Pediatric surgery

World-class surgical care close to home

No surgery is "routine" when it involves your child. Fortunately, UW Health's pediatric surgery team at American Family Children's Hospital has the kind of experience operating on kids that leads not only to outstanding outcomes, but peace of mind for the whole family.
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Expert care near you

You don't have to travel far when your child needs surgery.

UW Health 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 pediatric surgeons for their expertise and skill. From trauma care to cancer surgery to reconstructive surgery, we are ready to help.

Our programs

We don't just excel in one area of surgery. Instead, UW Health offers many services to help your child live their best life. Our programs include:

Ivy Van Dong - doctor costume crop

They took care of my baby, but they also took the time to take care of me, too.

Doctors at American Family Children's Hospital created a care plan for daughter Ivy before she was born - which included surgery when she was just 36 hours old.

Conditions and treatments

Surgical solutions for all childhood needs

Conditions we treat

UW Health surgeons treat a variety of pediatric health conditions, including:

  • Circumcision

  • Hydrocele

  • Inguinal hernia

  • Ovarian tumors

  • Ovarian torsion

  • Undescended testicle

  • Appendicitis

  • Cholelithiasis (gallstones)

  • Constipation

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Failure to thrive and feeding difficulties

  • GERD

  • Hiatal hernia

  • Hirschsprung's disease

  • Intussusception

  • Irritable bowel disease (IBD)

  • Malrotation

  • Meckel’s diverticulum

  • Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)

  • Short gut syndrome / Intestinal failure

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Volvulus

  • Biliary atresia

  • Colonic atresia

  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)

  • Congenital lung lesions

  • Congenital pulmonary adenomatoid malformation (CPAM)

  • Duodenal atresia

  • Esophageal atresia (EA)

  • Gastroschisis

  • Hirschsprung's disease

  • Ileal atresia

  • Imperforate anus

  • Jejunal atresia

  • Necrotizing enterocolitis

  • Omphalocele

  • Pulmonary sequestration

  • Pyloric stenosis

  • Tracheoesophageal fistula

  • Hepatoblastoma / liver tumors

  • Neuroblastoma

  • Vascular anomalies

  • Wilm's tumor / renal tumors

  • Pectus carinatum (pigeon chest)

  • Pectus excavatum (funnel chest)

  • Spontaneous pneumothorax

  • Thoracic cysts and tumors

  • Endocrine problems

  • Fetal surgery and prenatal consultation

  • Pilonidal sinus/cyst/abscess

  • Skin lesions and cysts

  • Splenomegaly

  • Trauma

  • Vascular anomalies


How to find us

The UW Health pediatric surgery team cares for your child at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison and at outreach clinics across Wisconsin.

  • American Family Children's Hospital - Pediatric General Surgery
    • 1675 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-6420
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  • Aurora Children's Health (Green Bay) - Pediatric General Surgery
    • 1160 Kepler Drive / Green Bay, WI
    • (920) 288-5500
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  • Aurora Children's Health (Oshkosh) - Pediatric General Surgery
    • 855 N. Westhaven Drive / Oshkosh, WI
    • (920) 303-8700
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  • Gundersen Health System - Pediatric General Surgery
    • 1900 South Avenue / La Crosse, WI
    • (608) 775-2331
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Meet our team

Specialty care for kids who need surgery

Our pediatric surgery specialists are committed to helping your child live better.

Learn more

What you should know about pediatric surgery at UW Health

We offer several resources to help you understand and prepare for your child's surgery.

Explore our videos

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a temporary change has been made - a family member may not go back into the OR suite with their child. One family member will be able to be with their child in the recovery room.

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.

Watch Ivy explain

Kids who need surgery are often fearful, nervous and confused, and understandably so. American Family Children's Hospital goes to great lengths to allay their apprehension, employing its Child Life staff to answer questions and keeping the children's families involved from beginning to end.


Pediatric 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.

Watch Carson's story

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."

Watch Jenny's story

In Fall 2009, 12-year-old Shai (pronounced "Shy") Shay of Decorah, Iowa, was given some very bad news. After experiencing severe stomach pain, Shai was diagnosed with a rare, rapidly-growing abdominal tumor known as undifferentiated sarcoma. If not entirely removed, the tumor was likely to take Shai's life.

After initial surgery at Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, Wis., Shai was referred to American Family Children's Hospital in Madison. In March 2010, UW Health oncology surgeon Sharon Weber, MD and colleagues completely removed Shai's cantaloupe-sized tumor.

"We were so grateful when Dr. (Mark) Saxton in La Crosse told us about Dr. Lund and Dr. Weber," said Shai's mother, Tami Linne. "Dr. Lund came out of surgery and told us they removed the whole tumor and I just cried for joy."

Shai's outlook, which just a few months ago looked very bleak, is now very bright indeed.

Watch Shai's story