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Surgery at Children's Mercy

At Children’s Mercy, we know that no surgery is routine when it is your child in the operating room. Whether your child needs a simple outpatient procedure or a complex, life-saving surgery, you want the very best surgical team on the job. Children's Mercy is dedicated to providing the most advanced procedures, expert treatment and complete care for pediatric surgical needs.

Top-rated surgery center, always ready

Children’s Mercy is one of only ten centers in the nation to be verified as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center — the highest possible rating — by the American College of Surgeons. This verification means Children's Mercy meets the highest standards for safety and outcomes determined by the American College of Surgeons. Our surgical care is designed to manage routine to highly complex illnesses. We also have experts in every pediatric specialty ready to go at all times to provide comprehensive care for kids.

Personalized care for your child

While we perform more than 20,000 surgeries each year, every procedure is tailored to your child’s specific needs. 

As a children’s hospital, we focus on working with kids and teens. Every surgery is attended by pediatric specialists who understand that kids’ growing bodies have unique needs. 

All of our surgical team members, from the anesthesiologists to the nursing staff, are trained in the specialized care of children. 

Whether it’s starting an IV when veins aren’t visible, protecting small airways and fragile lungs, or providing calm reassurance while your child wakes up from anesthesia, every person on their team is focused on helping your child feel as safe and comfortable as possible.

Capable hands for every circumstance

Children’s Mercy surgeons are some of the very best in the nation. Our great outcomes across many different types of surgery helped us earn recognition in all 10 specialties included in the U.S. News and World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings.

As part of the American College of Surgeons verification process, we have demonstrated we have the experts and systems in place to handle any scenario and provide the highest level of care at any moment. 

Rest assured that you’re in the right place at Children’s Mercy, with a full team of surgical staff and specialists in every discipline who are always at the ready.

Clinical Services

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Pediatric Anesthesia at Children's Mercy

At Children’s Mercy, a pediatric anesthesiologist is an active member of your child’s care team before, during and after their surgery or procedure. We administer anesthesia for more than 27,000 kids per year—that’s 74 per day—so our team is experienced at finding just-right doses of medication for kids of all sizes.

During the procedure, your anesthesiologist will carefully monitor your child’s heartbeat, blood pressure and breathing. Afterwards, your anesthesiologist will make sure your child wakes up as comfortably as possible and continue to help with pain control. Learn more about pediatric anesthesiology at Children's Mercy.

What to expect

From free valet parking at the front door to personalized follow-up care during your child’s recovery, we want every aspect of your experience at Children’s Mercy to be beyond your expectations.

Read about how to prepare your child for scheduled surgery, what to expect when you arrive, and resources available while you’re here.

Medical education opportunities

Doctors from around the globe come to Children’s Mercy to learn from our pediatric Surgery Training Program and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. Find out more about the two-year pediatric surgery residency or the one-year critical care fellowship.


See how research broadens our approach to surgical care and leads to innovative treatments.
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