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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Early Onset Scoliosis refers to cases of spinal deformity, scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine), that present in children 10 years of age and younger.

Causes of Early Onset Scoliosis
There are a number of different types of Early Onset Scoliosis, with each having a specific set of causes.

  • Idiopathic – Curves for which there is no apparent cause.
  • Congenital – Vertebrae develop incorrectly in-utero. It is sometimes associated with cardiac and renal abnormalities. Evaluation may include studies of heart and kidneys.
  • Neuromuscular – In children with neuromuscular disorders including spinal muscular atrophy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and brain or spinal cord injury.
  • Syndromic – Certain syndromes, such as Marfans, Ehlers-Danlos and other connective tissue disorders, as well as neurofibromatosis, Prader-Willi, and many bone dysplasias may be associated with EOS.

EOS, or Early Onset Scoliosis Issues
EOS, depending on the severity, can be associated with heart and lung problems in childhood which can cause any number of issues as the child advanced into their adult years. When untreated, severe EOS can be associated with an increased risk of early death due to heart and lung disease. The combined spine, heart and lung issues that are associated with this is known as Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome (TIS). 

In order to identify early onset scoliosis patients with generally need an X-Ray, and an MRI can help further the diagnosis.

The goals of Early Onset Scoliosis treatment are to:

  • Minimize spinal deformity over the life of the patient.
  • Maximize lung function over the life of the patient.
  • Minimize the extent of any final spinal fusion.
  • Maximize motion of chest and spine.
  • Minimize complications, procedures, hospitalizations and burden for the family.
  • Consider overall development of the child.

Patients with EOS must be monitored throughout their lives by a doctor to determine any worsening of the spinal curve and to account for any progression being made. The most common treatment options are:

  • Bracing or Casting:

Bracing or casting may help by allowing growth while minimizing increases in the scoliosis. The need for surgery may be delayed and, in some instances, avoided. Bracing or casting congenital scoliosis is rarely effective, but they help to control minor issues.

Surgery is generally the recommended treatment protocol for EOS and is done after a bracing or casting program generally fails or runs its course. The main goal of such spinal surgery is to minimize any curvature but also allow for future growth, and spinal development. Various growth-friendly surgeries are designed to follow the principles of EOS treatment outlined earlier, allowing the spine and lungs to grow while controlling spine and lung deformity. 

If your child is suffering from EOS, be sure to contact Dr. Roger Widmann today and schedule your consultation.