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Welcome To New Jersey Neck & Back Institute, P.C.
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.
At NJNBI Our Patient Is Our #1 Priority
WHO WE ARE
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.
What Makes Sandro LaRocca
The Best in New Jersey?
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 the 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.
Board Certification and Professional Affiliations
Dr. LaRocca is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic 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.
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 a decrease in pain, recovery, complications, and hospitalization. In many cases, patients go home the same day of the operation.
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 medically underserved in Lima, Peru.
Dr. LaRocca is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Conditions We Treat
Herniated Disc Treatment
A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, is one of the most common spinal injuries. Learn about the causes and diagnosis here.
Spondylolisthesis occurs when one of the vertebrae of the spine slides out of place, with the most common occurrence in the lower back (lumbar) region.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery is a procedure using specialized techniques and instruments allowing Dr. LaRocca to operate with few effects on the body.
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal canal narrows, compressing the spinal cord and nerves in the lower back.
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What Our Happy Patients Say About Us
Patient Success Stories
I was having severe back pain. I had a bone biopsy done to make sure my cancer did not come back from another part of my body. Dr. LaRocca and his staff helped me so much. They put my mind at ease and I have had no further complications. I wasn’t able to get back into my daily routine after my cancer, but after the surgery with Dr. LaRocca, I have regained my mobility. The pain has stopped. Dr. LaRocca has changed my life and it’s hard to put it in words. I am forever grateful. I am now able to go swimming, exercise daily, and attend yoga and trampoline classes.