Paediatric Services At Brisbane Hip & Knee Clinic
Our Paediatric services include the following:
➢ Various surgical procedures to treat a multitude of lower limb conditions (congenital or acquired) in children & adolescents
➢ Lower limb deformity correction, limb lengthening & reconstruction
Children can feel more stressed when visiting a doctor. They may not always be able to express themselves or cooperate during a medical exam. We understand that your child needs a special environment and should be treated in a way they can feel relaxed. Children require special care and treatments. The bones in children and adolescents have unique features as they are still growing. The periosteum is thicker, stronger, and metabolically active in growing bones when compared to adult bones.
We specialize in performing surgical procedures to treat the following:
➢ Lower limb conditions (congenital or acquired) in children & adolescents
➢ Lower limb deformity correction
➢ Limb lengthening & reconstruction
➢ Open and closed fractures
➢ Joint dislocations
➢ Spinal injuries
➢ Knee injuries
Our Pediatric Orthopaedist, Dr. Mahendra Meta is best trained and most experienced to properly evaluate and treat musculoskeletal problems in children. This also includes newborn babies.
Lower Limb Length Discrepancy
If your child has a discrepancy in leg length, they may face difficulty to crawl and walk. Some children are born with different lengths of legs. In some other cases, because of illness or injury, a discrepancy may occur. A significant difference in length can cause a noticeable limp and it may be difficult for a child to play. The treatment for this discrepancy depends on the severity of the disease. The surgery can be suggested by us to make their legs the same length. This can be done in a number of ways by specialized orthopedic surgeons. These procedures will slow down or stop the growth in the longer leg.
Supporting Your Child During an Appointment
Children can feel stressed when visiting a doctor. While we try our best to make your child comfortable, there are certain things you need to do to ensure the same. When you get your child for a check-up, we observe vital signs such as temperature, height, weight, and blood pressure. Following that, an X-ray will be done if needed. We record the full medical history of your child, including any history of illnesses in the family. If your child is taking any medications, you are required to bring over prescriptions. After a discussion of your child’s symptoms and diagnosis, a discussion of the next possible steps or options will be done. You may be required to bring your child for follow up visits for further testing, diagnosing, and treatment.
Preparing Your Child for Surgery
If the condition cannot be treated using conservative methods and therapy, your child may need to get surgery done. When scheduled for surgery, the waiting and anticipation time can get stressful and scary for both children and parents. There are a few steps you can take to make your child feel more relaxed and bring down the anxiety.
Talk openly and positively about the surgery
The anticipation of the unknown can be stressful for anyone. Your child can develop irrational fears when they don’t have enough knowledge about what happens during surgery. Don’t hold back the information from your child. Let them know about the procedure and what they might experience during and after the surgery. You can also tell them the benefits of the surgery to lessen their fears and make them look forward to it. Make sure you use the terms and language that they can easily understand as per their age.
Visit the hospital with your child before the surgery
You can ask your pediatric orthopedic if you can schedule a visit to the hospital with your child before the surgery. This will help develop a sense of familiarity and reduce any fearful assumptions your child might have. Preoperative visits are offered to help children learn about the surgery and environment. When they arrive on the day of surgery, they will feel more relaxed when they see familiar staff, facilities, and the overall environment.
Be available for your child
It helps a lot when you’re physically and emotionally available for your child. Try to take some time off from work to spend some quality time with them and do activities that they enjoy. Watch their favorite movies with them or read them to sleep. This will help your child to stop overthinking about the surgery and also make them feel safe, loved, and supported. It will also give them the inner strength to face any fears they have regarding the surgery.
Give us a call to book your appointment and get more information on the surgical procedures for children and adolescents.
Get in touch with us for more specific information on trauma-related treatments and surgeries.
For Appointments & Inquiries, Contact – (07) 3847 8820.