I will always credit Dr. Nichol for saving his life by taking me seriously and getting Ben on the right track.
Expert care near you
You don't have to travel far when your child needs surgery. UW Health Kids surgical experts offer world-class care using the latest procedures and tools.
With our help, children of all ages recover from disease or injury faster. We use minimally invasive surgery techniques, whenever possible. Our goal is to minimize pain, promote healing and get your kid back to being a kid.
Medical professionals around the world recognize UW Health Kids surgeons for their expertise and skill. From trauma care to cancer surgery to reconstructive surgery, we are ready to help.
We don't just excel in one area of surgery. Instead, UW Health Kids offers many services to help your child live their best life. Our programs include:
General and thoracic surgery
Surgical oncology (cancer treatment)
Surgery for congenital abnormalities and other developmental issues
They took care of my baby, but they also took the time to take care of me, too.
Conditions and treatments
Surgical solutions for all childhood needs
Conditions we treat
UW Health Kids surgeons treat a variety of pediatric health conditions, including:
Failure to thrive and feeding difficulties
Irritable bowel disease (IBD)
Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
Short gut syndrome / Intestinal failure
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)
Congenital lung lesions
Congenital pulmonary adenomatoid malformation (CPAM)
Esophageal atresia (EA)
Hepatoblastoma / liver tumors
Wilm's tumor / renal tumors
Pectus carinatum (pigeon chest)
Pectus excavatum (funnel chest)
Thoracic cysts and tumors
Fetal surgery and prenatal consultation
Skin lesions and cysts
How to find us
The UW Health Kids general surgery team cares for your child at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison and at outreach clinics across Wisconsin.
Meet our team
Specialty care for kids who need surgery
UW Health Kids general surgeons are committed to helping your child live better.
Things to know about UW Health Kids general surgery
We offer several resources to help you understand and prepare for your child's surgery.
Explore our videos
Note: Due to the current state of COVID-19 in our community, a temporary change has been made — family members will not go back into the operating room. Your care team will work with you to help provide safe and supportive care for your child.
If your child is coming to American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wis., for surgery, you probably have lots of questions. This video, narrated by 13-year-old Ivy, gives you and your child a good sense of what to expect on the day of surgery.
Knowing what to expect helps teens feel more at ease the day of surgery. This video explains what teens can expect when undergoing surgery at East Madison Hospital..
Kids who need surgery are often fearful, nervous and confused, and understandably so. UW Health Kids goes to great lengths to allay their apprehension, employing Child Life staff to answer questions and keeping the children's families involved from beginning to end.
UW Health Kids cardiologists and surgeons at American Family Children's Hospital and Dean & St. Mary's in Madison, Wis., teamed up to diagnose and treat esophagus and heart problems diagnosed at Carson Huebel's birth.
Jenny Raduenz was born with her intestines on the outside of her body and has undergone many surgeries during her 24 years. She has short gut syndrome - her small intestine is just 180 centimeters long; the typical length is 22 or 23 feet. Raduenz calls the UW Health Pediatric Short Gut/Intestinal Failure Clinic "a dream come true."