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Paediatric Orthopaedics

We look after our child and adolescent patients in a caring atmosphere with a dedicated sympathetic approach. Our team is concerned with the clinical and scientific diagnostic investigation and treatment of congenital and acquired orthopaedic diseases of infants, children, and young people.

Thanks to the cooperation between the Zurich University Children’s Hospital and Balgrist University Hospital, we can offer your child ideal care according to his or her individual needs. Medical treatment and surgery are offered at both facilities and Professor Thomas Dreher, the Senior Consultant in Paediatric Orthopaedics, will decide on the appropriate location to ensure optimal treatment for your child.


We are happy to arrange appointments for Friday.

+41 44 386 30 91
+41 44 386 16 66

You can reach us as follows:
Monday - Friday
8.30 a.m. - 12.00 noon
1.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Prof. Thomas Dreher – the new Chief of Paediatric Orthopaedics

Prof. Thomas Dreher is the new Chief of Paediatric Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at the Zurich University Children’s Hospital and is also assuming responsibility as the Head of Paediatric Orthopaedics at Balgrist University Hospital. This appointment will strengthen paediatric orthopaedics in Zurich: the Children’s Hospital and Balgrist University Hospital will be working together even more closely.

Highly specialised team with a state-of-the-art infrastructure

We usually treat infants and children with additional diseases or underlying neurological conditions at the Children’s Hospital. If surgery is necessary, a highly specialised multidisciplinary team stands ready to provide care that best meets the child’s needs. The cutting-edge facilities at Balgrist provide all other child and adolescent patients with inpatient and ambulatory care perfectly orientated to their orthopaedic requirements.

Paediatric orthopaedics at the Children’s Hospital and Balgrist works in close cooperation with national and international networks, so that we can offer your child optimal state-of-the-art treatment.

Information for referring doctors

Our focus

We treat congenital and acquired deformities, fractures, and post-traumatic deformities in chil-dren and adolescents. We also treat sports injuries, painful conditions and infections of the entire musculoskeletal system and offer neuro-orthopaedics for children, adolescents, and adults.

Indications and range of services

The entire spectrum of paediatric orthopaedic and trauma surgery is covered by the team at the Zurich Children’s Hospital led by senior consultant Prof. Thomas Dreher (orthopaedics, neuro-orthopaedics) and consultant Dr. Christoph Aufdenblatten (trauma surgery and sports ortho-paedics). Dedicated outpatient clinics for children and adolescents are held at Balgrist University Hospital to look at specific problems together with the specialist team.

Spectrum of treatment

We offer treatment for the full range of paediatric orthopaedics, including both conservative treatment and surgery. The surgical treatment of spine problems in childhood is performed by the spine surgery team at Balgrist.

The range of conditions treated includes the following areas of special interest

Hip problems in childhood and adolescence:

  • Hip dysplasia (dislocation of the hips)
  • Perthes’ disease
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE)
  • Coxitis and its complications
  • Congenital defects (e.g. proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD))
  • Congenital pseudarthrosis of the femoral neck

Axis misalignment and legs of different lengths:

  • Bow legs, genu varum
  • Knock knees, genu valgum
  • Out-toeing gait
  • In-toeing gait (pigeon-toed)
  • Difference in lengths of the legs
  • Congenital defects (PFFD, tibial/fibular aplasia)

Conditions affecting the knee joint in childhood and adolescence:

  • Osteochondrosis dissecans, osteochondral lesions
  • Sporting injuries (cruciate ligament tears, meniscus (cartilage) injuries)
  • Patellar instability and dislocation

Foot deformities:

  • Club foot
  • Plano-valgus foot (flat foot)
  • Talipes equinus (club foot)
  • Pes cavus (high arches)
  • Hallux valgus (bunion)
  • Hexadactyly/polydactyly (extra digits)

Gait disorders:

  • Misalignment after injury
  • Diseases of the shoulder and elbow in childhood, gait disorders, misalignment after trauma, diseases of the shoulder and elbow in childhood