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Dr. DiLuna

Pediatric Spine Program

Yale New Haven Children's Hospital's Pediatric Spine Program provides compassionate, expert care for children with acute and complex conditions affecting the spine. Our multidisciplinary team of Yale Medicine orthopedic and neurosurgical specialists offers the highest level of care through innovative therapies and treatments with non-surgical and surgical options for pediatric patients.

Our expert team includes:

  • Advanced practice providers
  • Child life specialists
  • Orthotists
  • Pediatric anesthesiologists
  • Pediatric neurosurgical spine physicians
  • Pediatric orthopedic spine physicians
  • Pediatric physical medicine physicians
  • Pediatric radiologists
  • Physical therapists
  • Registered nurses and nurse coordinators

We treat all conditions affecting the spine including:

  • Scoliosis/kyphosis
  • Cervical
  • Thoracic/lumbar
  • Neuromuscular
  • Lesions
  • Spinal injuries
  • Spinal cord

Surgical outcomes outperform the national average in:

  • length-of-stay in the hospital after surgery
  • shorter recovery time
  • better degree of curvature correction in most scoliosis patients

Advanced technology

3D modelling allows surgeons to create a replica of a patient's actual spine to determine the best approach to surgery. This advanced preparation equates to less time in the OR and less recovery time for the patient.    

Some of our advanced treatment options include:

  • Anterior vertebral body tethering
  • Bracing
  • Halo gravity traction for complex kyphoscoliotic deformities
  • Magnetically controlled growing rods
  • Mehta casting 
  • Schroth scoliosis-specific physical therapy 
  • Shilla growth guidance
  • Spinal fusion (anterior or posterior)
  • Traditional growing rods
  • Vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR)

Services are provided at the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Specialty Centers listed here:

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Pediatric Spine Program

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