Newborn surgical procedure volume

Why we measure it - Newborns (0-28 days old) are the most fragile patients and are at higher risk for complications. Research shows that surgeons 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 - We perform a high number of procedures per year for premature and full-term newborns with a wide range of diagnoses. We offer minimally invasive procedures on newborns when appropriate.

About the data - These data reflect the number of surgical procedures for newborns performed by a general or thoracic surgeon.

Related dimensions of care:

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How we provide the best care

  • We have 35 board-certified anesthesiologists on staff with subspecialty training in pediatric anesthesiology. Most are multiple-board certified in areas such as pediatric medicine, critical care and pain management.
  • Our anesthesiologists keep patients comfortable and safe during surgery and complex non-surgical procedures using a range of specialized medicines and equipment. Sedatives are powerful medicines, and having a specialized, trained anesthesiologist at the bedside makes it safer for your child.
  • We offer minimally invasive procedures for certain neonatal conditions, which may be more complicated but heal faster and cause less pain for the patient.
  • We have experience performing exutero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) procedures for babies who need immediate surgery after birth. During an EXIT procedure, the baby is delivered and surgery takes place while the newborn is still connected to the mother by the umbilical cord for life support.
  • Our surgeons are deeply involved in clinical research to improve our understanding of neonatal surgical diseases. We work closely with our neonatologists to provide the best possible outcomes for our babies.
  • We run a multidisciplinary clinic with gastroenterologists and other experts to care for the potential long-term needs of children with complex anorectal malformations and imperforate anus.
  • We provide long-term follow-up for children with serious surgical conditions to identify any problems as early as possible and provide support as necessary. This allows us to follow the long-term outcomes of our patients.

Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin

Through the Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin, we offer prenatal counseling and intervention, when appropriate, to parents whose unborn baby is diagnosed with problems that may require surgery. Families and staff can anticipate the needs, plan care, and improve the care provided at birth.

The Froedtert & Medical College Birth Center

The Froedtert & Medical College Birth Center is located inside Children's Hospital to reduce the time it takes to get a fragile newborn into surgery. Research shows outcomes improve when the delivery room and operating room are close together. This also offers families the added convenience of having mother and baby hospitalized near one another.