Hobbies: Baseball, Basketball, Cycling/ Mountain Biking, Fishing, Golfing
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD
Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.
I had a severe dislocation many years ago with many years of dislocations (50 or 60) and 3 previous surgeries. I had pain at night time and occational dislocations while sleeping, and pain in multiple area's around the shoulder.
I was somewhat tired of bouncing from doctor to doctor that was unsure of what to do, doctors who weren't willing to accept a difficult case, and doctors who told me that I was OK and I would just get better.
What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?
The thing that stood out to me the most during our first visit was that despite the results of the clinical exams, xrays and MRI's. Dr Warme turned to his students and fellows and explaned that I was telling them what was wrong. Meaning the weight that my description of what and how I am feeling means more that a imperfect exam or xray.....which ultimately was exactly right. My imaging and physical exam weren't completely conclusive, but at surgery everything I had explained was clearly identified and repaired.
The day of my surgery I felt like I was the only patient in the entire hospital. The level of care and attention was amazing. The confidence and calm about a situation that I was pretty nervous about was something that I have never experienced before. I have had 12 surgeries, and this group and Dr Warme are the only ones who put me at ease and made me feel like I was the only one there that day. The communication before we went to the operating room by everyone was amazing....there were no questions left unanswered.
I had only seen Dr Warme 1 time prior to surgery, but he is an amazing listener, made me feel like Ive known him my whole life and I trusted that I was getting the best care and he the best guy working on me that day. I am truly thankful and thank God for Dr Warme and his team.
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?
I am only 4 weeks post op on pretty much a complete shoulder reconstruction, so Im still unable to do anything with the shoulder for another few weeks, but Im confident that everything that could be done to help me was done to help me.
What advice would you like to share with a patient with a condition such as yours who is considering surgery?
This was my 12 surgery and have complex injuries and a rare joint disease that involves my Knee. The level of knowledge, experience, compassion, and commitment to treating the patient.....not the test results, is absolutely world class.
I was extremely nervous going into this surgery because I knew that it was fairly major and the recovery would be hard, but the calm, understanding, and confidence that Dr Warme displayed totally put me at ease. Dr Warme made me feel like a member of the family.
The level of skill presented was amazing. I had about everything wrong with my shoulder that could be wrong, and the procedure lasted over twice as long as it should have. But he was able to repair everything and feels very good about the result.
Please share any additional comments!
I would recommend anyone with a shoulder problem......complex or not to see Dr Warme. I would send my kids to see him, my wife, and really anyone that I treasure and I would be very confident in their care.
Truly a world class team