The Orthopedic Hemophilia Treatment Center

Award-Winning Experts in Hemophilia

At OIC, we’re renowned for world-class hemophilia treatment. But our ultimate goal is even bigger: to teach patients and their families how to manage their condition and live full, active lives.

 

Setting the Standard in Care for Patients with Hemophilia

Hemophilia is a lifelong condition that begins at infancy. When a child experiences a bleed or injury, it can put them at risk for developing painful joint conditions. That’s why you need a team of hemophilia and orthopedic specialists you can count on. Our treatment team brings together healthcare experts from across different specialties—from hematology to orthopedic surgery, and social work to physical therapy.

At OIC’s Orthopaedic Hemophilia Treatment Center (OHTC), we set the standard in treating hemophilia joint and limb issues. In 1970, OHTC was designated by the World Federation of Hemophilia as one of the first 4 International Hemophilia Training Centers. We’ve consistently been pioneers for our patients. We were the first comprehensive care center on the West Coast, performed the first successful hip replacement surgery in a patient with hemophilia and have been consistently involved in clinical trials bringing the newest treatments available to our patients. In addition to hemophilia treatment, we continue to conduct groundbreaking research; provide innovative, customized physical therapy; and offer genetic counseling for patients and their families.

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What is Hemophilia?

When a blood vessel in a healthy body gets injured, blood clotting helps it heal. Cells and proteins combine to form a clot over the injury so that the bleeding stops. Eventually, the clot remodels and the vessel heals, and the body moves on to the next challenge.

Hemophilia is different. When a person with hemophilia injures a blood vessel, the blood doesn’t clot as quickly as it should. They may also have internal bleeding—which is bleeding inside of the body. For example, if they run into something or get tackled in a football game, the impact can cause the joints to bleed. Or if the person needs surgery, they might have unusually heavy bleeding afterward.

Hemophilia can range from mild to severe. Excessive bleeding can be seen in patients with mild hemophilia, as well. Excessive bleeding can cause damage to joints, tissues and even organs.

About 400 babies are born with hemophilia each year in the U.S., so it’s pretty rare. It almost exclusively affects males, but there are rare cases of females with hemophilia.

The ABCs of Hemophilia

If you’re raising a child with hemophilia, you’ve heard the phrase “clotting factor” a lot. That’s the term for the protein that blood needs to clot normally. A child with hemophilia doesn’t have enough of one particular clotting factor, or it’s missing entirely.

There are three types of hemophilia—A, B and C.

  • Hemophilia A occurs when the body doesn’t make enough of factor VIII (8). It’s also the most common type of hemophilia.
  • Hemophilia B occurs when the body doesn’t make enough of factor IX (9).
  • Hemophilia C occurs when the body doesn’t make enough of factor XI (11).

Our Hemophilia Experts

At OIC, we take a collaborative approach to diagnosing and treating hemophilia. Our team of experts are led by the following specialists:

Other members of the team include:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Social worker
  • Medical assistant and patient representative
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