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Ronald

Profession: Retired
Doctor: Dr. Kushagra Verma

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I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and two discs with compression fractures in mid 2016. These were treated with a brace and given time to heal. This appeared to be successful.

By early 2017, I’d completed chemo and was being prepped for an autologous bone marrow transplant when the back pain returned - a lot of it. I was taking some pretty strong pain meds and it was getting worse.

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

My initial contact was with Dr. Theodore Wagner who diagnosed me as having a burst disc and referred me to Dr. Kushgara Verma.

The most noticeable thing was that none of them treated me as a patient, they all treated me as a friend who they were going to help.

I don't know if I'm explaining this right, but the warmth, caring and concern they showed me is unmistakable.

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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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G.

Profession: Retired
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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Carl

Profession: Construction
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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Aidan

Profession: Student
Doctor: Dr. Reza Firoozabadi & Dr. Daphne Beingessner

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I was airlifted from Wenatchee, Washington after a bad snowboarding accident. I overshot a jump and landed flat, breaking my right hip, left femur and sustaining a concussion.

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

The Doctors and the teams were awesome. They put me back together!

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