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Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon Joins Marshall Orthopaedics


Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics

PediatricsThe Division is headed by Viorel Raducan, MD a fellowship-trained pediatric orthopaedic surgeon. He has been trained to properly evaluate and treat musculoskeletal (bone, joint, muscle and deformity) problems in children (infants through adolescents).

Children's orthopaedic problems are different from those of an adult. Because children's musculoskeletal systems are still forming, their response to injuries are often quite different than those seen in an adult. Therefore, when selecting a physician to consult for your child’s orthopaedic injury or deformity, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, such as Dr. Raducan, can provide you with the highly-specialized care your child deserves. Dr. Raducan practices at the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital, a NACHRI-accredited facility. For questions regarding the services provided by Dr. Raducan, or to schedule an appointment, please call 304.691.1262.  Marshall Orthopaedics has developed this webpage to be used as a resource for your pre-procedure and post-recovery concerns. 

Q: How does the treatment of a child different than an adult?

A: The unique feature of children’s bones is that they are growing through special areas called growth plates, usually located at the end of the bones. The focus of children orthopedic surgeons is to protect and promote healthy bone growth while treating skeletal disease in children.

Q: What are the most common orthopaedic injuries incurred by children?

A: Typical injuries in children are fractures through the growth plates (very commonly around the wrist, but also around the knee, ankle and shoulders). Another typical pattern of injury are fractures around the elbow such as supracondylar fractures (end of the arm bone).

Q: What is Scoliosis?

A: Scoliosis is an “S” shaped deformity of the spine. It can be idiopathic (of yet unknown cause such as some cases of scoliosis in teenagers) or secondary to congenital anomalies (present at birth) or a systemic/generalized skeletal problem, for example cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and so forth.

Q: How is Scoliosis treated?

A: Scoliosis treatment is fairly well standardized and takes into consideration the child’s age as well as the cause of scoliosis. It basically involves observation, bracing and, if these fail, surgery. The pediatric orthopedic surgeon best decides how and when a certain modality is used.

Q: What's the advantage of being treated at an accredited children's hospital?

A: An accredited Children’s Hospital allows integrated children care in one site by concentrating vital areas of expertise, which ultimately leads to optimal care. Accreditation brings s the seal of approval of national organizations overseeing or advising on quality of care.

For more information regarding joint replacement and other orthopaedic surgical options, please go to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Website.

Questions and Answers from American Academic of Orthopaedic Surgeons. For more information visit