Gastrointestinal Surgery (Stomach, Intestines, and Associated Organs)

Born with a bowel obstruction, we thank the doctors and nurses who took care of Hunter during his 45-day stay at Children's – Minneapolis

After I had my C-section I was only able to see Hunter for 2 seconds, then they whisked him away to the adjoined room were the neonatal team waited. While I was getting stitched up the neonatal team looked Hunter over and soon came out of the room to let me know what was all wrong with my 33-week-gestation baby who we knew ahead of time was very ill with a bowel obstruction. When Hunter was all settled into Children's NICU I was finally able to touch and get a good look at him. All I could think about was "Thank God he's alive and has all 10 toes and fingers." At 2 days of age Hunter underwent his first surgery to extract 10 centimeters of his small intestine. The surgery was a great success. Thanks to Dr. Wahoff and his team.

James' gastroschisis surgery

When my Doctor told me that "James" (my unborn baby) had Gastroschisis, we were frightened - not knowing how, why, or what Gastroschisis was in the first place. We were told that James would be born with a hole in his abdomen and a portion of his small intestine outside of his body.

Noah's surgery for Hirschsprung's disease

My second child, Noah, was rushed to Children's at only two days old. The doctors discovered that he had a fairly rare condition called Hirschsprung's Disease. The only option was to operate and remove 1/3 of his colon. Noah was only four days old when he had his surgery.


The gastrointestinal surgery team at Children's provides next-generation care to newborns, infants, children, and adolescents from throughout the Upper Midwest. Our goal is to provide your child with the best possible surgery experience.

More than 2,000 gastrointestinal procedures are performed by our medical and/or surgical teams each year, including upper gastrointestinal endoscopies, 24-hour esophageal pH monitoring, colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, proctoscopies, liver biopsies, small bowel biopsies, esophageal dilation, placement of jejunal feeding tubes, endoscopic/percutaneous gastrostomy placements, and a wide range of therapeutic surgeries. At Children's:

  • Your child's surgery is performed by a team of professionals who specialize in the unique needs of children.
  • Your child's pain is managed by an interdisciplinary pain management team.
  • Your child's care includes the latest in surgical techniques, technology, and training.
  • Your child's care providers consider you to be part of your child's care team, because you know your child best.

Additional Information for families

Invasive gastrointestinal procedures may be performed at the following Children's locations

  • Children's – Minneapolis
  • Children's – St. Paul

Contact Us

  • If you are a family member looking for a Children's specialist in gastrointestinal surgery, please visit Find a Doctor.

  • If you are a health professional looking for a pediatric GI consultation or referral information, please call Children's Physician Referral at 1-866-755-2121 (toll-free).