December 19, 2017, Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System today announced the opening of the Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center at Atlantic Orthopedic Institute. The Center was developed to provide exemplary medical care and care management to adults and children with spinal deformities, including scoliosis.
“Many people first present with a potential spine issue to their primary care physician or pediatrician. Additional expertise is required to comprehensively handle these cases,” said Steven Maser, MD, Medical Director, Orthopedic Surgery, Atlantic Health System. “The Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center of Atlantic Orthopedic Institute offers these front-line doctors a resource by providing the most comprehensive screening and evaluation, and assisting in the coordination of care for patients with spine problems. We are well-equipped to treat conditions from a mild spine curvature to complex spinal deformity cases in both children and adults.”
The care team will create individualized treatment plans designed to each patient’s particular deformity pattern. Treatments range from growth preservation techniques for scoliosis treatment, genetic testing to predict potential curve progression, as well as more traditional treatment options such as bracing or spinal fusion. Evidence-based techniques and new technology will be used by the treatment team, comprised of medical staff from different areas of specialty. Each team is led by fellowship-trained scoliosis and spinal deformity surgeons.
Surgeons use the O-arm® Intra-operative Imaging System and the StealthStation® Surgical Navigation System, new technology that combines intra-operative CT imaging and 3-D navigation to allow for accurate and safe instrumentation placement during spinal deformity surgery.
Our advanced technology allows the surgical team to see CT images in real-time, ensuring we are guiding our hardware to the right location with pinpoint accuracy,” said Jason E. Lowenstein, MD, Director of the Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center. “For patients dealing with scoliosis and complex spinal deformity, this technology is critical to allow for safe placement of our instrumentation. This allows us to maximally correct our patients’ spinal deformities which greatly improves their overall clinical outcomes.”
“While spine problems are frequently seen in adults, the most common form of scoliosis occurs in children and teenagers,” said Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Goryeb Children’s Hospital. “Our specialists in pediatric pulmonology, neurology and child development, as well as our hospital-based critical care team will work collaboratively with the spine surgeons to ensure the best outcomes and the best patient experience for this group of patients.”
Surgeons caring for patients at the Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center currently operate at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ and Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. Both medical centers have consistently been accredited as Centers of Excellence by The Joint Commission, and Morristown Medical Center’s orthopedic program has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a best-in-nation program.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, N.J., is an integrated health care delivery system powered by a workforce of 16,000 team members dedicated to building healthier communities. The system is comprised of 350 sites of care, including six hospitals: Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Atlantic Health System also supports communities through Atlantic Medical Group, Atlantic Rehabilitation, Atlantic Home Care and Hospice, and its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. Atlantic Health System sponsors the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the larger ACOs in the nation, and Optimus Healthcare Partners.