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Orthotics and prosthetics

Orthotics and prosthetics

Orthotics and prosthetics

The Honolulu Shriners Hospital’s orthotics and prosthetics team sees children and teens with a variety of orthopaedic conditions. Some need prosthetic legs. Others need braces or orthotic devices that are custom-made as a child grows. Children can choose their own patterns and designs such as skulls and crossbones, butterflies and rainbows or their favorite super hero. The team also travels to the neighbor islands for patient visits.

The Honolulu Shriners Hospital’s orthotics and prosthetic laboratory is an official member of the Association of Children’s Prosthetic – Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC); it is the only clinic in Hawaii with this distinction. To earn the distinction, at least three clinicians must staff a clinic. The Honolulu Shriners Hospital met that requirement with team members: pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Graham Fedorak, M.D., chief of orthotics and prosthetics; certified orthotist Ken Mandler, orthotics and prosthetics manager; and certified orthotist Tammi Asato.

ACPOC helps families find resources in their area and gives health care providers access to ACPOC’s network of specialized clinics and orthotics professionals. The association also works to stimulate clinical research and offers an environment of collaboration with all medical professionals.

One patient who received help from orthotics and prosthetics is Hayden Betts of Hawaii island who underwent surgery to lengthen and straighten her leg. Hayden wears a leg brace that was custom made in the orthotics and prosthetics lab. Medical staff at the Honolulu Shriners Hospital went above and beyond during Hayden’s recovery and even treated her doll in the hospital.

“Shriners [Hospital] has helped our child and family in every conceivable way. The incredible surgery, the amazing and compassionate care and emotional support. Just every way the staff at Shriners [Hospitals] could help, they did,” said Hayden’s parents, Nicole and Earl Betts.

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