Warsaw Entrepreneur Expands Mission to Make Kid-Size Implants

By Kylie Veleta, Special Projects Reporter, Inside Indiana Business

Children with orthopedic conditions such as in-toeing (“pigeon toes”), those suffering a trauma like a car accident and kids with Cerebral Palsy are being ignored, says an orthopedic leader in Warsaw. Entrepreneur Nick Deeter says orthopedic surgeons are forced “to sort of MacGyver their way through these surgeries and piece kids back together” by cutting or bending adult implants to their smaller frames. Children get an altered adult implant about 95 percent of the time, says Deeter, but he plans to “revolutionize” the industry by catering to kids with his newest company, WishBone Medical.

The Warsaw-based startup isn’t Deeter’s first foray in pediatric orthopedics; he founded Warsaw-based OrthoPediatrics Corp.—also focused on making implants for children—about a decade ago. Now considered an industry leader in pediatric orthopedics, the company is preparing for an initial public offering.

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