NJ Family Magazine

Pioneers in Cutting Edge Compassionate Care

Drs. M. Darryl Antonacci, Randal R. Betz and Laury A. Cuddihy are world-class scoliosis surgeons treating local New Jersey families along with patients with scoliosis from all over the world.

A board certified spine and scoliosis surgeon, Dr. Antonacci has extensive surgical experience in adults and children, and is a world leader in scoliosis surgery.

Minimally-Invasive Treatment Options

The physicians at the Institute for Spine and Scoliosis, are pioneers and leaders in the field of scoliosis, both nationally and internationally, and focus on pediatric scoliosis and spondylolisthesis. Drs. Antonacci, Betz and Cuddihy restore function of the spine with near normal contour and movement by utilizing surgical methods that are less invasive than traditional approaches—and with significantly faster recoveries. Following in the footsteps of his four older siblings who are all physicians, Dr. Antonacci chose to specialize in scoliosis after seeing a need for minimally-invasive solutions with less scaring and better outcomes. He developed the Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC) procedure, a flexible approach for correcting the scoliosis curve that leaves minimal scarring. The muscle-sparing surgery helps maximize flexibility while straightening small, large and even stiff curves in both growing and mature patients. “The ASC procedure is the most advanced minimally-invasive treatment for correcting the scoliosis curve. It gives a child the ability to continue an active life with flexibility,” he says.  

Support for Families

The practice provides a nurturing, supportive environment for families. “We never rush anyone, and always take the time to answer questions,” he says. The practice provides a private Facebook group as a support forum for families to ask questions and share experiences. “Everyone is nervous when dealing with such a personal procedure, and parents have a lot of questions about pre-and post-care,” he says. “We’re not only there to support patients in the office or hospital, but my team and I are constantly checking in with our families via calls, text messages and email.”  Dr. Antonacci’s two daughters and son are working with the practice to establish the Antonacci Foundation, a fundraising organization to help families afford the hospital costs associated with ASC. “We love interacting with families and children in the office and being there for them throughout the surgery process and on their road to recovery,” he says.

Making an Impact

Dr. Antonacci has studied and taught at some of the world’s most prestigious universities for spinal surgery. He maintains positions as attending physician in the department of orthopaedic surgery at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center and attending physician in the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University Medical Center of Princeton. Drs. Antonacci, Betz, Cuddihy and their team recently received the Bishop’s Award from Saint Peter’s Healthcare System for their pioneering work in less invasive and complex spine surgery. Dr. Antonacci is among only a few individuals to twice receive the Russell Hibbs Award for Research from the Scoliosis Research Society.   A Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Antonacci is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American College of Surgeons, Scoliosis Research Society, Cervical Spine Research Society and the North American Spine Society.  

When asked… “What’s the most exciting part of your professional day, or what do you find most rewarding about what you do?”

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“It’s very rewarding to know that our treatments make such a huge impact in children’s lives,” he says.

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