"Both of my children have been patients of Dr. Sabatini for years. She is hands down one of the best pediatric orthopedic surgeons there is. She's kind, funny, realistic and possess all the characteristics a parent would want in a physician attending their children. We have seen her for several issues including scoliosis, broken bones, hip and ankle injuries. My son is a soccer and football player, my daughter a world competitive Irish dancer. We've had LOTS of injuries. After having seen many doctors over the years, my kids are now 18 and 19, I can say with absolute certainty that you are in the best of hands. I chose to write this review when I saw one that was a little less flattering. Having worked in hospital administration, I know you have a choice about your healthcare practitioners and that's what makes our healthcare system so great (not talking about access but quality). Coleen Sabatini is in the top 1%, she's amazing. I have personally had many, many, long in depth conversations with her about by children's health. I have asked her countless questions over the years that she has answered with patience and grace. I have asked why this and not that. I have never experienced anything but the utmost professionalism from her. In fact, I have always felt like she listened intently and answered all of my questions thoroughly. I actually feel as though the Q&A brought a mutual respect between us. I just can't say enough good things about her. "
Pediatric orthopedic surgery is the surgical specialty that focuses on muscle, joint, and bone issues in children, from infants to teenagers. Because patients this age are still growing, bone and joint problems can be much more significant than they would be in an adult. Growing children also change quickly, and a pediatric orthopedic surgeon is able to tell the difference between a symptom that a child will grow out of, and something serious that should be corrected.
Some of the issues that a pediatric orthopedic surgeon might treat include:
Limb and spine disorders, such as clubfoot or scoliosis
Uneven leg lengths
Infections and cancers of the bones or joints
Certain conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system in children, such as cerebral palsy
Besides a physical examination, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon often looks at X-rays and sometimes CT scans to determine a patient's problem. Blood tests may also be ordered to check for any metabolic or nutritional deficiencies. Treatment depends on the disorder, but it may include surgery, manipulation, bracing, casting, or physical therapy.
When illness, injury, or disorders threaten children's mobility, pediatric orthopedic surgeons work to give them a healthy and active future.