Patient Stories ~ Profession: Manufacturing/ Distribution

Gary

Hobbies: Skiing
Doctor: Dr. Michael Brage

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

After a very serious Hawkins class IV Talus fracture and subsequent surgery at a hospital in the Seattle area not affiliated with UW, I was referred to Dr. Brage at the Sigvard T. Hansen Foot and Ankle Institute at Harborview Medical Center to "salvage my foot" ( quote from my medical record )

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

Expertise, Knowledge, Caring, Availability ( personal phone calls, replying to emails promptly ), & especially taking his time to Advocate for me, with my insurance company, when they would not authorize to pay for the total ankle replacement that I needed.

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d.

Hobbies: Walking
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.

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