Orthopedics

Patient stories about Orthopedics


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…


December 19, 2018

Santa Gets Back to Work After Wrist Repair at UAMS

Katrina Dupins

James Pruss as Santa Claus listening to Christmas wishes.

For the first time in decades, James Pruss is spending this December making appearances as Santa Claus. Until the Spaghetti with Santa event in North Little Rock on Dec. 2, Pruss says he had forgotten how much he enjoys the gig. “It’s fun to see the looks on the kids’ faces when they see me…


October 25, 2018

New Physical Therapy Intervention Gets Patients Stronger, Faster

Katrina Dupins

Addison Mann,

A new form of physical therapy is helping patients regain strength in less time than its traditional counterpart. UAMS is one of few places in Arkansas offering blood flow restriction therapy. Nick Hargett, D.P.T. works with patients in the outpatient center at UAMS. He believes blood flow restriction therapy will begin to become a more…


October 10, 2018

UAMS Orthopaedic Surgeon Bumpass Among Nation’s Top Young Spine Professionals for 2018

Linda Haymes

Dr. David Bumpass

LITTLE ROCK — David Bumpass, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was named one of the nation’s outstanding young spine care providers by the North American Spine Society’s SpineLine magazine in its inaugural “20 Under 40” list honoring spine professionals under the age of 40. Bumpass, 37, is…


August 21, 2018

Ruth Thomas, M.D., Receives Inaugural National Women’s Leadership Award

Lee Hogan

Ruth Thomas, M.D., is the first recipient of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society's Women's Leadership Award. (Photo courtesy of American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society)

Orthopaedic surgeon Ruth Thomas, M.D., of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), recently received the inaugural Women’s Leadership Award from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. The award was established by the society’s Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation to recognize current and future female leaders in foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery outside…


July 23, 2018

Not a Step Slower: Knee Replacement Produce Maximum Strength, Mobility

Katrina Dupins

David Flory (r) and Rick Gautier (l) play a game of pickle ball.

July 23, 2018 | Retired police chief David Flory, 59, and Rick Gautier, 66 play pickle ball together at the Village Church of Christ in Hot Springs Village. The paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis is not the only thing they share. They both recently had knee replacement surgery with…


June 11, 2018

Hip Replacement Opens Road to Fulfillment for Little Rock Woman

Lee Hogan

Most hip replacement patients don't start running long-distance competitions after their surgery, but Mary Anne Hansen did.

June 11, 2018 | Running is more than a hobby for Mary Ann Hansen. It’s a reprieve. It’s liberation from a past life. Most runners make a connection with the road early in life that remains for a lifetime. Not Hansen. Her bond formed after she was 50 and following a hip replacement. She noticed…



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