Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles provides comprehensive care for children in need of prosthetic and orthotic devices.
Our new state-of-the-art Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) department, partners closely with the Child Amputee Prosthetics Project (CAPP) clinic, which champions a multidisciplinary team approach to treating children with amputations or limb deficiencies. Our patients are given comprehensive evaluations by a rehabilitation physician, a prosthetist, an occupational or physical therapist and a social worker. We work with the patient and family to build a treatment plan as a team, consulting with our orthopaedic surgeons regarding surgical options as needed.
At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles, we have the unique ability to measure, manufacture, fit and assess prosthetic and orthotic devices in one place. Our certified orthotists and prosthetists have diverse educational backgrounds and innovative design capabilities. The orthotics and prosthetics teams collaborate closely with our doctors and therapists to achieve the best possible outcome for children with limb differences. Our prosthetic designs are state-of-the-art, and can be specialized to allow your child to participate in various athletic and other physical activities.
Using advanced technology, including computer assisted design (CAD) and manufacturing software, our team of orthotists and prosthetists fabricate custom devices. The POPS team is directly involved with patient care management working closely with the child and their family to support the lifestyle and medical needs of the child. The POPS practitioners work with a variety of congenital and acquired orthopaedic conditions, including:
The POPS practitioners and technicians fit upper and lower limb prostheses and orthoses with an emphasis on exceptional fit, comfort and appearance to improve function and mobility.
The CAPP clinic has an illustrious history. In 1953, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) initiated the Child Amputee Prosthetic Project. This was funded by the Children’s Bureau, a division of the department of health, education and welfare (now health and human services). The UCLA-CAPP program flourished but had difficulty maintaining funding to support its services and research programs. In the 1980s, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles invited CAPP to join their mission, offering space and support to the program so it could continue functioning. This allowed the program to thrive and continue its important function of research and training, in addition to providing quality comprehensive, multidisciplinary prosthetic care.
Today, our devoted staff of physicians, therapists, prosthetists, social workers, orthotics specialists, technicians and administrators continue the 60-year legacy of providing high-quality multidisciplinary care to our patients with limb differences. With the transition of prosthetics to the POPS department in 2015, we now offer even more cutting-edge prosthetic components and designs in our care model.
For more information or general questions regarding our POPS department, please call 813-367-2082. All services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
Orthotists and prosthetists
David Craft, CP
Jack Mark, CPO
Martin Mendoza, CPO