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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Guided Growth Surgery
At the point children are at the level of skeletal maturity, the bones in the legs are equal in length and align correctly from the point of the hips to the ankles. However, despite this, congenital issues and certain abnormalities, infections, injuries, and other developmental problems can cause the arms, and legs to grow completely out of alignment. This misalignment of the limbs, especially the legs results in certain other deformities or conditions such as, bowlegs, knock knees or even limbs of differing lengths.

Guided Growth Plate
The guided growth plate is a device that looks similar to the number “8”, and about the size of a paper clip. The plate is screwed into the bone and it diverges similarly to a hinge, allowing for increased flexibility.
Flexibility is extremely important with these types of procedures as the screws will tend to bend or break easily under the pressure exerted by even the most normal bone growth. The growth plate will also restrict the bone’s growth to one side of a possible deformity, making sure the bone will gradually realign itself.

Guided Growth Surgery
Hemi-epiphysiodesis surgery (in which a growth plate is used) is performed under anesthesia and generally takes about an hour. During the procedure, the surgeon will make a 1-inch incision at the growth plate, through which a titanium plate is secured to the bone with two small titanium screws. For knock-knees, the device is placed on the medial side of the bone. For bowlegs, the plate is placed on the lateral side of the bone. Since the bones are never cut during the hemi-epiphysiodesis procedure, there is less neurovascular risk, decreased instability, and a shorter duration of healing.

Guided growth surgery is the preferred method for treating children’s knock knees or bowlegs, as it is much less invasive than other similar procedures. Children are even encouraged to start to put weight on their legs as soon as possible. The majority of children can return to their daily activities within 2 to 3 weeks of completing the procedure.

Most patients will definitely feel some pain as with any other procedure. However, it should decrease within 2 weeks following the surgery, and should be gone completely after 4-6 weeks. Regular follow-ups are customary; your progress will be monitored by Dr. Widmann and his staff. Once he adequately feels the deformity has been corrected and they have healed sufficiently, the plate device can be removed in a fairly quick out-patient procedure.