Dr. Sandro LaRocca and the staff at New Jersey Neck & Back Institute, P.C. are dedicated to excellence in spinal surgery, care, and treatment. Healing is brought about with individualized care, compassion, education, and the institution of state of the art treatment. Through such attention, we are committed to transformational improvements in the quality of life of our patients.
Dr. LaRocca is director and founder of the institute and is a fellowship trained back surgeon who is board certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is committed to providing excellent, state of the art care.
Patient education is paramount to a successful outcome, and the staff at NJNBI is committed to making sure patients fully understand their problem and the rationale for treatment.
He has extensive experience in minimally invasive and open techniques of spinal reconstructions, stabilization, and nerve (spinal cord) decompression of the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), and lumbar (low back) spine. The traditional techniques may involve using large incisions to access the spine during treatment.
Dr. LaRocca has extensive expertise and experience in the surgical treatment for disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine including:
Dr. LaRocca completed a fellowship in complex spinal reconstruction and clinical management of disorders of the neck and back at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. He also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia with specialized training in pediatric scoliosis at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. LaRocca’s training is international, having had the privilege of visiting with the distinguished and world-renowned spinal surgeon, Professor Jurgen Harms at the Klinikum Karlsbad-Langensteinbach in Karlsbad, Germany. Dr. LaRocca has also authored and presented research at national meetings, including the North American Spine Society. He has been in private practice since 2001 and is fluent in English and Spanish.
He is currently a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, the New Jersey Spine Society, the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, The Orthopaedic Surgeons of New Jersey, and the American Medical Association.
Patients are guided through a multidisciplinary approach involving a network of pain management specialists, physiatrists, therapists and other specialists providing various modalities of treatment. When an operation is necessary, patients benefit from Dr. LaRocca’s surgical expertise in back & neck procedures.
In certain cases, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) can be used as an alternative. Advanced techniques and technology are used to minimize the incision to access the spine. This can result in decreased pain, complications and recovery time after surgery. Time in the hospital is decreased and, in many cases, patients go home on the day of the operation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is An Orthopedic Surgeon?
An orthopaedic surgeon is a doctor trained in the surgical management of diseases of the musculoskeletal system including arthritis, deformities, fractures, tumors, congenital anomalies and infections. After medical school, an orthopaedic surgeon completes a five-year residency consisting of surgical training addressing these issues in addition to conditions of the back and neck.
What Is A Fellowship?
A fellowship is an additional one to two years of training in a specialized area, such as orthopaedics, beyond residency. Dr. LaRocca completed a fellowship in spinal surgery and reconstruction in which he performed greater than 500 surgeries.
What Is Board Certification?
Board certification is the process of examining and certifying the qualifications of a physician by a board of specialists in a particular field. Dr. LaRocca is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.