Patient Stories ~ Profession: Business

Jennifer

Hobbies: Fitness
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

In 2005 I was experiencing some pain in my left shoulder. I was an active sports player (tennis, racketball, wallyball, running and rowing), so I assumed that I probably had injured it while playing. I do have arthritis in my family, but never thought at my age (early forties at this time) I would be dealing with this issue of arthritis. Did some physical therapy, as per doctor's orders and then by 2007 I couldn't even dress myself. Ended up seeing Dr. Warme and in 2008, I was in for shoulder replacement and on to a pain free life in my left shoulder.

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

When I went in for consultations or the surgery itself; Dr. Warme and his team were always joyful, informative and willing to make your visit as comfortable as possible. I had initials of the surgery team all over my arm...LOL...felt pretty special.

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Megan

Hobbies: Cooking, Fitness, Golfing, Hiking/ Camping, Jogging/ Running, Movies, Music, Soccer, Video Games
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD & Jill T Eggers-Knight

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

My left knee kept hyperextending when I was playing soccer or jogging. There wasn't much pain at all, it just was annoying. I assumed I had pulled something, but come to find out I had completely torn my ACL. It was a pretty clean break.

My right knee, I returned to playing soccer too early from my left knee surgery and I heard a loud audible popping sound and pain immediately rushed to my knee, leg and back. It hurt to walk, I couldn't walk on my own and the swelling started immediately. I had completely torn my right ACL, tore my posterior horn and body of the medial meniscus, sprained my fibular collateral ligament, strained the medial head of my gastrocnemius and had mild chondromalacia patella.

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

The doctors explained the options for replacing my ACL and it was a hard choice but they answered all of my questions and made it all relevant to the sports I play.

Before I was heading into surgery the doctor came and explained to me what he was going to do, the staff was so incredibly nice and helped keep my mind at ease. Then my recovery was specialized to what I would need to do to return to my favorite sport, soccer.

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Chris

Doctor: Dr. Reza Firoozabadi

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

On May 20th, 2013 my then 3 year old daughter Tylyn, and I were finishing up yardwork and I needed to pull the cars back into the garage. I sent my daughter inside as I got into the car. Little did I know that Tylyn had gone into the house and ran back out through another door before I moved the car. She wanted to hide from me so she chose to crawl under the back of my car and hide. I put the car into reverse and let off the brakes to hear an awful scream. I put the car in park and ran around to the back passenger side to see my rear wheel sitting on top of my three year old daughter's pelvis. Horrified, I jumped back into the car and drove the car forward back off of her just as my wife came and scooped her up. We were freaking out as you can imagine. We dialed 911 and went to our neighbors house as she is an ER nurse to wait for paramedics. We were taken to Harborview Trauma where it was determined that Tylyn's pelvis was broken in multiple places. Dr Firoozabadi and team took over from there. As you can imagine, my wife and I were in a state of shock, worrying that we were going to lose our precious daughter. I was also taken over by the guilt of causing this accident.

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

Dr. Firoozabadi did an amazing job slowing down time for me when he talked to reassure us that everything was going to be ok. These words are near impossible to believe when you are in the moment, but I could see that he truly felt for us as a doctor as well as a father. Tylyn went into an initial surgery immediately to stabilize her pelvis and was then set for surgery a day later to fix the breaks. The breaks were fairly rare and Dr Firoozabadi wanted time to bounce this case off on other top Orthopedic surgeons around the country to ensure the best aproach for the surgery. He reassured us that he wanted to give her the best chance to be able to go back to functioning as a normal kid again. I remember very vividly the day surgery was set and my daughter getting rolled into the operating room she looked at me and begged me not to leave her side. She asked me if she was leaving to go see baby Jesus. That moment was the darkest moment of my life as I reassured my daughter that everything was going to be ok fighting back my emotions. Dr. Firoozabadi stopped to talk to my wife and I before going into surgery to tell us what to expect. He told us that the surgery would take anywhere from one to four hours but to not worry if it takes longer. He said that he was going to take his time to make sure the surgery was perfect and everything was aligned 100% before he would be satisfied. He also said that he will be taking the time needed as if Tylyn was his own daughter. This gave us faith that we had the best person possible taking care of our daughter.

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