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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

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

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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James

Profession: Retired
Doctor: Dr. Winston Warme

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

I was picking mushrooms in very steep terrain, when I slipped and fell on a very slippery rock. I immediately could hear and feel "something" tear in my shoulder. Pain in my shoulder was persistent over the next months and ultimately I chose to have an MRI scan and it was determined that I tore my rotator cuff when falling.

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

After researching orthopedic doctors, I ultimately chose Dr. Warme for his specialization on shoulder injuries. After my first visit, I was impressed with his "down to earth" and honest opinions and approach. I asked him questions with regard to his experience and competence in which he would humbly and willingly reply. He always had a great attitude and provided me with great confidence in his abilities.

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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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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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Gail Ann

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

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

I had been in a car accident 6+ years prior and a MD in Spokane finally identified the problem - no surgeon in this area would even look at it. He referred me to Dr. Warme. My medial clavicle would float out towards my throat and override the sternum causing constant headaches and pain.

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

I saw the PA first and she did a thorough review and then I saw Dr. Warme. He was the fourth surgical person I saw and he 1) knew what the problem was and 2) knew it was difficult to impossible to live with due to decreased function and daily pain.

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