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

  • Anatomy of the Spine
  • 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

  • Anatomy of the Spine
  • 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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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

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

Very progfessional, compassionate and efficient experience.

Knowledgeable Courteous Good listeners Compassionate

Everyone was kind and helpful have a wonderful experience there I would highly recommend it.

When I started going to Doctor LawHorne over the past year He took very good care of me . I appreciate him and his staff... My surgery was a success. And I appreciate him. He never gave up . He is the best. I will recommend him to anyone.... Thank you for all you and your staff do. Your the best..

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

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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

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

D W Arbo

Very progfessional, compassionate and efficient experience.

Randy Wyatt

Knowledgeable Courteous Good listeners Compassionate

Danny Gail Morris Smith

Everyone was kind and helpful have a wonderful experience there I would highly recommend it.

Andrea Foxworth

When I started going to Doctor LawHorne over the past year He took very good care of me . I appreciate him and his staff... My surgery was a success. And I appreciate him. He never gave up . He is the best. I will recommend him to anyone.... Thank you for all you and your staff do. Your the best..

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