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Jay Lee, MD

Sparing the Growth Plate in ACL Reconstruction

Pediatric orthopedic surgeon R. Jay Lee seemed to be seeing more and more young patients like the 11-year boy with an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury in his exam room.

 
Michael Ain, MD

Answers for Achondroplasia

Six-year-old Chael Sandoval wakes up with the sunrise to wander outside for one of his favorite activities: visiting his family's horses, goats, ducks and chickens. Just two years ago, however, Chael couldn't walk more than 100 feet without the pain of claudication stopping him.

 
With a model hip, pediatric orthopedic surgeon John Tis

Catching Perthes Disease Early

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease occurs when blood flow to the femoral head of the hip joint is interrupted, eventually causing the bone to die. As a result, the hip can break — and heal poorly.

 
Pediatric orthopedic surgeon John Tis, examining patient Kelsie Hall

Treating Hip Problems Less Invasively

Kelsie Hall of Henderson, Md., first felt her hip catch, crack in pain and make a popping noise at age 11. Her pediatrician attributed the symptoms to tight ligaments and tendons that needed to stretch and catch up with her growth, and prescribed physical therapy.

 
12-year-old Jordyn Bugarin walking the hospital halls with doctor Sponseller

When the Scoliosis Patient has FOP

That was the question facing Johns Hopkins pediatric orthopedic surgeon Paul Sponseller when asked to perform scoliosis surgery on 12-year-old Jordyn Bugarin, who is afflicted with the extremely rare connective tissue disorder fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, or FOP.

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