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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Generally, for pediatric spinal deformities, and issues like scoliosis that create an abnormal curvature of the spine, surgery is needed. Surgical correction should always be thought of as a last resort when it comes to spinal issues, as it is often dangerous and can cause a number of side effects.
For those patients who fail to see any results using non-surgical treatments, surgery becomes vital. When it comes to spinal surgery, especially in children there are a few options.

Spinal Fusion
Spinal Fusion is a surgical procedure in which the vertebrae are realigned and on top of one another, in an attempt to help alleviate the spinal curve in the patient. Once the vertebrae are realigned they are fused together creating one solid spinal column bone. This can greatly reduce the spinal curve in a patient, however, there is a major drawback to spinal fusion, as it creates a stiff solid spinal column.
Once the vertebrae are fused into one solid bone, they can no longer grow independently. Therefore, this causes the child’s growth cycle to end prematurely, keeping him or her from reaching their mature size/height. Leaving them to remain the same size for the remainder of their life. For this reason, spinal fusion is often only performed on those patients who have completed their growth cycle and reached their mature height.

Spinal Instrumentation
Spinal Instrumentation has a few applications in terms of spinal surgery. Spinal instrumentation can be performed in two specific ways. After spinal fusion surgery instruments such as growing rods, cables, plates, and screws help doctors secure the newly fused spinal vertebrae. Using these instruments, we are able to hold the vertebrae together and allow them to properly fuse together.

The one major drawback of Spinal Fusion surgery is that it completely fuses the vertebrae along the spine, and therefore stops the patient from growing. This means that spinal fusion surgery is mainly for older children, who have completed their growth phase. For those children in need of spinal surgery, having yet to complete their growth, the best option is to perform surgery using Spinal Instruments such as growing rods.

For patients that are still within their growth cycle, using growing rods or other spinal instruments may be the best option. Using growing rods on their own allow patients to continue growing and will slowly straighten out the patient’s spine with time. For most patients the use of spinal instruments on their own allow them to better their spinal curve while putting off the need for spinal fusion surgery and the cessation of their growth plates. Though most of these patients will eventually need spinal fusion surgery.