Those with spinal disorders ranging from herniated disk to adult or pediatric scoliosis will find expert care and multiple minimally invasive and advanced treatment options at the Institute for Spine & Scoliosis, PA.
“We continue to solidify our position as a nationally leading spine surgery practice with an international draw. We focus on the individual,” explained M. Darryl Antonacci, M.D., F.A.C.S., the Institute’s director and nationally renowned spine and scoliosis surgeon. “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.”
Dr. Antonacci has extensive surgical experience in adults and children, with particular specialization in scoliosis surgery and complex reconstructive neck and back surgery. He is considered a 2015 Top Spine Surgeon in New Jersey and New York. He has practiced in Princeton and Manhattan since 2001, performing cutting-edge spinal surgery on adults and children at the University Medical Center of Princeton, and Mount Sinai University Hospital and Lenox Hill in New York. Dr. Randal R. Betz — a renowned pioneer and authority on children’s scoliosis treatments — recently joined Dr. Antonacci’s practice; together they possess more than 50 years of surgical and patient experience.
Dr. Antonacci utilizes minimally invasive fusion techniques and has made pioneering advancements in muscle-sparing spine surgery, which drastically reduces blood loss and shortens hospital stays. Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, he is among a select group of individuals worldwide with the expertise to perform a wide range of adult and pediatric spinal surgery, from traditional techniques to thoracoscopic stapling and tethering for scoliosis, or percutaneous and mini-open approaches. Because of his meticulous surgical expertise and vast experience, Dr. Antonacci is able to optimize recovery times and outcomes for his patients.
For his adolescent scoliosis patients, Dr. Antonacci and Dr. Betz offer Flexible Fusion [Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT)]. It supports motion after treatment, as opposed to “traditional” fusion. Flexible Fusion supports the child and adolescent’s growth as the spine continues to improve its curve. Ideal candidates for Flexible Fusion have a diagnosis of idiopathic scoliosis (adolescent or juvenile), or idiopathic “like” (i.e., post-syrinx decompression); are 10 years of age or older, with remaining spine growth; and have thoracic, thoracolumbar or lumbar curve(s) of 30 to 70 degrees. Post-surgical patients have raved about resuming or starting activities they thought would no longer be possible.
“It’s all about bringing or creating the best, state-of-the-art techniques and options for our patients,” concluded Dr. Antonacci. “Whether scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, herniated disk, spinal stenosis, or sciatica, we strive to define what the gold standard for successful treatment should be.”
For more information about Dr. Antonacci’s industry-leading surgical techniques, his extensive experience, and highly skilled surgical team, or to schedule an appointment in New Jersey or New York, contact the office’s new patient line at 800-372-6001 or 609-912-1500; or visit its comprehensive website at www.spineandscoliosis.com.
Institute for Spine & Scoliosis, PA, 3100 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ or 800A 5th Avenue @ 61st, New York, NY. 800-372-6001 or 609-912-1500. www.spineandscoliosis.com. See ad, page 11.