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Speciality: Orthopedic Spine

ORTHOPEDIC SPINE

Our orthopedic spine specialists are all fellowship trained and board certified orthopedic surgeons who treat a wide variety of spinal conditions ranging from ruptured discs and radiating leg pain to spinal fractures and scoliosis.

 

We have multidisciplinary teams of back and spine specialists throughout the south east and Savannah region, including specialized orthopedic surgeons, and physical and occupational therapists.

 

Our experts are trained in the latest techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of disorders, conditions, and injuries of the spine. Together, we determine the source of your pain and treat it as effectively as possible. 

912.644.5300

JOHN McCORMICK, MD: Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

OPTIM ORTHOPEDICS SPINE SURGEONS

Our People Make The Difference

Behind every treatment or procedure is a specially trained, highly experienced professional who’s dedicated to giving you the best care possible so that you can get back to life—quickly, safely, and confidently. They’re experts at what they do, and we’re proud to have them as part of our team.

Bradley Heiges, MD

ORTHOPEDIC SPINE

Medical School Temple University School of Medicine (Philadelphia, PA)
Residency

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (Hershey, PA)

Fellowship

Spine Surgery Fellowship (Rochester, NY)

Board Certification American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Jonathan McCormick, MD

ORTHOPEDIC SPINE

Board Certification American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Professional Affiliations AO Spine
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
North American Spine Society (NASS)
Medical School Medical College of Georgia (Augusta, GA)
Residency

University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

Fellowship

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

Thomas Lawhorne III, MD

ORTHOPEDIC SPINE

Fellowship

Rush University (Chicago, IL)

Board Certification American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Residency

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY)

Medical SchoolMedical School: Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

Thomas Niemeier, MD

ORTHOPEDIC SPINE

Residency

University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)

Fellowship

Stanford University Spine Surgery (Palo Alto, CA)

Board Certification Board Eligible, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Professional Affiliations AO Spine
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
North American Spine Society (NASS)
Medical School Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC)

SPINE CONDITIONS

Coccydynia
Degenerative Disc Disease
Disc Herniations (ruptured disc)
Herniated Disc (Cervical)
Kyphosis
Osteoporosis
Radiating Arm & Leg Pain
Sciatica (tingling sensation)
Scoliosis
Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
Spinal Fractures
Spinal Instability
Spinal Stenosis (Cervical)
Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of spinal canal)
Spinal Tumors
Spondylolisthesis (forward slip of vertebra)
Spondylosis

NON-SURGICAL SPINE PROCEDURES

Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection

Cervical Selective Nerve Root Block

CT Scan (Computed Tomography; CAT Scan)

Facet Joint Injections

Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

Lumbar Transforaminal

Epidural Steroid Injection

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Myelography (Myelogram)

Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection

SURGICAL SPINE PROCEDURES

ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy

Disc Replacement, Lumbar (Maverick™)

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

SPINE REHABILITATION

The unique spine care program at Optim Orthopedics features talented physical therapists working closely with a variety of physicians to obtain the best outcome for conservative treatment. Our therapists are continually enhancing their knowledge with up-to-date techniques regarding back and neck care.

Spine Care

Every patient who walks the doors at Optim Orthopedics gets a personalized education on their own back condition and the surgical options available. We have multidisciplinary teams of back and spine specialists throughout the south east and Savannah region, including specialized orthopedic surgeons, and physical and occupational therapists.

Our experts are trained in the latest techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of disorders, conditions, and injuries of the spine. Together, we determine the source of your pain and treat it as effectively as possible. 

Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spinal Surgery

Pain in these areas is generally first treated with some combination of medication and physical therapy. If the pain does not improve after some months of these treatments, surgery can become an option. Spine surgery can help a variety of back conditions, including:

  • Arm and Leg Pain

  • Back Pain

  • Herniated Discs

  • Neck Pain

  • Spinal Stenosis

  • Spondylolisthesis

Microscopic and Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

During minimally invasive techniques, Optim Orthopedics surgeons make a small incision and use advanced computer technology and specialized instruments to repair back and spine conditions. In microscopic surgery, we combine minimally invasive techniques with highly sensitive, cutting-edge surgical microscopes to access even the most delicate areas with precision. Minimally invasive techniques offer patients:

  • Faster recovery time than traditional spinal surgery

  • Reduced infection

  • Reduced blood loss

  • Faster return to your regular lifestyle

Motion-Sparing Spinal Surgery

Traditional fusion surgery merges the vertebrae, which relieves pain and pressure, but also restricts your ability to move. Motion-sparing spinal surgery gives you the best of both worlds—it relieves pressure on your spinal cord and preserves your range of motion. Motion-sparing techniques can be used in cervical artificial disc replacement and laminoplasty (removing spinal cord pressure from cervical spine stenosis).

Spinal Deformity Surgery

If you or your child suffers from a spinal deformity, the orthopaedic spine surgeons at Optim Orthopedics will work to correct the problem with braces and other non-surgical approaches. In most cases, we try not to treat scoliosis and other spinal deformities with surgery, but if more conservative treatments do not improve the deformity, surgery may be the best option. Optim Orthopedics orthopaedic surgeons always take time to explain the risks and benefits of any procedure and help our patients come to a decision that feels right. We also work with any other specialists involved, so treatment is multidisciplinary and comprehensive. Surgery to treat spinal deformities, including scoliosis and kyphosis, straighten the spine and/or release the pressure on spinal nerves. This often requires uniting the vertebrae using special implants to keep the spine together.

ORTHOPEDIC SPINE LOCATIONS:

Savannah (Chatham)

210 East DeRenne Avenue
Savannah, GA 31405

ORTHOPEDICS: 912.348.8249

THERAPY: 912.644.5333

Pooler (Chatham)

101 W. Mulberry Blvd. Ste. 140
Pooler, GA 31407

912.748.5111

Bluffton (Beaufort)

8201 Pinellas Dr.
Bluffton, SC 29910

843.705.9401

Reidsville (Tattnall)

247A South Main St.
Reidsville, GA 30453

912.557.8990

Claxton (Evans)

602 E. Long St.
Claxton, GA 30417

912.739.3275

Optim Surgery Center - Savannah

210 East DeRenne Ave.
Savannah, GA 31405

912.644.5343

Optim Medical Center Tattnall

247 South Main St.
Reidsville, GA 30453

912.875.7947

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