Programs & Services

infant_surgery_prep.pngMinimally Invasive Surgery

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center offers several state-of-the-art treatment modalities as part of our minimally invasive surgery program including endoscopy, laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. Minimally invasive techniques and technology allow some procedures to be performed with less pain, smaller scars, and a faster recovery time. The da Vinci robot is used by several surgical specialties at Connecticut Children’s, the first site in Connecticut to perform robotic surgery on a child.

Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is designated as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center that evaluates and treats more than 56,000 children each year. It is able to provide the highest level of emergency care to children suffering from traumatic injuries. Connecticut Children’s team of board certified emergency medicine physicians and extensively trained staff provide multidisciplinary treatment with specialized resources to meet the unique needs of infants, children and adolescents. In our 29-bed emergency department, trauma surgeons are available 24/7, including those trained in specialties such as neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery, along with highly sophisticated medical diagnostic equipment.

Critical Care

When your child’s health is critically compromised, the experienced pediatric critical care physicians and nurses at Connecticut Children’s provide the advanced care that can save your child’s life. Infants, children and teens in our 18-bed pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) are cared for and treated by a multidisciplinary team of board certified pediatric critical care physicians and pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists. Our highly skilled specialists care for children who are critically ill, severely injured, suffering life-threatening complications of chronic illness, experiencing organ failures, or in a state of medical instability. Children in need of critical care are admitted to the PICU from several areas of the hospital, including Connecticut Children’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and our operating rooms.

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Newborns affected by medical conditions like pulmonary hypertension, diaphragmatic hernia, arrhythmias or congenital heart disease require artificial heart and lung support while they await corrective surgery or recover from treatment. ECMO is an advanced technology that delivers oxygen to the body, temporarily replacing the function of the infant’s vital organs. Our state-of-the-art ECMO program enables Connecticut Children’s to provide the highest standard of care for critically ill newborns.

Fetal Diagnostic Center

The Connecticut Center for Fetal and Neonatal Care (CCFNC), a partnership between Connecticut Children’s specialists and maternal-fetal medicine experts, provides advanced diagnosis and care for the fetus with congenital abnormalities including complex congenital heart disease. The CCFNC coordinates family-centered prenatal and postnatal care, ensuring continuous communication with families and comprehensive care for newborns. Our physicians and surgeons have expertise in caring for newborns with congenital defects of the head and neck (craniofacial), brain and spine, heart, abdomen, kidneys, and genitourinary tract and musculoskeletal systems.

Tethered Cord/Spina Bifida Program

Coordinated through our Tethered Cord/Spina Bifida Program, Connecticut Children’s neurosurgeons urologists, orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists collaborate to provide highly specialized care for children affected by spinal cord malformations.

Center for Motion Analysis

The Center for Motion Analysis uses leading-edge technology to identify muscle activity, movements and other mobility nuances that are unique to each child. With this information, more accurate treatments for abnormal movements can be instituted and outcomes of treatments can be objectively assessed. Children experiencing significant difficulties in walking and those affected by neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, myelomeningocele, or stroke may benefit from gait analysis as surgical interventions are considered.

Pain & Palliative Medicine

Connecticut Children’s interdisciplinary pain and palliative medicine physicians use a range of evidence-based methods to treat pain in infants, children and adolescents. Our pain specialists work directly with children and their families to manage pain using an array of treatments that may include medicine or procedures. Techniques such as basic comforting, sedation, physical and occupational therapy may be used along with complementary and integrative methods such as massage, acupuncture or yoga.

We care for children with a wide range of conditions including pain after surgery. Connecticut Children’s is committed to being a place where the pain of medical treatment is minimized as much as possible. There is inevitable pain, anxiety and stress associated with illness, diagnostic procedures and hospitalization. Our pain and palliative care specialists may not be able to take away all of the pain, but we will make every effort to reduce it.