Orthopedics: 912.644.5300
Surgery Center: 912.644.5343

Medical Center-Tattnall: 912.557.1000
Medical Center-Screven: 912.564.7426

Orthopedics: 912.644.5300
Surgery Center: 912.644.5343

Medical Center-Tattnall: 912.557.1000
Medical Center-Screven: 912.564.7426

Optim Spine Centers of Excellence

Optim Medical Center-Tattnall | Optim Surgery Center | 912.629.6070


Optim Medical Center-Tattnall and Optim Surgery Center 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 employee that plays an important role in making our hospital, surgery center, 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.

For patients, our awards mean one thing  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!


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 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  and Optim Surgery Center 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 and Optim Surgery Center 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 can 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 one of Dr. John Sarzier, a neurosurgeon at Optim Neurosurgery, most commonly performed procedures and is also 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 L. 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.


Optim Medical Center-Tattnall and Optim Surgery Center have a team of more than 8 spine and interventional pain management specialists. They are experts in neurosurgery, orthopedic spine, and pain management. They 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 call us directly at 912.629.6070 or request an appointment directly with the doctor.

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. Optim Medical Center-Tattnall is DNV-GL accredited and Certified for Quality and Patient Safety for our Spine Surgery Program and the recipient of Healthgrade’s awards for Five-Star Spinal Fusion Surgery and Patient Safety Excellence. The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, which measures the quality of its services and performance against nationally recognized Standards, has certified Optim Surgery Center.

Over the years, Optim Health System has earned a reputation throughout the region for its award-winning quality, safety and patient focused orthopedic care. We achieved this position through attention to detail and a constant focus on making our patients our priority in everything we do every single day. Because we focus on the patient first and foremost, Optim Surgery Center and Optim Medical Center-Tattnall have been honored as top in the region for safety, quality and compassion in delivering world class care.

Our focus on orthopedic and spine care means there is less chance for exposure to sick patients in our facilities and you can find comfort that you can more safely have your surgery or procedure in one of our facilities.If you would like to schedule or reschedule your elective surgery or outpatient procedure, please call 912.629.6070.


Optim Surgery Center is Licensed with the State of Georgia. Permit No. Permit No. 025-399


To see a Surgeon, Doctor, or Provider’s location, please view their profile or select from a Location below.


Joseph Hegarty, MD

OPTIM MEDICAL CENTER-TATTNALL: Interventional Pain Management

Bradley A. Heiges, MD


Thomas W. Lawhorne, III, MD


Donald K. McCartney, MD

OPTIM ORTHOPEDICS: Pediatric & General Orthopedics

John McCormick, II, MD


Markus Niederwanger, MD

OPTIM MEDICAL CENTER-TATTNALL: Interventional Pain Management

Andrew Pandya, MD

OPTIM MEDICAL CENTER-TATTNALL: Interventional Pain Management

John Sarzier, MD, FAANS, FACS, FICS

OPTIM MEDICAL CENTER-TATTNALL: Neurosurgery (Neck & Spine)

Kevin L. Stevenson, MD


Thomas E Niemeier, MD