Delia Romanò

Orthopedic surgeon


Dr. Delia Romanò is a Level I Medical Director in the Department of Reconstructive Surgery and Osteoarticular Infections (C. R. I. O.) IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi.

In 1995, she graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Milan; in 2000, she received a specialization in Orthopedics and Traumatology at the II School of Specialization in Milan and interned in the Department of Hand Surgery, while attending the Department of Surgery of Bone and Joint Infections also at the Milan Institute of J. Pini.

She also attends various centers of excellence to improve her skills in rheumatoid arthritis treatment surgery and in hand and wrist surgery, such as:

  • Institute de la Main in Paris,
  • Schultess Klinik in Zurich,
  • Auguste Viktoria Klinik in Bad Einhausen (Hamburg),
  • Rhoen Klinikum in Bad Neustadt (Bavaria).

From 2005 to 2008, she holds the post of Medical Director of the first level at the San Carlo Borromeo Institute in Milan with experience in traumatology.

Since 2008, she has been working in the Department of Reconstructive Surgery and Osteoarticular Infections at the IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Pellegrini.

Dr. Romano has experience in the treatment of bone infections associated with implants (periprosthetic infections and associated with synthesis agents) and unrelated (osteomyelitis, compression trauma), in respect of which the team conducted numerous studies on bacterial biofilm in terms of the implementation of absorbable antibacterial coatings, as well as the use of antibacterial bio-glasses - studies that significantly improved the percentage of cure of this type of pathology.

She also deals with the treatment of complications in orthopedic and traumatological surgery in general, such as:

  • Painful or unstable joint prostheses,
  • Non-fusion of fractures and/or healing defects (pseudoarthrosis).

Finally, she is engaged in conservative, infiltrative and surgical treatment of arthrosis of small and large joints and the treatment of pain symptoms in general.

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Latest publications

The Concept of Biofilm-Related Implant Malfunction and "Low-Grade Infection"
Adv Exp Med Biol. 2017;971:1-13. doi: 10.1007/5584_2016_158. PMID: 27757936.
Romanò CL, Romanò D, Morelli I, Drago L.
ICS classification system of infected osteosynthesis: Long-term results
Injury. 2018 Mar;49(3):564-569. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2018.01.002. Epub 2018 Jan 6. PMID: 29361293.
Romanò CL, Morelli I, Romanò D, Meani E, Drago L.
Antibiofilm agents and implant- related infections in orthopaedics: where are we?
J Chemother. 2013 Apr;25(2):67-80. doi: 10.1179/1973947812Y.0000000045. PMID: 23684354.
Romanò CL, Toscano M, Romanò D, Drago L.
Two-stage cementless hip revision for peri-prosthetic infection with an antibacterial hydrogel coating: results of a comparative series.
Int Orthop. 2019 Jan;43(1):111-115. doi: 10.1007/s00264-018-4206-2. Epub 2018 Oct 30. PMID: 30374639.
Zagra L, Gallazzi E, Romanò D, Scarponi S, Romanò C.
Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound for the treatment of bone delayed union or nonunion: a review
Ultrasound Med Biol. 2009 Apr;35(4):529-36. doi: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2008.09.029. Epub 2008 Dec 20. PMID: 19097683.
Romano CL, Romano D, Logoluso N.
Bone and joint infections in adults: a comprehensive classification proposal
Eur Orthop Traumatol. 2011 May;1(6):207-217. doi: 10.1007/s12570-011-0056-8. Epub 2011 Apr 14. PMID: 21837262; PMCID: PMC3150792.
Romanò CL, Romanò D, Logoluso N, Drago L.
Use of dithiothreitol to improve the diagnosis of prosthetic joint infections
J Orthop Res. 2013 Nov;31(11):1694-9. doi: 10.1002/jor.22423. Epub 2013 Jul 2. PMID: 23817975.
Drago L, Signori V, De Vecchi E, Vassena C, Palazzi E, Cappelletti L, Romanò D, Romanò CL.
Septic versus aseptic hip revision: how different?
J Orthop Traumatol. 2010 Sep;11(3):167-74. doi: 10.1007/s10195-010-0106-y. Epub 2010 Sep 2. PMID: 20811922; PMCID: PMC2948127.
Romanò CL, Romanò D, Logoluso N, Meani E.
Combined Diagnostic Tool for joint prosthesis infections
Infez Med. 2009 Sep;17(3):141-50. PMID: 19838085.
Romano CL, Romanò D, Bonora C, Degrate A, Mineo G.

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