Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Overview

Pediatric orthopedic physicians

At Mayo Clinic Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, we provide world-class care for children and adolescents with muscle, tendon, joint and bone conditions. We also care for those with spine, hip, arm and leg conditions. Our surgeons and staff use the latest methods, research and technology to deliver high quality, personalized care that is tailored to fit your child's needs.

To request an appointment, please call 507-538-1956, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or use the online appointments form. We accept most major insurance plans. Feel free to explore the conditions we treat and the tests and procedures we offer for you and your child.

Specialized orthopedic expertise for your child

Expert scoliosis care at Mayo Clinic Pediatric Orthopedics

Scoliosis is a common diagnosis in children and adolescents. New treatment options are now available for scoliosis including vertebral body tethering, posterior dynamic distraction and navigated fusion procedures.

  • For severe cases, we offer surgical options that correct scoliosis while maintaining the motion of the spine.
  • Bracing and physical therapy are effective management strategies for moderate or mild scoliosis.
  • We offer Mehta casting, thoracic lumbar sacral orthosis (TLSO) bracing, Rigo Chêneau bracing and Schroth scoliosis-specific exercises in physical therapy.

Special expertise in fusionless options for scoliosis

At Mayo Clinic, our pediatric orthopedic surgeons are champions in alternative choices to spinal fusion to correct scoliosis. We have expertise in vertebral body tethering and posterior limited fusion with distraction.

Mayo Clinic Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery advantages for treating complex spinal issues

Spinal conditions in children can be complex and require multidisciplinary care. Our team conducts a thorough physical exam, and if surgery is indicated uses surgical navigation, 3D printed model, and low dose imaging (EOS) to ensure high-quality surgical outcomes. For example, Mayo pediatric orthopedic surgeons are experts in complex pediatric cervical spine surgery.

Hip dysplasia from infants to adolescents

Illustration of a shallow hip socket joint.

Hip dysplasia can be discovered at a pediatrician visit or diagnosed with ultrasound if a child is born in a breech position. Our team directs nonoperative treatment for infants as well as surgery if needed.

A Pavlik harness and an abduction brace illustrated on infants side by side.

Both Pavlik harnesses (left) and abduction braces (right) usually give good results.

Our team directs nonoperative treatment for hip dysplasia in infants.

If treating an infant with a brace is not successful, surgery can be used. Specifically, the bone around the hip can be cut and re-aligned to improve the durability of the hip joint

Illustration of a Pemberton osteotomy.

Treating children with musculoskeletal injuries

Illustration of a shallow hip socket joint.

Broken bones in children are common, especially in the summer months. When those breaks involve the growing areas of the bone, special care must be taken to ensure that no growth is interrupted. Our expert team can care for sports injuries, sprains, dislocations, and growth plate conditions common in pediatric athletes.

To care for your child quickly, we have created a weekday hotline to be seen the same day. This line will connect you to one of our experts who will organize a visit where X-rays and treatment will happen with one visit. Our team has the expertise to care for these injuries both when they happen and until return to play. Call 507-538-7200 for a consultation.

Care advantages for children with cerebral palsy

Children with cerebral palsy are cared for by a team of physicians that includes experts in physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurosurgery, and pediatric orthopedics. This multispecialty approach ensures that the right surgery is performed at the right time and that our care is both efficient and tailored to your child's needs.

Distinctive approaches and options for clubfoot issues

Clubfoot can now be diagnosed with ultrasound before a baby is born. We specialize in prenatal counseling and nonsurgical treatment methods. We are experts in the Ponseti technique for treatment of clubfoot deformities.

Turn to Mayo Clinic Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery for your child's needs.


  • Mayo Clinic Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • 200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905
  • Phone: 507-538-1956
  • Mayo Clinic Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Mayo Clinic Square
    600 Hennepin Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
  • Phone: 507-538-1956

Outreach at Mayo Clinic Health System locations

Mayo Clinic Pediatric Orthopedics offers outreach services at multiple locations, including Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, La Crosse and Mankato. Please request an appointment to be evaluated.

Surgeons in Pediatric Orthopedics

Advanced practice providers

  • Charissa L. Koski, APRN, C.N.P., M.S.N.
  • Wendy S. Moon, APRN, C.N.P.
  • Nathan A. Neis, APRN, C.N.P., D.N.P.
Jan. 11, 2024