James M. Loddengaard, MD, is an accomplished spine surgeon who focuses on outpatient disc surgery and minimally invasive fusion surgery. He diagnoses and treats patients at Coastal Ortho with offices in El Segundo and Torrance, California.
Dr. Loddengaard's fascination with orthopedic medicine came from several influences. He has been captivated by science and technology since childhood. His drive to solve three-dimensional challenges and work with his hands and tools was only the beginning of his journey. As his career took shape, he discovered how extremely gratifying it was to improve people's lives through surgery.
Dr. Loddengaard's 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.
Dr. Loddengaard moved from New York to California in 1970 to study at the California Institute of Technology. He then completed medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles, and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He studied and has practiced in California 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.