Orthopedics


March 8, 2019

Keeping You Right on Track

Gary Taylor is used to providing advice to others when they come into Go! Running, but when Dr. Michael Cassat came into his store, the roles quickly reversed. Gary asked the sports medicine doctor if he could help with a lingering Achilles tendon problem, and the doctor’s response was, “Sure, come see me.” Dr. Cassat prescribed physical therapy,…


Terry Bradshaw

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw knows better than most that sacrifices made on the field can have lasting effects. In 2015, the injuries and pain from 14 years in the NFL made it difficult for him to walk, play golf or meet the demands of his busy schedule…


We are Keeping You Young

Jennifer Allison of Conway has a 2-year-old grandson and a grand dog who have a lot of energy. She loves to take care of them both, but doing so requires her to be on the go, on the ground, and in the middle of the action. As she says, “I have to be able to move. And…


Knee Replacement Gives Patient Her Life Back

Susan Smith dealt with knee pain for years, but when it began to affect her daily activities, she knew it was time to do something. Smith, who is the wife of G. Richard Smith, M.D., former dean of the UAMS College of Medicine, has always been an active person. Whether it’s riding a bike, hiking…


Hand Telemedicine Program, UAMS Physician Save Batesville Man’s Hand

A split-second connection between a table saw blade and a wedding ring almost took Tommy Watts’ hand. When the teeth of the blade caught on the ring, it pulled Watts’ hand into its path, slicing into his left hand and almost severing two fingers. He wrapped his hand in a towel and called out to…


Perfect Timing at UAMS Saves Woman After Violent Accident

Perfect timing. That’s what Amy Kizziar needed one cold November day in 2011 when she was impaled by a two-by-six and endured multiple broken bones, gaping wounds and life-threatening blood loss. Perfect timing is what UAMS delivered that day when Kizziar’s routine morning commute turned nightmarish as a mobile home being transported on an 18-wheeler…


UAMS Saves Woman’s Nearly Severed Arm with Prosthetic Elbow

Only a few nerves kept Lisa Shelton’s left arm attached to her body when she arrived at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) after it was almost severed by a truck door. In December 2012, Shelton, of Jerusalem, was on her way to meet her sister for lunch in Morrilton when her car…


UAMS Specialists Save Arm, Put Biker Back on the Road

Ed and Margo Jevicky say a series of miracles saved their 18-year-old son, Michael, and his right arm when his motorcycle slammed into a Jeep. One of them was landing in the hands of two well-regarded, highly specialized University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) surgeons. “UAMS is not just a hospital; it changes lives,”…


Double-Knee Replacements Amaze Patient

Sue Cromer of Fort Smith knew it was time for knee replacements when she could no longer baby-sit her two youngest grandchildren at her daughters home. “My daughter has a two-story house, and I couldn’t do the stairs,” said Sue, 64, a retired choir teacher. “I couldn’t walk without pain; if I did anything strenuous…


Research for the Best Leads Patient to UAMS

At UAMS our goal is to provide the best care for every patient every day. Our patients say it best, and their stories are really the story of UAMS. All the formal awards and accolades just can’t tell the UAMS story better than the words of our patients. Elizabeth Carmichael had her second hip replacement…



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