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SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Passeig Sant Joan de Déu, 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

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We are specialists in pediatric Orthopaedics and Traumatology. We treat complex conditions of the locomotor system.

The Pediatric Orthopaedics and Traumatology Department studies and treats traumatic, congenital and acquired disorders in the locomotive system from birth through to maturity. 
Our work is based on six pillars:

  • Reference centre.
  • Superspecialisation.
  • Multidisciplinarity.
  • Scientific Activity.
  • High level of technology.
  • The patient at the centre of all our activity.


  • Members of the European Skeletal Dysplasia Network (ERN Bond).
  • CSUR of the Ministry of Health as a reference unit in the treatment of:
    • Children's Orthopaedics.
    • Brachial Plexus Surgery.
    • Hereditary Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Why SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital?

We are a leader in Spain and internationally

We are highly specialized in complex Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology.

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We have highly specialised units to offer comprehensive and excellent care to our patients.

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We provide a multidisciplinary focus thanks to collaboration with professionals from other specialties.

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We innovate and conduct research to make advances

We participate in multiple national and international study groups and we are focused on translational research.

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High level of technology

We have the most advanced health tech support.

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Comprehensive and coordinated care

Our patients and their families, the focus of our work.

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Highly specialised organisational units

We have highly specialised units to offer comprehensive and excellent care to our patients. We have 5 organisational units.

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Annual surgical activity


Scoliosis patients treated per year


Obstetric brachial palsy interventions


Tumours cases


Skeletal dysplasias cases


Neuromuscular conditions interventions


Congenital conditions cases

2019 data

Specialities and services

Pathologies we treat

Obstetric brachial palsy
Upper limb neurology
Microsurgical reconstruction of the limbs
Thumb hypoplasia
Thumb in palm
Polydactyly of hands and feet
Radial and cubita club hand
Cleft hand and foot
Radioulnar synostosis
Congenital radial luxation
Congenital amputation
Madelung deformity
Neuro-orthopaedics of the upper and lower limbs
Anterior and posterior cruciate ligament lesions
Traumatic and congenital meniscus pathology
Osteochondral lesions
Sequelae of obstetric brachial palsy
Patellar instability, Baker's cyst
Posterior subtalar coalition
Glenohumeral instability/recurrent luxation of the shoulder
Posterior ankle impingement /os trigonum syndrome
Tendinopathies/snapping hip
Joint tumours
Developmental dysplasia and congenital luxation
Perthes disease
Avascular necrosis
Proximal femoral epiphysiolysis
Club foot
Atypical and refractory cases of club foot
Surgery for neurological foot disorders, hallux valgus, flat and cavus foot, metatarsus adductus
Non-ossifying fibroma
Essential bone cyst
Giant cell tumours
Aneurysmal bone cyst
Eosinophilic granuloma
Osteoid osteoma
Ewing's sarcoma
Sarcoma of soft tissue
Osteofibrous dysplasia
Vascular tumours
Ollier disease and Mafucci syndrome
Trevor disease
Stress fractures
Acute, subacute, and chronic osteomyelitis
Recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis
Skeletal dysplasias
Imperfect osteogenesis
Low height
Angular deformities (varus/valgus)
Torsional deformities
Idiopathic, early onset, neurological, congenital scoliosis
Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
Spine fractures
Spinal tumours
Kyphosis, Scheuermann's disease
Congenital torticollis
Syndromic scoliosis (scoliosis associated with rare diseases)
Dystrophic scoliosis associated with neurofibromatosis
Multiple trauma
Physeal separation
Salter and Harris I-V epiphysiolysis
Pathological fractures
Fractures of the clavicle, shoulder, wrist, carpal tunnel, hand, and phalanges
Fractures of the elbow, radial head and neck, radius, and ulna
Fractures of the femur and hip
Knee fractures and dislocations
Anterior tibial tuberosity avulsion fractures
Fractures of the tibia, peroneus, ankle, and foot
Lisfranc and Chopart luxation fractures
Osteochondral fractures

Treatments we offer

Microsurgical reconstruction of obstetric brachial plexus injuries
Palliative surgery of obstetric brachial palsy
Microsurgery of peripheral nerve lesions
Paediatric reconstructive hand surgery
Large bone reconstruction techniques
Comprehensive treatment of cerebral palsy and musculoskeletal system alterations in neurological patients
Botulinum toxin infiltrations under electrostimulation and ultrasound
Multi-level tenotomy and surgery
Comprehensive treatment of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Comprehensive gait study in neurological patients Walkway gait assessment and movement analysis
Ligament reconstructions
Meniscal repair
Arthrolysis in the context of joint stiffness, arthrolysis
Interpositional arthroplasty in tarsal coalitions
Follow-up on joint/Salter and Harris III-IV fracture reduction and pseudoarthrosis of this location
Coadjuvant treatment in systemic conditions, synovectomies
Resection of synovial cysts
Carpal tunnel instability reconstruction
Safe hip reduction technique
Modified Dunn technique
Periacetabular osteotomies
Neck lengthening osteotomies
Closed reduction of hip luxation, spica casts
Open reduction of hip luxation: Ludloff, Weinstein technique
Ponseti technique
Surgery for neurological foot disorders
Correction of hallux valgus, hallux interphalangeus, clinodactyly, forefoot surgery
Mosca-Evans and Calcaneo-stop technique for flat foot
Club foot correction: wedge osteotomy, Dwyer
Anterior tibial and posterior tibial transposition Tenotomy
Tumour megaprotheses
Multidisciplinary treatment of vascular lesions: embolisation, resection
Masquelet technique
Bone resection and reconstruction
Bone lengthening (monolateral or circular external fixators) and lengthening nails
Corrective osteotomies
Corrections with circular hexapod external fixators
Guided physeal growth
Clinical trials for the treatment of achondroplasia (Biomarin/Ascendis vosoritide)
Physeal bar resection using 3D-planning
Fusion system – instrumented arthrodesis
Non-fusion system – growing rods (traditional and magnetic rods), thoracic distraction device
Vertebral resections
Hemivertebral resection
Tumour resection and fixation
Navigated surgery
Osteosynthesis with intramedullary nails, percutaneous plates, screws, cannulated screws, and resorbable screws
Osteosynthesis with TENs or Kirschner intramedullary needles
Arthroscopic approach and treatment of fractures
Percutaneous fixation
Minimally invasive surgery for deformities
Customised 3D-guided surgery for deformities
Percutaneous pain treatment
Percutaneous tumour ablation
Non-surgical treatment of scoliosis
Halo traction

Our professionals

“We seek “a la carte” solutions adapted to growing children, to treat them in the most effective and least invasive way possible”.

Antoni Compte Verdeguer
Orthopaedic surgeon and pediatric traumatologist
Inmaculada Vilalta Vidal
Orthopaedic surgeon and pediatric traumatologist
Ana Maria Ey Batlle
Orthopaedic surgeon and pediatric traumatologist
Aritz Ortega Centol
Orthopaedic surgeon and pediatric traumatologist
Anibal Dolores Martínez Coronel
Orthopaedic surgeon and pediatric traumatologist
Anna Canalias Bages
Orthopaedic surgeon and pediatric traumatologist
Pablo Martín Díaz
Orthopaedic surgeon and pediatric traumatologist



  • ACHieve: A multi-center, longitudinal, observational study of children with achondroplasia (2019 - on-going).
  • AccomplisH: A Phase 2, multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, dose escalation trial evaluating safety, efficacy, and pharmacokinetics of subcutaneous doses of TransCon CNP administered once weekly for 12 months in prepubertal children with achondroplasia (“Study”) (2019 - on-going).
  • BIOMARIN 111-302. SUBINVESTIGATOR. A Phase 3, Open-Label Long Term Extension Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of BMN 111 in Children with Achondroplasia (2019 - on-going).
  • BIOMARIN 111-301. SUBINVESTIGATOR. Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of BMN 111 in Children with Achondroplasia (2018 - on-going).
  • BIOMARIN 111-901. SUBINVESTIGATOR. A Multicenter, Multinational, Clinical Assessment Study for Pediatric Patients with Achondroplasia (2017 - on-going).
  • Effect of medication in the Treatment of Giant Cell Tumours (2019 - on-going).
  • Stratification of patients with 'severe' vascular malformations into risk groups: indicators of severity and progression according to phenotype/genotype/quality of life/PROs (2019 - on-going).
  • “Lost in time” study: Updating the content and clinical accessibility of the Prosthetic Upper Limb Functional Index (2019 - 2020).
  • Populational study of traumatic lesions associated with the use of electric scooters (2019 - 2020).
  • Functional and aesthetic predictive factors of preaxial polydactyly (2016 -  on-going).
  • Predictive factors of epicondyle fractures (2019 - 2020).
  • RECREGUI project: multicentre study on guided growth (2018 -  on-going).
  • RIOPed project: prospective, multicentre study of osteoarticular infection in Paediatrics. Spanish Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases SEIP, Spanish Society of Paediatric Rheumatology SERPE, Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology SEIMC, Spanish Society of Rheumatology, SECOT, and SEOP (2015 -  on-going).
  • Validated Spanish translation of the Reach Out Paediatric Functionality Scale (2018 - 2020).
  • Vascularisation of the sciatic nerve. Anatomical cadaver study. University of Barcelona (2019 - 2021).
  • Health Research Fund (FIS) Grant RECREGUI. Guided knee growth. PI Dr César G. Fontecha.
  • FIS Grant Randomised clinical trial to compare the effectiveness and compliance of the night-time and day-time corset for the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents.PI Dr Alejandro Peiró.
  • FIS Grant Stratification of patients with 'severe' vascular malformations into risk groups: indicators of severity and progression according to phenotype/genotype/quality of life/PROs. PI Dr Eulàlia Baselga. CI Dr Laura M. Pérez-López.

Participation in international study groups

  • Member of the Spanish Sarcoma Research Group (GEIS). Spanish representative in the EUROWING PROJECT.
  • Children’s Spine Foundation Study Group. PSSG Registry.
  • EPOS Infection Study Group 2020.
  • EPOS Tumor Study Group 2020.
  • Children’s Spine Foundation Study Group 2020.
  • Scientific Committee Lead Advisor. MPS-Lysosomals Association.
  • Pompeu Fabra University. Barcelona Centre for New Medical Technologies (BCN Med Tech). Computer simulation project with finite elements of physeal growth.
  • Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2). Project to develop regenerative medicine implants for cartilage lesions.
  • Vall d’Hebron Research Institute. Scientific collaboration on experimental surgery projects with large animals.
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital (Canada). Collaborative project on spinal surgery.
  • AOFoundation (European Society of Osteosynthesis). Upper limb fractures registry.
  • Bloorview Research Institute, Bloorview Children's Hospital Foundation Chair in Paediatric Rehabilitation.
  • Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto. PUFI-2 pediatric upper limb functional scale development. Aplasia functionality scale.
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital. NHS Foundation Trust. Reach Out pediatric upper limb functional scale development. 

Scientific publications



Estudio Clínico de la Polidactilia Preaxial. Factores pronóstico del resultado quirúrgico [Clinical Study of Preaxial Polydactyly. Prognostic factors for surgical outcome].

  • Doctoral candidate: Laura M. Pérez López
  • Directors: Prof. Manel Llusá
  • University: Universitat de Barcelona
  • Rating: Excellent Cum Laude. International mention.

In progress

Estudio comparativo de la marcha postoperatoria en artroplastia total de cadera. Abordaje anterior directo vs. Abordaje posterolateral [Comparative study of postoperative gait in total hip replacement. Direct anterior approach vs. posterolateral approach]

  • Doctoral candidate: Jorge Núñez Camarena
  • Directors: Dr C. García Fontecha, Dr A. Hernández
  • University: Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
  • Ethics committee: PR(ATR)120/2015

Estudio y evaluación de las fracturas y refracturas de antebrazo en edad pediatrica, elaboración de protocolo para la prevención de las refracturas [Study and evaluation of fractures and repeat fractures of the forearm in the paediatric age group, creation of a protocol to prevent repeat fractures]

  • Doctoral candidate: Melisa Stitzman Wengrowicz

Aplicación de nuevas tecnologías al método Ponseti [Application of new technologies to the Ponseti method]

  • Doctoral candidate: Laia Giménez Canales


Estudi prospectiu multicèntric de creixement guiat de les extremitats inferiors en nens. Influència de variables independents en el resultat final [Prospective multicentre study of guided growth of the lower limbs in children. Influence of independent variables on the final outcome].

  • Doctoral candidate: Maria Jurado Ruiz
  • Directors: Dr César García Fontecha, Dr Màrius Aguirre Canyadell
  • University: Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
  • Reference: MBA-Institute

Penetració òssia dels antibiòtics en la infecció òssia en l'esquelet inmadur. Estudi farmacocinètic en model animal [Bone penetration of antibiotics in bone infections in the immature skeleton. Pharmacokinetic study in an animal model].

  • Doctoral candidate: Porcel Vázquez, Juan Antonio
  • Directors: Dr César Galo García Fontecha, Dr Pere Soler Palacín
  • University: Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
  • Reference: SCCOT-2013-01, FIS 2013-2015


In the Orthopaedics and Traumatology Department of the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, we accept professionals from around the world for specialisation in specific fields of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology.

Each year, we offer an international course in Paediatric Orthopaedics and Traumatology, accredited by the Sistema Nacional de Formación [National Training System] and backed the following scientific societies: SEOP, SECOT, EPOS.

We also collaborate in providing university training:

  • Master's in translational biomedical research 2019-2020. Cell Therapy for foetal repair. Autonomous University of Barcelona. 
  • Fellowship in Hand Surgery, University of Barcelona. Accreditation from the Federation of the European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH). 
  • Master's in Surgery of the Hand and Upper Limb. Reference 3741/3. Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • International University of Catalonia. International University of Catalonia. 
  • School of Physiotherapy. Gimbernat University School. 
  • Department of Surgery and Medical-Surgical Specialties, University of Barcelona.
  • Course coordination:  The growing locomotor system. School of Medicine, University of Barcelona. 
  • Course: Orthopaedics and Rheumatology. Campus Clinic, Campus Bellvitge. 5th Year of Medicine. University of Barcelona.
  • Master's Refresher in Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology. CEU/Cardenal Herrera University. 
  • Fellowship in Hand Surgery, University of Barcelona. 
  • Federation of the European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH). University of Barcelona. 
  • Course "Arthroscopic Surgery". Course Essential Basics of the Knee.
  • Training Plan in Hand Surgery from the Spanish Society of Hand Surgery SECMA. SECMA accreditation. FESSH. 2020. 
  • SECOT course on Paediatric Orthopaedics SECOT. 
  • Online Master's in Paediatric Orthopaedics. Hospital Niño Jesús. Teaching certificate, Cardenal Herrera Oria and TECH. 
  • SpineArt Academy- International deformity Course.
  • New perspectives on the treatment of the complex spine. MBA Institute. 
  • PRI meeting. Globus Medical. 
  • IV Training Day in Paediatric Spine Conditions. 

Patient stories

“I will never forget the impact of seeing the before and after of the surgery on my spinal x-ray”