Orthopedics Research and Innovation

Christopher A. Iobst, MD

Simple Tip for Elbow Pinning: Adjust Your Wire Size

Research suggests swapping out wire sizes may solve the problem of k-wire bouncing in pediatric patients with oblique supracondylar humerus fractures.


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A New “Rule” for Differentiating Stable Buckle and Other Distal Radius Fractures

Pediatric stable buckle fractures rarely occur less than 1 centimeter from the physis, a finding that may help radiologists and orthopedic surgeons better tailor treatments.  

Kevin Klingele

Predicting Subsequent Hip Slips in Children Using MRI

Many children with unilateral slipped capital femoral epiphysis actually have bilateral disease.

Avoiding General Anesthesia in Achilles Lengthening

Spinal anesthesia has good results and avoids potential adverse effects of general anesthesia in infants undergoing TAL.

Splinting Alone is Effective for a Wide Range of Pediatric Mallet Finger Injuries

The largest known study of outcomes in children shows the large majority have no residual lag after the use of common splints.

A Revolution in Deformity Correction Plus Limb Lengthening

Orthopedic surgeons demonstrate that acute deformity correction and gradual limb lengthening can be accomplished simultaneously using an internal lengthening nail.

How to Reduce Cast Complications in Orthopedics

A quality improvement project resulted in an almost total elimination of cast complications in a busy pediatric department.

Additional Research

Hip Dysplasia Case Study Figure 2

Hip Dysplasia Case Study

Read more about acute, unstable SCFE managed via a modified Dunn procedure.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Case Study Figure 2

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Case Study

Read more about spinal muscular atrophy managed via a modified Luque Trolley technique.


Fewer Surgeries for Scoliosis Patients

Learn more about a common surgical treatment for early-onset scoliosis is the implantation of growing rods or expandable titanium ribs.