Thomas Lawhorne, III, MD

Orthopedic Spine

4.5 / 5

Thomas Lawhorne, III, MD

Orthopedic Spine

4.5 / 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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Fast,great all the above

I was very Pleased with the staff. And Dr Lawhorne 111 is a very caring Dr. I know he will be able to help me with all my back issues. Thank you so much.

Dr. Lawhorne is a great doctor. I have been several times and he had always been good to me. Staff is very friendly. Brenda westberrry

I had neck surgery and I am so much better. He is caring and passionate. The staff is good. Sheila Byrd

I had surgery with Dr. Lawhorne and I’m so much better. He didn’t waste my time and jumped straight to the point. The staff was great. Wayne Brannen

Dr. Lawhorne is very friendly and informative. He is very caring. Staff was helpful and friendly. Jodie Chassereau

Dr. Lawhorne has made me feel so much better after my surgery. He is a great doctor with passion. The staff and nurses are great. Latonya

Dr. Lawhorne cared about me as a patient. He called me after surgery to make sure I was doing well. The staff is all very sweet. Only waited about 15 mins. Ashley Kline

Dr. Lawhorne is very straightforward. Is very conservative and knowledgeable. He does his job and is very professional.

I would refer Dr. Lawhorne to a friend. Very thoughtful. The staff is excellent. Only waited about 10-15 minutes.

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Fast,great all the above

Elizabeth Howe

I was very Pleased with the staff. And Dr Lawhorne 111 is a very caring Dr. I know he will be able to help me with all my back issues. Thank you so much.

Reviewer

Dr. Lawhorne is a great doctor. I have been several times and he had always been good to me. Staff is very friendly. Brenda westberrry

Reviewer

I had neck surgery and I am so much better. He is caring and passionate. The staff is good. Sheila Byrd

Reviewer

I had surgery with Dr. Lawhorne and I’m so much better. He didn’t waste my time and jumped straight to the point. The staff was great. Wayne Brannen

Reviewer

Dr. Lawhorne is very friendly and informative. He is very caring. Staff was helpful and friendly. Jodie Chassereau

Reviewer

Dr. Lawhorne has made me feel so much better after my surgery. He is a great doctor with passion. The staff and nurses are great. Latonya

Reviewer

Dr. Lawhorne cared about me as a patient. He called me after surgery to make sure I was doing well. The staff is all very sweet. Only waited about 15 mins. Ashley Kline

Reviewer

Dr. Lawhorne is very straightforward. Is very conservative and knowledgeable. He does his job and is very professional.

Reviewer

I would refer Dr. Lawhorne to a friend. Very thoughtful. The staff is excellent. Only waited about 10-15 minutes.

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