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Frequently Asked Questions

If I have additional questions regarding Orthopaedic Hospital Services is there anyone I can call?

You may call the Physician Referral and Marketing Department at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. The staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (213) 742-1000.

What is pediatric orthopaedics?

Pediatric orthopaedics is the sudy of and medical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in children. Conditions include congenital orthopaedic deformities, bone growth disorders, fractures, and joints and muscle disorders in children under the age of 18. Pediatric orthopaedists use many techniques customized to the medical treatment of children including casts, braces and splints, surgery when needed, and physical therapy. Orthopaedic care of children can differ from adults because their bones are still developing and treatment can affect the growth plates, and muscle and tendon development.

What should I do if my child has a broken bone, and where can I seek treatment?

If your child has a broken bone (fracture), it is advisable to seek care as quickly as possible. Most local hospital Emergency Rooms can take X-rays and put on a temporary splint if appropriate. Within days of splinting, a permanent cast or orthopaedic treatment should be rendered to treat the fracture.

While most Emergency Rooms apply a temporary splint, parents also have the option to bring their child with a fracture directly to the Orthopaedic Medical Center Urgent Care. The Orthopaedic Medical Center Urgent Care is unique because in addition to having an emergency medicine specialist, the Urgent Care has an ORTHOPAEDIC PHYSICIAN available to treat children's fractures.

Parents do not need a referral or authorization before bringing their child to the Urgent Care for fracture treatment.

The time of the day with the shortest wait period for parents to bring their child into the Urgent Care is between 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. The orthopaedic physician is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on a limited basis on the weekends.

The Orthopaedic Medical Center Urgent Care phone number is (213) 742-1162. Click here for map and directions.

Once orthopaedic treatment is rendered, the follow-up fracture care is provided by the Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Group at the adjacent Orthopaedic Hospital Outpatient Medical Center.

How soon should I seek treatment if my child has a broken bone?

It is advisable to bring your child to the Orthopaedic Medical Center Urgent Care within days of a fresh fracture. If your child already has temporary splint, it is advisable to come to the Urgent Care Center for cast application or appropriate orthopaedic medical treatment.

NO REFERRAL is needed to bring your child to the Orthopaedic Medical Center Urgent Care. An emergency medicine specialist and if needed, an ORTHOPAEDIC PHYSICIAN will evaluate the injury and render appropriate care. Once the fracture is casted, follow-up visits throughout the recovery period are in the Children's Fracture Clinic in the Orthopaedic Hospital Outpatient Medical Center, adjacent to the Urgent Care building.

Does my child need an appointment for treatment of a broken bone (fracture)?

NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED to have your child treated at the Orthopaedic Medical Center Urgent Care for initial fracture casting or orthopaedic medical treatment.

After cast application or orthopaedic medical treatment:

If your child has Managed Care Medi-Cal or private (HMO) insurance, you will need an authorization or referral to the Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Group.

If your child has Fee-for-Service Medi-Cal, or PPO insurance an authorization is not required.

The phone number for the Orthopaedic Medical Center Urgent Care is (213) 742-1162.

Does my child need an appointment, or authorization for treatment for other  orthopaedic conditions (non-fracture care)?

Other than fracture care, children with orthopaedic conditions require an appointment to be evaluated by an Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Group physician. Patients are seen in the Orthopaedic Hospital Outpatient Medical Center, adjacent to the Orthopaedic Medical Center Urgent Care.

If your child has Managed Care Medi-Cal or private (HMO) insurance, you will need an authorization or referral to the Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Group physicians in the Orthopaedic Hospital Outpatient Medical Center. If your child has Fee-for-Service Medi-Cal, or PPO insurance no authorization is required. The Children's Clinic Appointment phone number is (213) 741-8330.

What types of insurance do you accept?

The Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Group accepts Fee-for-Service Medi-Cal, Managed Care (HMO) Medi-Cal, Medicare, Group Health (HMO) and Private Pay (PPO). If children do not have medical insurance and are in need of orthopaedic surgery, a financial screening can be conducted to determine if they are eligible for financial assistance.

What is the location and phone number for the Urgent Care Center?

The Orthopaedic Medical Center Urgent Care is on the Orthopaedic Medical Center campus at 403 West Adams Boulevard., at the corner of Flower, near downtown Los Angeles.

The phone number for the Urgent Care Center is (213) 742-1162.

The Orthopaedic Medical Center Urgent Care is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Weekend and holiday hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The ORTHOPAEDIC PHYSICIAN treating children's fractures is available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on limited hours on the weekends.

In addition to fracture care what services are available for children?

The Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Group provides comprehensive orthopaedic care for children under 18 years of age. Children with congenital disorders may be seen until 21 years of age. In addition to orthopaedic care, the Group has a pediatric neurologist, pediatric urologist, pediatricians, cleft palate physicians and specialists for the treatment of adolescent and adult hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.

What can I expect from the orthopaedic evaluation?

An orthopaedic evaluation will provide a diagnosis for your child's orthopaedic condition and render treatment if needed for care of the condition. Follow-up treatment visits will be scheduled on a need basis.

What is the address and hours of the Children's Clinic at Orthopaedic Institute for Children?

The Orthopaedic Hospital Outpatient Medical Center is located on the Orthopaedic Institute for Children campus at 403 West Adams Boulevard, near downtown Los Angeles, at the corner of Flower and Adams Blvd. The entrance is off Adams, between the Lorenzo complex and the Clinic building.

It is easily reachable from most major freeways. Click here for map and directions.

Clinic appointments are scheduled in advance during the Orthopaedic Institute for Children's business hours between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If my child needs surgery, where will the surgery be performed?

Surgeries by the Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Group are performed at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital in Santa Monica.

Where will follow-up care be after surgery?

Following surgery, ALL follow-up care will be at the Orthopaedic Hospital Outpatient Medical Center, near downtown Los Angeles, on the Orthopaedic Medical Center campus at 403 West Adams Boulevard. (corner of Flower and Adams). Click here for map and directions.

Do you see adult patients?

For Orthopaedic Disorders: The Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Group physicians in the Orthopaedic Hospital Outpatient Medical Center (Children's Clinic) primarily treat children's orthopaedic disorders, in addition to treating pediatric neurology and pediatric urology.

Adult patients are seen at some of the private practices of orthopaedic surgeons who have their private practice offices on the Orthopaedic Medical Center campus. For adult physician referrals please call the Orthopaedic Hospital Physician Referral Service, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (213) 742-1000.

For Hemophilia Treatment: Adults and Adolescents with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders are seen in the Orthopaedic Hospital Hemophilia Treatment Center.

For Cleft Palate Treatment: Adults and Children with cleft lip and palate disorders are seen in the Orthopaedic Hospital Cleft Lip and Palate Service.

Is there parking located on the Orthopaedic Institute for Children campus, and is there a fee for parking?

Yes there is a parking lot on the campus located in the ground floor level of the Lorenzo complex, adjacent to the Orthopaedic Institute for Children clinic and Urgent Care center. The entrance to the campus is on Adams Boulevard at 403 West Adams Blvd. The daily parking fee is $4.00 per car for patients coming to the Urgent Care Center, Children's Clinics, Cleft Palate Treatment Center, Hemophilia Treatment Center or private physician offices.