Surgical volume

Why we measure it - Research shows that physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes for treatments and procedures.


What this means - Surgeries requiring a hospital stay (inpatient) have declined slightly as we find less invasive ways to manage many pediatric orthopedic problems.

About the data - The data reflect all orthopedic surgical procedures in calendar years 2008-2011.

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How we provide the best care

  • We perform many outpatient procedures at our Surgicenter in Greenfield, Wis., which is approximately 10 minutes from Children's Hospital's downtown location. Our Surgicenter offers more flexible scheduling options, better parking and patients treated at our Surgicenter are cared for by the same specialists they would ordinarily see at the hospital.
  • Our goal is to manage scoliosis without surgery, however, when surgery is needed, orthopedic surgeons at Children's Hospital perform the most advanced techniques in scoliosis surgery, including a fairly new procedure that dramatically reduces recovery time from months to days.
  • During spinal surgery, patients receive real-time spinal cord monitoring supervised by a trained neurologist to assess both motor and somatosensory evoked potential.
  • We specialize in performing spinal surgeries on children with special health care needs, including muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and spina bifida. These patients often require additional expertise because of their multiple medications and complex health histories.
  • We have pediatric-trained anesthesiologists and an excellent Pediatric Intensive Care Unit staffed by pediatric experts. These individuals help us achieve great patient outcomes.
  • We hold a surgical support group every other month for children who need or have had scoliosis surgery. A multidisciplinary medical team offers information about the surgery and what to expect while in the hospital, and past surgical patients talk about their experiences. The meeting is followed by a tour of the surgery area and a patient room.
  • We work closely with the specialists in the Jane B. Pettit Pain and Palliative Care Center to reduce pain after orthopedic surgery and keep children as comfortable as possible.
  • Our nursing staff coordinates inpatient stays, discharge planning and follow-up clinic visits. Orthopedic staff is involved in basic science and clinical research including:
    • Improving ways of mapping the spine to monitor scoliosis without using X-rays
    • Growth modulation devices to correct scoliosis without fusion

Nurse line

We provide a nurse call line where patients and families can leave their questions or concerns. While messages can be left anytime, an orthopedic nurse will respond within 60 minutes to messages left during the following hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To reach our Nurse Line, call (414) 266-2411.