Surgery

Patient stories about Surgery


October 7, 2019

UAMS Pain Study Device Gets Amputee off the Couch

David Robinson

Jared Jackson (left), at his final study visit at UAMS, with Davis Fleming, M.D.,a Translational Research Institute research coordinator.

A year ago, Jared Jackson, 40, was spending a lot of time sitting or lying around. But not because he was lazy; his right leg had been amputated below the knee in 2011, and the pain was almost too much to take. In fact, sometimes he passed out. “My pain started about a month after…


September 3, 2019

Cabot Man Back in the Garden after Carotid Repair

Katrina Dupins

Sam Anderson

As he waits for a follow-up appointment at UAMS, Samuel Anderson cannot help but smile when he talks about his love for gardening. “This year I planted tomatoes, beans, peas, okra and squash,” Anderson said. “It was a good garden this year.” Anderson, 77, and his wife Brenda grow enough vegetables to preserve and freeze…


February 15, 2019

Patient Uses FaceTime to Call Family During Brain Surgery

Katrina Dupins

Stephenson and his wife, Brittany, visit UAMS for a checkup.

Before his seizure on May 31, 2018, Chris Stephenson, of Horatio, Ark., had no idea he had a tumor the size of an orange in his brain. He was logging about 4,000 miles a week in his big rig and happened to be driving when the seizure happened. “It took four paramedics to get me…


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…


December 3, 2018

Violinist Plays Again Thanks to Spinal Cord Stimulation

Katrina Dupins

Alventena Cobb

Alventena Cobb of Conway is a professional musician. She’s played the violin for more than 30 years and has instructed many students. Cobb uses her instrument as a method of expression. So when a shoulder injury prevented her from picking up her bow and strings, she felt incomplete.


November 28, 2018

Morrilton Mom Donates Kidney to Toddler Son

Katrina Dupins

Jessica Stacy and her son Wesley play together days after their kidney surgeries.

The pain following surgery ended up being greater than she anticipated, but Jessica Stacy says she would change it for nothing. The Morrilton mother smiles as she watches her 2-year-old son play happily with his toys, 10 days after she’d given him one of her kidneys.


November 19, 2018

Screening Leads to Early Cancer Diagnosis and Early Cure

Katrina Dupins

Carrie Stewart playing golf

During a visit with her primary care physician last fall, Carrie Stewart decided to schedule a routine colonoscopy. “It was time anyway because I was 50,” Stewart said. “My doctor helped me get set up and I went in for the procedure Dec. 27.” The physician performing the colonoscopy saw a growth on the imaging…


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…


October 8, 2018

Family Finds Faith an Anchor During Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury

Katrina Dupins

Moody Family

On the afternoon of November 10, 2017, the temperature hovered just below 60 degrees. A few clouds passed through the sky as a light breeze moved through leaves rich with fall foliage. Joshua Moody, 22, and his father, David, decided they would take advantage of the weather, so after sharing lunch, they went for a…


August 13, 2018

Essential Tremor Patient Says Surgery was Life-Changing

Katrina Dupins

Kimberly Zimmer visits neurologist Rohit Dhall, M.D., to check the results of her deep brain stimulation surgery.

Aug. 13, 2018 | Kimberly Zimmer stretches her arms out in front of her and smiles. The 50-year-old is showing off how steady her hands are. “Never in my life have I been able to hold my hands that still,” she said. Zimmer had been diagnosed with essential tremor as a child. Fellow students bullied…



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