Patient Stories ~ Profession: Retired

Susan

Hobbies: Cycling/ Mountain Biking, Hiking/ Camping, Other
Doctor: Dr. Warme

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Unstable Knee, ACL tear
Just two months into a retirement that was supposed to be filled with hikes and bike rides, I caught my foot on an immovable object, heard an ominous pop, felt outrageous knee pain, and took a header into a nearby azalea bush. The MRI showed no intact ACL fibers, non-displaced bone fractures, meniscus tears, Baker's cyst, etc...
The surgeon I saw at that time dismissed me as a candidate for surgery due to my age and weight. I was fitted with a knee brace and encouraged to strengthen the muscles that support the knee. That was the first time in my life that I felt written-off medically. Initially dispirited, I wallowed in food and self-pity, for awhile.....
Fast forward five years. I was leading an active life, exercised in earnest, had lost 65-70 pounds. Nevertheless, my knee became more unstable, and I fell 5 times in as many months. Concerned about the possibility of further injuries, I had a consultation with Dr. Warme for reconsideration of my eligibility for surgery. Fortunately he said the magic words that I was a good candidate for ACL reconstruction.

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To a person, I find them all to be accessible, easy to talk to, kind, and respectful. Both Dr. Warme and Carlos performed a thorough but painless examination of my knee. (How is that possible!) Dr. Warme took time to answer all my questions and address any concerns. I feel confident that, even if he had found that I was not a candidate for surgery, he would have delivered the message in a way that was not spirit-crushing. But fortunately he said yes.

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Jeff

Hobbies: Walking
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD and Paul Manner, MD

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Restricted range of motion. Severe discomfort at times. Hip replacement in December of 2007. Dr. Paul Manner. After such a positive experience with the UofW Orthopedic department returning for an examination and consultation regarding my shoulder was guaranteed.

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

Dr. Warme has a gift that goes beyond his surgical skills. Totally invested in me and my best course of action is what I remember most. When he spoke to my wife after the operation she was impressed with his easy going manner and approachability. I have to mention the great smile. I also have to believe that any surgical team working with Dr. Warme would be greatly motivated.

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Marv

Hobbies: Fishing, Humanitarian Action
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

Dr. Warme:

Remember the fisherman from Eastern Washington? You performed a clavicle resection on my right shoulder on May 26, 2010. You may recall that it took many months for the pain to go away, but you insisted that nothing was wrong. Well, it took almost two years, with some therapy, and now regular exercise, but the shoulder works wonderfully. Since that time I have caught many, many fish.

I greatly appreciate what you did to restore the full use of my shoulder. I send this message to you to not only express my appreciation, but that it might also encourage other patients of yours to hang in there during recovery.

These fish were caught July 13, 2013
Grants Bay, near Winter Harbour, Vancouver Island, Canada
What a ride!

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Ardell

Hobbies: Reading
Doctor: Dr. Reza Firoozabadi

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I am a male, 86 years old, very active and with a big yard that I love to care for. We have an RV and we play golf and have lots of fun vacations. On July 24th I fell from a small ladder in my garage and fractured my pelvis and hip socket. Twelve days in Harborview and 9 hour surgery and 1 month in rehab and now I am doing well. It was a long road, but with the care of my wife and family I am now mobile and walking without a cane or walker and with very little pain.
My Dr. Firoozabodi preformed a wonderful surgery that gave me back my life.
We are very grateful for the talent and compassion of our Dr.

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

Compassion, understanding and information. It was very clear what was going to happen and what the outcome would be

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G.

Hobbies: Shooting
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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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.

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Phyllis

Hobbies: Family, Fitness, Golfing, Movies, Reading, Travel, Walking
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

I was treated conservatively for shoulder pain by a different doctor. After a year of PT and cortisone injections my pain returned and my limitations grew worse. Luckily for me I decided to get an opinion from Dr. Warme and the PA, Jill Eggers-Knight at the ESSC in Bellevue. Dr. Warme explained very thoroughly my shoulder issue and that a rotator repair would be my best option. I decided to have the surgery and am so happy that I did. Thanks to Dr. Warme and his surgery team and my physical therapist, Debra Parrot I am now able to do the things I used to do before my injury and am looking forward to getting out on the golf course with my husband!

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

The two things I appreciated the most about everyone was their caring attitude and willingness to explain things so that I could understand them.

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