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Susan

Profession: Retired
Doctor: Dr. Warme

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Unstable Knee, ACL tear
Just two months into a retirement that was supposed to be filled with hikes and bike rides, I caught my foot on an immovable object, heard an ominous pop, felt outrageous knee pain, and took a header into a nearby azalea bush. The MRI showed no intact ACL fibers, non-displaced bone fractures, meniscus tears, Baker's cyst, etc...
The surgeon I saw at that time dismissed me as a candidate for surgery due to my age and weight. I was fitted with a knee brace and encouraged to strengthen the muscles that support the knee. That was the first time in my life that I felt written-off medically. Initially dispirited, I wallowed in food and self-pity, for awhile.....
Fast forward five years. I was leading an active life, exercised in earnest, had lost 65-70 pounds. Nevertheless, my knee became more unstable, and I fell 5 times in as many months. Concerned about the possibility of further injuries, I had a consultation with Dr. Warme for reconsideration of my eligibility for surgery. Fortunately he said the magic words that I was a good candidate for ACL reconstruction.

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To a person, I find them all to be accessible, easy to talk to, kind, and respectful. Both Dr. Warme and Carlos performed a thorough but painless examination of my knee. (How is that possible!) Dr. Warme took time to answer all my questions and address any concerns. I feel confident that, even if he had found that I was not a candidate for surgery, he would have delivered the message in a way that was not spirit-crushing. But fortunately he said yes.

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Roger

Profession: Sales
Doctor: Winston Warme

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I was losing range of motion in my arthritic left shoulder. The original injury to my left shoulder occurred back in 2000 while doing "flys" with free weights. Overtime (15+ yrs), the range of motion became problematic when doing everyday activities; It got to the point where I couldn't press a canoe over my head and this was simply unacceptable...

Over the years, in addition to the arthritis in my shoulder, I had also cultivated an impressive, 2 inch bone spur at the base of the ball of the humerus.

Prior to meeting Dr Warme and learning about his "Ream and Run" procedure, I tried to regain my range of motion using 1) physical therapy and subsequently 2) a less invasive surgical procedure; neither of which helped alleviate my range of motion challenges.

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The "ream and run" procedure was a "life changer" for me. I am in my mid-50's and have two young active kids; everyday activities (sports, throwing canoes around, etc) became difficult.

Doing a full shoulder replacement wasn't attractive given the limitations it placed on these same types of activities -- as I understand it, with a full shoulder replacement you are discourage from doing anything that requires a helmet (i.e. skiing, biking, etc).

As it turned out, I was a perfect candidate for the "Ream and Run"; in fact my previous shoulder surgeon -- who was unable to suggest alternatives to a full shoulder replacement -- was of the same opinion.

Regarding follow-up: God Bless Sarah Jackins, Dr Warmes PT. Following the Ream and Rum procedure, she was able to coax range of motion from my shoulder that I wasn't able to achieve on my own.

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D.

Profession: Information Technology
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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This is my second rotator cuff and second biceps tenodesis

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This is my second shoulder and biceps operation performed by Dr. Warme. My first was last summer and in all honesty I can't tell I had surgery. It is 100%. The appearance of the biceps muscle is normal. I have known others who have had surgery done elsewhere and have not had the results I have. This latest one seems to be progressing along the same lines. I will be back to work in 8 weeks. Woo! Hoo! I will also give Dr Warme and his team extra points. I asked if they could miss the large tattoo on my left shoulder and to my surprise they did with no complication to the surgery. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ANTONELLA

Profession: Student
Doctor: Dr. Winston J. Warme

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Over five years ago I slipped down the stairs in my home, holding on to the railimg with my right arm while bracing the fall with my left. Over time both of my shoulders became sensitive and unstable, semi-dislocating when least expected.

What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?

Dr. Warme and his team treated me as a person, not a problem. I always knew they were listening to my concerns and that I was consantly aware of my options for optimum health and recovery.

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Paul

Profession: Health Care
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.

Sternoclavicular subluxation that began when my arm was pulled on by a patient I was treating. The pain was immediate and since it was an L&I claim I had to go the route of Physical Therapy for 4months before they decided I should see a surgeon. I had limited range of motion, pain in neck from bone pulling muscles downward, and a real nasty click and pop when either pulling my shoulders back or shrugging my shoulders.

What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?

Dr. Warmes bedside manner is the greatest. He really took time to know who I was and showed genuine concern for what I was going through. Not only is he an amazing surgeon but he is an amazing guy all around.

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