Patient Stories ~ Profession: Education

Lew

Hobbies: Carving, Fishing, Fitness, Gold Mining, Hiking/ Camping, Hunting
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

I coached multiple sports for 35 years. Gymnastics was probably the hardest on my body, especially my shoulders. The humeral heads were worn flat. My left shoulder was the worst, but I continued to exercise, refusing to give in due to my active life. For several years the condition deteriorated further until I had difficulty lifting my arm above my shoulder and I was in constant pain with every movement. The joint actually seemed to sag out of socket and lock up. It was compromising my activities and I could not get in a good exercise work-out because of the pain and limitations.

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

Dr. Warme's involvement in outdoor activities, especially his mountain climbing background struck a chord with me. I felt like he understood where I was coming from and what I wanted to get back to doing. He said he could put me back doing what I used to do; not simply get rid of the pain. He was honest with me; saying there were three parts to this procedure - (1) His part - surgery, (2) My part - religious exercise during and after recovery and (3) God's part. Recognizing God's part is not a weakness, but a strength in my book and an important measure of a man.

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B.

Doctor: Reza Firoozabadi, MD, MA


When I woke up from the nightmare of my horrific car accident, I soon learned, as an elementary school teacher reading that infamous poetry line, that "all kings horses and all the kings men, couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again", depended on whether one had the Best Pelvic Surgeon in the country!

But you Dr. Reza did in fact put ME back together again!

Your calming and sure sounding voice from our first meeting in ICU, allowed a very frightened me, the confidence to begin my road to recovery and move forward with the surgery to repair my damaged Pelvis.

I apologize again for giving you a bit of a scare, when I decided to use the restroom on my own …the day after my surgery!! But, I could not remember if ANYONE told me I couldn't! Anyway, as you said, after I was x-rayed to make certain I did not ruin your masterful work, at least you knew I would be able to walk!

With your instructions to the physical therapists, I asked them, characteristically, What CAN'T I do! Well as you know, 4 months later, thanks to your skills and unselfish encouragement, I am back teaching my first graders!

And each time I hear that Humpty Dumpty poem, I can't help smile and think of YOU!

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Gary

Hobbies: Auto mechanics
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

I first saw Dr. Warme and Jill Eggers-Knight for left rotator cuff repair, had it repaired once before but had reinjured it after continuing delivering freight 10-14 hours aday, Dr. warme was able to repair it once again with some ongoing discomfort but definately more tolerable.
Then again this last November Dr. Warme did a clean out of my right elbow due to overuse and it is better than it has been in quite afew years, I can even eat again without lowering my head to my hand and can comb my hair with very little discomfort, and getting better every day.

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

Dr. Warme and the whole team at UW seem to actually care about each and every person that come through their doors, you are treated with the utmost respect and compassion by everyone in reception right up to the operating room staff.
The follow up after surgery was surprising and very much appreciated after receiving a call at home from Dr. Warme the next morning at home to see how I was doing and if there was any concerns about my recovery.
Whenever I have seen Dr. Warme and Ms. Jill I am always greated with a warm smile and a hug, I feel like part of the UW family, Thank You.

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J.

Hobbies: Gardening/ Horticulture
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

Had severe pain in the right shoulder with very limited range of motion.

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

Everyone was always friendly and caring. When explaining information they were thorough and helpful in the P.T.

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Patricia

Hobbies: Gardening/ Horticulture, Reading, Sewing/ Knitting
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

Deterioration of shoulder joints, pain and lack of mobility.

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

They were caring and positive, explained things skillfully, and were attentive and efficient.

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