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 Kyphosis?
Kyphosis is an abnormal forward, rounding curvature of the back. Patients suffering from kyphosis will generally have a visible “hunchback”, despite being most common in older women, many children deal with this issue every year.

Kyphosis can present in young children without any symptoms, however patients commonly suffer from:

  • Visible forward “hunchback” curvature of the spine.
  • Back pain
  • Back stiffness
  • Issues with balance
  • Compression fractures
  • Issues with walking and mobility
  • Muscle weakness
  • Short stature or slow growth

Kyphosis Surgery
Surgical measures are usually the last resort in the treatment of kyphosis. Children should first try treatments such as physical therapy or the use of back braces. If these non-surgical measures don’t make a difference, then surgery may be required. Certain factors doctors must consider before surgery are:

  • Severity of the Curve:This is dependent on where the curve is located. In the mid back thoracic region, curves greater than 80 degrees are considered severe. In the mid-to-lower back area curves of 60-70 degrees are considered to be severe.
  • Progression of the Curve: Some curves can get worse rapidly, in these instances surgery is vital.
  • Balance: Leaning forward is a problem associated with the curve of kyphosis, if the child is leaning too far it can greatly affect balance and cause problems.
  • Neurological Issues:Kyphosis can affect the nerves in the spine, as a result of the issues it causes within the spine itself. It can cause weakness, numbness, tingling in the extremities and even a pinched nerve.

Depending on these factors the surgeon will make a determination of what surgery will work best for you and your child.

  • Osteotomy: Bones are cut, in order to correct angular deformities. The ends of the vertebrae are then realigned, reducing the curvature. To complete the procedure surgeons will either use spinal fusion or certain instruments to hold the vertebrae together.

With Spinal Fusion the spine will be fused together the strongest, however, it will not allow the child to continue to grow, therefore this option is best for older children or teens who have completed most of their growth cycle.

The other option using instrumentation uses cables, growing rods, screws and plates can be done alone or in conjunction with fusion. When done alone, they will allow the patient to continue their growth cycle. Regardless these measures will be discussed along with your surgeon and we will work for the benefits of the patient. If your child is suffering from Kyphosis be sure to contact Dr. Roger Widmann today and find out if surgical measures are right for you and your child.