Orthopedics survival by diagnosis

Why we measure it - Overwhelmingly, survival is the first and most important statistic parents and others ask about. We measure survival for a number of diagnoses and compare ourselves to the national average to make sure we are providing the best care possible.


About the data - The data reflect patient survival for those undergoing select orthopedic procedures at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin compared to Pediatric Hospital Information System peers. PHIS hospitals represent other leading free-standing pediatric hospitals.

What this means - We have a 100 percent survival rate for patients undergoing surgery for hip dysplasia and scoliosis.

Related dimensions of care:

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How we provide the best care

  • We have pediatric-trained anesthesiologists and an excellent Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Each specialty works together to produce some of the best outcomes in the nation.
  • We work closely with our specialists in the Jane B. Pettit Pain and Palliative Care Center to reduce pain after orthopedic surgery and keep our patients as comfortable as possible.
  • Our specialists are deeply involved in clinical research focusing on improving ways to map the spine in order to monitor scoliosis without using X-rays and the use of growth modulation devices to correct scoliosis without fusion.

Conditions treated with surgery


  • Our goal is to manage scoliosis without surgery, however, when surgery is needed, orthopedic surgeons at Children's Hospital use the most advanced techniques in scoliosis surgery, including a fairly new procedure that dramatically reduces recovery time from months to days.
  • 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, 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.

Spine surgery

  • During spinal surgery, patients receive real-time spinal cord monitoring supervised by a trained neurologist.
    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.

Club foot

  • We use the Ponseti casting technique to treat clubfoot, which shows better long-term outcomes while avoiding surgery in most cases.