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Shaping the best practices pathway in postoperative spinal fusions

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta orthopaedics team is honored to be part of the Harms Study Group and have our guidelines presented and published as part of The Spine Journal’s 2017 Development of Consensus-Based Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) for Postoperative Care Following Posterior Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. In our most recent study, we showed about a 25 percent decrease in length of stay, with no increase in complications. We’re excited to continue this research to help optimize and standardize pathways for all pediatric patients.

 
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First-time procedure at Children’s helps toddler walk on his own

Michael Schmitz, MD, Chief of Orthopaedics, and Joseph Williams, MD, Chief of Plastic Surgery, at Children’s, recently performed a procedure typically done in breast reconstruction surgery to help a toddler born with amniotic band syndrome learn to walk on his own.

 
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Novel technique to monitor epiphyseal perfusion in slipped capital femoral epiphysis

A Children’s study, led by Tim Schrader, MD, Intraoperative Monitoring of Epiphyseal Perfusion in Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis, showed femoral head perfusion in patients with a slipped capital femoral epiphysis can be measured intraoperatively. The presence of femoral head perfusion was predictive of the absence of postoperative osteonecrosis.

 
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PRiSM annual meeting

Children’s is excited to host the 2019 Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society Annual Meeting. Join your colleagues in pediatric sports medicine Jan. 17 to Jan. 19, 2019, to gain insight on new research in the field. The meeting is designed to provide high-quality information on basic science, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and technical advances in the multidisciplinary area of sports medicine for children and adolescents.

 
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Current research

Our team is actively involved in research and collaborations, including more than 40 IRB-approved studies. Learn more about our current research and recent publications.

 
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