Break dancing after a spinal fusion: Jayden hasn't slowed down one bit

Jadyn enjoys hip-hop and break dancing.

I’ve been an orthopedic surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for a long time. Our Orthopedics team is a very dedicated group, and we make every effort to make each patient comfortable, from kids with broken bones to patients who need complex surgeries.

Jadyn, age 13, is a great example of one of these complex cases. She had quickly progressing scoliosis, and her curve was too large for a brace. We had to prepare for spinal fusion surgery. Because she also has pulmonary hypertension, high blood pressure in the arteries that carry blood from the heard to the lungs, it became a team effort to ensure that she had the best and safest care. We had long discussions with her pediatric cardiologist and our anesthesiology team.

This high-risk surgery had a very successful outcome for Jadyn.

Jadyn and her family regularly travel here from northern Illinois for care. I really like checking in with her, because she always has a new activity to tell me about. Last time I saw her, she talked about her newest passions: horseback riding and dancing — specifically hip-hop and break dancing. She hasn’t let her spinal fusion slow her down one bit!

Jadyn’s mom always says she was so impressed with how seriously we took every detail of Jadyn’s care, and how we made every effort to see that the whole family was well taken care of.

2013 Parents magazine best orthopedic careOrthopedic care ranked #6 in the nation

Based on things like technology and quality of staff, Parents magazine ranked orthopedic care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin #6 in the nation in its 2013 Best Children’s Hospitals survey. We know nothing means more than the health and well-being of your kids. We treat your kids like they are our very own. Jadyn is proof of that.

John Thometz, MD– John Thometz, MD, pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Variety Orthopedic Center, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

The physicians and staff in the Variety Orthopedic Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin provide state-of-the-art treatment for everyday and difficult or rare pediatric orthopedic problems. Our goal is to provide compassionate, comprehensive and cutting-edge care to patients and their families.

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