Pediatric Orthopedics

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Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric Orthopedics


The orthopedic surgery program at Children’s Mercy is consistently ranked as one of the top pediatric orthopedic programs in the nation. We provide comprehensive trauma, hand, musculoskeletal, sports medicine, spine, and general orthopedic services for children of all ages. 

Orthopedic Surgery Staff

Our approach to care is supported by ongoing research that is leading to new, more effective treatment methods. Our orthopedic surgeons specialize in children’s musculoskeletal problems and work closely with the hospital’s physical and occupational therapists to ensure the best possible outcome for every patient.
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Prior to Scheduling Your Appointment

  • If your child has generalized pain issues or a new injury, they will need to be evaluated by your primary care provider (PCP) or an emergency room/urgent care center so that X-rays can be done, if appropriate, and to determine the urgency of appointment scheduling.
  • If your child is 9 years or older and experiencing back pain, they will need to be evaluated and managed by your PCP. Back pain is frequently treated with physical therapy which can be ordered by your PCP. If your child is experiencing back pain and is less than 9 years old, they will need to be evaluated by your PCP to determine whether or not an appointment with an Orthopaedic Surgeon is needed.
  • If your child has Scoliosis, they will need to be evaluated by your PCP to determine the degree of curvature and have x-rays done. Once this preliminary evaluation is completed, call the Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic to schedule your appointment. You will need to provide the schedulers with the degree of curvature.

Preparing for a Visit

  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to register and complete paperwork. Expect to be here at least two hours for your entire appointment. Dress appropriately for the type of injury you are being seen for: 
  • Lower extremity injuries, please bring/wear shorts
  • Upper extremity injuries, please bring/wear tank top or sports bra (girls)

Please bring the following with you to your appointment:

  • Photo identification for the parent 
  • Insurance information for the patient and copay if needed
  • Films and CD of X-rays/MRI/CT/bone scan results or any other diagnostic test and the written reports performed anywhere other than at Children’s Mercy

Research Areas

We are committed to improving the well-being of children by researching important aspects of their musculoskeletal health. Our team is currently conducting research on topics including scoliosis, spinal deformities, ACL injuries and concussions.

Current Research Studies

Program Highlights

  • Our department is ranked among the top 15 programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
  • We use an EOS imaging system that greatly limits our patients' exposure to radiation.
  • Our team provides comprehensive hand, spine, and sports medicine services.
  • We provide specialized orthopedic treatment for patients with musculoskeletal cancer.

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