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March 02, 2016

New research estimates at-home recovery days for 10 common pediatric orthopaedic surgeries

Estimates allow parents, teachers to plan for and optimize child recovery, ease transition back to school

New research estimates at-home recovery days for 10 common pediatric orthopaedic surgeries
Estimates allow parents, teachers to plan for and optimize child recovery, ease transition back to school
 
ORLANDO, Fla.—A new study presented today at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) estimates the median number of at-home recovery days following 10 common pediatric orthopaedic surgeries.
 
In the study—the first of its kind to pinpoint at-home days of recovery based on individual surgeries varying in complexity and post-operative pain levels—researchers tracked 215 patients treated at Children’s Orthopaedics of Atlanta and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The patients, aged 5 to 19 (mean age 13), were enrolled in elementary, middle or high school between September 2014 and December 2015.
 
Based on the results, the study authors estimated median number of at-home days for recovery.
 
Surgical procedure/injury                                                       Days
Supracondylar fracture pinning (elbow fracture)                                6.0
ACL reconstruction (knee ligament tear)                                           6.0
Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (knee cartilage tear)                     6.0
Spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis                                 42.0
Both-Bone forearm fracture fixation (broken ulna and radius)            4.0
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery (dislocated shoulder)                           6.0
Hip arthroscopy for hip impingement (abnormally shaped hip bone)  10.0
Limb length discrepancy correction                                                    9.0
Slipped capital femoral epiphysis hip pinning (unstable hip joint)         9.5
Femur fracture fixation (thigh bone break)                                       13.0
 
“Parents are naturally concerned about a child’s pending surgery, and not knowing how many days the child will be home—in need of their parents for medications, wound care, and general parental care—can add to family stress,” said lead study author Clifton Willimon, MD, a pediatric sports medicine physician and orthopaedic surgeon at Children’s Orthopaedics of Atlanta, and Medical Director of Orthopaedics Quality and Outcomes at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
 
“These estimates of time away from school will really assist parents in planning for time away from work and ensuring optimal recovery,” said Dr. Willimon. These findings also may be helpful in developing return-to-school guidelines, similar to those that exist for return-to-play after sports injuries.
 
Study Abstract
 
View the 2016 AAOS Annual Meeting Disclosure Statements
 
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is the world’s largest association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments, and related issues.
 
Visit AAOS at:
Newsroom.aaos.org for bone and joint health news, stats, facts, images and interview requests.
ANationinMotion.org for inspirational patient stories, and orthopaedic surgeon tips on maintaining bone and joint health, avoiding injuries, treating musculoskeletal conditions and navigating recovery.
Orthoinfo.org for patient information on hundreds of orthopaedic diseases and conditions.
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