I was sent to Martin R. Coleman, M.D. because of severe pain in my shoulder. I was a little apprehensive because I did not want to have surgery. Dr. Coleman eased my fear when I first met him. I had to have a Rotator Cuff Repair and yes it was painful. What I admired the most about Dr. Coleman was how straightforward he was about everything. He never beat around the bush but told me exactly what was going to happen. I felt confident with him because it was very clear to me, I, the patient mattered to him. He did not rush through visits after my surgery, but took the time to answer any questions I had. The surgery was a success and I would definitely recommend Dr. Coleman.
I would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to Dr. Martin Coleman.
He is a trustworthy and excellent surgeon. I was very impressed with the outcome of my reverse shoulder replacement.
I was on the fence for a bit, due to the pain I was experiencing. I was worrying for no reason.
Now, I am pain free and the rotation of my shoulder is 100% better! I am so happy I have Dr. Coleman as my surgeon!!
Dr. and Mrs. Martin Coleman getting ready for shoulder surgery in the OR
Rotator Cuff Surgery is not a simple process. I had surgery on left shoulder in 2015 and now the right shoulder in 2022. My left shoulder was a complete success. I have zero pain and complete flexibility. Dr. Coleman performed the surgery and Dr. Carlson was my caretaker before, and after the surgery in 2015 and 2022. I am about 4 months plus out from the 2022 surgery.
I have done home physical therapy and 2 months of commercial physical therapy.. Even though I went 3 times a week for therapy, it took me a while to realize that I really needed to do it at home on the between days. At first I thought that their therapy was all that was needed, even though they told me to do it at home. I figured that was what I was paying them for. LOL. It was when I started doing therapy at home, and in the facility that I really noticed improvement.
The improvement/mobility is very slow. At first I could barely reach bottom of steering wheel. It was weeks before I could reach the top. And that seat belt was a painful challenge. Real success was when I could get my sunglasses out of the car ceiling compartment. The first weeks were difficult as I could barely bath myself. Getting that other arm pit was very hard, but had to be done, otherwise stinky pits.. Drying my back after the shower was a struggle. A very supportive wife was very helpful. I found summer surgery better/easier than winter surgery. In winter surgery, you still have to deal with getting coats off and on, a real pain. Even though I am four months out from surgery, I know that I am not where I want to be in terms of flexibility or strength. I do my own therapy two times a day and sometimes in-between. I also found it difficult to not lift things that were heavier than Dr. Coleman wanted me to. Coffee cup first, then dinner plate, etc.
In summary, the surgery by Dr. Coleman was pretty easy as I had to do nothing but show up. It’s the therapy afterwards that was a “pain”. Oh, by the way, sleeping those first weeks were very difficult. I slept on the bed, the couch, the recliner or anywhere I could get comfortable. I also discovered that sleeping with a thin pillow under the surgery area was extremely helpful.
PS: Wiping your butt was a learning process too if the surgery was done on your predominate hand. LOL
Hoyt Davenport, Jr
I am a 54 year old man that had painful shoulder problems that lasted years. I tried to work through the pain, hoping it would get better, but over time it inevitably got the best of me.
I came to the surgery center after a long time of having this pain and limited movement. I ended up having tears off the bone and was told this wasn’t ever going to heal on its own. I had the necessary repairs and re-attachments done to my shoulder through surgery by Martin Coleman M.D. and He did such a phenomenal job I couldn’t be more pleased! Words cant describe his workmanship, his Instructions through recovery and his professional demeaner, which superseded my expectations.
I just want to Thank you so much, Dr. Coleman, for taking such good care of me. I Think you are Awesome!!! I will give you praises always and recommend you to anyone I know that needs shoulder work. Thanks again & God Bless!
Dr. Martin Coleman is a very experienced surgeon. He has the experience to tell the patient what to expect and to guide the patient through the recovery process so that the recovery is complete. He is patient to listen to your questions and provide complete answers and has an understanding of what the patient will experience during recovery. I will recommend OSC and Dr. Coleman to others.
My right shoulder was gone and giving me a LOT of pain. After having Physical Therapy, the Doctor at OSC took a MRI of my shoulder. After reviewing the outcome of the MRI, my questions were – how do we fix this and how soon? I did not want to wait, putting off surgery would only make me older. I’m 73 and not getting any younger. That’s when the OSC staff took over and booked the surgery at the hospital. A few weeks later, Dr. Martin Coleman did a total reverse shoulder replacement.
After five weeks of Physical Therapy, I was able to swim two laps at the Recreational Center in Williamsburg. I could not swim two strokes before the surgery. Dr. Coleman advised me to do the therapy right after the surgery and follow all the advice of my physical therapist.
Pain was only a issue for two days after surgery. I stopped taking Percocet after two days and just used OTC meds after that. I’m not saying that I had no pain, but it was not that bad. You will have some pain with the Physical Therapy. That will also lessen everyday you do the exercises. My advice is, don’t put surgery off if you are a little on the older side.
The staff and Doctors at OSC are top shelf. Now, MANY THANKS to Dr. Martin Coleman for doing such a GREAT job on my shoulder. I’m sleeping better, working a little in my yard, and living life large. What could be better?
In 2021, Dr. Martin Coleman and I opted for a total reverse shoulder replacement after I shattered my humerus from a fall during my morning run. As he termed it, it’s a “one and done” type of procedure, eliminating the need for potential follow-up surgeries. If choosing this surgery, it’s important to note and follow Dr. Coleman’s instructions completely.
Rehab was hard but worth it. After two months of physical therapy and continued exercise following that, I believe my mobility to be at 90% at 10 months post-surgery. I’m told this is amazing. I am back to running and strength training. Dr. Coleman was very straightforward and explained everything to my satisfaction. The operation was a complete success and I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Coleman to anyone considering shoulder surgery.
My name is Tyler Oaks. I’m a Junior at Eastern Mennonite University and I play on the Men’s Volleyball Team.
I want to share my story about shoulder surgery with Dr. Martin Coleman to help other young people, especially athletes, who may have an injury and are facing a period of uncertainty while they recover.
I was fortunate and had never been injured previously. But in my freshman year at college, my shoulder began hurting and it was affecting my volleyball. It hurt bad enough that I told my mom. Luckily, she works for Orthopaedic and Spine Center in Newport News, VA and she quickly got me in to see Dr. Martin Coleman, an Orthopaedic Shoulder Specialist with the practice. After x-rays, and exam and an MRI, Dr. Coleman diagnosed me with a SLAP tear and tear of the rotator cuff in my right shoulder, which would need surgery to repair. I had surgery in December of 2020.
Recovery took a very long time. I was out freshman year into sophomore year season of volleyball. To be honest, I developed a mild depression during those months of not using my shoulder and then months of stretches and Physical Therapy, wondering if I would ever come back enough to play volleyball again. But I did exactly what Dr. Coleman told me to do, I didn’t drive until he told me I could, and my mom said that you could set your clock by me doing my stretches every day, I was so faithful. I also worked closely with Dr. Jamie Swale, DPT at the OSC Physical Therapy Clinic for six months. She helped keep me motivated, emailed me exercises during COVID-19 when I couldn’t work with my trainers at school and pushed me when I wanted to stop. The communication was always there of what I should be doing and shouldn’t be doing between Dr. Coleman, Dr. Swale, and myself. After about six months, I got to go to volleyball practice, but was very limited in what I could do. Dr. Coleman did not want me to retear his great surgical work!
After a year of recovery, I am back on the court, playing, feeling brand new and my shoulder barely hurts at all. If I had to give any piece of advice to someone who is going through the same situation as I was, keep fighting and don’t give up; it’s about the end result, not always about what is happening right now. Don’t give up!
My shoulder problems started gradually and ended up limiting me to what I could do. It was keeping me from being able to kayak, swim, and do general housekeeping around our home and grounds.
I consulted with Dr. Martin Coleman, who took a very matter-of-fact attitude, suggesting a plan that started with physical therapy, but could lead to surgery, if that did not work. When we reached the point of surgery being the best option, he made it very clear that he could repair the shoulder, but for that to be a success, I would need to follow his instructions throughout a 6-9 month recovery process. Without my willingness to follow his instructions, I could damage the repair, negating the benefit of surgery. This had to be a partnership.
His initial instructions were to let my shoulder heal, but to maintain some motion that would make the recovery shorter and less painful. I kept my arm in a sling for a month and for two months lifted nothing heavier than a “cup of coffee”. He did not recommend physical therapy, but again, wanted to let the shoulder heal.
Now at the 3-month point, his instructions are to gradually increase my activities in 10% increments over the next several months, and to “listen” to my shoulder. I was surprised that Dr. Coleman still did not recommend physical therapy for me, as I know many people go through that. But I have no complaints. My shoulder is definitely improving to where I notice it less and less. I have just started to very gradually return to swimming, and my shoulder is feeling better and my range of motion is steadily improving each week. At this point, I must admit it was worth it, largely because he did his job, and I followed his instructions.
Thank you, Dr. Martin Coleman, for alleviating the constant pain in my right shoulder. I had heard all the horror stories about shoulder replacement that never came to be. Must be the Reverse Shoulder procedure that made the whole experience relatively pain free. I was driving at about 8 days and back to work in 11 days. Finished physical therapy now and feeling great. Thank you.