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 Congenital Scoliosis?
Congenital Scoliosis is a spinal deformity, where the sideways curve of the spine is caused at birth, often as a side effect of a birth defect. The vertebra of the spine can also become twisted or rotated causing the ribs to be pulled along in the same direction.

Congenital Scoliosis is rare, about 1 in every 10,000 newborns are affected, much less common than scoliosis appearing in adolescence. Congenital Scoliosis is also associated with issues such as kyphosis and lordosis.

Causes of Congenital Scoliosis
Congenital Scoliosis begins as the baby is in the womb, during its peak developmental stages. Common causes are:

  • The bones (vertebrae) in the spine not forming normally.
  • One or more vertebrae in the spine may be missing.
  • Bones may have only been partially formed.
  • Bones may not have proper separation from one another.

Common Symptoms and Signs

  • Uneven shoulders, hips, and waist.
  • Head rotating in one direction of as a result of rotation in the neck.
  • Prominent ribs on one side.
  • Overall body tilt to one side or another.
  • Visible curving in the spine.
  • In rare cases, spinal column issues can even produce weakness or numbness in different parts of the body.

Non-Surgical Treatment
When children are examined after birth congenital scoliosis can generally be caught, however for those patients who may be a bit older, should see a doctor and be examined in order to detect it properly. For newborns there are a few methods of treatment.

  • Bracing: Non-surgical for those with curves of less than 25 degrees. These patients must constantly be followed up with and be monitored by their doctor. If the spine curve is worsening, then additional bracing may be required. Bracing helps straighten the back as well as reduces the level of pressure placed upon the child’s back.

There are a number of methods of surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Widmann, he will make a deliberation on the level of spinal correction which is needed for your child. Considering this there are a few methods of surgery that can be performed. In certain cases, the issue can have a lasting effect on the ribs and chest, so surgery may be required there as well.

  • Growing Rods: Spinal surgery where rods are implanted, corrects curve and allows the spine to continue growing.
  • Spinal Fusion: This should be done after the child has stopped growing. This will permanent stabilize the spine by fusing the vertebra together with metal implants to hold the curvature in place.

If you’re in need of spinal care for your newborn or child, don’t wait, be sure to contact Dr. Roger Widmann of the Hospital for Special Surgery today!