Patient stories about Orthopedics

July 13, 2020

Surgeries Resume, Clinics Reopen, Care Remains

Katrina Dupins

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While all clinics are now open at UAMS and elective surgeries have resumed, patient safety remains the number one priority for health care professionals.  All patients are screened before coming into the office or clinic areas. Health care professionals, patients and staff all wear masks and keep a six-foot distance between themselves whenever possible.  “We’re…

June 2, 2020

Weeks After Major Surgery, Fitness Enthusiast is Back in the Gym

Katrina Dupins

Sandra Tindall

Sandra Tindall loves the group classes at the Ottenheimer Therapy and Fitness Center in the Donald W. Reynold Institute on Aging. On Jan. 28, 2020, Tindall was running late to yoga, one of her favorite classes. “I wasn’t paying attention. I tripped on the fire door seal and hit the floor,” Tindall said. “I landed…

March 10, 2020

Teen Gets Body-Powered Arm at UAMS Amputee Clinic

Spencer Watson

Bryce Cook reaches toward a therapy tool used to help patients learn to use muscle sensors to control a robotic prosthetic.

It was a great day for fishing in May almost two years ago when Bryce Cook, of Arkadelphia, who had just turned 16, headed toward the river on a side-by-side to pursue one of his favorite pastimes. By all accounts – his own, witnesses, subsequent police investigation – he wasn’t going fast when, as the…

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

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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…

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