Joseph Benevenia, MD, Chief of Service
Our pediatric orthopaedic specialists focus on the treatment of musculoskeletal problems in newborns, children, and young adults. They provide a family-centered approach to the treatment of both congenital and acquired problems such as developmental dislocation of the hip, Perthes disease, Clubfeet, Scoliosis, complex pediatric fractures, Bowing of the legs and In-toeing. They participate in the multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of complex problems associated with Cerebral Palsy, Myelomeningocele, Muscular Dystrophy and Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
Limb Lengthening and Limb Deformity Correction:
The division provides a comprehensive array of treatment options for limb length discrepancies (LLDs) and deformity correction in children and adults Conditions treated include limb length discrepancies and deformities caused by: trauma, including malunion and nonunion; congenital limb length discrepancies; achondroplasia and other skeletal dysplasias; infection involving the bone (osteomylelitis) and joint (septic arthritis); infection involving the bone (osteomylelitis); illnesses such as Blount's Disease; pediatric hip disorders; joint stiffness following injury, infection or other causes; and soft tissue scarring.
Dr. Sanjeev Sabharwal has special expertise in limb lengthening and reconstruction using the Ilizarov technique and has studied with some of the foremost authorities in the field. He also specializes in treatment of pediatric spine disorders including scoliosis surgery and is an active member of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS).
Spine and Scoliosis Treatment
Each case of scoliosis, a three-dimensional curvature of the spine, is as unique as the person with the condition. The treatment plan for scoliosis is highly individualized and can range from periodic observation by a physician, to wearing an orthotic brace, or for patients with advanced curvature, surgery may be the best course of treatment.
For surgeries as complex as those used to correct scoliosis, there's no substitute for an experienced health care team. At University Hospital, this experience is evident at every level of care, from surgeons like Dr. Sabharwal and others who specialize in spinal surgery to the nurses in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to the physical therapists who provide post-surgical therapy. Specifically, University Hospital offers scoliosis patients:
- A comprehensive approach to treatment
- Image-guided surgery using Stealth(tm) technology
- Intraoperative spinal cord monitoring
- A commitment to "bloodless" surgery and an association with the University Center for Bloodless Surgery and Medicine.