dr. Luh Gede Djatu Anggitadewi, Sp.OT – Pediatric Orthopedist at Premier Surabaya hospital, a Sime Darby Healthcare

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“Early detection is key! Proper treatment can prevent permanent disability and provide children with a normal life and a better future.”

Raised by her family to be an independent woman, Anggi, who hails from Bali, is an orthopedic specialist and sub orthopedic pediatrician. Anggi graduated from the faculty of medicine at Airlangga University Dr. Soetomo General Hospital Surabaya and completed the Pediatric Orthopedic International Fellowship Program from Seoul National University Bundang Hospital in South Korea. On her reasons for choosing pediatrics as her specialty, Anggi says “It’s emotionally rewarding to see children recover from an illness or disorder. And they can have a better life and future as well.”

Pediatric orthopedics is an area of medicine devoted to treating the joints, muscles and bones of children. A pediatric orthopedist specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems in children ranging from infants to teenagers. In special cases, pediatric orthopedists, also called pediatric orthopedic surgeons, can perform surgery when necessary as well as providing other forms of treatments such as casts or limb braces.

A child's musculoskeletal (bone, joint, muscles) problems are different to an adult. Because children are still actively growing, the body's response to injuries, infections, and deformities may differ from what would be seen in a fully grown person and include cases such as limping, broken bones, bone or joint infections and tumors.  The most common cases are limb and spine deformities and gait abnormalities. Early detection and diagnosis prior to birth or as early as possible is extremely important and means that treatment, such as physiotherapy or surgery, is usually successful.

Clubfoot is a condition where one or both feet point inward or downward and the affected baby’s foot or leg may be smaller than the other. With early detection and treatment, the foot can be treated and later on the child can walk normally without any pain or difficulty. In developing countries where there is limited access to healthcare providers, clubfoot is more commonly found. Family support is crucial throughout the healing process and treatment. “Therefore, we consistently and continuously support the CTEV (Congenital Talipes Equinovarus) warriors and communities for sharing information and supporting one another, allowing us to help more,” Anggi adds.

Premier Surabaya’s orthopedic clinic, with its highly competent specialists team, offers services, surgeries and physiotherapies and is the backbone of hospital operations.