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Lana

Profession: Retired
Doctor: Kushagra Verma

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

As a 76 year-old woman I had a deformed back due to multiple unsuccessful surgeries, old hardware, including spinal fusions and a pain pump that needed to be removed. I was bent over and in constant pain. I could not stand up straight and needed to use a walker and cane to walk.

Dr. Kushagra Verma, from the UWMC Bone and Joint Center, along with Dr. Rajiv Saigal, co-surgeon from Harborview, turned out to be my saviors. Dr. Verma took my complicated case and after a 12-hour surgery was able to completely change my spine in such a way that after three months of recovery my spine was straightened out -- I'm not kidding!!! I AM ABLE TO WALK WITHOUT ANY WALKER OR CANE. I have NO back pain, either.

It will take a full six months to completely recover because complicated spinal surgeries require time to fully restore the spine to a normal posture. That means I will not be doing any bending, twisting, or heavy lifting.

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

Dr. Verma went out of his way to explain exactly what the surgery would entail and all the possible problems that could happen during recovery.

Dr. Verma saw me through all phases of my recovery and he is a very caring physician. He knows his business and his business is straightening spines.

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ANTONELLA

Profession: Student
Doctor: Dr. Winston J. Warme

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

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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Eric

Profession: Science
Doctor: Dr. Tom Staiger (general) and Winston J. Warme, MD (shoulder)

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

Ruptured tendon to the right biceps long head and aggravation of a very old bowling injury.

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

1. Extremely high degree of professionalism; great care and success in explaining options in patient friendly ways.

2. Absolute surgical success, with recovery precisely as predicted.

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