Dr. L Westerlund, MD

Dr. L Westerlund, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 49
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Dr. L Westerlund, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Columbus, GA and has been practicing for 16 years. He graduated from Georgetown University School Of Medicine in 1995 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic surgery, and more.

2300 Manchester Expy Ste A006

Columbus, GA 31904

Contact Information

(706) 596-4225

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Principal Financial Group
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Westerlund performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Cervical Spine Myelopathy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

Dr. Westerlund's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Westerlund "As a fellowship-trained reconstructive spine surgeon, I appreciate that every patient is unique and that every neck and back problem requires a special, thoughtful solution. Many of the patients I see do not require surgery, and these patients are evaluated then referred for non-surgical care as a first priority. For those patients that do require a surgical solution, I believe in using the least invasive operative solution possible to help patients heal quickly and achieve their very best."

3  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

60  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Back Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bunion
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Congenital Stenosis of Cervical Medullary Canal
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Disc Disorders
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
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32  Procedures

  • Adult Scoliosis Correction
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery (ALIF)
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Endoscopic Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery (PLIF)
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Thoracic Disc Surgery
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Georgia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • The University Of Virginia
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1990
  • Georgetown University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1995
  • University Of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Department Of General Surgery
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1996
  • University Of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Departement Of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2001
  • Thomas Jefferson University Medical Center and The Rothman Institute Division Of Spine Surgery
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2002
  • University Of Virginia Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, Biomechanics Fellow
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • George M. Kober Scholar, Georgetown University School of Medicine,
  • Dean Edwin W. Pullen Anatomy Teaching Award, 1999
Media & Publications

Dr. Westerlund has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Westerlund's Reviews

4.9
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Westerlund to family and friends
110 total reviews (42 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (110)

  • 5
    (108)
  • 4
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  • 3
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  • 2
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  • 1
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Dr. Westerlund's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (42)

Great doctor. I’m totally pleased!
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Dr. Westerlund performed my neck surgery on November 2, 2017. My surgery went great and my recovery process has been very impressive to Dr. Westerlund. He and his entire staff are very professional. He takes time to explain every detail of the procedure that is to be performed. He is very...more
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Excellent Dr and excellent staff. All went well with my procedure and recovery is just as was fore told.
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Dr. Westerlund Did my C spine surgery on 12/1/2017 I have had bad experiences with past surgery's from different Doctors. Doctor Westerlund is one of the most caring and professional Doctor that I have ever had an experience with he takes the time to talk with you about the problem you are having...more
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Dr. Westerlund is a expert surgeon and corrected my complex lower back issues with confidence and professionalism.
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