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Ruth

Profession: Retired
Doctor: Dr Kushagra Verma

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

I had back pain that was becoming increasingly severe. I had had surgery about two years ago and got a bit of relief but the pain started coming back. The pain was going down to my legs. I was referred to Dr. Verma and from the very first time myself, my daughter, and son-in-law met with Dr Verma, we were at peace. He looked at the MRI results and with much compassion, explained to us that I would need to have another surgery to correct my back problem and take care of the pain that was going down to my legs. Dr Verma performed the surgery successfully and the pain that went from my back down to the my legs went away after the surgery.

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He continued to stay in touch with our family checking on my progress and promptly answering our questions.
Dr Verma is down to earth and easy to relate to. I was very pleased with his care.

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Julia

Profession: Other
Doctor: Dr. Winston Warme

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

In May 2016 I started experiencing aches in both shoulders (among other symptoms), by October both were frozen. I began twice weekly PT in November, but saw no improvement. In April 2017, I was diagnosed with systemic Scleroderma. My rheumatologist, Dr. Sacksen (fantastic doctor), performed an ultrasound on my left shoulder (my dominant side and the most restricted) and gave me a cortisone injection. Cortisone helped with the pain, but did not allow any more progress from PT. In June 2017, Dr. Sacksen referred me to Dr. Warme for evaluation of my shoulders.

On September 5, after much research and consideration, Dr. Warme performed an arthroscopy with manipulation on my left shoulder. I have my right shoulder scheduled for December.

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

From the moment I met Dr. Warme he showed sincere interest in my condition, not just my shoulders, but the greater impacts I was experiencing due to Scleroderma. When he noticed that my left hand was essentially unusable, he pulled a hand specialist into the appointment and then personally walked me over to occupational therapy to begin treatment with Carol Recor (outstanding therapist). Every appointment thereafter his first inquiry was about my hand and he showed as much excitement at its improvement as I did.

Out of his commitment to first do no harm, as well because he doesn't see many Scleroderma patients, Dr. Warme did not rush into surgery. He contacted colleagues around the world to discuss my circumstances and to try and understand what we might encounter both during and post-surgery. He was honest with me about what he learned, even though he didn't find many surgeons who had worked on Scleroderma patients, and together we decided how to proceed.

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Shannon

Profession: Health Care
Doctor: Winston Warme

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

5+ years of progressing arthritis/bone spur formation and pain of the sternoclavicular joint. I wasn't able to tolerate my arm hanging at my side for periods of time after my arm was at rest, primarily in the mornings after waking up. I could not raise my arm above my head without pain and I also couldn't do any strenuous activity on my right side (I am right handed) including carrying my 2 year old son. I consulted with 2 other orthopedic doctors prior to being referred to Dr.Warme. One of those physicians diagnosed thoracic outlet syndrome (which I don't believe I have) and sent me for physical therapy, which only helped a small amount. Once at UW, we tried a steroid injection in the joint initially because I was hesitant to jump right into surgery. The steroid injection took the pain away for 1-2 glorious weeks but it returned, so we moved forward with a surgical debridement of the SC joint. I am currently 6 weeks post op, and feel better than I thought I could. The pain is gone and other than strengthening the muscles in my shoulder and back that I have compensated with for years, I feel more normal now than I have in a long time.

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

Dr. Warme and his whole team including MAs, nurses, fellows, residents, PAs and every other staff member I encountered were caring, friendly and knowledgable. Dr. Warme is the only (attending) surgeon I encountered in my journey as a patient that never made me feel rushed, listened to my concerns and understood my disease process and needs.

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Phyllis

Profession: Retired
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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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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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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Paul

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

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

Sternoclavicular subluxation that began when my arm was pulled on by a patient I was treating. The pain was immediate and since it was an L&I claim I had to go the route of Physical Therapy for 4months before they decided I should see a surgeon. I had limited range of motion, pain in neck from bone pulling muscles downward, and a real nasty click and pop when either pulling my shoulders back or shrugging my shoulders.

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

Dr. Warmes bedside manner is the greatest. He really took time to know who I was and showed genuine concern for what I was going through. Not only is he an amazing surgeon but he is an amazing guy all around.

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