Seattle Children’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Department is pleased to announce the Child and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program. This new program offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary care from birth to young adulthood with a focus not only on addressing kids’ existing hip problems but also on preventing hip problems from occurring during childhood.

Twenty years ago, no one in the United States specialized in hip preservation. Today there are still not many hospitals that offer complex pediatric hip preservation procedures. Dr. Todd Blumberg, who performed about 30 hip preservation surgeries in 2021, is excited to lead the new program at Seattle Children’s. “When I came to Seattle Children’s in 2017, I saw a need to help pediatric patients with hip deformities. I wanted to create a program to meet their unique needs,” he said. Dr. Blumberg’s training includes pediatric orthopedic fellowship training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as fellowship training in hip preservation surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.

While Seattle Children’s has provided pediatric hip specialty services for many years, creation of the formal program under Dr. Blumberg’s leadership means services will be expanded, better integrated and offer patients a more seamless experience long-term.

Facts about the Child and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program

  • The new program offers comprehensive care for hip conditions through an expanded array of services that include:
    • Hip dysplasia
    • Femoral acetabular impingement
    • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE)
    • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (also known as Perthes disease)
    • Labral tears
    • Post-traumatic hip deformity
    • Avascular necrosis of the hip
  • The continuum of care we provide includes surgical and nonsurgical options, and is provided by a coordinated, multidisciplinary team made up of specialists from orthopedics, sports therapy, physical therapy and more.
  • We care for patients from infancy to young adulthood, including young adults who were not previously seen here as children or teens. The conditions we treat (listed above) are often better suited for care from a pediatric hip preservation specialist than an adult provider, even when the patient is a young adult over 18.
  • Often we see our patients long-term.
  • Seattle Children’s Child and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program is the only program of its kind within Washington, Montana, Idaho and Alaska (WAMI).
  • Appointments are offered at our main hospital campus and via telemedicine.

Providers

The hip team is led by orthopedic surgeon Todd Blumberg, MD (Orthopedics), who performs 30 to 40 hip preservation surgeries annually. The team includes Katherine Marie Schroeder, MD, Keith R. LeMay, PA-C, and Christopher Michael Tremonti, PA-C.

Referrals

No referral is required but they are encouraged because they assist in making the most of the family’s first appointment. Please direct your hip referrals to “orthopedics” or “hip preservation program.”

Questions?

The hip team is happy to answer questions about your individual patients and help you know if and when a specialist is needed for their hip concern. Call or email them and if you have relevant imaging please email that to them also (or upload it to Powershare). They will take a look and advise you on next steps. Please don’t hesitate to reach out; we want to help families get the right care in the easiest way possible.

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