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Pediatric Orthopedics

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Department at Astrid Lindgren Childrens hospital provides excellent care for young patients with musculoskeletal problems age 0-14y.

Our team currently consists of 14 pediatric orthopedic surgeons who are divided in several teams and are treating the following conditions:

  • Trauma (musculoskeletal injuries)
  • Infection
  • Hip disorders (DDH, Perthes, SCFE)
  • Knee disorders
  • Neuromuscular diseases (CP, AMC, MMC, Muscular dystrophy) 
  • Skeletal dysplasia (including Osteogenesis imperfecta)
  • Deformity correction (including internal and external fixation, TSF, modular rail, and leg lengthening via motorized nail)
  • Foot deformities (clubfoot, vertical talus, Coalitio, Hallux valgus etc)

Treatment methods

All treatment methods are performed aiming to reach the highest standards and newest innovations within Pediatric Orthopedics.

Limb deformity correction is a process that in one session (acutely) or during a period of time (weeks or up to a couple of months) can restore the normal anatomy of a joint or a bone. In conjunction with limb deformity correction, limb lengthening is performed to correct limb length discrepancies and congenital short statures. There are a number of birth defects or acquired defects like post traumatic, post infectious defects that can result for example in limb length discrepancies, limb abnormal angulations and congenitally short limbs. Skeletal abnormalities and dysplasias can also be corrected via deformity surgery, as well as achondroplasia and other skeletal displasias.

Diagnoses, disorders and treatment

Acquired hip, knee, ankle, and foot deformities but also birth defects and different congenital disorders can result in major difficulties during gait, produce pain, or diminish the quality of life.

Our mission is to provide the most technologically advanced diagnostic methods and treatments to our patients. Our genetic team is one of the best in Europe, with the most advanced genetic diagnostic approach. Our radiologists are especially interested in congenital and acquired deformities of the limps and deal with difficult cases in a daily basis.

To treat different deformities in our clinic, we use both internal and external devises. Internal devices (intramedullary nails) are surgically placed in the bone, such as the fitbone system, which is made of a self-expanding rod capable of gradually increasing the length of the treated extremity. External devices like the Taylor Spartial Frame, are metal frames with two or more rings that connect with 6 telescopic struts that can be independently lengthened or shortened and by that complicated deformities can be corrected.


The unit performs high level research within several research groups publishing their results on a regular base in international known peer reviewed papers.


Other conditions treated

The Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital is a part of Karolinska University Hospital, with facilities in several locations in Stockholm.