Dr. Roger Widmann Dr. Roger Widmann, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, has served as the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery since 2004. During his many years in practice, Dr. Widmann has focused primarily on both surgical and non-surgical treatments for children’s spinal irregularities, certain orthopedic birth defects, as well as orthopedic limb deformities.
NEW YORK, New York 10605 New York
Orthopedic Surgeon
Words cannot express how impressed my family is with this incredible doctor. My 12 yr old daughter had spinal fusion T2-L3. Dr. Widmann did an exceptional job from start to finish. My daughter had seen two other surgeons prior to him. She was brought to tears by how he treated her with such respect and dignity. He was the first doctor who actually spoke directly to her. Shook her hand and asked her if she had anymore questions. Explained everything and without any pressure. Results are amazing!. Dr. Widmann performed scoliosis correction surgery on my 13 year old daughter. Dr. Widmann and his team made us feel completely at ease despite the circumstances. The surgery was a huge success - we are 7 months post surgery and have had no issues at all. Our daughter is a competitive soccer player and she was back on the pitch exactly when Dr. Widmann said she would be. Everyone is amazed by how quickly and how well she recovered. Could not have asked for a better experience or outcome! My 13 Year old Daughter had surgery done by Doctor Widmann @ the hospital for Special surgery. The surgery was completed at about 3:00 P.M. on Monday, Friday at 11:00 A.M. She walked out of the hospital, Well by Law the hospital was required to wheel her down to the car but she easily could have walked. She left with very little pain. It has now just been 2 weeks and she is very active, too active in my opinion but regardless recovery has been the exact opposite as I had expected. The Hospital for special surgery was amazing, in every aspect from the janitors right up to the head Doctor. Nursing staff, Therapists, food service, every employee of the hospital were the most respectful, caring and amazing people I have ever met. Even the food was great, healthy, well put together meals, as I also ate every meal of the day there also. I would recommend 100% Dr. Roger Widmann & The Hospital for special surgery My daughter was recently operated on by Dr. Widmann for severe scoliosis. Dr. Widmann provided us with all the info we needed to make the best decision for our daughter. We felt extremely comfortable having him do the surgery and her results have been nothing short of amazing. I would highly, highly recommend Dr. Widmann.
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What is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis?
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, or AIS, refers to am abnormal curvature of the spine, appearing in late stage childhood or even early teens. Rather than growing in a straight line, with one vertebra on top of the other, the spine develops a side-to-side curve usually appearing similar to the letter “S”, or the letter “C”. The vertebra that make up the spine will also be slightly twisted and possibly be rotated.

Who is most likely to suffer from AIS?
The most common time for AIS to appear in children is during the time of their first adolescent growth spurt, when children often grow a number of inches rapidly, over the course of only a few months. This can be an issue for most children, however, in some the abnormal curve is stable. In more severe cases of AIS, the curve becomes progressively worse over time and can cause intense pain in the patient.

Doctors have found that AIS occurs at the same rate in both boys and girls, however, for girls it has a tendency to be more intense and the spinal curve tends to be more pronounced and painful.

Difference Between AIS and General Scoliosis
Scoliosis can occur as a feature of other conditions, including a variety of genetic syndromes. However, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis typically occurs by itself, without signs and symptoms affecting other parts of the body.

Mild forms of scoliosis generally doesn’t cause many issues to daily life. Individuals generally won’t have any pain, aside from occasional discomfort, they won’t have any issues with their movement, nor will they have breathing issues. However, for more severe AIS the opposite is true. Some of the most common signs of AIS are:

  • A tilt to one side, in the patient’s stance or gate.
  • Uneven shoulders, hips, or waist.
  • Having one leg appear longer than the other.
  • Being able to see the pronounce abnormal curve in the spine.

If your child may be suffering from scoliosis in any form be sure to contact Dr. Roger Widmann today.