Orthopedics: 912.644.5300
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

The Orthopedic Joint & Spine Institute

at Optim Medical Center-Tattnall

AWARD-WINNING CARE

Optim Medical Center-Tattnall, along with the orthopedic and neurosurgery doctors who work here, are proud to consistently receive national recognition for our orthopedic and spine outcomes. We’re equally as proud of the team of dedicated women and men who help us achieve those awards and celebrate the efforts of each and every hospital employee that plays an important role in making our hospital and our healthcare exceptional.

The bottom line is, quality does matter. We remain committed to providing consistent, high-quality, compassionate care, and for positively touching the lives of every single person we serve.

Optim Medical Center-Tattnall and the doctors who work here are known for their expertise and specialty care in spine and joint replacement. We are one of only two hospitals in the state of Georgia that have been honored with the prestigious Healthgrades® award for America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement and we’ve been a recipient of this award every year since 2014! We have also received numerous awards for hip replacement, knee replacement and spine surgery year after year.

For patients, our awards mean one thing – at Optim Medical Center-Tattnall you will receive exceptional care in a safe, beautiful facility, by top doctors with a dedicated team of experts all with one goal in mind – compassionately caring for you and getting you back to the things you love!

A REGIONAL ORTHOPEDIC JOINT AND SPINE INSTITUTE OF CARE

The Orthopedic Joint & Spine Institute at Optim Medical Center-Tattnall is known for our experts and our expertise in orthopedic joint and spine care.

SPINE CARE

If you suffer from back or neck pain and want to get back to the things you enjoy in life start here. Our doctors treat spine conditions with precision – from minimally invasive procedures to the most complex spine care available for patients with scoliosis or significant spinal trauma.

Our orthopedic spine doctors and neurosurgeons always take a conservative approach to back and neck pain and we work as a collaborative team with our interventional pain management physicians, physiatrists, and physical therapists to help patients get back to living a pain free life. When conservative approaches do not help, you can trust us to provide the most advanced and innovative spine care available today.

The orthopedic spine and neurosurgery doctors at Optim Medical Center-Tattnall are the leading experts in restoring your health and well-being.

Many conditions can cause back pain, leg pain, numbness and weakness. Bone spurs, bulging discs, herniated discs, facet joint disease, sciatica, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis are some of the common conditions we see. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments available to help patients recover from these painful conditions. At Optim Medical Center-Tattnall we offer the most comprehensive care for the spine. Our teams specialize in minimally invasive spine procedures that offer smaller incisions, less blood loss and less damage to surrounding structures – all which lead to a quicker recovery. Some of the common procedures performed by our doctors include:

Fusions – both neck and back fusions are available for patients who have a herniated or bulging disks, or degenerative spine conditions that create pain, numbness and tingling by pressing on nerves and irritating the surrounding structures muscles and ligaments. In this procedure we are able to fuse two vertebrae together to stop the movement that leads to pain in a specific area of the back.

A lumbar laminectomy is one of the most common back surgeries and often performed for age related changes in the back, such as spinal stenosis. This procedure is also commonly known as decompression surgery. It enlarges the space in the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

Minimally invasive spine procedures such as a micro-discectomy use minimally invasive techniques to provide relief from pain caused by a lumbar herniated disc.

Endoscopic spine surgery is extremely minimally invasive with incisions often less than 1 cm. This means minimal damage to skin, muscle, ligaments and bone. It is an innovative surgery that uses a small tubular system or micro incisions, assisted with an endoscope for visualization.

Radiofrequency ablation, or RFA, is one of the newest pain control techniques. It is a simple and unique spinal procedure that can alleviate the pain of degenerative spine conditions in as little as 15 minutes. For many, this surgical procedure offers relief from chronic back pain and muscle spasms and can provide relief for patients who suffer from joint pain in the spine. By effectively treating pain at the facet joint it can provide a solution to people who suffer from arthritis in the facet joints in the back.

Dr. Kevin Stevenson, a neurosurgeon at Optim Neurosurgery, is one of a very few specially trained surgeons in the state of Georgia and available to perform Endoscopic Rhizotomy. This simple 30-minute outpatient procedure is effective in about 80 percent of patients, can relieve pain for up to 4 years and can be repeated. Similar to RFA, Endoscopic Rhizotomy surgery also involves relieving back pain due to arthritis and has proven successful for patients that have been told they need an invasive fusion surgery.

We also offer spinal stimulators, which are often used for chronic back pain, usually when other methods of treatment have not been successful. The simulator is a device that is surgically placed under your skin and sends a mild electric current to your spinal cord. It works by masking pain signals before they reach the brain.

FIND YOUR DOCTOR HERE!

Optim Medical Center-Tattnall has a team of more than 30 orthopedic and interventional pain management specialists. They are experts in neurosurgery, orthopedic spine, joint replacement, sports medicine, hand / upper extremity, foot & ankle, general and pediatric orthopedics, and work alongside highly skilled teams of physician assistants, medical staff, and physical therapists to make sure you receive the most thorough and specialized care that you can in any one place.

Let us help you find a doctor in this award-winning facility! Peruse our doctors and specialists below to find the right doctor for you. You can request an appointment directly with the doctor of your choice right from their profile page.

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Don G. Aaron, MD

Sports Medicine (Knee, Hip & Shoulder)

Thomas Alexander, MD

Sports Medicine (Knee, Shoulder & Elbow)

Jonathan Christy, MD

Total Joint (Hip & Knee)

Michael (Delan) Gaines, MD

Sports Medicine (Knee & Shoulder)

John George, MD

Sports Medicine (Knee, Hip & Shoulder)

Jeffrey Goldberg, MD

Foot & Ankle

Joseph Hegarty, MD

Interventional Pain Management

Bradley A. Heiges, MD

Orthopedic Spine

John Hodges, MD

Sports Medicine (Shoulder & Knee)

Charles Hope, II, MD

Total Joint (Hip & Knee)

Juha I. Jaakkola, MD

Foot & Ankle

Sunderraj (Mark) Kamaleson, MD

General Orthopedics (Hand, Shoulder & Knee)

Gregory P. Kolovich, MD

Hand, Wrist & Elbow

Thomas W. Lawhorne, III, MD

Orthopedic Spine

Donald K. McCartney, MD

Pediatric & General Orthopedics

John McCormick, II, MD

Orthopedic Spine

Christopher W. Nicholson, MD

Foot & Ankle

Markus Niederwanger, MD

Interventional Pain Management

David N. Palmer, MD

Sports Medicine (Knee & Shoulder)

Andrew Pandya, MD

Interventional Pain Management

John Sarzier, MD, FAANS, FACS, FICS

Neurosurgery (Spine)

David M. Sedory, MD

Sports Medicine (Knee, Hip & Shoulder)

J. Casey Spivey, MD

Sports Medicine (Hip & Knee)

C. Mark Spivey, MD

Sports Medicine (Knee & Shoulder)

Kevin L. Stevenson, MD

Neurosurgery (Spine)

George Sutherland, Jr., MD

Sports Medicine (Knee, Hip & Shoulder)

Stephen Tankersley, MD

Total Joint (Hip & Knee )

James W. Wilson, Jr, MD

Sports Medicine (Knee, Hip & Shoulder)

Kent E. Woo, MD

Total Joint (Hip & Knee)

Chad T. Zehms, MD

Sports Medicine (Knee, Hip, Shoulder & Elbow)

ABOUT OPTIM MEDICAL CENTER-TATTNALL

Optim Medical Center-Tattnall is a premier, physician-owned healthcare facility providing the highest quality of patient care and clinical outcomes for the communities it serves. The Optim Health System network provides its patients over 20 convenient locations across southeastern Georgia and the South Carolina Low Country. With board certified, fellowship trained physicians the Optim network offers specialized treatment in multiple areas including orthopedics, neurosurgery, interventional pain management, general surgery, primary care, and physical and occupational therapy.

 

OUR AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

Optim Medical Center-Tattnall in Reidsville, GA has consistently received accolades for its orthopedic outcomes which include the following: one of Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement 6 Years in Row (2014-2019), Recipient of the Healthgrades® Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for 6 Years in a Row (2014-2019), Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for 6 Years in a Row (2014-2019), Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for 6 Years in a Row (2014-2019), Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 8 Years in a Row (2012-2019), Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for 6 Years in a Row (2014-2019), and Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery for 4 Years in a Row (2016-2019).

Optim’s large network aims to achieve the highest-quality service and treatment standards across facilities, providing specialized healthcare to patients in both larger metropolitan and rural areas.

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ABOUT OPTIM MEDICAL CENTER-TATTNALL

Optim Medical Center-Tattnall is a premier, physician-owned healthcare facility providing the highest quality of patient care and clinical outcomes for the communities it serves. The Optim Health System network provides its patients over 20 convenient locations across southeastern Georgia and the South Carolina Low Country. With board certified, fellowship trained physicians the Optim network offers specialized treatment in multiple areas including orthopedics, neurosurgery, interventional pain management, general surgery, primary care, and physical and occupational therapy.

 

OUR AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

Optim Medical Center-Tattnall in Reidsville, GA has consistently received accolades for its orthopedic outcomes which include the following: one of Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement 6 Years in Row (2014-2019), Recipient of the Healthgrades® Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for 6 Years in a Row (2014-2019), Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for 6 Years in a Row (2014-2019), Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for 6 Years in a Row (2014-2019), Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 8 Years in a Row (2012-2019), Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for 6 Years in a Row (2014-2019), and Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery for 4 Years in a Row (2016-2019).

Optim’s large network aims to achieve the highest-quality service and treatment standards across facilities, providing specialized healthcare to patients in both larger metropolitan and rural areas.

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