Patient Stories ~ Profession: Retired

Ruth

Hobbies: Family
Doctor: Dr Kushagra Verma

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

I had back pain that was becoming increasingly severe. I had had surgery about two years ago and got a bit of relief but the pain started coming back. The pain was going down to my legs. I was referred to Dr. Verma and from the very first time myself, my daughter, and son-in-law met with Dr Verma, we were at peace. He looked at the MRI results and with much compassion, explained to us that I would need to have another surgery to correct my back problem and take care of the pain that was going down to my legs. Dr Verma performed the surgery successfully and the pain that went from my back down to the my legs went away after the surgery.

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

He continued to stay in touch with our family checking on my progress and promptly answering our questions.
Dr Verma is down to earth and easy to relate to. I was very pleased with his care.

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Susan

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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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James

Hobbies: Travel
Doctor: Dr. Winston Warme

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

I was picking mushrooms in very steep terrain, when I slipped and fell on a very slippery rock. I immediately could hear and feel "something" tear in my shoulder. Pain in my shoulder was persistent over the next months and ultimately I chose to have an MRI scan and it was determined that I tore my rotator cuff when falling.

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

After researching orthopedic doctors, I ultimately chose Dr. Warme for his specialization on shoulder injuries. After my first visit, I was impressed with his "down to earth" and honest opinions and approach. I asked him questions with regard to his experience and competence in which he would humbly and willingly reply. He always had a great attitude and provided me with great confidence in his abilities.

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Lana

Hobbies: Writing
Doctor: Kushagra Verma

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

As a 76 year-old woman I had a deformed back due to multiple unsuccessful surgeries, old hardware, including spinal fusions and a pain pump that needed to be removed. I was bent over and in constant pain. I could not stand up straight and needed to use a walker and cane to walk.

Dr. Kushagra Verma, from the UWMC Bone and Joint Center, along with Dr. Rajiv Saigal, co-surgeon from Harborview, turned out to be my saviors. Dr. Verma took my complicated case and after a 12-hour surgery was able to completely change my spine in such a way that after three months of recovery my spine was straightened out -- I'm not kidding!!! I AM ABLE TO WALK WITHOUT ANY WALKER OR CANE. I have NO back pain, either.

It will take a full six months to completely recover because complicated spinal surgeries require time to fully restore the spine to a normal posture. That means I will not be doing any bending, twisting, or heavy lifting.

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Dr. Verma went out of his way to explain exactly what the surgery would entail and all the possible problems that could happen during recovery.

Dr. Verma saw me through all phases of my recovery and he is a very caring physician. He knows his business and his business is straightening spines.

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Ardell

Hobbies: Reading
Doctor: Dr. Reza Firoozabadi

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

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

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.

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Craig

Hobbies: Fitness
Doctor: Dr. Warme

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

Torn Rotator cuff tendon and bicep tendon. When the injury happened I could not move my arm more that 4 inches from my side. I waited way to long hoping my body would heal itself (2 yrs). Lesson here - get in to see a doctor asap! I was very fortunate to have Dr. Warme (an excellent surgeon) put me back together again. His skill (and Gods design) has resulted in an excellent recovery and happy patient.

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For example: I was concerned about the discoloration below my Bicep incision. I had expedient e-mail and phone communications with Dr. Warme and his assistant. I went into the medical center and it was concluded to be just part of the healing process. There was ongoing Communications to monitor the discoloration.

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Yvonne

Hobbies: Music
Doctor: Dr. Kushagra Verma

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

My disabled son needed back surgery for bulging discs. We were referred to Dr. Verma.
Dr Verma heard all of my concerns, assured me my son would be taken care of, saw to it I was informed by all the appropriate Doctors of just what would be done with my son.
I let him know I wanted to see my son as soon as he came out of surgery. Dr. Verma had someone call me every hour to let me know how surgery was going and that my son was doing fine, he came to the waiting room and got me as soon as surgery was over and took me to the recovery room so I would be there when my son arrived so I could see him wake up.
As I, myself, needed back surgery I went to Dr. Verma. He and the hospital staff took care of me as well as they did my son.
Dr. Verma continues to call and check up how my son and I are doing and I can never express my gratitude for him enough.

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

The understanding they had of my concern for my son.
Dr. Verma was aware that I am care provider for my son and prior to my surgery he asked if there was going to be someone to care for them while I was incapable. No other Doctor has bothered to ask me that and I was very impressed.

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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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