but they’re just about anywhere, even university hospitals.

How are these surgeons different from other ortho surgeons?

Orthopaedic surgeons specialise working on infants and children, thereby they are better equipped and have extensive expertise on their patients and their quality of life. Their practises and institution are equipped with instruments, tools and medicine that are exclusively produced for children. This is an important distinction as the same tools and medicines that adults peruse cannot be used on and for children lest there be adverse effects as a result. They also specialise in specific areas such as orthopaedic hand specialist, and so on.

When choosing your healthcare provider, always trust a reputed and specialist in the area such as Dr. David Graham ( Dr. Graham is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon and is a specialist in hand, wrist, and microsurgery both for kids and adults.

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