Professor of orthopedic surgery, tenure, the spine hospital, columbia
About Dr. Lehman
Dr. Lehman is a Nationally and Internationally recognized leader in Pediatric and Adult spinal deformity surgery (scoliosis, kyphosis and spinal osteotomies/realignment), cervical (neck) disc replacements and fusions, and lumbar (low back) surgery: including discectomies, decompressions, spondylolisthesis, stenosis, and fusion operations.
When appropriate he utilizes “state of the art” minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques with the assistance of a microscope to improve patient outcomes and results. Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has been shown to involve less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, and less pain medication requirements than some open techniques. Often these MIS surgeries can be performed with a 1-inch incision.
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Many patients that present to Dr. Lehman often have conditions that either do not require surgery, or are too complex to benefit from MIS procedures. In these situations, he utilizes various tests like MRIs, X-rays, and injections to determine which patients may benefit from surgery and those who can improve from moreconservative measures. Dr. Lehman is adept at performing all operations of the spine including the most complex pediatric and adults scoliosis and kyphosis cases. He always takes the time to discuss the various risks and benefits of each approach, in order to personalize and optimize each person’s care.
Additionally, Dr. Lehman works very closely with other providers including: physiatrists, pain management, and physical and occupational therapists to exhaust all conservative measures before surgery is considered. His ultimate goal is to return patients to a high functional level with minimal pain.
Dr. Lehman has been highlighted doing a new spinal surgery procedure utilizing a robot and robotic assistance. More >
Ronald A. Lehman, Jr., MD Named on 2016 Super Doctor’s List
The New York Times Magazine published its annual Super Doctors list for 2016, and Dr. Lehman was recognized, along with 15 other Columbia Orthopedics doctors!... More >
MIS Tubular Surgery offers Dr. Lehman a way to decompress or fuse several levels through very small incisions. Often MIS surgeries can be done through an incision the size of a quarter! ... More >
Patient Success Story
"The outcome of surgery was a success. I can now lie in bed all night with no pain. I can also walk and stand with no pain. I am very happy with the outcome, and am looking forward ... More >
Case Study | Spinal Fusion
Marion G. is a 74 yo woman who had surgery performed by another surgeon. After a short time, she began to experience severe back and leg pain, and drove from Michigan to see Dr. Lehman so he could ... More >
Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) technology: Navigation and Computer Guidance for MIS Surgery helps to improve precision. See more MIS techniques in use within our Case Studies. ... More >
Case Study | Scoliosis Case
Lesa B., 48 yo female who previously had T4-L4 Posterior fusion with Harrington Rod when she was a teenager. She presented with significant pain and inability to stand up straight. After seeing many physicians throughout the ... More >
Case Study | Adult Scoliosis Case
Melinda H. is a 57 year old woman who flew in from Tennessee to have Dr. Lehman assess and treat her scoliosis that resulted in a very debilitating spinal deformity. She had adult idiopathic scoliosis and was unable ... More >
Case Study | Cervical Disc Replacement
This 43-yo man had a several-year history of progressive arm weakness. He had noticed balance and tripping issues over last year, and it had progressed over the last several months. ... More >
Case Study | Spinal Stenosis
Jackie N. was a very active 71 yo gentleman who exercised six days a week until her spinal stenosis (pressure on the nerves) became so bad that he was unable to walk more than a few blocks. Unfortunately, he ... More >