Patient Stories ~ Hobbies: Fitness

Jennifer

Profession: Business
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

In 2005 I was experiencing some pain in my left shoulder. I was an active sports player (tennis, racketball, wallyball, running and rowing), so I assumed that I probably had injured it while playing. I do have arthritis in my family, but never thought at my age (early forties at this time) I would be dealing with this issue of arthritis. Did some physical therapy, as per doctor's orders and then by 2007 I couldn't even dress myself. Ended up seeing Dr. Warme and in 2008, I was in for shoulder replacement and on to a pain free life in my left shoulder.

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

When I went in for consultations or the surgery itself; Dr. Warme and his team were always joyful, informative and willing to make your visit as comfortable as possible. I had initials of the surgery team all over my arm...LOL...felt pretty special.

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Lew

Profession: Education
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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I coached multiple sports for 35 years. Gymnastics was probably the hardest on my body, especially my shoulders. The humeral heads were worn flat. My left shoulder was the worst, but I continued to exercise, refusing to give in due to my active life. For several years the condition deteriorated further until I had difficulty lifting my arm above my shoulder and I was in constant pain with every movement. The joint actually seemed to sag out of socket and lock up. It was compromising my activities and I could not get in a good exercise work-out because of the pain and limitations.

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

Dr. Warme's involvement in outdoor activities, especially his mountain climbing background struck a chord with me. I felt like he understood where I was coming from and what I wanted to get back to doing. He said he could put me back doing what I used to do; not simply get rid of the pain. He was honest with me; saying there were three parts to this procedure - (1) His part - surgery, (2) My part - religious exercise during and after recovery and (3) God's part. Recognizing God's part is not a weakness, but a strength in my book and an important measure of a man.

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Megan

Profession: Business
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD & Jill T Eggers-Knight

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

My left knee kept hyperextending when I was playing soccer or jogging. There wasn't much pain at all, it just was annoying. I assumed I had pulled something, but come to find out I had completely torn my ACL. It was a pretty clean break.

My right knee, I returned to playing soccer too early from my left knee surgery and I heard a loud audible popping sound and pain immediately rushed to my knee, leg and back. It hurt to walk, I couldn't walk on my own and the swelling started immediately. I had completely torn my right ACL, tore my posterior horn and body of the medial meniscus, sprained my fibular collateral ligament, strained the medial head of my gastrocnemius and had mild chondromalacia patella.

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

The doctors explained the options for replacing my ACL and it was a hard choice but they answered all of my questions and made it all relevant to the sports I play.

Before I was heading into surgery the doctor came and explained to me what he was going to do, the staff was so incredibly nice and helped keep my mind at ease. Then my recovery was specialized to what I would need to do to return to my favorite sport, soccer.

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John

Profession: Government
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

Deterioration of both shoulder joints, gradually preventing many activities.

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

Attitude and positive outcome.

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Gary

Profession: Other
Doctor: Dr. Winston Warme

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I suspected a partial tear of my rotator cuff due to a mild ache especially during sleeping. While playing tennis and an energetic serve I actually tore the rotator cuff on my non dominant shoulder.
I'm a 60 year old male, very active athletically and want to continue being competitive in tennis. Having had numerous orthopedic repairs of both knees and my dominant shoulder, I wanted to find a surgeon interested in keeping me athletically active. I was looking for a sports medicine surgeon that wouldn't just tell me to stop playing and avoid strenuous athletics. What I found was Dr. Winston Warme with numerous testimonials from physically active individuals of all ages. His background of a retired military physician also intrigued me as did his education. My research paid off, I couldn't be more happy.

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

Dr. Warme and his PA Carlos from my first visit to my 12 week post operative followup have been sincerely interested in getting me back to the physical condition and competitive player that I want to continue being.
I was completely surprised how quickly I was able to get and appointment and subsequently surgery scheduled.
Another surprise was day three post operative, receiving a phone call from Dr. Warme inquiring as to how I was doing and giving me guidance on my medications. I wouldn't have expected this from the physician, maybe the PA.
Each visit I have truly felt Dr. Warme cares about my recovery, my desires to continue competitive tennis and me personally, engaging in conversation medically and my personal life and career.

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Jake

Profession: Student
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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My condition had become progressively worse after a failed attempt (by a different orthopaedic surgeon in California) to reattach my pectoralis major tendon. I struggled to regain much strength and function over two years following the first surgery. I began to sense that the tendon had not been completely reattached and I searched across the United States for an orthopaedic surgeon that would consider performing a "revision surgery" on my pec tendon. After losing more than 60% of my strength and functionality in my right arm/chest and searching (over 2 years) for somebody who could help, I came to Seattle to meet with Dr. Matsen and Dr. Warme.

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My experience at the UW Medical Center was extraordinary. I cannot say that enough. I met with a dozen orthopaedic specialists before meeting with Dr. Warme. None of the previous physicians gave me even an ounce of hope or condidence regarding my injury and possible revision surgery. I came to Seattle from Southern California in hope that somebody would have some experience with my particular injury. It felt amazing to speak with Dr. Warme and explain to him what happened to my pec tendon. The most amazing part of the experience was when I asked Dr. Warme how many of these types of pec surgeries he had completed since it was a pretty rare procedure in the field of orthopaedics. He confidently informed me that he had performed approximately 20 of them with a 100% success rate. And the best part of the conversation was when he looked at me and sincerely told me that he could fix my chest. He said he was confident that he could get the tendon back on the bone. And THAT is exactly what Dr. Warme did.

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Craig

Profession: Retired
Doctor: Dr. Warme

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

Torn Rotator cuff tendon and bicep tendon. When the injury happened I could not move my arm more that 4 inches from my side. I waited way to long hoping my body would heal itself (2 yrs). Lesson here - get in to see a doctor asap! I was very fortunate to have Dr. Warme (an excellent surgeon) put me back together again. His skill (and Gods design) has resulted in an excellent recovery and happy patient.

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

For example: I was concerned about the discoloration below my Bicep incision. I had expedient e-mail and phone communications with Dr. Warme and his assistant. I went into the medical center and it was concluded to be just part of the healing process. There was ongoing Communications to monitor the discoloration.

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Phyllis

Profession: Retired
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

I was treated conservatively for shoulder pain by a different doctor. After a year of PT and cortisone injections my pain returned and my limitations grew worse. Luckily for me I decided to get an opinion from Dr. Warme and the PA, Jill Eggers-Knight at the ESSC in Bellevue. Dr. Warme explained very thoroughly my shoulder issue and that a rotator repair would be my best option. I decided to have the surgery and am so happy that I did. Thanks to Dr. Warme and his surgery team and my physical therapist, Debra Parrot I am now able to do the things I used to do before my injury and am looking forward to getting out on the golf course with my husband!

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

The two things I appreciated the most about everyone was their caring attitude and willingness to explain things so that I could understand them.

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Eric

Profession: Government
Doctor: Branford Henley, MD

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Had a freak motorcycle accident involving an elevated manhole above street grade making a left hand turn. The accident caused my ankle to dislocate with multiple fractures. Initial trip to the ER the ankle was reset and four days later I had my surgery slated for only 1-2 hours but once the Dr. Henley and the Ortho Red team opened the ankle up they realized it was going to take a bit longer.

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

Dr. Henley and the Ortho Red Team made sure my ankle was put back together almost as perfect as it was before. Their dedication to healing has already allowed me to return to soccer in just over 6 months since the accident.

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