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 Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition that causes a sideways curvature in the spine in children. Most cases of scoliosis affect children during their fastest stages of growth, commonly during a growth spurt. However, Early Onset Scoliosis can occur in children 10 years or younger.
Most cases of scoliosis are relatively mild, only causing a select few symptoms. Most common symptoms are:

  • Pain in the Back
  • Visible Lean to one side or another
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Physical Deformity within the spine
  • Uneven shoulders, waist, or hips

Despite few common symptoms, in certain severe cases scoliosis can become quite painful and debilitating. As children grow, if left untreated, scoliosis will cause difficulty walking, and impair much of their daily lives.

Scoliosis Surgery

The most common method of scoliosis treatment in children is surgery. Scoliosis is currently incurable, however using certain measures such as physical therapy, bracing and surgery, it can be managed, and symptoms alleviated. Children with a severe curve in the spine, 45-50+ degrees, will require surgery. With surgical treatment the child’s spinal curve can be reduced significantly, with most cases ending in a curve reduction of under 25 degrees.

Spinal Fusion
The most common procedure for scoliosis is spinal fusion. The surgeon will work to realign the abnormally curved vertebrae. Once proper alignment is reached, the vertebrae are then permanently fused together, healing together as one, single bone.

The degree of correction from surgery depends on how flexible your scoliosis is before your operation. In general, the more flexible your curve is, the better the correction from surgery. Your doctor can measure your flexibility before surgery with special x-rays called bending or traction films.

The surgery is invasive and will usually take about 4-8 hours. The major drawback of spinal fusion is that once it is done, the patient will stop growing. Therefore, it is a far better option for patients in their teens.

Growing Rods
Another surgical option is through the use of growing rods. These rods are implanted into the spinal area, both correcting the curve while allowing the patient to continue their normal growth. These rods act as a type of guide for the spine to grow straighter as the years go by, in essence they are similar to internal braces.

If your child is suffering from scoliosis be sure to contact Dr. Widmann today and find out if scoliosis surgery is right for your child.