Scoliosis Specialist

Dr. Kenneth Light provides surgical procedures to repair and restore the spine for patients from San Francisco, California, who have scoliosis.

Scoliosis Q & A

by Kenneth Light, MD

What Is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. This term is used to characterize a sideways and unnatural curving of the spine. A spine affected by scoliosis may resemble the letter ā€œCā€ or ā€œS.ā€ Scoliosis typically starts to develop during the growth spurt that many children experience just prior to the onset of puberty. There are several kinds of scoliosis. Functional scoliosis is caused by an abnormality elsewhere in the body, such as when one leg is shorter than the other. Structural scoliosis is linked to other diseases, syndromes, or birth defects.

When Is Surgery Necessary to Treat Scoliosis?

Surgery is often the best way to resolve scoliosis when the abnormal curve of the spine is greater than 45 to 50 degrees. Often, when the spine is curved to this degree, the abnormal curvature will continue, and surgery is the most effective way to straighten the spine and prevent additional deformity. In addition to the deformity and pain associated with scoliosis, the condition can also compress the lungs and prevent full lung function.

How Does Surgery Correct Scoliosis?

Spinal fusion is the most common surgical procedure used to correct scoliosis. During spinal fusion, the curved and malformed vertebrae are joined together, healing into a single solid bone. Spinal fusion is typically performed with a bone graft to promote the fusion. Often, metal rods are placed along the spine to hold it in the correct position while the spine heals and the bones fuse together. Once the vertebrae are fused, the abnormal growth is stopped, and the curvature of the spine is prevented. Following surgery and recovery, patients will be able to participate in normal daily activities and sports. The fused parts of the spine will be immobile, but the rest of the spine will move as normal. Recovery and post-operative physical therapy will help to restore full mobility and flexibility to the unfused parts of the spine. Dr. Light will provide a comprehensive consultation before performing any surgery to ensure that the best treatment possible is provided to the patient.

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

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Kenneth Light, MD
1700 California Street, Suite 340
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-646-4104
Fax: (415) 673-4840
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Kenneth Light, MD
1700 California Street
Suite 340
San Francisco, CA 94109