Patient Stories ~ Doctors: Winston J. Warme, MD

ANTONELLA

Profession: Student
Hobbies: Carving, Crafts, Geocaching, Hiking/ Camping, Humanitarian Action, Music, Other, Travel, Walking, Woodworking, Writing, Yoga
Doctor: Dr. Winston J. Warme

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Over five years ago I slipped down the stairs in my home, holding on to the railimg with my right arm while bracing the fall with my left. Over time both of my shoulders became sensitive and unstable, semi-dislocating when least expected.

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

Dr. Warme and his team treated me as a person, not a problem. I always knew they were listening to my concerns and that I was consantly aware of my options for optimum health and recovery.

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Lee

Profession: Construction
Hobbies: MotoSport
Doctor: Winston Warme

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Broke my left ankle in a slow speed low-side when my motorcycle slipped out on some fine sand on asphalt.

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The Dr. and staff at UW Sports Medicine were professional and explained the break well and scheduling was easy, and the operation was a success. I had a small titanium plate put in to stabilize and realign my broken fibula and there was no pain whatsoever.

I started taking some oxycodone after coming out of anesthesia but stopped taking them the second day as there was no pain. I'm still recovering and everything is looking great.

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Scot

Profession: Science
Doctor: Winston Warme

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Roger

Profession: Sales
Hobbies: Other
Doctor: Winston Warme

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I was losing range of motion in my arthritic left shoulder. The original injury to my left shoulder occurred back in 2000 while doing "flys" with free weights. Overtime (15+ yrs), the range of motion became problematic when doing everyday activities; It got to the point where I couldn't press a canoe over my head and this was simply unacceptable...

Over the years, in addition to the arthritis in my shoulder, I had also cultivated an impressive, 2 inch bone spur at the base of the ball of the humerus.

Prior to meeting Dr Warme and learning about his "Ream and Run" procedure, I tried to regain my range of motion using 1) physical therapy and subsequently 2) a less invasive surgical procedure; neither of which helped alleviate my range of motion challenges.

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The "ream and run" procedure was a "life changer" for me. I am in my mid-50's and have two young active kids; everyday activities (sports, throwing canoes around, etc) became difficult.

Doing a full shoulder replacement wasn't attractive given the limitations it placed on these same types of activities -- as I understand it, with a full shoulder replacement you are discourage from doing anything that requires a helmet (i.e. skiing, biking, etc).

As it turned out, I was a perfect candidate for the "Ream and Run"; in fact my previous shoulder surgeon -- who was unable to suggest alternatives to a full shoulder replacement -- was of the same opinion.

Regarding follow-up: God Bless Sarah Jackins, Dr Warmes PT. Following the Ream and Rum procedure, she was able to coax range of motion from my shoulder that I wasn't able to achieve on my own.

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James

Profession: Retired
Hobbies: Travel
Doctor: Dr. Winston Warme

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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.

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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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Craig

Profession: Retired
Hobbies: Fitness
Doctor: Dr. Warme

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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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Shannon

Profession: Health Care
Hobbies: Family, Hiking/ Camping, Jogging/ Running, Pets
Doctor: Winston Warme

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5+ years of progressing arthritis/bone spur formation and pain of the sternoclavicular joint. I wasn't able to tolerate my arm hanging at my side for periods of time after my arm was at rest, primarily in the mornings after waking up. I could not raise my arm above my head without pain and I also couldn't do any strenuous activity on my right side (I am right handed) including carrying my 2 year old son. I consulted with 2 other orthopedic doctors prior to being referred to Dr.Warme. One of those physicians diagnosed thoracic outlet syndrome (which I don't believe I have) and sent me for physical therapy, which only helped a small amount. Once at UW, we tried a steroid injection in the joint initially because I was hesitant to jump right into surgery. The steroid injection took the pain away for 1-2 glorious weeks but it returned, so we moved forward with a surgical debridement of the SC joint. I am currently 6 weeks post op, and feel better than I thought I could. The pain is gone and other than strengthening the muscles in my shoulder and back that I have compensated with for years, I feel more normal now than I have in a long time.

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Dr. Warme and his whole team including MAs, nurses, fellows, residents, PAs and every other staff member I encountered were caring, friendly and knowledgable. Dr. Warme is the only (attending) surgeon I encountered in my journey as a patient that never made me feel rushed, listened to my concerns and understood my disease process and needs.

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Frank

Profession: Law and Public Safety
Hobbies: Martial Arts
Doctor: Dr Warme Dr Whitney PA Caso

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

Leftside Sternoclavicular separation and rightside distal clavicle fracture

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

Pleasant nature of medical staff, understanding my desire to avoid surgery

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Gary

Profession: Other
Hobbies: Fitness, Hiking/ Camping, Tennis, Travel
Doctor: Dr. Winston Warme

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I suspected a partial tear of my rotator cuff due to a mild ache especially during sleeping. While playing tennis and an energetic serve I actually tore the rotator cuff on my non dominant shoulder.
I'm a 60 year old male, very active athletically and want to continue being competitive in tennis. Having had numerous orthopedic repairs of both knees and my dominant shoulder, I wanted to find a surgeon interested in keeping me athletically active. I was looking for a sports medicine surgeon that wouldn't just tell me to stop playing and avoid strenuous athletics. What I found was Dr. Winston Warme with numerous testimonials from physically active individuals of all ages. His background of a retired military physician also intrigued me as did his education. My research paid off, I couldn't be more happy.

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Dr. Warme and his PA Carlos from my first visit to my 12 week post operative followup have been sincerely interested in getting me back to the physical condition and competitive player that I want to continue being.
I was completely surprised how quickly I was able to get and appointment and subsequently surgery scheduled.
Another surprise was day three post operative, receiving a phone call from Dr. Warme inquiring as to how I was doing and giving me guidance on my medications. I wouldn't have expected this from the physician, maybe the PA.
Each visit I have truly felt Dr. Warme cares about my recovery, my desires to continue competitive tennis and me personally, engaging in conversation medically and my personal life and career.

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Diane

Profession: Health Care
Hobbies: Hiking/ Camping
Doctor: Dr. Warme

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Fractured Clavicle- 10 Lessons
When I fractured my clavicle friends and co-workers figured I’d done it hiking or skiing and had an exciting story to accompany my injury. I wish. Despite an active lifestyle, my injury occurred while commuting to work on the bus. An unexpected hard stop had me airborne, ping-ponging down the aisle, landing on my head and L upper extremity. I’m sure it was exciting to watch, anyway. Lesson #1- Remember to hold on when standing/walking on a moving bus.
I was sure I was just fine; I’m a nurse, and can easily assess my own injuries. Right. Hitting my head hard clearly impacted my assessment and decision making skills. A couple days later when the pain reached excruciating levels, I decided I needed an x-ray, which clearly showed the clavicle fracture. Lesson #2 - Health care professionals are not always reliable at self-diagnosis; and #3- Head injuries make for stupid decisions.
Dr. Warme was encouraging and supportive, advising that my fracture would likely heal without any intervention.
At my 4 week recheck appointment, I was SURE I would have x-ray evidence of my amazing powers of healing; instead, much to my dismay, the fracture had worsened and displaced. Healing normally was now much less assured. Lesson #2 re-visited. Slow learner.
Again Dr. Warme was encouraging and supportive. He took the time necessary to discuss options in detail, which greatly assisted in making the decision to proceed with surgery. As a surgical nurse, I know enough about surgery to be wary. Add to that, I’d never had surgery myself. Lesson #4- Transitioning from nurse to patient was going to be interesting.
I underwent an open reduction, internal fixation with a clavicle pin about a week later.

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

Dr. Warme and team were interested in my circumstances, my lifestyle, and my particular anatomy- in short; they were committed to me and my care. They utilized their surgical knowledge and expertise to afford me the best outcome. Having surgery is a bit of a trust exercise. If you’re going to walk off that cliff, it’s imperative to trust your team. They made that part easy.

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Susan

Profession: Retired
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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Scot

Profession: Science
Hobbies: Basketball, Cycling/ Mountain Biking, Fishing, Jogging/ Running, Sailing, Skiing
Doctor: Winston Warme

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

Many years of bone on bone arthritis in my right shoulder.

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

A profound dedication to the well-being of his patients.

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G.

Profession: Retired
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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Chris

Profession: Student
Hobbies: Football
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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I hurt my shoulder playing baseball last year and the first doctor I saw wanted to do surgery and told me I would be in rehab/recovery for 6 months and I would have to miss my football and rugby seasons. He told me I had a torn labrum. My mom sent my MRI results to Dr. Warme and he gave us a second opinion which did not recommend surgery. I lifted and did rehab with the athletic trainer at my school. Since then, I played a full rugby season and am currently playing football without having any issues with my shoulder. Thank you, Dr. Warme!

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Alec

Profession: Health Care
Hobbies: Cycling/ Mountain Biking
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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I am a competitive road bike racer, and crashed hard on my shoulder in a race. I knew immediately that the clavicle (collarbone) was broken. It actually did not hurt that bad as long as I immobilized my arm in the sling given to me by the EMT at the race. But, any range of motion with the shoulder was very uncomfortable and made things like bathing, getting dressed, and working quite difficult.

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Dr. Warme was fantastic. He got me into his clinic quickly. He assessed my injury, and also how it would affect me specifically. He considered my job and also my hobbies. He explained that clavicle fractures can be managed non-operatively, but that my specific type of break had a high chance for poor bone healing if surgery was not done. Knowing that I was eager to recover and get back on the bike, he had me in the OR only 3 days after the accident. And the surgical result was perfect!

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Gary

Profession: Education
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.

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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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d.

Profession: Manufacturing/ Distribution
Hobbies: Walking
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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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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Marv

Profession: Retired
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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D.

Profession: Information Technology
Hobbies: Other
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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This is my second rotator cuff and second biceps tenodesis

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This is my second shoulder and biceps operation performed by Dr. Warme. My first was last summer and in all honesty I can't tell I had surgery. It is 100%. The appearance of the biceps muscle is normal. I have known others who have had surgery done elsewhere and have not had the results I have. This latest one seems to be progressing along the same lines. I will be back to work in 8 weeks. Woo! Hoo! I will also give Dr Warme and his team extra points. I asked if they could miss the large tattoo on my left shoulder and to my surprise they did with no complication to the surgery. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Carrie

Profession: Health Care
Hobbies: Hiking/ Camping, Horseback riding
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

Pain in the collarbone/sternum area, tingling/pain down right arm. Lack of range of motion. Dislocation that I was able to reduce on my own on daily basis.
Bone spur on sternum dislocating collarbone at joint.

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

The professional approach, yet still warm and understanding. Organized and confident.

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Nat

Profession: Self-Employed
Hobbies: Baseball, Basketball, Cycling/ Mountain Biking, Fishing, Golfing
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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I had a severe dislocation many years ago with many years of dislocations (50 or 60) and 3 previous surgeries. I had pain at night time and occational dislocations while sleeping, and pain in multiple area's around the shoulder.

I was somewhat tired of bouncing from doctor to doctor that was unsure of what to do, doctors who weren't willing to accept a difficult case, and doctors who told me that I was OK and I would just get better.

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The thing that stood out to me the most during our first visit was that despite the results of the clinical exams, xrays and MRI's. Dr Warme turned to his students and fellows and explaned that I was telling them what was wrong. Meaning the weight that my description of what and how I am feeling means more that a imperfect exam or xray.....which ultimately was exactly right. My imaging and physical exam weren't completely conclusive, but at surgery everything I had explained was clearly identified and repaired.

The day of my surgery I felt like I was the only patient in the entire hospital. The level of care and attention was amazing. The confidence and calm about a situation that I was pretty nervous about was something that I have never experienced before. I have had 12 surgeries, and this group and Dr Warme are the only ones who put me at ease and made me feel like I was the only one there that day. The communication before we went to the operating room by everyone was amazing....there were no questions left unanswered.

I had only seen Dr Warme 1 time prior to surgery, but he is an amazing listener, made me feel like Ive known him my whole life and I trusted that I was getting the best care and he the best guy working on me that day. I am truly thankful and thank God for Dr Warme and his team.

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Phyllis

Profession: Retired
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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Marian

Profession: Other
Hobbies: Jogging/ Running
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

I was in the Army in 1993 and tore my ACL during a training accident.

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

Dr Warme laid out my options in layman's terms. Because of his lifestyle of rigorous physical activity he could better convey the pros and cons to my options of having surgery or not. He let ME decide what path was better for my lifestyle. I chose surgery. He emphasized the importance of physical therapy and illustrated what could happen if I didn't follow through. I did exactly what Dr Warme advised and I recuperated in no time. In fact I've been an avid runner over the years and just completed a full marathon this year. Dr Warme tells it like it is, yet is compassionate and truly cares.

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Gail Ann

Profession: Health Care
Hobbies: Family, Gardening/ Horticulture, Reading, Travel
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

I had been in a car accident 6+ years prior and a MD in Spokane finally identified the problem - no surgeon in this area would even look at it. He referred me to Dr. Warme. My medial clavicle would float out towards my throat and override the sternum causing constant headaches and pain.

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

I saw the PA first and she did a thorough review and then I saw Dr. Warme. He was the fourth surgical person I saw and he 1) knew what the problem was and 2) knew it was difficult to impossible to live with due to decreased function and daily pain.

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Jake

Profession: Student
Hobbies: Fitness
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

My condition had become progressively worse after a failed attempt (by a different orthopaedic surgeon in California) to reattach my pectoralis major tendon. I struggled to regain much strength and function over two years following the first surgery. I began to sense that the tendon had not been completely reattached and I searched across the United States for an orthopaedic surgeon that would consider performing a "revision surgery" on my pec tendon. After losing more than 60% of my strength and functionality in my right arm/chest and searching (over 2 years) for somebody who could help, I came to Seattle to meet with Dr. Matsen and Dr. Warme.

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My experience at the UW Medical Center was extraordinary. I cannot say that enough. I met with a dozen orthopaedic specialists before meeting with Dr. Warme. None of the previous physicians gave me even an ounce of hope or condidence regarding my injury and possible revision surgery. I came to Seattle from Southern California in hope that somebody would have some experience with my particular injury. It felt amazing to speak with Dr. Warme and explain to him what happened to my pec tendon. The most amazing part of the experience was when I asked Dr. Warme how many of these types of pec surgeries he had completed since it was a pretty rare procedure in the field of orthopaedics. He confidently informed me that he had performed approximately 20 of them with a 100% success rate. And the best part of the conversation was when he looked at me and sincerely told me that he could fix my chest. He said he was confident that he could get the tendon back on the bone. And THAT is exactly what Dr. Warme did.

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P.

Profession: Sales
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

I had an ACL replacement surgery on my right knee in 1996 with arthroscopic surgeries in 1997, 1998, 2008.

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

Dr. Warme is very caring, attentive, and helpful. He was able to diagnose and explain the source of my knee pain in simple terms. My previous Orthopedic Surgeon, was recommending knee surgery again. But Dr. Warme was encouraging me to stretch and do physical therapy....and IT WORKED!!!

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Nick

Hobbies: Juggling, Music, Puppetry, Theater/Opera
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

I had just been in a cycling accident where I was thrown to the sidewalk, with my right arm taking all of the impact - fracturing severely.

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

I felt very well informed about the specifics of my injury, the risks involved in surgery, and the potential for recovery. The level of commitment to restoring me to full mobility was palpable in their attention and attitude.

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Dawn

Profession: Health Care
Hobbies: Barrel Racing, Cycling/ Mountain Biking, Gardening/ Horticulture, Quad Riding
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

I was in a barrel racing accident and broke my humerus, injured my elbow, and injured my SC joint; my elbow and SC joint requiring surgery.

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

Excellent care! Dr. Warme is very patient and a very good listener. Everything he tells you regarding expectations and outcomes is right on. There were no surprises.

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Lew

Profession: Education
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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Kerry

Profession: Other
Hobbies: Baseball, Basketball, Board/ Card Games, Football, Movies, Walking
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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I am a 52 yr old female, living with Rheumatoid arthritis & Fibromyalgia since age 35 & I live in Boise, ID. In June of 2010 I tore up my left shoulder beyond fixing after trying to get a 1/2 gallon of milk out of fridge. My right shoulder already was a non-moving body part due to 4 Labral and Cuff tear surgeries. So my doc here went on a search for someone to perform the "REVERSE ROTATOR CUFF REPLACEMENT" in my left shoulder at age 50, a surgery not recommended till one is over 60. After going to U of U then almost every shoulder doc here and 1 other doc in Seattle no one said yes. Then on Oct. 8, 2010 I flew up and saw Dr. Warme. After seeing Alex, his PA then, and the doc, within 30 minutes we were setting up a surgery date.

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

There is ONE thing that stands out mostly about the doc and team is THEY ARE AWESOME!!! Nurse Steve is and will always be one of the top of the line RN's on earth. Every single person from Pre-op to the OR to Post-op to In-patient were the best!!!! Only flaw worthy of saying is there was NO Dr. Pepper anywhere to be found then the good doc brought me some!!!!

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John

Profession: Government
Hobbies: Fitness, Hiking/ Camping, Travel
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

Deterioration of both shoulder joints, gradually preventing many activities.

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

Attitude and positive outcome.

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Jennifer

Profession: Business
Hobbies: Fitness
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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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.

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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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M.

Profession: Sales
Hobbies: Jet skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling
Doctor: Winston Warme, MD

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

Torn labrum

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

He has an amazing bedside manner and the ability to describe exactly how he repaired my shoulder in terms I understood.

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Sean

Profession: Student
Hobbies: Hiking/ Camping
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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During the second half of baseball season in my junior year of high school (2011-12), my left shoulder popped out 7 or 8 times in a matter of a month. It would happen when I would bat, but I played through the pain every game and didn't sit out once. I finally got my shoulder checked out at the end of the season and learned that I had a tear in my left Labrum and it needed to be repaired.

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

Dr. Warme really cared about me, not only as his patient, but as a person too. He was very respectful and humble and always calm in the way he presented himself. It was a pleasure to get to know him.

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Carl

Profession: Construction
Hobbies: Fishing, Hunting, Shooting
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

My left shoulder was worn out and I was unable to use my left arm.

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

Their professionalism and communication and the outstanding results!

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Megan

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

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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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Vern

Profession: Construction
Hobbies: 4-wheeling, Fishing, Hiking/ Camping, Hunting
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

Shoulder injuries from work and sports. I was in constant pain with a restricted range of motion and I was unable to use my arms for much above my head. The pain made it difficult to sleep.

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

Dr. Warme and his team provided excellent care and information throughout both surgeries and treatment before and after. I had a high level of trust in the information provided and in Dr. Warme's abilities.

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William

Profession: Military
Hobbies: Auto mechanics, Gardening/ Horticulture, Model cars
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

I needed my right shoulder replaced due to pain and I couldn't use my left arm because of the pain.

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

Their professionalism but at the same time being so caring and kind like you were family. Dr. Warme and his team are the best.

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Jeff

Profession: Retired
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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C.

Profession: Military
Hobbies: Cooking, Gardening/ Horticulture, Reading, Woodworking
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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

My pectoralis major needed to be reattached to the shoulder.

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

All medical procedures and personnel were excellent. Everything was clearly explained and results matched or exceeded expectations/ predictions.

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Eric

Profession: Science
Hobbies: Woodworking, Writing, Yoga
Doctor: Dr. Tom Staiger (general) and Winston J. Warme, MD (shoulder)

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

Ruptured tendon to the right biceps long head and aggravation of a very old bowling injury.

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

1. Extremely high degree of professionalism; great care and success in explaining options in patient friendly ways.

2. Absolute surgical success, with recovery precisely as predicted.

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J.

Profession: Education
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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Heidi

Profession: Sports
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD







A 22-year-old pole vaulter was dealing with a lingering injury that prevented her from doing the sport she loved. After being told by multiple health care professionals there was nothing they could do, she came to visit Dr. Warme at the University of Washington, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Now she is an example of success and back to doing the sports and activities she loves, pain free.

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