Patient Stories ~ Hobbies: Fishing

Lew

Profession: Education
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

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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Robert

Profession: Other
Doctor: Adam Sassoon

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

Had knee replacement in 2012 went well for a year and a half. Then started having trouble and my Dr. could not find a problem. After a mri and more xrays and still no results, my Dr. referred me to the UW Medicine. There after just looking at the xrays , the Dr. saw that the replacement was coming loose.

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

How they were concerned about your problem, not just the Dr. but also his physician assistant (in my case Nathan Summers)They explained the xray to me so I could see the problem. And they explained to my wife and I what they were going to do to fix my knee.

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Marv

Profession: Retired
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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Nat

Profession: Self-Employed
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

I had a severe dislocation many years ago with many years of dislocations (50 or 60) and 3 previous surgeries. I had pain at night time and occational dislocations while sleeping, and pain in multiple area's around the shoulder.

I was somewhat tired of bouncing from doctor to doctor that was unsure of what to do, doctors who weren't willing to accept a difficult case, and doctors who told me that I was OK and I would just get better.

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

The thing that stood out to me the most during our first visit was that despite the results of the clinical exams, xrays and MRI's. Dr Warme turned to his students and fellows and explaned that I was telling them what was wrong. Meaning the weight that my description of what and how I am feeling means more that a imperfect exam or xray.....which ultimately was exactly right. My imaging and physical exam weren't completely conclusive, but at surgery everything I had explained was clearly identified and repaired.

The day of my surgery I felt like I was the only patient in the entire hospital. The level of care and attention was amazing. The confidence and calm about a situation that I was pretty nervous about was something that I have never experienced before. I have had 12 surgeries, and this group and Dr Warme are the only ones who put me at ease and made me feel like I was the only one there that day. The communication before we went to the operating room by everyone was amazing....there were no questions left unanswered.

I had only seen Dr Warme 1 time prior to surgery, but he is an amazing listener, made me feel like Ive known him my whole life and I trusted that I was getting the best care and he the best guy working on me that day. I am truly thankful and thank God for Dr Warme and his team.

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Scot

Profession: Science
Doctor: Winston Warme

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

Many years of bone on bone arthritis in my right shoulder.

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

A profound dedication to the well-being of his patients.

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Carl

Profession: Construction
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

My left shoulder was worn out and I was unable to use my left arm.

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

Their professionalism and communication and the outstanding results!

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Vern

Profession: Construction
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

Shoulder injuries from work and sports. I was in constant pain with a restricted range of motion and I was unable to use my arms for much above my head. The pain made it difficult to sleep.

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

Dr. Warme and his team provided excellent care and information throughout both surgeries and treatment before and after. I had a high level of trust in the information provided and in Dr. Warme's abilities.

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