Dr. L Westerlund, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery •  Male • Age 52
  
Dr. Westerlund
Accepting new patients

Hughston Clinic

6262 Veterans Pkwy Columbus, GA 31909

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(706) 324-6661

Dr. L Westerlund, MD is a Orthopedic Spine Surgery Specialist in Columbus, GA. He is affiliated with Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Westerlund to book an appointment.


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Dr. Westerlund's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bunion
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Fracture
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis

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Dr. Westerlund accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Ambetter
Superior Health Plan
Anthem
Blue Choice PPO, EPO-GA
Blue Choice-GA HMO-POS
Blue Essential Open Access-GA HMO
Blue Essential Open Access-GA POS
Blue Essential-GA PPO
Blue HRA Blue Choice-GA PPO
Blue HRA Blue Open Access-GA POS
Blue HSA Blue Choice-GA PPO
Blue HSA Blue Open Access-GA POS
Blue Open Access (Select Network)-GA POS
Blue Open Access (Small Grp)-GA POS
Blue Open Access-GA HMO
BlueChoice Healthcare Plan-GA
BlueChoice-GA HMO
BlueChoice-GA POS
BlueChoice-GA PPO
Healthy Support Open Access-GA POS
Healthy Support-GA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
State Health Network - SHBP-GA
Traditional / Indemnity-GA
Traditional Health Plan-GA
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Choice HMO
Blue Choice Option POS
Blue Open Access POS
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Humana Employers Health Plan of Georgia
Columbus HMO-Standard
Medicaid
MultiPlan
PHCS Network PPO
Principal Financial Group
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

Dr. Westerlund's Reviews

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4.9

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Dr. Westerlund was very patient and kind. He took time to explain my options and did not pressure me to make a quick decision. He described the surgery in detail so I would know what to expect and went over my MRI and x-rays thoroughly. I highly recommend!
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  • Explained conditions well
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Jul 17, 2020
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It is rare to find a Dr. who is both technically excellent and able to relate and communicate effectively with his patients. From the first interaction with his staff, through exams, surgery and follow up, my experience was absolutely the best that I could imagine. Sandra, his secretary was compassionate and highly efficient in scheduling and coordinating my appointments and surgery. His nurses and P.A. Ivy were so kind and professional. They each made me feel as though I was the only patient that they were helping. The appointments were always on time and I never felt rushed. Dr. Westerlund spent time answering my questions and explaining what was causing my pain. He offered several treatment options and helped me to choose what seemed to be the best course of action. I am now 15 days post op. Prior to the surgery, I was unable to grasp and hold a cup of coffee and now I have zero nerve pain and the strength in my hand and arm is returning. Thank you, Dr. Westerlund!
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Greg Glass – Feb 26, 2020
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Dr. Westerlund is very thorough and answered all my questions. He is very personable and makes you feel comfortable. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Dolores Harris – Feb 11, 2020
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After 7 years of spinal stenosis, I had to have surgery. I couldn't put it off any longer and went to Dr. Erik Westerlund. He viewed the xray and MRI and eplained exactly what he could do to help me. I am now 3 months post surgery and feeling great! I would highly recommend Dr. Westerlund and his staff and the Hughston Clinic to anyone needing spinal surgery.
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Tommy Head – Oct 08, 2019
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Dr. Westerlund was a God send for me. I had been suffering with sciatica nerve pain since 2002. Have had the injections shots, chiropractor adjustments, and therapy on many many many occasions. But to no avail they all were temporary. My situation had gotten debilitating where I couldn’t walk but a short period of time. Sitting too long made it bad. It was getting where laying down didn’t help. My quality of life was at a low. God sent me to see Dr. Westerlund and I’m glad He did. After viewing my films he explained exactly what was happening and what he would do to rectify my problem.He performed a Minimally Invasive Posterior Lumbar Decompression and Reconstruction surgery. When I woke up after surgery the debilitating pain was gone. The next day I did therapy by walking and felt good. Therapy team released me. I went home that same evening. It will be two weeks on tomorrow and the only pain I’m in is my incisions which are healing. I do recommend Dr. L Eric Westerlund.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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A. Reeves – Sep 17, 2019
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I had excruciating sciatica pain down my entire right leg for almost two years. When the pain became so unbearable it affected my daily activities and quality of life I sought help. Two different pain doctors and two spinal injections in a two month span gave me NO relief. I saw one surgeon and wasn’t overwhelmed and called to set an appt with Dr. Westerlund. His office said they were booking at the Columbus office (he has office hours in Auburn too) for June (6 weeks out) but God had a better plan for me and I got a cancellation spot for the next day. I knew from the minute he reviewed my X-rays and started to talk that’s where God wanted me and I was going to be fine. Fast forward to exactly two weeks ago...he operated for 3 1/2 hours on my L3-L4 discs and I have been absolutely pain free since I woke up!!! I can walk without pain!! He and his staff are the BEST OF THE BEST! Every encounter I’ve had with anyone in his office has been excellent. They care about their patients.
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May 25, 2019
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I've been dealing with major lower back pain for several years and finally had enough. Dr. Westerlund got me in for a MRI and it revealed issues with my L5-S1. The surgery was scheduled and the problem was repaired in a timely manner. Dr. Westerlund and his staff have been wonderful throughout this process. I'm in the healing stage but feel great.
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Apr 23, 2019
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Excellent. Thank you Doctor Westerlund.
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Apr 17, 2019
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An "above excellent" neurosurgeon. He repaired my L1-L2 in 2012 and C-5,6,7 in 2019. I have no pain or issues from any of his excellent work nor do I take any pain medicine afterward. 100% recovery. He's a very kind and sympathetic surgeon and very gifted in his field. When I was told surgery was the only option the 2nd time around, I made sure that he was the surgeon that would perform the work needed. I live pain-free from his "above excellent skills and knowledge." Extremely recommended!
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Wesley Carter in Auburn, AL – Feb 16, 2019
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Dr. Westerlund has been fantastic. He helped me through my lower back problems, and ultimately had to do surgery. He did a wonderful job. I had a somewhat difficult recovery due to anesthesia problems, but he was right there the whole time. And now, two years later, I feel like a new man. I have no back pain at all. I would recommend him without hesitation.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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George Seaver in Columbus, GA – Aug 08, 2018
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Great doctor. I’m totally pleased!
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
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  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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R Mead in Phenix City, AL – Apr 30, 2018
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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 thorough when diagnosing his findings on the first initial visit. Love my Dr. Westerlund!
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Helen Rutlege in Macon, GA – Jan 13, 2018
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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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raymond grimes in milledgeville ga – Jan 11, 2018
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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 and goes into details and treatment plans and treat you like he has known you for a long time you don't get that from most Doctors He is a very compassionate Doctor and I will recommend him to anyone
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Willie Godwin in Fortson Ga – Jan 10, 2018
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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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Christina Vogler in Columbus – Dec 15, 2017
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Outstanding bedside manner which went a long way towards alleviating my concerns. He spent plenty of time with me and answered all my questions. He wanted to start out with conservative treatment (pain mgmt, injections) but was willing to operate when that didn't help. Dr. Westerlund actually operated on my PT's wife too, and my PT highly recommends him. I'm just starting PT now, and am hopeful for a great outcome. If you need a great orthopedic surgeon, you can't go wrong with Dr. Westerlund.
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Beverly in Columbus, GA – Dec 06, 2017
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A very good surgeon. I left surgery on my back with no pain. I feel awesome. He is very positive outgoing Dr. Thank you Dr Westerlund
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Melissa carden in Phenix city – Dec 05, 2017
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I am a 33 year old healthy and active woman, but have been in pain at the L4/L5 level for the past year. Here I am almost 2 weeks after surgery and feel pretty awesome. I expect to continue healing and getting better each day. Dr. Westerlund, Ms. Ivy Holt, Ms. Misty Green, and Ms. Vicky have been a wonderful team to work with. Their professionalism and knowledge made me feel I was in super hands. Dr. Westerlund put my mind at ease. I highly recommend this awesome team for back pain!
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TIFFANY in Columbus, Georgia – Nov 13, 2017
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My experience started off GREAT! The receptionist Melissa was very nice! Dr. Westerlund, and his staff were beyond awesome. Dr. Westerlund was truly concerned about my problem. I would definitely recommend him.
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William in Smiths Station, AL – Nov 09, 2017
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Exceptional care and patiance. I feel 100% better since my sergery. His office staff was magnificent, they were there to answer all questions and support me during my process. I would recommend Dr. Westerlund to my friends and family, especially my military battles. I would like to thanks you for your excellent care and dedication to wellness .
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Robert Bernard in Ft Benning, GA – Aug 25, 2017
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About Me

Care Philosophy

As a fellowship-trained reconstructive spine surgeon, I appreciate that every patient is unique and that every neck and back problem requires a special,...Read more

Biography

Erik Westerlund, MD, FACS, graduated from The University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences in Charlottesville, VA, and...Read more

Specialties

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

Board Certifications

Education

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

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • George M. Kober Scholar, Georgetown University School of Medicine,
  • Dean Edwin W. Pullen Anatomy Teaching Award, 1999

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Locations

Hughston Clinic

Hughston Clinic - Main Campus6262 Veterans Pkwy Columbus, GA 31909
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Hughston Clinic Auburn161 E University Dr Auburn, AL 36832
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:30pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:30pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:30pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:30pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
  • Directions
Hughston Clinic LaGrange107 Calumet Center Rd Lagrange, GA 30241
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:30pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:30pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:30pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:30pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital

Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital4401 RIVERCHASE DR Phenix City, AL 36867
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Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital

Phenix City, AL

87% Patient experience rating, 18% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)
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