Patient Guide

If your child has an orthopaedic condition or injury, the Pediatric Orthopaedics Program at Cedars-Sinai Guerin Children’s offers prompt care from highly skilled specialists.

Pediatric Orthopaedics Care Patient Guide: What to Expect

Your child’s comfort is important to us. Our providers explain tests and treatments in ways that are easy for your child to understand.

Diagnosing Orthopaedic Conditions

During your first visit, your child undergoes a full evaluation by our pediatric orthopaedic physicians. Your child also has X-rays and other testing if needed.

  • Same-day injury appointments: When your child has an injury, time matters. We offer same-day appointments and X-rays for injured children. Our answer is always yes: Call us at 310-423-6665 to come in today.
  • Convenient, on-site X-rays: We offer X-rays at your diagnosis appointment. If your child needs additional imaging, such as a CT scan or MRI, we schedule those at our imaging location on the same day when possible. We offer faster MRIs to reduce time inside the MRI machine and CT scans with minimal radiation. Children with spine conditions get X-rays with our advanced EOS Imaging System, which uses up to 98% less radiation than a standard X-ray.
  • Partnership with urgent cares: We collaborate with Los Angeles urgent care locations, including Cedars-Sinai urgent cares. We can view X-rays taken at partner locations and admit children directly from those urgent cares to our office or hospital.

Orthopaedic Treatment and Surgery

It’s important to find an orthopaedic specialist with extensive expertise and experience in treating children. Here, your child is in the capable hands of world-renowned pediatric orthopaedic specialists. Our doctors perform highly technical procedures using the most up-to-date techniques.

  • In-office casts: Our pediatric orthopaedic cast technicians understand how children’s bodies and bones function and grow. They specialize in casts for children. Waterproof casts are available when appropriate, making it easier for your child to bathe and shower.
  • Care geared to your child’s needs: Children are curious and want to understand what’s happening to them. We explain surgery to children using models and real equipment they can touch, including rods and pins, catheters and pulse oximeters.
  • Pain control: Children typically get pain medication following surgery to help with pain, swelling and healing. We also teach them other pain control methods, including visualization and meditative techniques to distract them from pain.
  • Physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT): Your child may need PT or OT following surgery or an injury. Our therapists work with you and your child before you leave the hospital. If outpatient therapy is needed, we typically recommend a location convenient to your home.
  • Transition to adult care: Some orthopaedic conditions require care well into adulthood. Our pediatric specialists work closely with our adult orthopaedic specialists to ensure a smooth transition when your child is ready for adult care.

Pediatric Orthopaedics: Frequently Asked Questions

Unless it is a life-threatening emergency, you do not need to go to the emergency room. You also don’t need to go to an urgent care for X-rays. We offer X-rays in our office.

Yes. We keep open times on our schedule for same-day appointments for urgent needs.

We do not require referrals from a primary care provider, simply call 310-423-6665 for an appointment.

The length of time in a cast depends on the type of injury and your child’s recovery process. We can discuss the time estimate at your appointment.

Some injuries or conditions improve with physical or occupational therapy. We recommend therapy to you if needed.

Your nurse coordinator will handle any paperwork for school absences and help you file Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) paperwork with your employer.

Yes. And when your child is ready to switch to adult care, we work closely with the Cedars-Sinai adult orthopaedic specialists to ensure a smooth transition. Some young adults may continue receiving pediatric care if that makes sense for their condition.

Feel free to ask us any questions you have before and after your appointment. Our doctors and nurses are happy to explain treatments and procedures to you and your child.

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