Thomas Lawhorne, III, MD

Orthopedic Spine

4.5 / 5
Orthopedic Surgeon Thomas Lawhorne, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon Thomas Lawhorne, MD

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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Dr Lawhorne - very compassionate and VERY frustrated with this garbage remnant of Obama's healthcare rip-off. His hands are tied with a company that does not appreciate his expertise and further they DO NOT CARE about the patient's needs. I, for one , will be purchasing private healthcare just to make sure my healthcare "needs" will be covered . If AMBetter; which I believe is the desired dream of those proponents of socialized medicine, is the best They can do- it is PAST time to make your Voice heard at THE POLLS. Write your Congressman and Senators !

A little of a rough start but Dr.Lawhorne fixed it and contacted me personally which I greatly appreciate it

Very caring and they take good care of their patients.

Thank you for the wonderful job you done I really appreciate it

Optim staff are friendly and efficient. My friend broke her toe and rather than go to her hometown hospital I suggested she try optim. She was amazed (as I always am) at how quickly she was taken care of. George Stewart and doctor Hand are the best

From the staff to the physicians, everyone is caring and friendly. They greet you with a smile, take time to answer your questions and talk about what you're going through with your health issue and what treatments can be done for you. Highly recommend Optim Healthcare.

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.

Joanie Padilla

Dr Lawhorne - very compassionate and VERY frustrated with this garbage remnant of Obama's healthcare rip-off. His hands are tied with a company that does not appreciate his expertise and further they DO NOT CARE about the patient's needs. I, for one , will be purchasing private healthcare just to make sure my healthcare "needs" will be covered . If AMBetter; which I believe is the desired dream of those proponents of socialized medicine, is the best They can do- it is PAST time to make your Voice heard at THE POLLS. Write your Congressman and Senators !

Jeremy Cowart

A little of a rough start but Dr.Lawhorne fixed it and contacted me personally which I greatly appreciate it

Kem Rowland

Very caring and they take good care of their patients.

Robert Black

Thank you for the wonderful job you done I really appreciate it

Teresa Glisson Cauley

Optim staff are friendly and efficient. My friend broke her toe and rather than go to her hometown hospital I suggested she try optim. She was amazed (as I always am) at how quickly she was taken care of. George Stewart and doctor Hand are the best

Lynn Stipe

From the staff to the physicians, everyone is caring and friendly. They greet you with a smile, take time to answer your questions and talk about what you're going through with your health issue and what treatments can be done for you. Highly recommend Optim Healthcare.

Lutwinder Butler in Lyons, GA

Joyce Rhodes in Garfield , GA

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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.

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