Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway partnered with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to open an orthopedic clinic in Conway.

The UAMS and Baptist Health-Conway Orthopedic Clinic, which opened a couple of weeks ago, offers advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments for the hip, knee, foot, hand, shoulder, elbow and spine.

The clinic is staffed by seven fellowship-trained doctors — Dr. C. Lowry Barnes, Dr. Shahryar Ahmadi, Dr. Paul K. Edwards, Dr. Kathryn L. Nance, Dr. Lawrence O’Malley, Dr. Same Overley and Dr. Theresa Wyrick-Glover — who are all board certified in orthopedic specialties such as sports medicine and joint replacement.

“All of us surgeons work in own sub-specialty so we can give the best care to the patient,” Dr. Barnes said, adding that the clinic has seen patients from Conway and the surrounding areas. “There’s an orthopedic surgeon here every day of the week. We think patients will really like the fact their orthopedic hospital is close to home.”

The Log Cabin Democrat met with Barnes, who works at the Conway clinic on Mondays, and one of his first patients at the new clinic, Gina Newman.

Newman — who was diagnosed with Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (LCPD), a childhood hip disorder caused by a disruption of blood flow to the head of the femur, when she was 5 years old — had a hip replacement surgery in June 2017 when she was 58.

Newman said she went to the doctor with knee pain and after an X-ray was told she needed a hip replacement.

“I couldn’t believe it, so I got a second opinion, [which was Barnes],” she said. “Dr. Barnes said ‘You’ll know when you need it.’ About three months later, I knew I needed it. I couldn’t get in and out of the car.”

She said she was amazed at how quickly she recovered. A couple of weeks after surgery, she could bend down to tie her shoes. In less than a month, she was walking around her neighborhood.

“At the first of August, I was walking on the Big Dam Bridge with my dog, Sam Houston,” she said. 

She started doing yoga at the end of September and currently attends River Market Boot Camp at 6 a.m. daily.

Newman praised Dr. Barnes and the Conway clinic.

“This is a wonderful, brand new facility. It’s so clean and modern and simple to get into. It was my first choice. The care was wonderful,” she said.

Barnes said that with the doctors’s specialized fields patients can be treated for a wide range of conditions such as osteoarthritis, rotator cuff injury, carpal tunnel, trigger finger, bursitis, low back pain, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, acute sprains, concussions and more.

The clinic, an extension of Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway and UAMS, and is located at 625 United Drive, Suite 350, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.