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We strive to find better ways to care for your child. Our doctors seek out treatments and surgical techniques that are leading edge, and have proven benefits.

We offer many clinical advances at Seattle Children’s.

Clinical Advances

Limb-sparing Surgery
Limb-sparing surgery removes a tumor and the bone and cartilage surrounding it, while saving the child’s arm or leg.

Molecular Genetic Assessment of Achondroplasia
Molecular genetic assessment, also called DNA testing, helps us to improve the quality of life for children with achondroplasia, the most common form of short-limbed dwarfism.

Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR)
When children have severe chest deformities, even breathing can be hard. The titanium rib, a curved metal rod, can help make room in children’s chests for their lungs to grow.

Clinical Research

Funded in part by the Lynn Taylor Staheli Endowed Chair in Pediatric Orthopedics, our growing research program is discovering better ways to diagnose and care for muscular and skeletal conditions in children.

Some of our current research projects include:

Fractures and Trauma
In 2004, we began a trauma registry, or database, to record the number of children treated for trauma and their outcomes in our region.

Outcomes for Bone Cancer
Our study is looking at different ways to measure how active children are after treatment and surgery for bone cancer.

Sports Injuries
We follow the progress of children who have had an operation to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in their knee. Our aim is to find out whether the procedure used now can be improved.

Walking and Physical Activity
How can we best help children with physical problems — from cerebral palsy to obesity — remain active?

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