Patient Profile

Roger

Profession: Sales
Hobbies: Other
Doctor: Winston Warme

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

I was losing range of motion in my arthritic left shoulder. The original injury to my left shoulder occurred back in 2000 while doing "flys" with free weights. Overtime (15+ yrs), the range of motion became problematic when doing everyday activities; It got to the point where I couldn't press a canoe over my head and this was simply unacceptable...

Over the years, in addition to the arthritis in my shoulder, I had also cultivated an impressive, 2 inch bone spur at the base of the ball of the humerus.

Prior to meeting Dr Warme and learning about his "Ream and Run" procedure, I tried to regain my range of motion using 1) physical therapy and subsequently 2) a less invasive surgical procedure; neither of which helped alleviate my range of motion challenges.

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

The "ream and run" procedure was a "life changer" for me. I am in my mid-50's and have two young active kids; everyday activities (sports, throwing canoes around, etc) became difficult.

Doing a full shoulder replacement wasn't attractive given the limitations it placed on these same types of activities -- as I understand it, with a full shoulder replacement you are discourage from doing anything that requires a helmet (i.e. skiing, biking, etc).

As it turned out, I was a perfect candidate for the "Ream and Run"; in fact my previous shoulder surgeon -- who was unable to suggest alternatives to a full shoulder replacement -- was of the same opinion.

Regarding follow-up: God Bless Sarah Jackins, Dr Warmes PT. Following the Ream and Rum procedure, she was able to coax range of motion from my shoulder that I wasn't able to achieve on my own.

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?

Being in my mid-50's, I greatly appreciate being able to act like I could in my early to mid-40's!

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

Talk to a number of surgeons -- this is a BIG decision.

Don't give up: getting my shoulder 'right' was a long process and I chose to begin with less invasive options.

Work with a PT team that works closely with your surgical team.