Parents have numerous concerns when a child is in the hospital, and we understand that it can be a trying time. The goal at Hospital for Special Surgery is to make it easier for young patients and their families.
"At HSS, the Pediatric Orthopedic Service is like a children's hospital within the main hospital. A dedicated team of highly specialized experts work together to ensure the highest quality of care," says Dr. Lisa Ipp, chief of Pediatric Medicine. "Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons, pediatricians, rheumatologists, anesthesiologists, radiologists, physical therapists, social workers and nutritionists all specialize in caring for young patients."
Choosing a hospital is one of the most important decisions parents will ever make, and they all want what's best for their child. "HSS has the most amazing team approach with a single-minded vision to take the best care of children," Dr. Ipp notes. "We have the busiest pediatric orthopedic center in the region, and we care for patients with a wide range of problems, from those seriously injured while playing a sport, to patients with long-standing scoliosis, to young people with severe ongoing illnesses in need of orthopedic care."
Highly trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons with special expertise in areas such as spine, sports medicine, hip disorders, and cerebral palsy work alongside a team of pediatric anesthesiologists to ensure the best and safest care.
Radiologists experienced in working with young patients focus on minimizing radiation exposure whenever possible. HSS was one of the first hospitals to acquire a low dose X-ray imaging system that exposes patients to only 10 percent of the radiation of a standard X-ray machine
The thought of having surgery can be frightening for both patients and their families, but videos and educational materials are available to help put their minds at ease. Child Life specialists use additional strategies to reduce stress and anxiety in young patients.
HSS has pediatricians on staff who focus on ensuring that patients are ready and in the best condition possible before an orthopedic procedure. Following surgery, the pediatricians, who have special expertise in pain management, continue to provide care alongside the child's pediatric orthopedic surgeon.
Hospitals can be an intimidating, even scary place for young patients, and HSS designed The Lerner Children's Pavilion with youngsters and families in mind. It's a welcoming space that's visually pleasing and calming. In addition to spacious waiting areas, the Ezra Abraham To Life Foundation Activity Room on the inpatient unit is available for patients and their families.
The inpatient floor has muted, warm color tones, and every room has a window with a peaceful water view. Each room can also accommodate a parent staying over. "We consider a patient’s environment to play an important role in helping with healing," Dr. Ipp explains. "We also believe that taking care of pediatric patients involves recognizing the needs of the whole family, including parents and siblings."