Orthopedics length of stay by diagnosis

Why we measure it - We realize the importance of discharging a child from the hospital as soon as possible. The average time a child is in the hospital depends on many factors including how serious the illness or injury. Medical therapies can have a significant impact on recovery and length of hospital stay.

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What this means - Children's Hospital has a slightly higher length of stay for the three diagnoses shown in the graph. Our orthopedic team provides top-notch comprehensive care and takes on the most complex patients. In some cases, the complexity of the surgery and recovery time needed adds to the length of stay in the hospital.

About the data - The graph reflects the average number of days a child stays at Children's Hospital after surgery, depending on the diagnosis, compared to Pediatric Hospital Information System peers. PHIS hospitals represent other leading free-standing pediatric hospitals.

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How we provide the best care

  • Our goal is to manage scoliosis without surgery. However, when surgery is needed, orthopedic surgeons at Children's Hospital use the most advanced techniques, including a fairly new procedure that dramatically reduces recovery time from months to days.
  • We use the Ponseti casting technique to treat clubfoot, which shows better long-term outcomes while in most cases avoiding surgery.
  • We have a pediatric orthopedic nurse clinician who coordinates inpatient stays, discharge planning and follow-up clinic visits.
  • Our orthopedic staff members are heavily involved in clinical research which includes improving ways of mapping the spine to monitor scoliosis without using X-rays and using growth modulation devices to correct scoliosis without fusion.
  • We hold a surgical support group every other month for children needing scoliosis surgery. A multidisciplinary medical team offers information about the surgery and what to expect while in the hospital, and past surgical patients talk about their experiences. The meeting is followed by a tour of the surgery area and a patient room.