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As one of the top-ranked pediatric orthopedic programs in the nation, Children’s Mercy is known for our collaborative, team-based approach to orthopedic care. We consider every aspect of treatment—from using the lowest effective dose of radiation during x-rays to finding the least-invasive treatment option for kids with spinal differences—to create better outcomes.

A child’s growing bones and joints heal differently from adults. Even in teenage student-athletes, a pediatric orthopedic specialist will take their growth and development into account as they create a care plan.  

Experts in bone care for kids


Children’s Mercy orthopedic specialists provide a broad range of trauma, hand, musculoskeletal, sports medicine and general orthopedic services for children of all ages. Together with physical and occupational therapists, advanced practice providers, and other experienced staff members, our pediatric orthopedic surgeons care for children with all types of bone, joint, spine and other conditions.

This comprehensive approach to care is evident throughout our orthopedic teams, where nutritionists, psychologists, social workers, and Child Life specialists often join providers, nurses and physical therapists to provide whole-person care for your child.

The Sports Medicine Center team brings together a wide range of board-certified sports medicine specialists to help student-athletes reach their peak performance. You'll often see our athletic trainers on the sidelines at local high school sporting events, and our sports nutrition and mental wellness programs help student-athletes thrive, whether they are recovering from an injury or at the top of their game.

Our spine surgeons and Spine Care team travel across the world to bring the latest innovations in surgical and non-surgical solutions to children with scoliosis. And we are one of only a few hospitals in the nation to have two full-time, board-certified hand surgeons on our team with a dedicated Hand Surgery program focused only on kids.

Leveraging technology to improve outcomes

Using technology like 3D printing and motion analysis, your child’s team can precisely visualize the capabilities and challenges they’re experiencing related to their orthopedic condition. Often, our surgeons will use 3D printed models of the hip to prepare for complex procedures with accuracy and precision in the Hip Preservation Program.

Medical personnel examine a hip bone model in the Hip Preservation Program at Children's Mercy..
Surgeons will use 3D models to prepare for complex procedures with accuracy and precision

And in our Human Performance Lab, specialized motion-capture cameras and sensors record electrical activity in your child’s muscles to provide a complete picture of how they walk and move.

Highest level of surgical care

Children's Mercy is an American College of Surgeons Verified Center


Children’s Mercy is one of only 10 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.

 

We will always look for non-surgical options first whenever possible. But when surgery is the best course of treatment, you can be confident that your child is receiving the highest level of surgical care.

Learn more about surgery at Children's Mercy


A top-ranked trauma center — Level I Trauma Center


Children’s Mercy is the only pediatric Level I Trauma Center in the region. That means our team is ready to handle any situation with expert skill and a treatment approach that puts your child’s well-being at the center of everything we do.

And when injuries happen on the playing field, Children’s Mercy is ready to assist. Our sports medicine specialists make every effort to see student-athletes within 72 hours of an injury for rapid diagnosis and treatment.

Clinical Services

Coordination of Complex Care

The orthopedic surgery program at Children’s Mercy offers a special program for children with complex medical conditions who need orthopedic surgery. The orthopedic team will work directly with the child's condition-based care team to provide coordinated care. Conditions may include chronic illness, heart and lung illnesses, neuromuscular disorders or chronic illnesses.

Broken bones are common in childhood. Children’s Mercy provides gentle, kid-friendly fracture care to get your child back to their active life as soon as possible.

The Hand Surgery team is uniquely trained to care for children with a wide variety of hand, wrist and upper extremity conditions. We are one of only a few hospitals in the nation to have two full-time, board-certified hand surgeons on our team who can treat cerebral palsy, brachial plexopathy, tendonitis, injuries to the hand and arm, and many other conditions.

Hip preservation is a treatment approach that aims to relieve painful symptoms, restore hip function, and allow young people with hip conditions to participate in an active lifestyle. Our therapeutic and surgical interventions can help preserve the life of your child’s own hip and delay or avoid a total hip replacement.

The Spine Care program provides specialized treatment for all aspects of pediatric spinal care. Our team also provides surgical care and nonsurgical solutions such as the latest bracing techniques for scoliosis.

At the Sports Medicine Center, we help student-athletes maintain and increase strength and speed through performance conditioning. When injuries occur, we have the specialized care your student-athlete needs to maximize their healing potential and get back to the competition they love.

Conditions

  • Bone and joint trauma
  • Bone disorders
  • Bone tumors
  • Bone and soft tissue tumors
  • Bow legs
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Club feet
  • Developmental hip dislocation
  • Fractures
  • Hand anomalies
  • Hip and joint diseases
  • Infections of bone and joint
  • Joint replacement
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg length discrepancies
  • Limb length discrepancies
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina bifida
  • Sports injuries
  • Other orthopedic conditions
A teen at Children's Mercy receives care for bone injuries.

OrthoKids — Developing healthy bone habits for life

Whether you have a question on safety, sports injuries or fitness, OrthoKids can be a great resource for your family. OrthoKids is designed for both kids and parents to learn about different types of bones, bone fractures and how they are treated. All of the information is provided by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), a professional organization of orthopedic surgeons. Children's Mercy is a member of POSNA.

Stories

Inside Pediatrics: Martin's Story

Go inside the operating room to see surgeons give young Martin the gift of greater movement.

Bone lengthening: Aveon's story

After six surgeries to correct a condition she was born with, Aveon undergoes surgery at Children's Mercy to lengthen her bone. She will receive a new magnetic implant through a new technique. Dr. Olney has cared for Aveon for more than 10 years.