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 orthopaedic spinal 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.
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 surgery is necessary, patients benefit from Dr. LaRocca’s surgical expertise in back & neck procedures.
After a career as a mechanical engineer, he pursued medicine and received his medical doctorate from The Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University (now the Sidney Kimmel Medical College). He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, which included specialized training in pediatric scoliosis at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia, PA.
He then continued further specialized training and 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. 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 authored and presented research at national meetings, including the North American Spine Society.
Dr. LaRocca has been in private practice since 2001. 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.
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.
Dr. LaRocca is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the 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.
There are many places in our world today where specialized care is simply not available. Dr. LaRocca feels privileged to have had to opportunity to participate in surgical humanitarian relief by volunteering his much needed skills and expertise in spinal surgery to the disadvantaged in Lima, Peru.
Dr. LaRocca is fluent in both English and Spanish.