Surgery process and specialties

When your child has surgery at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, you can expect the best, most advanced care.

We care for your child from the first surgical consultation for as long as your child needs follow-up care.

Before, during and after surgery

Learn more about what your child will experience during surgery when you bring him or her to the general and thoracic surgery program at Children’s.

Pediatric anesthesia 
Operating room 
Post-anesthesia care unit

Follow-up care after surgery

Surgery follow-up
Long-term follow-up

Rapid response complex oncology care

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin offers a rapid response complex oncology care team for children with complex tumors.

We know the importance of quickly and sometimes aggressively treating cancer, so we don’t waste any time. Within 24 hours of patients coming to the hospital with certain types of suspected or diagnosed cancer, our team will meet to develop a treatment plan.

The diseases our team works with include:

  • Stage 3 and 4 Neuroblastoma
  • Hepatic tumors
  • Large retroperitoneal tumors

This list is not comprehensive. We will work with any child who has a tumor that may benefit from rapid multidisciplinary care and review.

Our team includes:

  • An on-call surgeon involved in the case
  • Advisory surgery attending physicians
  • An on-call oncologist involved in the case
  • Advisory oncology attending physicians

The team will convene in the imaging department with the on-call radiologist to review your child’s images and to make decisions about how to best manage your child’s care.

Robotic-assisted surgery

Our surgeons use robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery to treat a variety of conditions that previously were only treated with open surgery. Some of the robotic surgeries we perform are:

  • Bladder surgery
  • Ureteropelvic junction obstruction repair
  • Pyeloplasty