St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, MN, plans to broadcast a pediatric osteotomy surgery. The webcast is slated for Monday, April 30, 2007, at 12:00 p.m. CDT.
Duluth Clinic pediatric orthopaedic surgeon David Gordon, MD, will perform the live procedure. Duluth Clinic orthopaedic surgeons Laura Trombino, MD, and Thomas Patnoe, MD, will help explain the surgery and answer questions as they are e-mailed by viewers. "When it's appropriate, an osteotomy procedure can make a big difference in the life of a child," explains Dr. Gordon.
During an osteotomy, a surgeon cuts the misaligned bone, and either adds or removes a wedge of bone to correct the problem. The physician then fixes the realigned bone into place using a system of pins or plates and screws, depending on the situation.
An osteotomy is also used to correct developmental dysplasia of the hip. This condition is caused by the abnormal development of one or both hip joints. In this case, surgery may involve reshaping of the hip socket or thighbone. Children must often wear a special hard cast after surgery to position the hip joint until it heals.