In-house research teams at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Lexington include renowned experts whose discoveries have changed care practices and improved the lives of many children.
Many clinical research studies are performed at the Lexington Shriners Hospital each year by its attending physicians, residents and scientific staff. Ongoing research projects focus on assessing treatment outcomes for the various orthopaedic conditions treated at the hospital.
The hospital staff shares the findings of their research with other health care professionals through presentations at national meetings and publications in scientific journals.
The Lexington hospital's medical staff presented the results of five studies at the March 2014 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting in New Orleans.
The studies examine these topics:
- The correlation of obesity and vitamin D deficiency among patients with genu valgum (knock knee).
- The results of a series of casts in idiopathic (spontaneous or of unknown cause) and nonidiopathic early-onset scoliosis (the curving of the spine).
- The recurrence of clubfoot in patients treated with Ponseti casting after undergoing a tendon transfer. Clubfoot is a condition in which a patient's foot turns downward and inward. The Ponseti method involves a series of casting to correct the condition.
- Determining whether residual forefoot adductus (a curving inward of the outside of the foot that remains after correction) predicts the need for future surgery in patients with clubfoot who are cared for with Ponseti casting.
- The effectiveness of Ponseti casting in patients with clubfoot and amniotic band syndrome (ABS). ABS occurs when the fetus is entangled with strands of amniotic bands that are stringlike, restricting blood flow and affecting the baby's growth and development.
The staff has given nine additional presentations at six national meetings and has published eight reports in scientific journals in the past year.
The Lexington Shriners Hospital is proud to have a strong presence at national meetings to showcase ongoing work that is part of the overall research mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Lexington has been a leader in clinical research for decades. Our research has translated into treatment protocols that have been adopted worldwide. To see our research in action, visit our Research page.