Orthopaedic Surgery Current Prospective Clinical Studies

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Orthopaedic Surgery Current Prospective Clinical Studies
Clinical Predictors for Late Presenting Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)

This study evaluates the causes for late presentation of slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) in children. This slip type, along with slip severity and risk, increases the chance for late diagnosis and treatment resulting in the necrosis of the head of the femoral epiphysis causing leg pain.

Bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Trial (BrAIST)

Sponsor – University of Iowa
The purpose of this research study is to determine if wearing a Scoliosis brace is a good treatment for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. This will be done by comparing changes in the curve over time in subjects who wear a brace with those who do not.

Biomechanical Modeling and Simulation of Spinal Deformity Surgery Instrumented to the Pelvis to Analyze the Loads at the Bone-screw Junction

Sponsor – University of Montreal, Canada
The purpose of this research study is to better understand the effect of weight load on the attachment part of the bone to the pelvis. By using a calibration belt worn by patients while obtaining x-rays, we are able to construct 3-D models and test the specific load that the inserted screws are able to maintain.

Cartilage Damage Determined by 3 Tesla MRI Analysis in a Pediatric Population with Acute Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries

Sponsor – Children’s Mercy Hospital and Young Investigators Grant
The purpose of this research study is to see how well the extent of cartilage damage can be determined using the MRI of knees with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Perceptions of Appearance in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Sponsor – Children’s Mercy Hospital
Adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis and their parents are often very concerned about the way their back looks. In our study, we have the patients, parents, and providers fill out standardized drawing looks the most like the patient’s. The patient will then use actual photographs of their spine to re-rate which standardized drawing looks the most like his or her own. The purpose of this research study is to find out if adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis see themselves differently in their mind than they do when they see an actual picture of their back and to compare that to the parents view and the medical providers view.

Validity of Self-Report Tanner Staging

Sponsor – Children’s Mercy Hospital
The purpose of this study is to better understand the accuracy of patient’s self reporting of physical maturation, also known as Tanner Staging. This study wants to examine self (patient/parent) reporting of physical maturity versus Tanner Staging by a trained professional such as a nurse or doctor.

Pediatric Femur Research Project

Sponsor – Children’s Mercy Hospital
The standard way of treating these injuries in children between the ages of two- to six-years old has been to place the injured child in a body cast that includes the trunk and legs (spica cast). Using a rod or plate might allow patients to walk sooner, decreasing the risk of the bone healing crooked or too short, and possibly making the care of the child easier for the parents. This study will look at the outcomes, complications and the effect the treatment has on the family.

Venous Air Embolism in Pediatric Posterior Spinal Deformity Surgery. A Multi-Center Pilot Study

Sponsor – University of New Mexico and Children's Mercy Orthopaedic Surgery Department
Children with spinal deformities sometimes need surgery. This is a long operation which has known risks. One of the very rare risks that have been seen during the surgery is that air can get into the veins at the site of the surgery. The purpose of this research study is to find out which patients are at risk for VAE. 

The Chest Wall and Spine Deformity Registry (CWSDR)

The Chest Wall and Spine Deformity Registry (CWSDR) is a database located at Salt Lake City, Utah, that is used to help surgeons identify and track children with chest wall and spinal deformities. Research studies on chest wall and spinal deformities will be completed using the information from this database. With the knowledge gained from such studies, the investigators hope to find better treatments for children with chest wall and spinal column deformities that will improve these children’s quality of life and their ability to breathe as they grow. Approximately 25 subjects per year will be asked to be in this data base at the Children’s Mercy Hospital.

 

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