Hobbies: Hiking/ Camping
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD
Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.
During the second half of baseball season in my junior year of high school (2011-12), my left shoulder popped out 7 or 8 times in a matter of a month. It would happen when I would bat, but I played through the pain every game and didn't sit out once. I finally got my shoulder checked out at the end of the season and learned that I had a tear in my left Labrum and it needed to be repaired.
What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?
Dr. Warme really cared about me, not only as his patient, but as a person too. He was very respectful and humble and always calm in the way he presented himself. It was a pleasure to get to know him.
What can you do now that you could not do before surgery? Have you been able to return to your hobbies or sports at the same level as pre-injury or at an even higher level?
Now I can comfortably sleep at night. I can lift weights, exercise, play baseball, and do everything that I love to do that I could not before surgery.
What advice would you like to share with a patient with a condition such as yours who is considering surgery?
My biggest advice is to not worry. First of all, take it up with God and pray about it, put it in His hands. Do this, and I promise all your nerves will go away. Your true strength comes from the Lord.
Also, if you do decide to get surgery, take it very slow afterwards and don't try to rush your recovery. You may want to take your sling off before you're permitted, DON"T. Follow the guidelines that the doctor gives you, it makes all the more difference. Along with that, do your physical therapy exercises. This part was very key in my recovery. Some of the stuff they have you do might be boring, but you do it for a reason and it works! Basically, don't rush your recovery!!!