Hand and Upper Extremity Program

Children who are born with hand or upper extremity differences or acquire an injury from birth or trauma, face unique challenges. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hand Program is one of the few in the United States in which patients and their families benefit from a comprehensive approach to upper extremity care that involves the Departments of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Orthopaedic Surgery.

Contributions from both disciplines as well as a multidisciplinary team, provides comprehensive, patient-centered treatment plans that provide the best outcomes in terms of mechanics, physical appearance, and a child’s confidence. This perspective helps us look beyond surgery and rehabilitation towards a goal of achieving optimal long-term health for every child.

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We support and care for children and their families through evaluation, therapy, surgical and psychological interventions for all phases of growth and development, from infant to teenager.

While patients come to us for many reasons, the following indicates those areas of highest patient volume.

  • Hand Program
  • Congenital Differences: hypoplasia/polydactyly/syndactyly/overgrowth/club hands/complex congenital hands
  • Trauma: fractures/nerve damage/tendon damage/burns
  • Microvascular Reconstruction: nerve injuries/soft tissue conditions/congenital hand differences/reconstruction after tumor resection
  • Sports: fractures/over-use/arthroscopic
  • Cerebral Palsy: spastic upper extremity conditions


Orthopedic Center
479 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Hand and Upper Extremity Program
Main Campus- Plastic Surgery Clinic
700 Children's Drive
Suite T5E
Columbus, Ohio 43205

Westerville Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
584 County Line Road West
Westerville, Ohio 43082


Save the Date for Camp HALO
Hand, Arm, Leg, Other

Saturday, August 17, 2019
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Recreation Unlimited, Ashley, OH

This event is for congenital limb patients and families at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Join us for a fun and educational day. Adults will spend the morning in educational sessions while kids enjoy arts and athletics. Families will spend the afternoon together in joint activities. Lunch is provided. The event is free, but registration is required.

For questions, contact (614) 355-0662 or CommunityEducation@NationwideChildrens.org.

Help is Available Now

A common misconception among patients and their families with congenital anomalies is that their condition is something they just have to live with. We don’t believe that’s true. Advancements in treatment options enable us to help in ways that would have been unimaginable only a few short years ago. There is no reason why a patient should wait to seek help. In fact, the younger a patient is when we begin treatment, the better the outcome we can achieve. And when the outcome is good, quality of life in enhanced.