Paediatric Orthopaedics (Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery) is the speciality that deals with ailments or problems affecting the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints and related soft tissues – muscles, tendons, ligaments) in children and adolescents. In the case of children, the overwhelming need is for the child to be cared for as a whole, and therefore it is necessary for CHILDREN’S ORTHOPAEDICS to be considered a complete speciality on its own. The rapid advances in our understanding of the uniqueness of a growing child makes it necessary that a child is not just treated as a little adult.
The care of children with musculoskeletal problems is a huge challenge since Orthopaedics has now evolved into a discipline with ‘specialists’ focussing on either a single joint (hip / knee etc) or a part of the body (spine / lower limb / upper limb etc). Additionally, the delivery of care for children is lumped along with care for the adult Orthopaedic patient. The consequences of this are that the generalist Orthopaedic surgeon is unaware of the most recent advances in the care of children with musculoskeletal problems and therefore does not have the necessary expertise and resources at his or her disposal.
At CPOD, we have a team of professionals who have the expertise and experience in dealing with all problems affecting the musculoskeletal system of children and adolescents. We take pride in the fact that our working ethos is child centric and as a team, we are able to distinguish between and address the unique needs of care that are required for a newborn with birth deformity, a toddler with bone or joint infection, a pre adolescent with hip or spine problem, an adolescent with knee pain or a child with disability secondary to a neurological problem.
Our mission statement is to create an institution which would be able to deliver high quality Orthopaedic care for children and adolescents, that achieves an optimal balance between access, safety, effectiveness, appropriateness, efficiency and is wholly acceptable to children and their families.