Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD
Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.
In 1999 and 2001 I had total joint replacements in each of my shoulders. This resulted from years of heavy construction work and degenerative ostioarthritis. The work on my shoulders was done in eastern washington. Around 2009 I started to have pain in my right shoulder and by 2010 I was back at my surgeon's office trying to find out what we were going to do. What I found out was that the part of the prostesis that was mounted to the bone that the head of the rod in my upper arm was coming loose. The screws were loose and backing themselves out. I was having a lot of pain with this as the replacement work was failing. The Dr. that did the work told me that "There is nothing that I can do for you."
I left his office in pain, angry and wondering what I was going to do. I went to my General Practioner in my home town of Chelan, Washington. He did some research and decided that I should go to Dr. Warme at the Orthopedic Clinic in Bellevue, Wa.
When I met Dr. Warme I felt that I had come to the right place. When Dr. Warme explained the severity of the failure of the previous prostesis it was made clear to me the proceedure that would need to be done due to the bone loss would be a "ream and run" proceedure that was a fairly new proceedure that was giving good results to people that had severe issues like I did. We scheduled the surgery. I was in a lot of increasing pain and relying on pain meds to get by.
I Have to say that my wife and I were very impressed with the "Team" that Dr. Warme has put together for each step of the process from preoperation paperwork to the end of rehab therapy. Not to mention the continued follow up contact with his office and check ups. I continue to hear from him and his office and it is 4 1/2 years later.
The other issue that arose was the increased pain I was having with my left shoulder. Long story short, the same issue was happening in that shoulder. I had my right shoulder done on June 1st 2010 and the left shoulder done on Dec. 7th.
The surgeries were not easy due to the severity of bone loss and other factors. Post op I was at the University Hospital for recovery for 3-4 days on each surgery. Dr. Warme and his team were there at every step of the way and I could not have asked for better care and true concern with my recovery and future. After the hospital stays I went home for rehab and recovery. Thru all of this I managed to continue with my work as a Maintenance Supervisor for the School District.
The whole process with both shoulder replacements, rehab and getting back to normal for me was about a year and a half. That is probably longer than most but due to the bad condition of my previous replacements and the deep hole I was in with the pain before the repairs that Dr. Warme did for me I think that it was the best outcome possible.
I am doing very well now in Nov. 2014. I can not say enough about Dr. Warme's knowlege and professionalism. He truly gave me my life back. Thank you Dr. Warme and team!
What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?
Their Professionalism and knowledge.
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 can do pretty much anything I want or need to.
What advice would you like to share with a patient with a condition such as yours who is considering surgery?
Dr. Warme and his staff are the best answer to you issues. I experienced two shouler replacements that failed 9 years later from a Dr. that told me he could not help me after they failed. When I went to Dr. Warme he knew what needed done and he rebuilt both of my shoulders and gave me my life back.