Those with spinal disorders ranging from herniated disk to scoliosis for adults and children will find expert care and multiple treatment options at the Institute for Spine & Scoliosis.
M. Darryl Antonacci M.D., F.A.C.S., the Institute’s director and chief spine surgeon, has practiced in Princeton and Manhattan since 2001, performing cutting-edge spinal surgery on adults and children at University Medical Center in Princeton, Mount Sinai University Hospital, and Lenox Hill in New York. Recently joining Dr. Antonacci is renowned pioneer and authority on children’s scoliosis treatments, Dr. Randal R. Betz, former president of the preeminent Scoliosis Research Society.
“With the addition of Dr. Betz to our team, we continue to solidify our position as a nationally leading spine surgery practice with an international draw. We focus on the individual,” explained Dr. Antonacci. “We personalize our approach to each individual’s needs — adult or child — providing less invasive surgical treatments for back and leg pain, spondylolisthesis, stenosis, and scoliosis.”
For instance, Dr. Betz says the Institute sees those with minimal, moderate, and severe scoliosis curves. Each has its own set of treatment options, from the less invasive to complex spine surgery. Together Dr. Betz and Dr. Antonacci have a combined 50-plus years of experience, offering cutting-edge surgical techniques, such as growth modulation surgery and muscle sparing fusion surgery, both of which drastically reduce blood loss, shorten hospital stays, and provide much faster recoveries.
“In the case of a minimal curve — under 20 degrees — we may simply observe the patient at three-month intervals,” Dr. Betz explained. “For a moderate curve — 20 to 60 degrees — we may prescribe a brace, but we also have some unique less invasive options as alternatives, such as growth modulation strategies. In that case, we use the child’s growth to straighten the spine.”
In some cases, even a moderate curve requires a minimally invasive surgery like thoroscopy, which is similar to arthroscopy. Devices are put on the outside of the curve to slow the growth there and allow growth on the inside of the curve to straighten the spine. The doctors at the Institute are one of a select few able to perform thoracoscopic surgery for scoliosis as an alternative to bracing.
“My passion is to offer multiple options for treatment. The standard elsewhere has been: wear a brace. Now we have many options,” said Dr. Betz.
“That’s what we do,” added Dr. Antonacci, “whether scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, herniated disk, or stenosis, we strive to define what the standard should be.”
For more information and to schedule an appointment in New Jersey or New York, contact the office at the new patient line: 800-372-6001 or 609-912-1500.
Learn more at www.spineandscoliosis.com.
Institute for Spine & Scoliosis, PA, 3100 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, or 800A 5th Avenue at 61st Street, New York, New York.