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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Stereotactic Navigation of Spinal Hardware

Placement of Spinal Hardware
Depending upon the type of spinal issue your child may be suffering from, they may require the use of certain spinal hardware. For some patients, this hardware is growing rods, while for other they may be plates or screws. However, no matter the type of spinal hardware, they are all meant to provide a guide or act as a bracing mechanism to assist the spine in holding its newfound “normal” position.

Spine Surgery
During any type of spine surgery precision is of maximum importance. In order to improve spinal function through the placement of spinal hardware, surgeons must be extremely careful not to disturb or disrupt any nerve, or sensitive tissue that isn’t par of the surgery. Considering how sensitive the spinal area, and its surrounding network of nerves are, any false moves or improper actions can have catastrophic results. Permanently affecting a patient and causing negative life-long ramifications, like partial or full paralysis, terrible pain, numbness, weakness, and much more.

More Precise Surgery with Stereotactic Navigation
To allow for more precise surgery Dr. Widmann will recommend the use of Stereotactic navigation, during certain procedures in order to carefully, and precisely, place spinal hardware. Stereotactic Navigation allows the surgeons to first, plan out their points of entry as well as the main points in which they will input the hardware. Not only does it allow for planning, but it allows them to see within the back and spine region while the surgery is in progress, using revolutionary scanning software and equipment.

This means doctors can now see inside the body as they are inputting the spinal hardware, holding a number of overall benefits to both doctor and patient.


  • Being able to see while surgery is takin place, means doctors will have to make less incisions and procedures are overall less invasive.
  • Navigation software is highly interactive and allows for doctors to both plan and execute spinal hardware surgery.
  • Extremely in-depth scanning. Doctors can see imaging at an extremely high level of detail, better than that of a camera view.
  • Allows for in-surgery quality control as well as post-operative workflows.