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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

OPTIM ORTHOPEDICS: Orthopedic Spine

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Thomas Lawhorne, Orthopedic Neck and Spine
Thomas Lawhorne, Orthopedic Neck and Spine

Thomas W. Lawhorne, III, MD

OPTIM ORTHOPEDICS: Orthopedic Spine

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Orthopedic Practice

Optim Orthopedics

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


 

 

Orthopedic Practice

Optim Orthopedics

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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Ratings/Reviews

Dr Lawhorne did surgery on n my neck Feb. 24, it’s still sore but he took an X-ray 3/24/2020 and he would need to see me 4/2 . I think he is a very good Doctor

Truly blessed when I was referred to Thomas W Longhorn III had Severe pain all down the left side of my body arm leg ect. Took x-rays / MRI Approved Diagnose the problem Damaged vertebrae in my neck treated me with a Injection 4 years later I still have little to no symptoms Now that iam having lower back issues you know exactly who I'm going to see

Wonderful doctor! Ive never had to wait more than 5 minutes to see him and I can always get an appointment when needed. Hes exhausting all options before surgery to make sure we can't find some relief first!

Really impressed with the visit.

I was referred when a ct scan showed I had a bone spur pinching off left sciatic nerve. Dr lawhorne done the injections an pain got worse so then he went in an done spinal bone infusion. I was hoping for instant relieve but due to nerve damage it took 3 months an now I can say I am getting my normal life back. Dr Lawhorne done an exceptional job an was very concerned about my well being.

I got there early 1 hr and they took me in right away

Very pleased with my recent visit to meet with Dr. Lawhorne. The staff was very cordial, pleasant and professional. My wait time to see Dr. Lawhorne was minimal. When I did meet with Dr. Lawhorne, he spent a large amount of time with me - asking questions, examining me, providing possible options to assist me with my problem and answering questions and concerns that my husband and I had.

My visit and check in went quickly. Very personable staff. Enjoyed the experience. Dr. Lawhorne was super friendly and professional. Seemed to be layed back and interested in me as a person not just a patient.

Dr Lawhorn operated on me in Jun 2019. I had a spinal fusion from C3 through C7. I had lots of pains on my right arm and can not use my fingers most of the time. I went to see an orthopedics hand specialist, this hand specialist misdiagnosed me and wanted me to have surgery on my hand and wrist. I didn't feel right with his diagnosis and his recommendations so I went to see Dr. Lawhorn for 2nd opinion. From the moment I first met him, he was very conscise in explaining my codition using my MRI. He gave me the pros and cons so we can come up with the best strategy for my condition.. He was so brilliant and diagnosed my condition correctly because I had a spine surgery instead of hand and wrist surgery as the first orthopedic doctor recommended. Now after 7 months of my spine surgery, I can operate my right hand normally . I am so thankful for Dr. Lawhorn whom gave me back my functional right arm and right hand. I also live a pain free life right now. Thank you Dr Lawhorn .

Yes very good takes up time so you can explain your problems. Very friendly. Do not have to wait a long period of time.

Gary Drew

Dr Lawhorne did surgery on n my neck Feb. 24, it’s still sore but he took an X-ray 3/24/2020 and he would need to see me 4/2 . I think he is a very good Doctor

david woods

Truly blessed when I was referred to Thomas W Longhorn III had Severe pain all down the left side of my body arm leg ect. Took x-rays / MRI Approved Diagnose the problem Damaged vertebrae in my neck treated me with a Injection 4 years later I still have little to no symptoms Now that iam having lower back issues you know exactly who I'm going to see

Melinda Massey

Wonderful doctor! Ive never had to wait more than 5 minutes to see him and I can always get an appointment when needed. Hes exhausting all options before surgery to make sure we can't find some relief first!

Reviewer

Really impressed with the visit.

Sheila Moseley

I was referred when a ct scan showed I had a bone spur pinching off left sciatic nerve. Dr lawhorne done the injections an pain got worse so then he went in an done spinal bone infusion. I was hoping for instant relieve but due to nerve damage it took 3 months an now I can say I am getting my normal life back. Dr Lawhorne done an exceptional job an was very concerned about my well being.

Reviewer

I got there early 1 hr and they took me in right away

Diana Jacobs

Very pleased with my recent visit to meet with Dr. Lawhorne. The staff was very cordial, pleasant and professional. My wait time to see Dr. Lawhorne was minimal. When I did meet with Dr. Lawhorne, he spent a large amount of time with me - asking questions, examining me, providing possible options to assist me with my problem and answering questions and concerns that my husband and I had.

LeAnne Riner

My visit and check in went quickly. Very personable staff. Enjoyed the experience. Dr. Lawhorne was super friendly and professional. Seemed to be layed back and interested in me as a person not just a patient.

Chau Gaziano

Dr Lawhorn operated on me in Jun 2019. I had a spinal fusion from C3 through C7. I had lots of pains on my right arm and can not use my fingers most of the time. I went to see an orthopedics hand specialist, this hand specialist misdiagnosed me and wanted me to have surgery on my hand and wrist. I didn't feel right with his diagnosis and his recommendations so I went to see Dr. Lawhorn for 2nd opinion. From the moment I first met him, he was very conscise in explaining my codition using my MRI. He gave me the pros and cons so we can come up with the best strategy for my condition.. He was so brilliant and diagnosed my condition correctly because I had a spine surgery instead of hand and wrist surgery as the first orthopedic doctor recommended. Now after 7 months of my spine surgery, I can operate my right hand normally . I am so thankful for Dr. Lawhorn whom gave me back my functional right arm and right hand. I also live a pain free life right now. Thank you Dr Lawhorn .

Edith Castleberry

Yes very good takes up time so you can explain your problems. Very friendly. Do not have to wait a long period of time.

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