Patient stories about Orthopedics

December 23, 2019

Benton Woman Trusts UAMS Orthopaedics for Both Knee Replacements

Katrina Dupins

Jackie Dawson

Jackie Dawson is teaching her four grandchildren to enjoy the outdoors. So far, they have learned to hike and bike. The two oldest boys (9 and 11) have also learned to waterski. In spring 2018, Dawson found herself slowing down because the pain in her knees became unbearable. “I understand the benefits and risks of…

December 10, 2019

Orthopaedic Surgeon Mends Friend and Colleague

Katrina Dupins


Orthopaedic surgeon Charles Pearce, M.D. joins a chorus of other happy patients when he says he would have had his knee replacement years ago if he knew how smooth the recovery would be. Pearce had been in pain for decades and learned to live with the discomfort until it became debilitating this year. “I injured…

October 29, 2019

UAMS’ Simon Mears Inducted into Prestigious Hip Society

Spencer Watson

Simon Mears, M.D., Ph.D.

Simon Mears, M.D., Ph.D., an orthopaedic surgeon and professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, has been inducted into The Hip Society, a national organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge relating to the hip joint. “I am grateful for this tremendous honor…

October 24, 2019

UAMS’ Paul Edwards Chosen as Traveling Fellow

Spencer Watson

Paul Edwards, M.D., with total hip replacement patient Joan Baldridge.

Paul Edwards, M.D., an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, has been selected as one of only four surgeons globally to participate in the Insall Traveling Fellowship, which, for the third year in a row, visited UAMS this month. “This is a great opportunity to both teach and learn,”…

October 23, 2019

Personal Trainer Back to Pain-Free Activity Following Hip Replacement Surgery

Katrina Dupins

aerial silk

One week after her hip replacement surgery, Jessie Grobmyer found herself back in the gym teaching classes. The personal trainer looked forward to being active in her recovery. “I couldn’t stay cooped up. I had to get back to living life,” she said. Grobmyer has lived an active lifestyle since she was a child. The…

September 16, 2019

Alter G Treadmill Defies Gravity to Help Patients Heal

Katrina Dupins


E-Stem High School Senior Haley Franklin will be at full capacity in time for basketball season following surgery in April to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee. “It happened when we were going over plays in practice. I bumped into another person and twisted my knee,” Franklin said. “That was in…

August 6, 2019

DeWitt Teen Finds New Ways to Move After Losing Arm

Katrina Dupins

UAMS hand surgeons Mark Tait, M.D., and John Bracey, M.D. examine Kenlee St. John during a clinic visit.

Mother’s Day 2019 was a terrifying one for Katy Watson of DeWitt. She received a call that her 15-year-old daughter, Kenlee St. John, had been involved in an accident. St. John was riding with a friend in a utility vehicle commonly known as a side-by-side. “We hit uneven ground and it flipped, landing on my…

May 21, 2019

Weeks After Joint Replacement, Tennis Player Dominates Tournament

Katrina Dupins

Michele Perry plays tennis at the Little Rock Athletic Club.

Michèle Perry, 57, is a talented athlete who is happiest when she is moving. From softball to swimming, Perry is not afraid to take on something new. In September 2015, she started playing tennis and discovered she was quite good. The following year, when she noticed pain in her leg while doing certain exercises, she…

April 10, 2019

Football Player Recovers from Cervical Spine Trauma

Katrina Dupins

CJ Johnson visits David Bumpass, M.D. for a follow-up months after surgery.

The Arkansas Tech Wonderboys defeated Southeastern Oklahoma State Oct. 27, 2018, ending a four-game losing streak and marking the first time in 26 years the Wonderboys defeated the Savage Storm on the road. With 46.5 seconds left in the game, the Savage Storm still had a chance to win. They were within scoring range on…

February 21, 2019

Benched Marathoner Returns to Pavement Thanks to UAMS Surgeon

Katrina Dupins

Ted Holder is training for the Boston Marathon in April.

Ted Holder was in his late 50s when he discovered his love for running. Now 65, he says the sport has become a part of his identity. He’s run five marathons, many half marathons and several 10Ks, 5Ks and other races. Holder looks forwards to logging miles and loves the camaraderie of the running community…

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