Patient Stories ~ Hobbies: Walking

Jeff

Profession: Retired
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.

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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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Michael

Profession: Government
Doctor: Kushagra Verma

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I had massively debilitating pain radiating down my left leg and into my toes after simply standing up and feeling like doing so had snapped something connected to my leg. I had already experienced this type of pain pattern, but only when doing certain movements and stretches. This was intensely worse, and over the next few days had progressed to the point that I couldn't sit, stand, lie down, or move without severe pain to my leg. Eventually I found that if I remained standing I could eventually push through minimize the pain. I basically remained standing every day for weeks, lying down to sleep (minimally due to pain) and waking up every morning with severe symptoms that would only diminish when I stood for about an hour. Sitting or lying down for any short period of time would bring the severe leg pain back.

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My doctors, Dr. Verma and Dr. Leim, were professional and direct. Their analysis was clearly explained and supported by the findings of my MRI. I am an attorney who litigates spinal conditions as part of my practice, so the doctors encouraged me to read medical literature and studies to help me understand the risks, benefits, and outcomes of the appropriate surgery. I am grateful for this level of respect for my decision whether or not to pursue surgery. They quickly earned my trust and understood quickly that I wanted to pursue the best treatment options for long term success. Their clear and efficient approach to patient care stood out, as well as their friendliness and caring in handling a very painful situation.

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Akeirah

Profession: Student
Doctor: Dr Verma

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In December 2016 I had the most idiotic fall attempting to bring two family size pizzas to meet my family at my mother's home for our annual "Friday Night family night"(approx. 10 min away by walking). My daughter, who was 13 at the time, accompanied me to pick up our pizza order before going over. On the way there I was fine, but on the way to my mom's....clumsy me! (@ 36 at the time) couldn't see through the extra large boxes, tripped on uneven concrete and fell face first on the ground. The kid says I bounced. During the process of falling I cut both my knees and both forearms and palms and my daughter, whom I love greatly, cracked up laughing asking me "how did I bounce without a trampoline?" Anyway, people in their cars slowed down to gawk because of the way I fell, I guess. Since I was so embarrassed, I told her to "hush up and help me up" and then I limped to my mothers home. The next morning I was in a lot of pain so we stayed at my mom,s and I was told to go to the emergency room but...I was so embarrassed. I couldn't go until after a week of excruciating pain.

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

With Dr Verma I felt a sense of relief like...Finally I'll be out of pain. Dr Verma is very honest and very nice. He presented himself as very professional and charming.

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Phyllis

Profession: Retired
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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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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Manisha

Profession: Other
Doctor: Dr. Kushagra Verma

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I was suffering from very significant sciatica pain that radiated from my lower back all the way to the toe. The MRI showed a small synovial cyst that was pressing against the nerve in the L4 - L5 region.

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

I was very pleased with my experience with Dr. Verma. He is very knowledgeable and patient. Before I underwent the surgery, he was very willing to try all conservative options prior to the surgery. I never felt rushed and felt that I had plenty of time to explain my issues. He answered all of my questions patiently and professionally making certain I understood all the risks and rewards of the surgery.

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ANTONELLA

Profession: Student
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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Kerry

Profession: Other
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.

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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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d.

Profession: Manufacturing/ Distribution
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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