US referrals

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 - As Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's reputation continues to expand nationally, families from outside of Wisconsin are seeking out our orthopedic team for their child's care.

About the data - The blue states on the map show where our patients traveled from in 2013.

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How we provide the best care

  • We offer one of the few electromagnetic pediatric gait labs in the region. Gait lab tests are compared before and after surgery to measure and check function following surgical correction of the back or legs.
  • We are one of the few pediatric centers in the country that uses a 3-D measurement of the spine, a system that does not use radiation (X-rays).
  • Our goal is to manage scoliosis without surgery, however, when surgery is needed, orthopedic surgeons at Children's Hospital perform the most advanced techniques of scoliosis surgery, including a fairly new procedure that dramatically reduces recovery time from months to days.
  • We have a pediatric orthopedic nurse clinician who coordinates inpatient stays, discharge planning and follow-up clinic visits.
  • Our orthopedic specialists are heavily involved in clinical research that focuses on:
    • Improving ways of mapping the spine to monitor scoliosis without using X-rays, which avoids radiation exposure.
    • Growth modulation devices to correct scoliosis without fusion.

Nurse call 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.

Family accommodations

Families traveling from long distances are encouraged to use our Access Center to make travel arrangements and schedule appointments. Local hotel chains on our referral list offer lodging discounts for families staying with us.