Disc Replacement Arthroplasty Specialist

Kenneth Light, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon located in San Leandro, CA

Dr. Kenneth Light performs disc replacement arthroplasty surgical procedures to replace spinal discs that have either degraded beyond repair or have been severely damaged. Patients from in and around San Francisco, California, can make appointments for consultation and treatment.

Disc Replacement Arthroplasty Q & A

What Is Disc Replacement Arthroplasty?

Disc replacement arthroplasty is the replacement of damaged spinal discs with artificial discs. The goal of artificial disc replacement is to reduce the pain caused by herniated or ruptured discs. The replacement discs help to better support the vertebrae so there is less pressure on the nerves. The spine is composed of a series of bones, or vertebrae, carefully aligned to create a protective column for the nerves that travel from the brain to the rest of the body and to provide support for the entire body. These bones are separated by fleshy discs designed to protect the vertebrae and the nerves from potentially damaging jolts and to help the spine remain flexible. Sometimes, these discs become badly damaged and need to be replaced in order for the spine to continue to function normally.

When Is Disc Replacement Arthroplasty Necessary?

Disc replacement arthroplasty is needed when one or more discs has become damaged or diseased, causing a patient to experience chronic pain. One of the most common conditions that require disc replacement arthroplasty is degenerative disc disease. For many years, the only viable option for treating degenerative disc disease was spinal fusion surgery to fuse two or more vertebrae together to prevent movement between the discs. More recently, artificial disc replacement has emerged as a more effective treatment option for some patients who otherwise would need to undergo fusion surgery.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From Disc Replacement Arthroscopy?

Following disc replacement arthroscopy, patients usually stay in the hospital for two to four days. Most patients are up and walking the day after surgery with assistance. You will need to keep your back immobile for a while, so you will need to learn how to get out of bed and how to bend before going home. Dr. Light will provide specific instructions on what to do to support recovery and to get back to normal activities.

Accepted Insurance Providers

We accept assignment on all Medicare patients, participating provider organizations (PPO), and Workers' Compensation. However, some insurance companies do cover the doctors' services as an out of network provider.

As a courtesy, we will bill your insurance company for you if you have provided us with the insurance name, policy numbers, address, place of employment and any other pertinent information. You are responsible for all deductibles, co-pays, and charges not covered by your insurance. Failure to submit payment for your portion of your bill may result in referring your account to a collection agency. All co-payments will be collected at the time of service.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Molina Healthcare
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
United Health Care
United Healthcare PPO