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James M. Loddengaard, M.D.

Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1985

Residency
Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
Orthopaedic Surgery
1978-1979

Internship
Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
Categorical Medicine
1979-1983

Doctor of Medicine
University of California-Los Angeles, 1978

Bachelor of Science
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 1974

Memberships
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Los Angeles County Medical Association
Western Orthopaedic Association
  President, Los Angeles Chapter, 2003
  Vice President, Los Angles Chapter, 2001-02
California Medical Association

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Marlene talks about her spine surgery and hip replacement by Dr. Loddengaard, click here

Dr. James M. Loddengaard talks about Marlene's spine and hip surgeries, as well as treatments for different types of back pain, click here


What Dr. Loddengaard's patients are saying about him:
"I have been a patient of Dr. Loddengaard on several different occasions and have always had nothing but professional and caring service from the doctor and his office staff. During my most recent visit, the doctor prescribed physical therapy and suggested..." read more


James M. Loddengaard, M.D.

Spinal Surgery Specialist and Total Joint Replacement Surgery Specialist

Board Certified

Dr. Loddengaard's fascination with orthopaedic medicine came from several influences. He was captivated by science and technology since childhood. His drive to solve three-dimensional challenges combined with the desire to work with his hands and tools was only the beginning of his journey. As his career took shape, he discovered "how extremely gratifying it is to improve people's lives through surgery."

Dr. Loddengaard is an accomplished spinal surgeon who focuses on outpatient disc surgery and minimally invasive fusion surgery. These minimally invasive spine surgery techniques give his patients improved outcomes: decreased pain, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recoveries. His joint replacement surgery and arthroscopy patients also benefit from his dedication to using state-of-the-art techniques. "I do my best for each of my patients, bringing my education and experience to bear to help their problems, whether that involves injections, therapy, referrals, or surgery."

Dr. Loddengaard came to California in 1970 for a scientific education at Caltech from his native New York. He stayed for medical school at UCLA and residency at Harbor UCLA in the South Bay. He studied and has practiced here ever since, settling in the South Bay in 1990. He is married with three grown children and continues to enjoy his favorite outdoor sports, skiing, cycling, snowmobiling, and hiking.



Dr. Loddengaard specializes in these treatments:

Symptoms Possible Diagnoses Surgical Procedure
(medical term)
Surgical Procedure
(common term)
Knee pain, noisy knee, clicking knee Torn meniscus Arthroscopic Medial or Lateral Meniscectomy Minimally invasive knee cartilage partial removal surgery
Knee pain, stiffness, swelling, restricted movement Damaged/arthritic knee, osteoarthritis Total Knee Arthroplasty Total knee replacement surgery
Knee pain, stiffness, swelling, restricted movement Damaged/arthritic knee, osteoarthritis Partial Knee Arthroplasty Partial knee replacement surgery
Hip pain, stiffness, noisy hip, restricted movement Damaged/arthritic knee, osteoarthritis Total Hip Arthroplasty Total hip replacement surgery
Shoulder pain, swelling Bursitis of the shoulder Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression of Shoulder Minimally invasive shoulder bursitis surgery
Shoulder pain, restricted movement Rotator cuff tear Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Shoulder Repair Minimally invasive shoulder tendon surgery
Arm pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness Cervical herniated disc Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) Front-of-neck entry: neck/spine disc removal and fusion surgery
Arm pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness Cervical herniated disc Anterior Cervical Fusion Front-of-neck entry: neck/spine disc fusion surgery
Arm pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness Cervical herniated disc Anterior Cervical Instrumentation Front-of-neck entry: neck/spine surgery with plates and cages
Back pain, shooting leg pain, numbness, tingling, weakness Spinal stenosis Posterior Lumbar Decompression and Fusion (PSF) Rear-body entry: pinched nerve lower spine surgery with bone removal and side bone grafts
Back pain, shooting leg pain, numbness, tingling, weakness Spinal stenosis Posterior Lumbar Fusion (PSF) Rear-body entry: pinched nerve lower spine surgery with side bone grafts
Back pain, shooting leg pain, numbness, tingling, weakness Spinal stenosis Posterior Lumbar Decompression Rear-body entry: pinched nerve lower spine surgery with bone removal
Back pain, shooting leg pain, numbness, tingling, weakness Spinal stenosis Posterior Lumbar Instrumentation Rear-body entry: pinched nerve lower spine surgery with rods, screws, or plates
Leg pain Lumbar herniated disc Lumbar Microdiscectomy Pinched nerve lower spine surgery with small bone removal
Radiating leg pain, back pain, muscle weakness Spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis Lumbar Decompression for Spinal Stenosis Bone removal surgery for narrowing of the spine
Radiating leg pain, back pain, muscle weakness Spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) Front-body entry: lower spine disc removal surgery with bone graft
Radiating leg pain, back pain, muscle weakness Spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease Anterior Interbody Fusion Front-body entry: lower spine disc removal surgery with bone graft
Radiating leg pain, back pain, muscle weakness Spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease Anterior Instrumentation Front-body entry: lower spine disc removal surgery with rods, screws, or plates
Radiating leg pain, back pain, muscle weakness Spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion (DLIF or XLIF) Side-body entry: lower spine disc removal surgery with bone graft
Radiating leg pain, back pain, muscle weakness Spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) Side-body entry: lower spine disc removal surgery with bone graft
Leg pain, arm pain, curved spine, involuntary leaning Adult Scoliosis Adult Scoliosis Correction Minimally invasive spine curvature correction surgery
Gradual back pain, mildly curved spine Broken back bones Kyphoplasty for Fractured Vertebrae Balloon technique injection of bone cement for broken spine bones

Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1985

Residency
Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
Categorical Medicine
1978-1979

Internship
Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
Orthopaedic Surgery
1979-1983

Doctor of Medicine
University of California-Los Angeles, 1978

Bachelor of Science
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 1974

Memberships
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Los Angeles County Medical Association
Western Orthopaedic Association
  President, Los Angeles Chapter, 2003
  Vice President, Los Angles Chapter, 2001-02
California Medical Association

Click Here to download Dr. Loddengaard's complete CV in PDF format



Marlene talks about her spine surgery and hip replacement by Dr. Loddengaard, click here

Dr. James M. Loddengaard talks about Marlene's spine and hip surgeries, as well as treatments for different types of back pain, click here


What Dr. Loddengaard's patients are saying about him:
"I have been a patient of Dr. Loddengaard on several different occasions and have always had nothing but professional and caring service from the doctor and his office staff. During my most recent visit, the doctor prescribed physical therapy and suggested..." read more