Orthopedics

Patient stories about Orthopedics


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…


May 7, 2018

Vacation Injury Puts Little Rock Woman on Circuitous Path to UAMS

Lee Hogan

On the secluded island of Cayo Espanto, Joan Baldridge never expected to injure her hip. Her road home and to recovery passed through UAMS.

May 7, 2018 | On a normal day, Joan Baldridge could reach UAMS’ campus from her Little Rock home in a few minutes. That was not the case in November when Baldridge ultimately needed care in short order. Baldridge and her husband were at Cayo Espanto. The couple worked to pack and tidy up their…


April 2, 2018

Cabot Woman Back to Active Lifestyle after Hip Procedure

Lee Hogan

Beverly Smith is back to traveling with her husband and living life to its fullest after a hip replacement performed by UAMS's Paul Edwards, M.D.

April 2, 2018 | Beverly Smith isn’t used to being held back. The now-retired Cabot resident loves to be on the move. She longs to travel. She lives for cruises and trips with her husband, and the freedom to do as they please. Last year, that way of life came to an abrupt halt when…


March 26, 2018

Greenville Man Fitted for Robotic Arm Controlled by Thought

Katrina Dupins

March 26, 2018 | The first memory David Scott has following his traffic accident July 31, 2017, is a paramedic leaning over trying to help release him from underneath his 18-wheeler. “I’m trying to pull my arm out and they’re telling me I can’t,” Scott said. “So I turn around and try and force it….


January 8, 2018

First Arkansan Receives Surgery to Prepare for Robotic Arm

Amy Widner

Patient using gym equipment

Jan. 8, 2018 | Jacob Mauterstock can run a half-marathon in an hour-and-a-half. He’s in the gym every day. He demonstrates yoga poses at the drop of a hat. “It’s a lifestyle thing,” said Mauterstock, 41, of Conway. That approach to life remains steadfast, even though Mauterstock lost his left arm in December 2016. Despite…



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