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Surgery Center: 912.629.3534

Medical Center-Tattnall: 912.557.1000
Medical Center-Screven: 912.564.7426

Orthopedics: 912.644.5300
Surgery Center: 912.629.3534

Medical Center-Tattnall: 912.557.1000
Medical Center-Screven: 912.564.7426

Thomas W. Lawhorne, III, MD

Orthopedic Spine

4.4 / 5
Thomas Lawhorne, Orthopedic Neck and Spine
Thomas Lawhorne, Orthopedic Neck and Spine

Thomas W. Lawhorne, III, MD

Orthopedic Spine

4.4 / 5
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Medical School

Undergrad: Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Medical School: Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

Residency

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY)

Fellowship

Rush University (Chicago, IL)

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Coccydynia
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc (Cervical)
  • Kyphosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis (Cervical)
  • Spondylosis

Non-Surgical

  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection (without contrast)
  • Cervical Selective Nerve Root Block
  • CT Scan (Computed Tomography; CAT Scan)
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection (without contrast)
  • Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Myelography (Myelogram)
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection

Surgical

  • ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
  • Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy
  • Disc Replacement, Lumbar (Maverick™)
  • ILIF: Interlaminar Lumbar Instrumented Fusion
  • Kyphoplasty (Balloon Vertebroplasty)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminectomy (Cervical) with Fusion
  • Lumbar Disc Microsurgery
  • Lumbar Inter-Body Fusion (IBF)
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation (Boston Scientific)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant
  • Vertebroplasty

Frank Hook, Back Surgery and Knee Replacement

In the Fall of 2011, I started having severe back pain. I decided to ask three different doctors who were friends of mine as to who they would recommend. Each of the doctors gave me the same response: Dr. Thomas Lawhorne. I was able to get into see Dr. Lawhorne the next week and during my appointment he told me typically, there are about three steps to go through to try and alleviate the pain before surgery, but that he would be able to accurately find the best solution after my MRI. I had my open MRI, at which point, he told me that I had Stenosis of the spine and that the bone was sitting right on the nerve.   Read More


June Jones, Back Surgeries

I live in Hawaii most of the year, and the island I live on does not have great medical care. My husband and I are originally from Adrian, GA. Dr.  Lawhorne was recommended to us through our primary care physician in Swainsboro, GA before we left for Hawaii in January 2011.

I had severe back pain for several years, but in April 2010 I was in a vehicle accident and fractured my L2. After X-rays and an MRI, Dr. Thomas Lawhorne decided the best treatment was a fusion of L2, L3 and L4. This was done at Optim Medical Center-Tattnall in Reidsville, GA on January 24, 2013. The relief was immediate. After my return to Hawaii, I fell and compromised one of the cages Dr. Lawhorne put in.  Read More


Michelle Edge, Back Surgery

Meet Michelle Edge, a 26 year old Soperton, Georgia native who spent years struggling with back pain.

“I grew up on a farm and probably lifted a lot of stuff I shouldn’t have,” Michelle stated.

In 2009, when she was just 19 years old, Michelle underwent her first back surgery. Things improved for a while, but in 2014 she realized that she would again need to seek treatment for her back pain. Michelle tried chiropractic care, physical therapy, and even injections before meeting Optim’s Dr. Thomas Lawhorne.

Michelle suffered from a lumbar disc bulge, also known as a herniated disc. “I went to an appointment and was scheduled for surgery within two weeks,” Michelle said. “I had a job that depended on this surgery.”  Read More


 

 

Medical School

Undergrad: Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Medical School: Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

Residency

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY)

Fellowship

Rush University (Chicago, IL)

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Coccydynia
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc (Cervical)
  • Kyphosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis (Cervical)
  • Spondylosis

Non-Surgical

  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection (without contrast)
  • Cervical Selective Nerve Root Block
  • CT Scan (Computed Tomography; CAT Scan)
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection (without contrast)
  • Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Myelography (Myelogram)
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection

Surgical

  • ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
  • Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy
  • Disc Replacement, Lumbar (Maverick™)
  • ILIF: Interlaminar Lumbar Instrumented Fusion
  • Kyphoplasty (Balloon Vertebroplasty)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminectomy (Cervical) with Fusion
  • Lumbar Disc Microsurgery
  • Lumbar Inter-Body Fusion (IBF)
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation (Boston Scientific)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant
  • Vertebroplasty

Frank Hook, Back Surgery and Knee Replacement

In the Fall of 2011, I started having severe back pain. I decided to ask three different doctors who were friends of mine as to who they would recommend. Each of the doctors gave me the same response: Dr. Thomas Lawhorne. I was able to get into see Dr. Lawhorne the next week and during my appointment he told me typically, there are about three steps to go through to try and alleviate the pain before surgery, but that he would be able to accurately find the best solution after my MRI. I had my open MRI, at which point, he told me that I had Stenosis of the spine and that the bone was sitting right on the nerve.   Read More


June Jones, Back Surgeries

I live in Hawaii most of the year, and the island I live on does not have great medical care. My husband and I are originally from Adrian, GA. Dr.  Lawhorne was recommended to us through our primary care physician in Swainsboro, GA before we left for Hawaii in January 2011.

I had severe back pain for several years, but in April 2010 I was in a vehicle accident and fractured my L2. After X-rays and an MRI, Dr. Thomas Lawhorne decided the best treatment was a fusion of L2, L3 and L4. This was done at Optim Medical Center-Tattnall in Reidsville, GA on January 24, 2013. The relief was immediate. After my return to Hawaii, I fell and compromised one of the cages Dr. Lawhorne put in.  Read More


Michelle Edge, Back Surgery

Meet Michelle Edge, a 26 year old Soperton, Georgia native who spent years struggling with back pain.

“I grew up on a farm and probably lifted a lot of stuff I shouldn’t have,” Michelle stated.

In 2009, when she was just 19 years old, Michelle underwent her first back surgery. Things improved for a while, but in 2014 she realized that she would again need to seek treatment for her back pain. Michelle tried chiropractic care, physical therapy, and even injections before meeting Optim’s Dr. Thomas Lawhorne.

Michelle suffered from a lumbar disc bulge, also known as a herniated disc. “I went to an appointment and was scheduled for surgery within two weeks,” Michelle said. “I had a job that depended on this surgery.”  Read More


 

 

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Excellent care, knowledge and expertise.

Very nice people take's very good care of me done surgery on neck and might be doing back in near future I would strongly recommend anyone have problems they are one of the best

My experience Dr Lawhorne was awesome help me out with my back .He really care about his people .

Dr Lawhorne and his staff are wonderful! I had two other surgeons evaluate my case, Dr Lawhorne was the third. He found problems that the others didn't and he fixed it! Now, after 3 years, I can walk upright with very little to no pain! I would definitely recommend him and his crew!

Good visit. I failed to ask about the results that the PA had mentioned in the last visit before I had the MRI. So, the spinal stenosis and the deteriorated discs were not discussed. I will discuss it next tinge to get a clearer understanding. Dr. Lawhorn advised I do have arthritis in my spine area. I will be going to therapy and if that doesn't help soon, I will try the shots. Dr. Lawhorn was very pleasant and explained about the arthritis. I also have a hip issue that has been ongoing for se

I had a positive experience at Optim health care the staff was friendly and helpful. The PA was very thorough and helpful.Dr. Lawhorne gave me a chance to ask any questions I might have had. I would recommend Dr. Lawhorne and Optim to everyone.

Dr Lawthorne is very compassionate, extremely wonderful in his field and I would recommend him over anyone

Kenneth Brown

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Excellent care, knowledge and expertise.

Patricia detwiler

Very nice people take's very good care of me done surgery on neck and might be doing back in near future I would strongly recommend anyone have problems they are one of the best

Bridgett Lanier-payton

Dorothy Johnson

My experience Dr Lawhorne was awesome help me out with my back .He really care about his people .

Reviewer

Dr Lawhorne and his staff are wonderful! I had two other surgeons evaluate my case, Dr Lawhorne was the third. He found problems that the others didn't and he fixed it! Now, after 3 years, I can walk upright with very little to no pain! I would definitely recommend him and his crew!

Martin Lupi

Sarita Parker

Good visit. I failed to ask about the results that the PA had mentioned in the last visit before I had the MRI. So, the spinal stenosis and the deteriorated discs were not discussed. I will discuss it next tinge to get a clearer understanding. Dr. Lawhorn advised I do have arthritis in my spine area. I will be going to therapy and if that doesn't help soon, I will try the shots. Dr. Lawhorn was very pleasant and explained about the arthritis. I also have a hip issue that has been ongoing for se

Jeff Williams

I had a positive experience at Optim health care the staff was friendly and helpful. The PA was very thorough and helpful.Dr. Lawhorne gave me a chance to ask any questions I might have had. I would recommend Dr. Lawhorne and Optim to everyone.

Gina Holmes

Dr Lawthorne is very compassionate, extremely wonderful in his field and I would recommend him over anyone

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