A guide to your child’s surgery

How many surgeries do you perform?

The Milwaukee campus has 14 operating rooms and three special procedure rooms. In one year, surgeons at Children's perform about 15,000 cases.

The Surgicenter has 6 operating rooms. In one year, surgeons perform about 5,000 procedures.

What types of surgeries do you perform?

Our surgeons perform a wide variety of surgeries, ranging from ear tubes to organ transplants. Many disorders that used to be life threatening or fatal, such as diaphragmatic hernias and heart problems, like hypoplastic left heart syndrome, can now be surgically treated with great results.

Getting ready for surgery

If your child is scheduled for surgery, please use this as a guide for you what you need to know. Since every child is different, things may change but this will be a good reference. Read or print "Your child's procedure: What to expect."

After surgery post-op

When ready, your child will be moved to the post-op area.

  • Your child will still be monitored closely to make sure that they are safe and comfortable.
  • Your child will be discharged when all discharge criteria are met.
  • Your nurse will review discharge instructions with you before you leave.
  • Please ask questions. We want you to be ready to take care of your child at home.
  • If you are going home the same day of surgery, only two adults are allowed back in the post-op area.
  • If you are staying overnight, the general hospital visiting guidelines apply.

Recognized by the American College of Surgeons, our Level I verification represents the highest level of recognition for hospitals that perform complex surgical procedures in newborns and children.