Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) – Southeast, LLC, at the Tampa Shriners Hospital boasts one of the most experienced pediatric practitioner staffs in the southeastern United States. The Tampa Shriners Hospital POPS staff creates custom orthoses and prostheses at this child-friendly, state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot facility. Patients are able to choose their favorite colors and patterns during the fabrication process of their device.
The highly trained, Florida-licensed staff has several hundred years of combined experience. The POPS team is devoted to designing braces, artificial arms, legs and adaptive devices that give children the ability to pursue their dreams.
For a teen attending her first prom, that may mean specialized prosthetic feet that slip into high heels. For an aspiring swimmer, it may be a prosthetic arm that allows him to sweep away water and perform the breaststroke. For a violinist, it is the adaptive device that allows him to grip the bow.
In most instances, providing these devices will help build self-confidence and open a new world of opportunities or possibilities.
In addition to providing the most appropriate device for each child, our experts also customize them by allowing children to choose colors or designs. Whether it is a cartoon, super hero or sports team, POPS can give the orthotic or prosthetic device the appearance the child desires.
In 2016, POPS will begin using a new technology known as computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing capabilities, better known as CAD-CAM technology. With CAD-CAM scanners, we are able to scan casts or directly scan the children’s limbs or the spine and load the image onto a computer. Scanned images are then sent to the CAD software on a different computer. Three-dimensional images are modified to provide maximum correction and positioning of the limb. Then the file is sent to a computer-driven carver that will carve the corrected model of the child’s limb or spine from a foam block. We duplicate the model into the device when we make the brace or prosthetic limb by vacuum forming plastic over the corrected device.
Advantages to using this technology include better designs, improved accuracy and less wait time to receive the finished product.