Patient Testimonials


Read letters and watch video testimonials to learn more about our patients’ experiences with Dr. Antonacci and Dr. Betz.Testimonials By Condition: Spondylolisthesis, Herniated Disc, Scoliosis Kyphosis, Spinal Stenosis Sciatica, Degenerative Disc Disease.


Treating Scoliosis with Anterior Scoliosis Correction

— a Muscle Sparing Scoliosis Treatment

Bent Not Broken Scoliosis Treatment ASCCordContact our office to see if your child’s scoliosis (for curvatures over 35 degrees) could benefit from this expertise — Treating Scoliosis with Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)


Dr. Antonacci’s Anterior Scoliosis Correction ASC is used in treating scoliosis. Using techniques of ASC, patients have muscle sparing surgery that helps maximize flexibility while straightening small, large, and even stiff curves in growing or mature patients.


Learn about Reagan’s story about her passion for running and how she was treated with Dr. Antonacci’s Approach: Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC).

“It’s kind of amazing!” – Reagan
“They saved her life,” Carrie (Mom) said. “They gave her quality of life back. She’s actually back to who she was. Everything was taken away from her was given back.”
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eliana-vid-tnListen to Eliana’s Story of Scoliosis treated with Dr. Antonacci’s Approach: Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)

Dear Dr. Antonacci, Dr. Betz, Dr. Cuddihy, Janet, and Joel

Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me. I appreciate the time and effort you spent explaining and performing the surgery to me and my family. I am grateful to be back to my normal life again. I don’t have to worry about scoliosis anymore and I will be back to dancing and acting in no time. I’m already back to violin, will be in the school’s summer music, and can’t wait to be back on the dance team when it starts with all of my friends in the fall. THANK YOU (read card)


Who Should Consider Anterior Scoliosis Correction?

 

11 Examples of Anterior Scoliosis Correction
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12 yr old female
Before Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)
Surgery — Curves were 84 degrees thoracic and 75 lumbar

Now 35 degrees thoracicand 16 lumbar 1 week post op

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13 yr old female
Before Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)
Surgery — Curves were 90 degrees thoracic and 51 lumbar

Now 20 degrees thoracicand 16 lumbar one week after surgery

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13 yr old female
Before Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)
Surgery — Curve was 56 degrees

Now 12 degrees

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14 yr old female
Before Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)
Surgery — Curves were 35 degrees thoracic and 44 lumbar

Now 13 thoracic and 4 lumbar

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12 yr old female
Before Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)
Surgery — Curves were 43 degrees thoracic and 39 lumbar

Now 8 thoracic and 8 lumbar

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12 yr old female
Before Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)
Surgery — Curve was 74 degrees

Now 8

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50 yr old female
Before Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)
Surgery — Curve was 65 degrees

Now 30

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14 yr old female
Before Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)
Surgery — Curve was 75 degrees

Now 24

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17 yr old male
Before Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)
Surgery — Curve 67 degrees

Now 22

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13 yr old female
Before Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)
Surgery — Curve 45 degrees
Now 11 degrees
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14 yr old female
Before Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)
Surgery — Curve from 40 degrees
Down to 2 degrees (now 16 yr old)

Our candidates for muscle sparing, less invasive scoliosis surgery correction have a variety of scoliosis types. Most have idiopathic scoliosis (adolescent, juvenile, or some forms of adult), or idiopathic “like” (i.e., post-syrinx decompression). But we have also treated patients whose scoliosis is associated with a syndrome, a neuromuscular condition or is congenital. Each case is individually evaluated and carefully considered. Most are at least 10 years of age, with or without remaining spine growth; have thoracic, thoracolumbar or lumbar curve(s) of 30 to 80 degrees (some higher at the time of actual surgery).


How Does Treating Scoliosis with Anterior Scoliosis Correction Work?

Dr. Antonacci’s Anterior Scoliosis Correction uses “growth modulation” and “remodeling”– partially restraining one side of the spine to allow growth and remodeling on the other side – to reverse the abnormal scoliosis growth pattern in the anterior thoracic (upper) spine in a less invasive surgery. Titanium pedicle screws are placed on the convexity (outside) of the vertebrae that are causing the scoliosis; a a rod-cord ( white polyethylene-terephthalate flexible cord) is attached to each of the bone screws in the vertebral bodies of the spine. When the implants are tightened, it corrects and straightens the spine. The affected curve(s) show an immediate improvement right after surgery, and continued improvement over time as the spine remodels.

What If I Am Told I Am Too Mature For This Procedure To Work?

Orthodontist have shown that adult teeth can be realigned and jaw bones remodel over time using braces in adults. In a similar way, we believe mature vertebrae can be realigned using Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC). Now that the asymmetric pressure of the curve is removed and the spine held in a more normal position, over time, the vertebrae and disks can remodel to maintain this correction. The key is to do ALL of the desired 3 dimensional spine correction at the time of surgery To achieve this, our team has added some additional advanced and less invasive corrective techniques to the procedure which may be needed if the mature curves are not completely flexible.

What If I Am Told My Child’s Curves Are Too Big or Too Stiff ?

We have achieved dramatic curve corrections in stiff and high degree curves not elsewhere obtained. This is because we have pioneered advanced corrective techniques tailored to the individual situation. We really do not have criteria of exclusion from this treatment like many other centers .Each case must be carefully evaluated individually and we will recommend options.

What are the Advantages of Anterior Scoliosis Correction?

Typically surgery that is less invasive will carry less risk for the patient for several reasons. This is the case using of Dr. Antonacci’s Anterior Scoliosis Correction. The spine can continue to move and bend, so the patient may experience less discomfort and more freedom of movement. We achieve this by using a muscle sparing approach so unlike traditional invasive back surgery, no back muscles are cut, and there is minimal disruption and much faster healing. Additionally blood loss is very low using these less invasive techniques. Recovery therefore averages about 4 weeks, with return to unrestricted activity at 6 weeks in most cases.

Specialists in Spine Surgery

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Specialists in Spine Surgery

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M. Darryl Antonacci, MD
Chief Spine Surgeon & Director
Specialist in Pediatric & Adult Spine
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Randal R. Betz, MD
Spine Surgeon
Specialist in Pediatric Spine
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Our Offices Are Conveniently Located in Manhattan and Central New Jersey

Have Your Spine Case Doctor-Reviewed by Nationally Renowned Spine Surgeon, Dr. Darryl Antonacci. After Doctors’s review, a staff member from Dr. Antonacci’s and Dr. Betz’s office will contact you typically within 48 hours for more information about your condition or to schedule an appointment.

Our Office Locations


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Near Princeton, NJ
3100 Princeton Pike,
Bldg. 1-D
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office: 609-912-1500
Fax: 609-912-1600


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Upper East Side, NYC
800A Fifth Avenue,
Suite 301
New York, NY 10065
Office: 609-912-1500
Fax: 609-912-1600


NJ and NY Spine Surgery Treatment Centers


University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP)
1 Plainsboro Road,
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
Mount Sinai Medical Center,
New York City

1 Gustave L. Levy Pl, New York, NY 10029
Saint Peter’s University Hospital,
New Brunswick, NJ

254 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
 
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