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The Hand Surgery team is part of the nationally ranked Orthopedics Department at Children’s Mercy. Our surgeons are uniquely trained to care for children with a wide variety of hand, wrist and upper extremity conditions. Our team includes surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and other specialists who focus exclusively on working with children and teens every day.

Our specialized pediatric focus means our surgeons can offer evaluation and treatment for hand and arm conditions that are present at birth or develop later on, including cerebral palsy, brachial plexopathy, tendonitis and traumatic injury.

Our surgeons also collaborate with research and hand study specialists across the country and around the world, so you can get the advanced care you need in one place.

Coordinated, convenient hand care for your child

At Children’s Mercy, everything we do is centered around kids. In addition to expert medical care, we also provide support for your child and family through our Child Life specialists, social workers and specially-trained pediatric anesthesiologists. Our radiologists use gentle imaging techniques to get the best quality of images with the smallest possible amount of radiation to protect your child.

Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report

  • Prosthetics

  • Splinting, stretching, and/or manipulation by physician or therapist

  • Surgery

  • Therapy to strengthen, stretch, and improve function of the hand


Neuromuscular conditions


  • Brachial plexus birth palsy

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Carpal and cubital tunnel

Congenital Hand Differences

  • Amniotic Band Syndrome

  • Arthrogryposis

  • Bent/curved digits

  • Cleft hand

  • Extra fingers, thumb duplication

  • Missing or small fingers

  • Missing or underdeveloped forearm bones

  • Radioulnar synostosis

  • Trigger thumb/finger

  • Underdeveloped thumbs or fingers

  • Webbed fingers


Traumatic and overuse injuries


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

Highest level of surgical care

Children’s Mercy is one of only 53 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.

Planning for surgery

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.

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.