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Surgery at Children's Mercy

The highest level Children's Surgery Center available

U.S. News and World Report Best Children's Hospitals

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 30 locations in the nation to be verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center. 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.

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


Level 1 Children's Surgery Center

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 children's 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 9 of 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. 

Whenever possible, our surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques to help kids heal more quickly. This results in shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and reduced risk of complications and scarring after the surgery.

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.

At Children’s Mercy, we know an operation is a major event for you and your child. We want to help make this experience as smooth and comfortable as possible. Some surgeries can be completed through Same Day Surgery. Most children who have surgery at our hospital check in through Same Day Surgery. The majority of our patients will go home shortly after their procedure, but some will stay in the hospital several hours for monitoring (observation stay). Children who require additional care will stay overnight, or possibly longer (morning admission).

Children's Mercy provides the region’s only Single-Visit Surgery program, providing excellent pediatric surgical care in one convenient visit. Patients are seen at Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas for a clinic appointment in the morning and are able to have the procedure they need that same day.

Clinical Services

Each year, hundreds of families choose to trust Children’s Mercy with their child’s heart surgery. Our experienced surgical team and support staff take pride in providing the very best care, personalized to each child’s unique needs.

Children’s Mercy is home to one of a very few Comprehensive Colorectal Centers in the nation. We take a team-based approach to care for children with colorectal malformations such as Hirschsprung disease and other anorectal and pelvic floor disorders.

Ear, nose and throat problems are one of the most common reasons for surgery in children. No matter how simple or complex the procedure, you can be confident that every member of your child’s surgical team has extensive knowledge and experience working with children.

Our Fetal Treatment Team uses the latest minimally-invasive and open fetal surgical techniques to repair or manage certain conditions before a baby is even born. We treat babies with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, spina bifida and many more.

The general surgery team provides specialized services through the Center for Pectus Excavatum and Carinatum, the Comprehensive Colorectal Center, Transplant Center and more. Whenever possible, our surgeons use minimally invasive techniques to help kids heal more quickly. This results in shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and reduced risk of complications and scarring after the surgery.

Girls and young women ages birth to 21 receive a full range of primary care and surgical services from the only pediatric gynecology program in the region. We can help with conditions like endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and correcting structural problems in the genital tract.

Our trained and experienced team of hand surgeons work to repair all types of hand, wrist and arm conditions in children. We care for children with injuries, birth differences, neuromuscular conditions like cerebral palsy, and tumors that affect the hand and arm.

Pediatric vision problems require special treatment because the brain cells that control vision are not fully developed in children. Our surgeons are specially trained to handle common problems such as blocked tear ducts and crossed eyes, as well as more complex issues such as pediatric cataracts, glaucoma and eye tumors.

We provide specialized care for kids and teens who need surgery on their bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves or tendons. Whether your child has a sports injury, bone fracture, spine disorder or other condition, our surgeons can help get them on the road to recovery.

The comprehensive neurosurgery program is led by fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeons and advanced practice nurse practitioners. The team provides advanced care in fetal intervention for spina bifida working with the Fetal Health Center, deep brain stimulation, epilepsy surgery, brain tumor management and more.

Children’s Mercy is home to one of the largest pediatric plastic surgery programs in the U.S. For kids, plastic surgery is about much more than just appearances. Our collaborative team includes experts in nutrition, dentistry, ENT, occupational therapy and genetics who work together to help families find solutions to reconstructive and cosmetic surgery concerns.

Together with specialists from neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and other areas, our pediatric spine surgeons care for conditions like scoliosis, kyphosis and spinal trauma in children from birth through early adulthood.

Weight loss surgery may be an option for teens and young adults who have tried medically-supervised weight loss programs but still struggle with obesity.

When your child needs an organ transplant to survive, we are ready to guide you through the process. We have expert teams ready to perform kidney, liver and heart transplants in children and young adults.

Our surgeons use the latest minimally-invasive, research-based techniques to help children with urinary and genital-tract problems. The surgical team works together with care providers in our specialty clinics to determine when surgery is the best option.


Why choosing a hospital with a Level 1 Pediatric Surgery Center matters

Children are not little adults, which is why even the simplest of procedures requires a hospital that is 100 percent dedicated to caring for children. Children’s Mercy is one of only 10 centers in the country to be as recognized as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center, the highest possible rating. The result? An organization with pediatrics specialists in every subspecialty that sets the standard of care instead of just practicing it.

Contact the Surgery Clinic

Children's Mercy Adele Hall
(816) 234-3199

Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas
(913) 696-8570