Most orthopaedic surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that the patient goes home the same day. Some complex procedures, however, require a hospital stay. These can include surgeries to correct scoliosis or a traumatic injury, for example.
Whenever possible, pediatric orthopaedic surgeons at Dayton Children’s use minimally invasive techniques to repair fractured bones and treat sports-related injuries, such as ligament tears. These procedures are performed through tiny incisions instead of one large opening. Because the incisions are small, patients tend to have quicker recovery times and less discomfort than with conventional surgery—all with the same benefits.
Our pediatric orthopaedic surgeons use open surgery techniques to correct more complex conditions such as scoliosis, hip dysplasia and severe compound fractures.
Our physicians often recommend physical therapy prior to surgery to help patients reduce swelling, improve their range of motion and build strength. In many cases, patients who receive physical therapy prior to surgery experience a better outcome than those who don’t. Beginning physical therapy before surgery also is an opportunity for patients to meet and become comfortable with their physical therapist, who may continue to see them after surgery.
Your Inpatient Stay
When an inpatient stay is necessary following orthopaedic surgery, patients are admitted to one of the hospital’s inpatient units, where specially trained nurses and others care for their needs. Before going home, these patients will be scheduled for a follow-up clinic appointment, which will take place within two to four weeks.
After patients return home, our team continues to provide support and care. The Dayton Children’s orthopaedic center is available by phone 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday to answer questions, call in pharmacy refills, verify insurance coverage, explain test results and much more. After hours, parents can dial 937-641-3000 to reach the hospital’s operator and ask for the orthopaedic surgeon on call.
The Dayton Children’s orthopaedic center is available by phone 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday to answer questions, call in pharmacy refills, verify insurance coverage, explain test results and much more
Make a referral
Fax referral forms: 937-641-4500, 24 hours
Toll-free fax: 1-866-891-6941
Hours: 7:30 am to 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday