Pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery: Helping children look, feel and function their best

Whether your child was born with an abnormality or was injured in a trauma, UW Health and American Family Children's Hospital's pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery team can substantially enhance your child's appearance and ability to function.
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Helping children look, feel and function their best

Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UW Health focuses on the unique needs of children.

We treat conditions that affect kids’ appearance and ability to function. Sometimes these conditions are present at birth. Other times they develop or occur later in life. 

We know that any condition requiring plastic or reconstructive surgery can be scary for families. You can rest assured that our highly trained surgeons are experts in dealing with these conditions and treating children just like yours. 

We’ll help your child look, feel and function their best. At the same time, we’ll put you and your child at ease throughout the process.

Conditions and treatments

Giving kids a better quality of life

Our specialists help children get the care they need to have the best possible quality of life. When it’s time for surgery, we use the latest technology and treatments.

Conditions we treat 

We treat all types of congenital disabilities and traumatic injuries, including: 

  • Birthmarks 

  • Brachial plexus injuries

  • Breast deformities

  • Breast hypertrophy (reduction)

  • Cleft lip and palate 

  • Craniofacial anomalies 

  • Hand and upper extremity deformities and injuries

  • Hemangiomas 

  • Parry-Romberg syndrome 

  • Severe burns 

  • Traumatic injuries of the leg and foot 

  • Trunk and abdominal wall anomalies 

  • Vascular malformations and anomalies 

Treatments and procedures 

We offer a full range of treatments and services for children needing plastic and reconstructive surgery.

  • Aesthetic and cosmetic surgery

  • Burn reconstruction 

  • Cleft lip and palate surgery

  • Leg and foot reconstruction 

  • Hand surgery

  • Trunk and chest/abdominal wall reconstruction

  • Surgery for Parry-Romberg syndrome 

  • Surgical and laser correction of birthmarks

Programs and research

Clinics created with your child’s needs in mind

We provide general care through our plastic and reconstructive surgery clinics. Our providers also care for children with unique needs through several specialty clinics.

Our clinics

Specialists in our Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Clinic evaluate and treat children with vascular tumors and blood vessels that have developed abnormally. We provide personalized care and work with a wide variety of specialists to help your child receive the best care.

Our aerodigestive clinic treats children with many disorders, including disorders of the airway, lungs and digestive tract. Clinic staff also work with children who have health issues affecting their voice, sleep and feeding.

Brachial plexus injuries involve a group of nerves that provide movement and feeling from your shoulder to your hand. This clinic treats problems that develop when the nerves are damaged during childbirth.

Our Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic focuses on facial abnormalities present at birth. We serve infants, children and teens.

Craniosynostosis is a congenital anomaly that causes an abnormal head shape and may require surgical intervention. Plastic and reconstructive surgeons work closely with pediatric neurosurgeons in the Pediatric Craniosynostosis Clinic.

Patient stories

Caring for kids like they are our own

We’re privileged to provide plastic and reconstructive surgery for children. We give kids the love and support they need to heal and have the best start to life. Here are a few of their stories.

Patient story
Titus is a fighter and a winner

After multiple surgeries, Titus went from a baby who was failing to thrive because of a cleft palate and jaw deformity to a child with a much brighter future. His family felt like the hospital staff became their second family.

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Patient story
Teamwork helped Emilio get a healthier start to life

Emilio was diagnosed with craniosynostosis. This is a condition in which the bones of an infant’s skull join together earlier than they should. It puts kids at risk for brain damage and developmental delays. UW Health experts joined forces to give Emilio the treatment he needed.

Meet our team

Providing compassionate child and family-centered care

Our team includes skilled surgeons and advanced practice providers. We work closely with other specialists at UW Health when your child needs their expertise. Therapists, social workers and child life specialists may help care for your child as well.

Our providers


Partnering with you to make your child’s life easier

We serve children and their families from these locations:

  • American Family Children's Hospital - Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    • 1675 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-6420
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  • University Hospital - Plastic Surgery
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-7502
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  • Aurora Children's Health (Green Bay) - Pediatric Plastic Surgery
    • 1160 Kepler Drive / Green Bay, WI
    • (920) 288-5500
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  • SwedishAmerican Women and Children's Hospital - Pediatric Plastic Surgery Clinic
    • 1350 Charles Street / Rockford, IL
    • (779) 696-0600
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