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Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Clinic

We are one of the few programs in the country that specializes in the care of the hand and upper extremity in infants, children and teens. We offer the full range of services – from microsurgical reconstruction of bones and soft tissue, to reconstructive surgery for injuries, to the treatment of congenital deformities and other conditions such as cysts, masses and nerve conditions.

We have one focus: kids.

Your child's hands, wrists, arms and shoulders are still growing. If his joint, muscles or tendons are damaged, he needs specialized care. We have the knowledge and experience to evaluate and treat all types of hand and upper extremity problems in infants, children and teens. We are sensitive to the differences and needs of the growing child. 

We offer a host of treatment options including casting, bracing and therapeutic modalities. At times, reconstructive surgeries, including nerve repair, tendon repairs or transfers, fracture fixation, skeletal lengthening and microvascular surgery, are used.

For kids with athletic injuries of the hand, wrist and elbow, we work closely with our colleagues in sports medicine and rehabilitation to improve recovery and return to play.

Conditions we treat.

We evaluate and treat children with congenital differences of the upper extremity as well as acquired and traumatic disorders of the hand, wrist and elbow. Among the conditions we treat are:

  • polydactyly (extra digits)
  • syndactyly (webbed or joined fingers)
  • cerebral palsy
  • joint contractures
  • amniotic band syndrome
  • sports injuries to hand, wrist and elbow

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Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 7
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-5001
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Akron Children's Hospital Beeghly Campus
Akron Children's Hospital Beeghly Campus, Boardman
6505 Market Street
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Drew Engles
Drew Engles, MD

Hand and Microvascular Surgeon

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Stephanie Russo, MD, PhD

Pediatric Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgeon


Some of the Conditions We Treat...

Amniotic band syndrome, Arthrogryposis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cleft hand, cyst hand, duplicated thumb, entesopathy, extra fingers, finger lacerations, ganglion cyst, gamekeeper’s thumb, hypoplastic thumb, Kirner’s deformity, mallet finger, Polydactyly, radial club hand, supernumerary digits, Syndactyly, tendon lacerations, TFCC tear, thumb hypoplasia, trigger finger, triquetral avulsion fracture, tuft fracture, ulna club hand, ulna styloid fracture, ulnar abutment syndrome, ulnar nerve laceration, webbed fingers, wrist fracture, wrist injury, wrist pain