Pediatric Orthopedics

Should you have a problem

Call the Children’s Hospital immediately if:

  • Your cast breaks, hurts or irritates your skin, smells bad or has become too big (the limb moves inside).
  • You can feel the cast pressing against a part of the limb, or a small object has become stuck in the cast.
  • You continue to experience strong pain even though you’ve raised the fractured limb (see drawing) and taken the prescribed painkillers.
  • You can’t move your fingers or toes anymore, or they prickle, are swollen, cold or blue or white (they should be pink-coloured).

Leg

  • Don’t lean on your cast, unless you have a shoecast. surveillance de plâtre - la jambe
  • Contract the thigh muscle as often as possible – at least 10 times in a row and 10 times a day – to prevent muscle loss.
  • After walking somewhere, don’t leave your leg dangling or your toes may swell.

Teaching

Undergraduate teaching

The Pediatric Orthopedics Division contributes to undergraduate teaching for students at the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva: bedside seminars, case illustrations in pediatric orthopedics, e-learning, Masters.

Postgraduate training

The Pediatric Orthopedics Division contributes to postgraduate teaching.

Pediatric Orthopedics

Mission

Mission of the Pediatric Orthopedics Division

  • Provide diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical care for congenital, acquired and trauma musculoskeletal disorders in children and adolescents on an elective basis and in emergencies.

  • Make the division’s experience available from care in the Maternity to long-term longitudinal follow-up of young adults who have after-effects from typical pediatric problems. Provide care for neuro-orthopedic pathologies in collaboration with the Willy Taillard Walking Laboratory.

  • Collaborate with the other HUG divisions in providing services, notably by assisting with pediatric and adult patient services requiring expertise found specifically in a Pediatric Orthopedics Division.

Patients can be admitted or treated as outpatients. In the latter case, consultations are arranged by the institutions with which cooperative agreements have been signed, as well as with the Clair-Bois facilities in Geneva. 

 

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