d.Profession: Manufacturing/ Distribution
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD
Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.
Failed rotator cup surgery. MRI showed a torn tendon and during recovery, after my surgeon at the time told me I could use the arm all I wanted the tendon severed completely. The surgeon at the time would not give a clear answer as to whether or not the tendon had completely failed. I went to the U.W. for a second opinion and doctor Warme said he could help me, that they have had great success reattaching torn bicep tendons. The surgery took a while to schedule due to holiday and vacation, available sugery dates but the surgery was eventualy scheduled. The tendon had been severed for a considerable time by that time but the results were fantastic! I had the same time off of work, no more than the last surgery but much less pain and the rehabilitation was far less painful due to the lower impact of the type of surgery done to restore the bicep. Additionaly the surgery actualy addressed the issue which was to reattach the bicep tendon where it was damaged instead of detaching the bicep tendon anchor point and another muscle and reattaching them in a new location when there was not indication of damage to the second muscle and the reattachment procedure would not address the issue of the damaged tendon. The results of the surgery done by Dr. Warme and his team, by addressing the issue at it's source by contrast had a much more satisfactory outcome resulting in full recovery of the arm and shoulder.
What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?
In a word, results.
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 have fully recovered and can do all activities I choose to partake in. I am extremely satisfied with the outcome.
What advice would you like to share with a patient with a condition such as yours who is considering surgery?
Get several opinions first but you won't find a more unbiased objective opinion than at the U.W.Surgery Center. Don't just go with the first opinion and the most convieniantly located surgery center. Remember the shoulder will be with you a long time, you want it to be a happy relationship between you and your shoulder. Unless it is life threatening or timely urgent if you have any concerns or time allows seek out at least one more opinion and pay close attention to everything! The more you know and understand the better
Please share any additional comments!
If you are not happy with the results of even an old sugery, get another opinion. Technology advances and what was the best that could be done then is not neccessarily the all that can be done now. What have you got to lose?