Although Dr Graff treats complex conditions in children, she gives the same care and attention to children with more common conditions, such as sports injuries and children with normal ‘variations’ in limbs. She has busy orthopaedic clinics at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Dr Graff will also see most paediatric orthopaedic conditions through her private practice.
Some conditions, trauma or infections can leave children and adults with a difference in their limb length. Sometimes this can be managed without surgery, but often it is too difficult to live with high shoe raises and uneven walking.
Dr Graff is one of few orthopaedic surgeons in Adelaide who performs leg lengthening, with either a circular frame or an internal device.
Guided growth is the name given to minor surgery to allow the growth plate to grow in a certain way to correct deformities. This is usually performed at the knee or the ankle and can only be performed while the child is still growing. Often small plates and screws are used on one side of the growth plate to allow the other side of the growth plate to grow and correct the deformity over time.