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Amputation and prosthetics

Amputation and prosthetics

We care for children with amputations and limb differences in our multidisciplinary clinic, which is the largest in the Chicagoland area. At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, we evaluate each child for his/her unique needs. Orthopaedics, nursing, on-site psychology and pediatric rehabilitation, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreation therapy and RN and social worker care managers, are all available to provide the range of care needed. Our patient and family-centered approach is ideal for our patients with a limb difference or amputation. Peer support and community resources are also available. Certified prosthetists are available to help assess the needs of the patient.

Orthotic and prosthetic services

Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) – Midwest, LLC, at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, is an in-house service, providing care for our patients who need prosthetic and orthotic devices. From infancy to 18 years of age, the experienced and certified POPS staff provide upper and lower orthotic and prosthetic services, as well as spinal orthotic services, for a wide spectrum of orthopaedic conditions, such as congenital and acquired deformities, disease, infection and trauma.

The POPS team is devoted to designing braces, artificial arms and legs, and adaptive devices that give children the ability to pursue their dreams. The specially trained orthotic and prosthetic specialists take the time to get to know each child. A visit to POPS is about more than measurements and mechanics. It is about sharing hopes and dreams, and providing information that allows the technicians to return to the lab and design the perfect fit.

Patients who see doctors in the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago clinic, and who choose POPS as their provider, will usually visit the POPS department on the same day. No time is lost scheduling a special appointment or driving to a different facility. POPS has certified prosthetists in-house to meet the unique needs of our patients.


The POPS staff provide the most current treatment and materials, and utilize the latest in computer aided design (CAD) technology to design and fabricate custom orthotic and prosthetic devices for growing children. Your child can customize their devices. Patients often pick favorite patterns – such as cartoon characters, sports teams, princesses or camouflage – to decorate the surface of a leg brace or limb sockets.

Watch a video about POPS at the Chicago hospital.


Orthoses are custom devices that can be as simple as an insert worn in your child’s shoe, to a full-leg brace or other similar device. Some orthotics are worn during the day and during all regular activities. Other orthotic devices are designed to be worn only during the evening.

The type of orthotic your child needs and when and how they will wear it will depend on your child’s orthopaedic condition and developmental abilities. Because children grow rapidly, orthotics may need to be replaced as often as twice a year.


Prosthetic devices range from a foot or hand, to a full arm or leg. Many prostheses will require adjustment as children become more comfortable with them, and they may need to be replaced somewhat frequently as your child grows. Wherever possible, your child will be able to select the pattern for their prosthesis. Designs range from sports team logos and camouflage to butterflies, flag patterns and more.

Team approach

The orthotic and prosthetic specialists work side-by-side with physicians in the clinic and coordinate directly with physical and occupational therapists to ensure that the device they design is the right fit.

Motion analysis

Access to an on-site, state-of-the-art motion analysis center allows the POPS team to get real data needed to evaluate effectiveness of each device and then make adjustments, if necessary.