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Pediatric Surgical Services Newsletter - March 2022


Cochlear Implant Surgery Now Available in Walnut Creek 

The Cochlear Implant Center at UCSF Benio? Children’s now o?ers implant surgery at the Walnut Creek Outpatient Center, in addition to the San Francisco and Oakland campuses. A cochlear implant may be appropriate for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, for whom a hearing aid does not provide su?cient access to sound. The multidisciplinary Cochlear Implant team includes pediatric ENTs, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, a social worker, an educator/outreach liaison and a team coordinator. The team works closely with the family to learn about their child’s hearing and language potential in order to come to a shared decision about how best to support their child’s communication needs.



Dylan Chan, MD, PhD, MS

Director, Children’s Communication Center

Pediatric otolaryngologist





Normal Function a Realistic Goal for Most Children Treated for Clubfoot

The clubfoot program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is dedicated to treating children with clubfoot from birth through adolescence. The program provides the Ponseti method of treatment and currently follows several hundred children at various stages of treatment and recovery.

Ideally, clubfoot treatment begins within the first few weeks of life, and usually consists of gentle stretching of the feet with casting for five to eight weeks. This is followed by a minor procedure to release the Achilles tendon, and three additional weeks of casting. After casting, children enter the bracing phrase which continues to at least age 4.

Clubfoot is the most common congenital musculoskeletal anomaly seen in newborns and the team at our Oakland campus is passionate about caring for children who are born with this condition.

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MarchImageRegister Now for June 17 Pediatric Musculoskeletal Conference

The UCSF Department of Pediatric Orthopaedics is holding its second annual musculoskeletal conference for primary care providers on June 17. This year’s course will be in person and will include lectures, hands-on workshops, and interactive question and answer sessions, all designed to present an overview of commonly encountered pediatric musculoskeletal conditions. The conference will take place at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. CME credits will be offered. This conference is tailored toward healthcare providers who care for children and adolescents, including primary care physicians (pediatricians and family physicians), advanced practice providers, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, orthotists, and prosthetists. Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • Scoliosis
  • Back pain
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Pediatric foot conditions
  • Optimizing bone health for children and adolescents