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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Scoliosis Braces

Boston, Providence, and Rigo Braces
One common method of scoliosis treatment, especially for young children is performed using braces. These braces are used as a means of straightening the abnormal curve along an individual’s spine. The use of braces is popular, especially in the treatment of young children as it allows them to avoid more invasive surgical measures such as spinal fusion. Spinal fusion’s main drawback is that while fusing the vertebrae along the spine, it prevents any future growth for the patient. And this could prove to be a major side effect for a young child who has yet to reach anywhere near his or her adult height and frame. The brace allows for minor straightening to be done over time until surgery is possible.

Boston Brace
The Boston brace is a brace that has an overall cylindrical shape, with locking belts placed in the back. The fact that the belts are placed in the back prevents young children from being able to open or close it by themselves. While this prevents them from removing it often or accidentally closing it too tightly around their body, it also prevents them from having a certain level of independence. The Boston brace allows for certain parts of the ribcage area to be left uncovered. This allows the patient to expand the airflow to this specific area and makes for better muscle and lung expansion, areas that are often affected by scoliosis.

Rigo Brace
The Rigo brace or the Rigo-Cheneau brace is a custom-made brace that applies specific pressure to the areas along the patient’s spine and ribcage in which they would like to centralize and rotate the bones/vertebrae into the proper position or alignment. The brace also limits contact with certain specific parts of the rib cage allowing for muscle expansion as well as in order to activate certain muscle groups that may have been affected by the curvature of the spine.

By using the Rigo brace it allows the patient to not only benefit from the corrective forces of the brace but also activate the muscles around the ribcage. This provides even more airflow to the rib cage, while also using forces to correct the abnormal positioning of the spine and rib cage.

Providence Brace
The Providence brace is generally known as a nighttime brace to be worn by the patient overnight. Thus minimizing any discomfort during the waking hours, while also providing positive scoliosis curve correction. Rather than bending the spine to a normal position the Providence brace uses opposing forces acting upon areas of the spine to help normalize the spine’s curve.

The brace was first invented at the Children’s Hospital of Rhode Island in Providence. It is also known to be one of the more comfortable braces designed for scoliosis treatment, and it is also worn exclusively at night. However, despite its comfort, it is a bit less effective in the treatment of larger spinal curves than other braces like the Boston brace. Yet in the treatment of smaller, less pronounced spinal curves it is actually recommended over other braces. Some feel since it is more comfortable and to be worn at night patients are more likely to wear it, therefore it is more effective. However, there isn’t much data to suggest which brace is actually more effective overall. The only issue patients complain about in using