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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Pediatric Spinal Deformity
Spinal deformities in children are far more common than most people are aware. Conditions like scoliosis, kyphosis and spondylolisthesis can appear in children as early in the newborn stage. Scoliosis and kyphosis involve an abnormal curvature of the spine. Spondylolisthesis refers to a displaced vertebra.

Identifying Spinal Issues in Children
As stated, issues like scoliosis and kyphosis appear as an abnormal curvature of the spine, and can usually be identified during routine examination. Issues like displaced vertebra will often require X-Rays and MRI’s as they are less identifiable. And in certain cases, patients, young and old, may not be in any pain.  

In very young children it may difficult to tell what their symptoms are as communication is lacking in early life, however the most common symptoms associated with pediatric spine issues are:

  • Back pain, especially in the lower back.
  • Difficulty walking, often children will walk with a “waddle”, in order to alleviate back tension.
  • The presence of a “humpback”, or unusual curvature in the spine.
  • In certain cases, children can even experience a displaced vertebra without the presence of pain, therefore testing and medical consultation is extremely important from a young age.

Spinal deformities are best mitigated as early as possible, as children’s bones and spine are growing so fast. Certain moderate spinal deformities can be treated using physical therapy or a brace. However, for severe deformities surgery will be required.

Dr. Widmann is one of the most experienced pediatric spine surgeons around today. As Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, he has overseen a number of different spine surgeries and his experience allows him a unique perspective when it comes to identifying the best course of treatment. If your child is suffering through any spinal issues, be sure to contact Dr. Widmann today.