As part of Mayo Clinic's Children's Center, the Division of Pediatric Surgery in Minnesota offers the latest diagnostic and treatment methods. The mission of Mayo's Division of Pediatric Surgery is to provide the highest quality child and family-centered care in an environment that focuses on best practices, excellence in education, and cutting-edge research on a national and international level.

Mayo's skilled pediatric surgeons operate on the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis. Other Mayo divisions offer additional types of surgery for children.

You can be assured that Mayo's Division of Pediatric Surgery will provide expert and family-focused care.

Why choose Mayo Clinic for pediatric surgery

  • Award-winning quality. Mayo Clinic's Pediatric Surgery Outpatient Clinic received multiple five-star awards for national excellence in health care from Professional Research Consultants.
  • Fast workup for complex cases. Pediatric experts from a variety of specialties quickly come together as a team to thoroughly test and evaluate your child — no matter how complicated the issues are — providing rapid results and the best treatment plan tailored to your child's needs.
  • Extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery. Mayo Clinic's pediatric surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery whenever possible. This typically results in smaller incisions, less pain, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery for your child, compared with open surgery.
  • Unique expertise in nearly scarless abdominal surgery. At Mayo, highly skilled pediatric surgeons perform many abdominal surgeries using a single, nearly invisible incision placed within the bellybutton. This gives excellent results and improved cosmetic appearance compared with other approaches.

Latest technology

Mayo Clinic's pediatric experts use state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment techniques and equipment, such as:

  • The latest ultrafast CT, MRI and MRA (magnetic resonance angiography) scanning technology. All CT scanners are set so that your child receives minimal exposure to radiation. Interventional radiologists provide on-site services.
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). ECMO involves the use of a heart-lung machine to provide temporary heart and lung function in newborns or young children to allow for treatment or healing.