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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 a full-time, board-certified hand surgeon on our team with a dedicated Hand Surgery program focused only on kids.

Leveraging technology to improve outcomes

A white physician wearing a mask adjusts the leg of a teenage girl lying on an exam table.

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 Adolescent and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program.

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.

Powering Children’s Potential

My practice focuses on the care of children with neuromuscular disorders, which requires me to work closely with rehabilitation, medicine, neurology and neurosurgery. I love being able to work with a very diverse group of people to take care of a very unique set of patients.

Kathryn Keeler, MD
Orthopedic Surgery

Learn more about what makes our Department of Orthopedic Surgery one of the best in the nation in this new Powering Children’s Potential video.

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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 between Denver and St. Louis. That means our team is ready to handle any situation with expert skill and a treatment approach that puts your child’s wellbeing 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

Orthopedic conditions in early childhood are sometimes normal variations that your child may outgrow. In other cases, treatment options and surgery may be appropriate for the condition. Our orthopedic care team is trained in the most current diagnostic and treatment methods to work toward the best possible outcome for your child.

Broken bones and other injuries are common in childhood. Children’s Mercy provides 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 a full-time, board-certified hand surgeon 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.


  • Alignment issues
  • Ankle and foot conditions
  • Bone and joint trauma
  • Bone disorders
  • Bone and soft tissue tumors
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hip conditions
  • Fractures
  • Hand anomalies
  • Hip and joint diseases
  • Infections of bone and joint
  • In-toeing
  • Joint replacement
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg length discrepancies
  • Limb length discrepancies
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina bifida
  • Sports injuries
  • Other orthopedic conditions
A young adult man exercises at the Children's Mercy Sports Medicine Center while a trainer looks on.

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 Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA), a professional organization of orthopedic surgeons. Children's Mercy is a member of POSNA.


Broken knuckle: Ashton's story

When 15-year-old Ashton Meuret broke the middle knuckle on the ring finger of her left hand, she turned to Christine Cheng, MD, pediatric hand surgeon, for help. After surgery and rehabilitation, this highly competitive gymnast is back in action again.

Meet Ashton
Broken knuckle patient, Ashton, smiling with her arms up at a gymnastics tournament

Hypoplastic thumb: Q&A with Dallin

Dallin was born with a hypoplastic (underdeveloped) thumb, but thanks to a surgery when he was a toddler, he’s now able to conquer everyday activities. In this Q&A with Dr. Cheng, Dallin shares his thoughts and advice for other kids with hand or thumb differences.

Meet Dallin
Dallin Mecham as a toddler sitting in a high chair, wearing a bib  and smiling with his arms outstretched.

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.