Sciatica Specialist

Kenneth Light, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon located in San Leandro, CA

Dr. Kenneth Light offers state-of-the-art, cutting-edge surgical treatment for patients suffering from sciatica. Dr. Light practices in San Francisco, California, and he is a recognized expert in spinal surgery.

Sciatica Q & A

What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica is the name for pain and numbness in the lower back and legs due to irritation of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is not a medical condition in itself but occurs when another condition affects the lower spine and compresses the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve becomes irritated or inflamed because of a variety of injuries and conditions, including strained back muscles, degenerating intervertebral discs, or damage to the ligaments, bones, or joints. Sciatica is also caused by the piriformis muscle in the buttocks placing pressure on the sciatic nerve traveling down the back of the leg. Sciatica can cause pain in the lower back and/or radiant pain in one or both legs.

When Should I See a Surgeon About Sciatica?

If the pain associated with sciatica is stopping you from participating in normal day-to-day activities and makes it difficult for you to move, you should make an appointment with Dr. Light. If you have back pain in addition to these symptoms, and/or your back pain lasts longer than a few days with no noticeable reduction, you should schedule an appointment right away.

How Does Surgery Relieve Sciatica?

Sciatica is often caused by problems in the vertebrae that irritate the sciatic nerve. Surgery can effectively repair the condition, causing the excess pressure and irritation on the sciatic nerve, providing relief from sciatica. The two most common surgical treatments to relieve sciatica are discectomy and laminectomy. A discectomy removes all or part of a herniated disc that is pushing on the sciatic nerve. This surgery can be performed in a minimally invasive procedure, which makes recovery faster and easier on the patient. Laminectomy is the surgical removal of the lamina, the bony plate that protects the spinal canal and spinal cord. Laminectomy creates additional space, which reduces the chance of irritation to the sciatic nerve. Dr. Light will discuss all the surgical options with his patients to determine the best option to repair their spine and relieve their symptoms.

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