Patient Profile

Gary

Profession: Other
Hobbies: Fitness, Hiking/ Camping, Tennis, Travel
Doctor: Dr. Winston Warme

Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.

I suspected a partial tear of my rotator cuff due to a mild ache especially during sleeping. While playing tennis and an energetic serve I actually tore the rotator cuff on my non dominant shoulder.
I'm a 60 year old male, very active athletically and want to continue being competitive in tennis. Having had numerous orthopedic repairs of both knees and my dominant shoulder, I wanted to find a surgeon interested in keeping me athletically active. I was looking for a sports medicine surgeon that wouldn't just tell me to stop playing and avoid strenuous athletics. What I found was Dr. Winston Warme with numerous testimonials from physically active individuals of all ages. His background of a retired military physician also intrigued me as did his education. My research paid off, I couldn't be more happy.

What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?

Dr. Warme and his PA Carlos from my first visit to my 12 week post operative followup have been sincerely interested in getting me back to the physical condition and competitive player that I want to continue being.
I was completely surprised how quickly I was able to get and appointment and subsequently surgery scheduled.
Another surprise was day three post operative, receiving a phone call from Dr. Warme inquiring as to how I was doing and giving me guidance on my medications. I wouldn't have expected this from the physician, maybe the PA.
Each visit I have truly felt Dr. Warme cares about my recovery, my desires to continue competitive tennis and me personally, engaging in conversation medically and my personal life and career.

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 began physical therapy (twice per week) at nine weeks post operative. I have been religious with the workouts and my recovery has been rapid from week nine through twelve. Week twelve marks when I can start resistance training. I have full range of motion and am working now on getting my strength back. I have started casually hitting the tennis ball, but again, the repair was to my non dominant shoulder.

What advice would you like to share with a patient with a condition such as yours who is considering surgery?

A torn rotator cuff is very limiting, repair sooner than later will get you back to the physical condition you desire and back to the activities you enjoy.
This is a painful recovery, I was still at about a pain level of 4 at the eight week point, thinking when is this aching going to stop. From the eight to twelve week time frame things got progressively better. I'm now sleeping much better, yes still waking throughout the night but getting a good nights sleep. My pain level is a mild dull ache at a level of 1.
Be patient, do what the Doctor orders and get into physical therapy, religiously do physical therapy and you will progress much quicker in my opinion.

Please share any additional comments!

Do your own research but I highly recommend Dr Warme and the team at UW Medicine. The attitude from the front office staff to the surgeon as well as their responsiveness to my questions have been unparalleled. My new favorite orthopedic surgeon, Dr Warme. Thanks for your sincere concern for my health.