Winner, Best Sports Medicine Clinic

Top 3, Best Orthopedic Group

Pictured above:

J. Tod Ghormley, M.D., from left, James Head, M.D., H. Scott Smith, M.D., Grant Bennett, M.D.,

Jay Howell, M.D., Robert McCarron, M.D., and Bryan Head, M.D.

Conway Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center brings innovation and expertise in orthopedics and sports medicine care to north central Arkansas. Voted as one of AY’s Best Orthopedic Groups for 2023, COSMC has provided comprehensive orthopedic care to central Arkansas since 1988.


The center is anchored by the experience and expertise of orthopedic surgeons H. Scott Smith, M.D., Grant Bennett, M.D., Jay Howell, M.D., J. Tod Ghormley, M.D., James Head, M.D., Bryan Head, M.D., and Robert McCarron, M.D., who provide comprehensive orthopedic care for north central Arkansas and the River Valley. The center offers a wide range of services, including specialized care for the hand, upper extremity, foot and ankle; minimally invasive surgeries of the knee and hand; total hip, knee and shoulder replacements; and sports medicine services.


The talented group of orthopedic surgeons, surgical specialists, nurses and therapists offer a wide array of bone and joint disease evaluation, treatment and surgeries, including:

• Total joint and partial joint replacement of hips, knees, shoulders and elbows

• Arthroscopic joint surgery of knees, elbows, shoulders, wrists and ankles

• Hands (carpal tunnel release and reconstructive surgery)

• Pediatric orthopedics (clubfoot, bowlegs and pediatric fractures)

• Feet and ankles (sprains, strains, fractures and reconstructive surgery)

• Sports medicine (all sports-related injuries for athletes of all ages)


Additionally, orthopedic surgeons Bennett, Smith and Ghormley utilize Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery in many hip and knee replacements. Conway Regional was one of the first health systems in Arkansas to offer the state-of-the-art service.


Mako is a new approach to joint replacement that offers assistance to the surgeon for a more precise, customized positioning of implants for each patient. A computerized tomography scan of a knee or hip is uploaded into the Mako system software, where a 3D model is created. This 3D model is used to preplan and assist surgeons in performing a hip or knee replacement.


From a surgeon’s perspective, the advantages are the precision and intraoperative customization provided by Mako. Many times, that precision enables orthopedic surgeons at COSMC to remove less bone or decrease the amount of soft-tissue trauma.


“For many patients, this may translate into improved range of motion and less time on crutches or a walker,” Bennett said. He added that the majority of his patients return home the day after surgery. 

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