Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD
Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.
My condition had become progressively worse after a failed attempt (by a different orthopaedic surgeon in California) to reattach my pectoralis major tendon. I struggled to regain much strength and function over two years following the first surgery. I began to sense that the tendon had not been completely reattached and I searched across the United States for an orthopaedic surgeon that would consider performing a "revision surgery" on my pec tendon. After losing more than 60% of my strength and functionality in my right arm/chest and searching (over 2 years) for somebody who could help, I came to Seattle to meet with Dr. Matsen and Dr. Warme.
What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?
My experience at the UW Medical Center was extraordinary. I cannot say that enough. I met with a dozen orthopaedic specialists before meeting with Dr. Warme. None of the previous physicians gave me even an ounce of hope or condidence regarding my injury and possible revision surgery. I came to Seattle from Southern California in hope that somebody would have some experience with my particular injury. It felt amazing to speak with Dr. Warme and explain to him what happened to my pec tendon. The most amazing part of the experience was when I asked Dr. Warme how many of these types of pec surgeries he had completed since it was a pretty rare procedure in the field of orthopaedics. He confidently informed me that he had performed approximately 20 of them with a 100% success rate. And the best part of the conversation was when he looked at me and sincerely told me that he could fix my chest. He said he was confident that he could get the tendon back on the bone. And THAT is exactly what Dr. Warme did.
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?
After healing from the second surgery (performed by Dr. Warme) I regained full function of my right arm and pectoralis major muscle. I can wakeboard again, do push-ups like I used to and have continued to progress as a drug free competitive bodybuilder. In addition, with the amazing job that Dr. Warme did and my post-op physical therapy I was able to regain my original strength and then surpass it!
I can honestly say that after the second surgery I can perform ALL of my physical activities at an even higher level than before my original injury.
What advice would you like to share with a patient with a condition such as yours who is considering surgery?
PLEASE go and visit the team of physicians at UW Medical Center. I HIGHLY recommend meeting with Dr. Warme for any type of shoulder/elbow injury that requires surgical procedures. Dr. Warme literally changed my life. This man took my pec tendon and reattached it so that I could actually use my arm again. In addition, I consider him to be the best physician I have ever worked with. Not only is he a magician in the operating room, Dr. Warme is so down to Earth, honest, caring and compassionate. I was blessed in a major way by having the opportunity to be his patient. His entire staff including the PA and Fellow that were there prior to, during and after the surgery did a wonderful job. Overall, my experience at UW Medical Center with Dr. Warme and his staff was incredible.
Please share any additional comments!
My health (physically and mentally) have been pushed to a higher level following the "revision" surgery on my pec. I have just completed my first year of medical school and absolutely love studying medicine. Despite the grueling challenge, I look forward to helping many people and improving their lives as Dr. Warme and his team vastly improved my life. I cannot say thank you enough!