Current Research Studies

Orthopedics – Non-Operative Treatment Compared With Internal Fixation for Displaced Medial Humeral Epicondyle Fractures: A Multicenter Prospective Evaluation

Condition or Therapy:

Medial humeral epicondyle fractures


Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

What is the goal of this study?

The purpose of the study is to compare non-operative and operative treatment of displaced medial humeral epicondyle fractures in children. Because both options have similar outcomes, doctors do not know which treatment has the best chance of proper bone healing. To find out, we intend to follow children like you and see how you do after treatment of your fracture.

Who can join the study?

Your child may take part in this study if:

  • Your child has patellar instability and are planned to have MPFL reconstruction surgery.
  • Your child has not injured their knee and actively participates in a minimum of 50 hours of pivoting and cutting sports per year in comparable sports.

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

If you agree to take part, your participation will last for approximately 27 months and will involve up to six study visits. The study involves your participation at your clinically scheduled pre-treatment, 6-week, 3-month, 6-month, 1-year and 2-year follow-up visits.

There are no extra visits for this study. All visits will be timed to happen at the same time as a regularly scheduled clinic visit.

Who can I contact for more information?

Email our study team.

Study Location(s):

Seattle Children’s Hospital main campus and Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center

Principal Investigator:

Michael Saper, DO