Patient Stories ~ Hobbies: MotoSport

Lee

Profession: Construction
Doctor: Winston Warme

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Broke my left ankle in a slow speed low-side when my motorcycle slipped out on some fine sand on asphalt.

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The Dr. and staff at UW Sports Medicine were professional and explained the break well and scheduling was easy, and the operation was a success. I had a small titanium plate put in to stabilize and realign my broken fibula and there was no pain whatsoever.

I started taking some oxycodone after coming out of anesthesia but stopped taking them the second day as there was no pain. I'm still recovering and everything is looking great.

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William

Profession: Law and Public Safety
Doctor: Dr. Reza Firoozabadi

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In June 2013 I was hit by a wrong way driver while at work on my police motorcycle. I was taken to the Harborview emergency room after a first stop at a local hospital. I honestly do not remember much of that experience but I wound up in the ICU I met a multitude of doctors while I waited for surgery I must say the staff in the ICU was wonderful to all my friends and family who came to see me.. When you are a motorcycle officer you are part of a brotherhood so there were many, many officers in and around the ICU at all times it seemed.

I was told I had an "open book" pelvis fracture and a ruptured bladder to go with it. Of course I had no idea what that really meant for me or what it entailed to get me fixed up. Dr. Firoozabadi came to the ICU at some point and introduced himself to me. He was very calm and professional and even in my frightened state he was able to confer a sense of calm confidence to me. When it was time for surgery Dr. Firoozabadi took time to talk to my wife and put her at ease as much as he could. He made sure she was comfortable and updated often during my surgery. That meant more to me than you can know. At no time did he seem arrogant or uncaring. He did not treat us like just another pelvis patient. He and his team were professionals at all times. I can go on and on about this brilliant surgeon but there is just too many things to list.

I have spent almost 7 months in rehab since my surgery and plan on being back on the job this June. Thanks to my brilliant surgeon and his team and also my wonderful family I will be back working soon.

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Dr. Firoozabadi spoke to us plainly and did not use overly technical terms. He answered all our questions and gave us good honest answers. He gave us his contact information and even called my wife and me when we needed to talk to him about something while I was in physical therapy.

Dr. Firoozabadi seemed like a buddy when we went to see him. He is genuinely interested in us as people instead of viewing us as just a medical case or one of dozens of people he sees every day. That means something in this sterile non personal world.

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David

Profession: Education
Doctor: Dr, Adam Sassoon

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I initially had my hip looked at by three different doctors and got two opinions: resurfacing, arthroscopic and the third opinion said either.

Five years after that it was as bad as ever. Went to UW Sports Medicine and saw Dr. Sassoon. He confirmed a previous total-replacement diagnosis.

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They were very factual about what I was facing and didn't sugar-coat the issues. They were able to explain to a non-surgeon what had to be done, before, during, and after the procedure.

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S.

Profession: Construction
Doctor: Dr. Reza Firoozabadi

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My girlfriend and I decided to rent a jet ski on Memorial Day weekend while spending the weekend in our RV at Moses Lake. We left the dock in the early afternoon on Memorial Day and were driving to various coves checking out all the wildlife on this sunny summer day. The weather was great high 70's and the lake was smooth. We decided to head back to the dock to have some lunch. On our way back we encountered 3 huge waves. When we hit the first one we both came off the seat of the ski and then back down on top of the ski with the passenger landing on top of me, and into the water we went. A couple (Mike and Linda) in a boat saw us in the water and offered their swim platform while we assessed if there were injuries. I felt as I had only had the wind knocked out of me and just needed a few minutes to catch my breath. When I tried to get up thatís when I felt the sharp pain in my hips and agreed to seek medical attention. Mike and Lynda were so nice and gave us a ride to the dock were they had called for help to meet us there. Their son took the ski back to the dock and tied it up for the owner to pick up. The EMT's met us at the dock and put me on the stretcher and off to the Moses Lake ER I went. After the scan I was notified by the attending physician that I would soon be on my way to Harbor View. The flight there was quick and the two lady EMT's that attended me were great, they managed my pain and every aspect of my care. I woke up in the ICU on Monday to meet Dr. Firoozabadi and his team of experts. He explained that I had an "Open Book" fracture of my pelvis and I needed surgery and what would be accomplished during the procedure. He and his staff also helped my family understand the procedure and put any concerns to rest. Being a member of IBEW the word was getting out to the brotherhood about what had happened and soon many of the brothers were by to visit. Being an employee of one of Washington's top 100 companies, there were soon many visitors from work as well, including several owners. The support of all these caring people was and is greatly appreciated. It seemed as though this huge family was always there for me and my family. I woke up post-surgery and was soon met by Dr. Firoozabadi assuring me of the success of the surgery and answering any questions that my family and I had. His team also helped with all the paperwork for insurance and post-operative and ICU care. They went above and beyond all of my expectations. After several weeks at Harbor View I was transferred to an assisted living facility while my home was being modified to accommodate me in a wheel chair. After a couple of months at home in the wheel chair I was able to start taking steps with crutches. At 4 months post-surgery I was able to begin taking steps without the crutches. At 5 months I'm walking although a bit wobbly. I'm looking forward to being able to get back to work in a few more months. I have been working out 5 days a week most of the time in hopes to help my body get back in shape to be able to do the heavy physical construction work I'm used to. Thanks to Dr. Firoozabadi and his excellent team this will be possible.

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

Dr. Firoozabadi and his team of experts were always there for anything they could help with. Even sending me to this website so I could help others.

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