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.
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
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What is Neuromuscular Scoliosis
Neuromuscular scoliosis is an irregular spinal curvature often caused by a combination or specific disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and muscular system.
As a result of these issues the nerves and muscles are unable to maintain appropriate balance and alignment of the spine. Neuromuscular curves are often associated with pelvic obliquity, a condition in which the child’s pelvis is unevenly tilted with one side rather than the other. Frequently, kyphosis occurs at the same time.

When Will Neuromuscular Scoliosis Occur?
Compared to issues like idiopathic scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis is much more likely to occur in childhood and continue to progress into adulthood. The more progressive curves will keep patients from normal activities, even walking properly.

Common Symptoms of Neuromuscular Scoliosis are:

  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis often occurs without pain; therefore it must be identified by physical signs first, generally.
  • Poor balance.
  • Poor coordination in the neck, head, and back.
  • Issues sitting properly.
  • Issues walking properly.
  • Inability to make normal everyday movements.

Treatment Options
In order to treat Neuromuscular Scoliosis there are a number of options. Non-Surgical options are generally:

  • Bracing: Reduces the curvature and relieves tension in the back and spine.
  • Physical Therapy: To improve muscular strength while trying to reduce curvature and teach patients to perform tasks with the condition.

For most patients with a severe enough curvature surgical measures may be needed. Surgery hopes to:

  • Prevent Curve Progression
  • Improve balance and seating or standing position
  • Reduce any pain
  • Reposition the bones and vertebrae that may be out of place