Gastrointestinal 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.

Conditions that may require gastrointestinal surgery

For many decades, Children’s medical and surgical teams have served children with gastrointestinal, nutritional, and liver conditions. Procedures are performed to diagnose, monitor, and treat a wide variety of conditions. Some of the most common conditions treated at Children’s include:

Educational materials

The following information may be helpful to families preparing specifically for gastrointestinal surgery. You may also view a searchable directory of general patient/family educational materials.


  • Children’s Minnesota – Minneapolis
  • Children’s Minnesota – 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).