Testimonials: - Dr. Martin R. Coleman

Pat Marchant – Reverse Shoulder Replacement, Rotator Cuff and Bicep Repair Surgery

IMG_4570Dr. Coleman has done surgery on both of my shoulders. I had a reverse shoulder replacement in 2014 on the right, then Rotator Cuff and Bicep tear repairs the end of October 2016 on the left.

He is wonderful. I followed his pre and post – op instructions as well as possible and I’ve had no problems with either surgery.
The staff is always pleasant and the office is run like a well-oiled machine.

The office is always clean and nicely decorated. It houses it’s own X-ray department and MRI, so they pull your x-rays up right then and there.

They offer monthly lectures that are open to the public on orthopedic issues. The doctor that specializes in the particular topic will do the lecture. Dr. Coleman specializes in shoulders, so he does the shoulder topics.

I am so glad I found this practice. Since we retired here, this is where we will go for any orthopedic problems.

Pat Marchant

William C. Trollinger, Jr. – Reverse Shoulder Replacement

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I’m 73 years old and, after 28 yrs. as a firefighter/ part time contractor, my right shoulder had spurs and was bone to bone. There was constant pain and I was not able to lift my arm above my head. I made an appointment with an orthopedic physician. After a MRI, his diagnosis was a shoulder replacement. I was told I would have limited motion, wouldn’t be able to shoot a shot-gun or rifle, may or may not be able to play golf, but I would not have any pain. Not being able to do the activities that I enjoy, I decided not to have the surgery.

Well over a year went by, then just by chance I read an article in the health magazine about Dr. Martin Coleman and the reverse shoulder replacement procedure. I went on-line and read testimonials of complete reverse shoulder replacement surgery and their success. I made an appointment with Dr. Coleman and I was very impressed with his diagnosis that after the surgery and physical therapy, I could do anything I wanted to do. The limit of my success was up to me. He would do his part (surgery), my part was physical therapy.

The operation was performed on June 6, 2016. I started physical therapy on June 20, 2016 at Physiotherapy in Harborview section of Suffolk Va.  After completing my therapy and no pain, I’m ready to start enjoying my hobbies again.

William C. Trollinger, Jr.

 

Sally Price – Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery and Physical Therapy

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I am Sally Price and in 2015, I had a rotator cuff tear, expertly fixed by Dr. Martin Coleman. Three months later, I unfortunately tore it again, but this time I ruptured the shoulder. Thankfully, Dr. Coleman was able to repair it again, but told me it would take me a year to get it back to moving normally.

Fortunately, I went to OSC-Physical Therapy where I received excellent care. For six months, the therapists there patiently worked with me. I especially appreciate their compassion and encouragement. They worked around my chronic back pain that limits my activity, allowing me to lie down when I needed to, and helped me through periods of discouragement over dealing with both back and shoulder pain. It was like having a support group every time I came to therapy. I also learned to have complete confidence in their skills and knowledge.

Today I am able to use my shoulder in every way, including reaching overhead. I hope to go back someday and get some help for my back.

Sally Price

Cynthia Belle Petersen – Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery

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I want all to know what a fantastic doctor Dr. Martin Coleman is. Recently, Dr. Coleman repaired my torn rotator cuff with wonderful results. Before the surgery and during my recovery, Dr. Coleman talked to me so that I could understand, listened to my questions, allayed my fears, and was super encouraging as I recovered.

In this hurried world in which we live, it is so nice to have a busy professional take the time that you need with you. I can’t say thank you enough to Dr. Coleman, and I highly recommend him. Thank you Dr. Coleman!

With Gratitude,
Cynthia Belle (C.B.) Petersen

Robert Morrisette – Shoulder Surgery

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I am a very active 63 year old man who has been experiencing pain in my left shoulder for over six years. There never seemed to be the right time for surgery. When I begin to lose  function and the pain increased I went to see orthopaedic surgeons in search for a surgical repair. After having an MRI one surgeon lectured me for waiting too long and more or less said that he would attempt to repair the three torn and retracted tendons but the repair would probably fail. Another surgeon informed me that the only way to address my shoulder was complete joint replacement. After doing my own research I decided to seek a third opinion.

I was aware of the positive reputation of OSC and made an appointment to see Dr. Coleman. Dr Coleman reviewed the MRI report and gave me hope that a repair to two of the tendons could be successful. It’s been a little over four months since my surgery and I am recovering well, gaining strength, and experiencing less pain. The two hour drive to Newport News from my NC home was well worth it.

I am thankful to and have great respect for Dr. Coleman and OSC!

Robert Morrisette

Debbie Vaughan – Reverse Shoulder Replacement

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When I came to Dr. Coleman, I was experiencing severe pain in my right shoulder. It kept me from sleeping at night and also from carrying out many of my normal daily activities. I am right-handed, but the pain in my shoulder was turning me into a “lefty!” Dr. Coleman took x-rays and found that the joint had degenerated such that I was “bone on bone.”

We tried injections but, unfortunately, that only gave me relief for about 2 weeks. Dr. Coleman had spoken with me about the injections and told me that if they worked we could perhaps put the surgery off. He said that many people experienced long-term relief from them and that we could use them as long as they worked. He also warned that, very often each shot only lasted about half as long as the one before.

When the shot did not really work, we decided that it was time to consider joint replacement. Mine was a reverse replacement because of the condition of my shoulder. I remember the last thing Dr. Coleman said to me before my surgery…”USE THAT ARM!” And so I did. I was back at work in a little over a week, physical therapy was about 3 weeks. I have full range of motion and now, no pain. I am grateful for Dr. Coleman and his staff. They took very good care of me.

 

 

Debbie Vaughan

Alonzo Crittenden – Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

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I have an extensive background as a collegiate and professional athlete. At 64 years old, I still compete in triathlons, cycling and swimming events. All of which require utilization of the shoulders. Over 50 years of training and competing, I totally damaged my left shoulder. I was referred to Doctor Coleman as if not one of the best, “the best” shoulder doctor and surgeon in Hampton Roads. I had major concerns about the ability to continue my life-style of training and competing. After several consultations and appointments, and Doctor Coleman’s ability to understand the importance of me continuing training and competing, he highly recommended total reverse shoulder replacement.

On October 18, 2013 the surgery was performed and very successful. Only 10 days after surgery, I cycled 20-miles, after 16 days, I swam 1,000 meters and continued to train for the 2014 season. Swimming requires a tremendous amount of shoulder usage. Over the course of 2014, I swam 131,550 meters and look forward to the 2016 season. Shoulder replacement is an enhancement to your life style, not a disability.

Alonzo “Lonnie” Crittenden

Ann Mebert – Shoulder Replacement

In January 2015, I had left shoulder replacement surgery performed by Dr. Coleman. My recovery was such, that in 10 days, I was back at work. After starting PT at the OSC office, my range of motion improved, and much of the pain subsided.

My last visit with Dr. Coleman was June 24, and both he and I were very pleased with the progress I’ve made over the last 6 months. Dr. Coleman’s down-to-earth attitude and continuous encouragement were important factors in my recovery.

Ann Mebert

Brian Killough – Shoulder Surgery

I have been a competitive golfer since I was 9 years old and played golf at the University of Virginia in the 1980s. Likely, as the result of years of golf and some acute lifting injuries, I developed pain and lack of strength in my right and left shoulders at about the age of 40. It was nearly impossible to lift anything with an extended arm and golf required anti-inflammatory medication and ice. The team at OSC evaluated the situation and diagnosed the condition as a SLAP tear. As my right shoulder was the worst, it was decided that I needed surgery in October 2009. Dr. Marty Coleman performed the surgery and placed 3 pins in my right shoulder to repair the torn muscles. The initial recovery was quite slow, due to a “frozen shoulder” condition, but the persistence and patience of the OSC Physical Therapy team helped resolve the situation and I reached a full recovery in about 6 months. I later returned to golf in the spring of 2010 and happily had a “pain free” right shoulder.

Unfortunately, my left shoulder started causing similar issues in 2012. It was decided that I would have a similar surgery in October 2013. Dr. Marty Coleman performed another successful surgery and placed 2 pins in my left shoulder. The recovery in late 2013 was quite rapid and the OSC Physical Therapy team helped provide exercises for stretching and strengthening the repaired muscles. Thanks to the outstanding and professional work of Dr. Coleman and the patient and caring OSC Physical Therapy team, I have returned to completely “pain free” golf! Now with some “surgery” on my golf game, I hope to return to competitive golf again in the future.

Beverly Williams – Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery

The first time Beverly Williams saw Dr. Coleman, she was in a wheelchair. “I was having tremendous pain in my left ankle,” she says, but that’s not why she sought care at OSC. Only in her 40s, Beverly has suffered from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis since the late eighties, so she attributed her ankle pain to RA. “I assumed it was part of the joint breaking down,” she says. It was a natural assumption: she’d already had all but one of her joints replaced – all but her left hip.

A former reporter with The Daily Press, Beverly had worked in the field for years, covering the courts, criminal and civil, in both Hampton and Newport News. She suffered the effects of RA, undergoing several joint replacement surgeries throughout her journalism career, until she ultimately took a less strenuous job with the communications department at Ferguson Enterprises.

It was in 2009 that her reporter’s keen eye caught a notice in the paper announcing one of OSC’s community lectures: Dr. Coleman was speaking about new modalities in rotator cuff repair and shoulder replacement. She’d had surgery on her right shoulder in 2000 in Richmond, and “…swore that I’d never go through that again, because they cut through my rotator muscle to get to the joint. That recuperation – the physical therapy – was so painful.” But her left shoulder had started to break down, and she was in constant pain. “I knew something needed to be done. Pain is something you remember, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to go through that again. But I knew I couldn’t keep going the way I was. It was hurting to get dressed – I started wearing cardigans because I couldn’t get clothes over my head.”

With her reporter’s curiosity, she was also intrigued by the new technology. She attended the lecture and subsequently made an appointment with Dr. Coleman.

After examining her and reviewing her x-rays, Dr. Coleman remembers, “Beverly’s joint was destroyed and she literally had no rotator cuff. Ten years ago, when people like Beverly came to see us, we’d have to say, ‘sorry, we can’t help you, we can’t make you better.’ We would give them cortisone shots and they’d keep suffering.” He told her that a conventional replacement – putting a ball where the ball was and a socket where the socket was – could give her some pain relief but no function. She’d be unable to lift her arm, and worse, the repair could quickly fall apart, leaving her back where she started.

But that was ten years ago, he assured her, and then described the new procedure: a reverse total shoulder replacement, which relies on different muscles to move the arm. “The very clever French researchers who discovered this particular device realized that if you put it in basically backwards – that is, if you put a ball where the socket was and a socket where the ball was – then the outside muscle, the deltoid muscle, can do the work that the cuff used to have to do,” Dr. Coleman explained, noting that “It’s a mechanical issue; it has to do with the lever arm being better with that arrangement.”

At the time, Dr. Coleman had been doing the reverse total shoulder replacement procedure for about six years. “It was the Holy Grail of shoulder surgery,” he says. “Everybody had been looking for something like this. They’d tried dozens of different techniques – all kinds of things trying to solve the problem – but the French figured it out and it’s become the standard. Everybody now generally agrees this is the best way to solve a problem like Beverly’s.”

Shoulders are Dr. Coleman’s real focus, and he had adopted the procedure early on because he recognized its value, especially since he knew it would offer relief from pain as well as improving range of motion. They booked the surgery.

Of the post operative period, Beverly says, “It was totally different from the right shoulder. Instead of cutting through the muscle, Dr. Coleman was able to just move it out of the way to do the replacement. My healing time and physical therapy were so much better.” Today, she says, “I have more range of motion with my left shoulder, the shoulder Dr. Coleman did.” Naturally right-handed, she’s even begun doing some things with her left hand. She still protects her left hip, but realizes that it too might ultimately break down because of RA. “After the seminar and meeting with Dr. Coleman, I felt I was in good hands, really comfortable,” she says, and “after the surgery and the physical therapy at OSC, there was no doubt I was in the right place. If my hip becomes an issue, OSC would be my first option because of the treatment I received there.”

For someone who had suffered so much and for so long, such a good result would have been remarkable. But that’s not the end of the story, and not why Beverly remains grateful to Dr. Coleman and to OSC. Recalling her eighteen months in the wheelchair, Beverly explains: “At one of my appointments with Dr. Coleman, my mother asked if he knew anyone who works on feet and ankles. He immediately referred me to a local foot and ankle reconstruction specialist, who took one look at my ankle and said I had a ruptured tendon.” She had been walking on a ruptured tendon for about 4 years, until the pain forced her into the wheelchair. Her foot was already beginning to deform to the left.

“It was because Dr. Coleman referred me to the foot and ankle specialist that I got my ankle straight and got out of the wheelchair,” Beverly says. Able to walk without ankle pain, and move without shoulder pain, she was able to exercise, and has lost around 150 pounds. And the wheelchair? “I use it for a desk chair!”

She calls herself “literally, a new woman”; and in fact, when Dr. Coleman saw her at a community event – where she was a featured speaker – he didn’t recognize her. “She was out of the wheelchair, moving around comfortably, and she just looked terrific,” he says.

Today, Beverly devotes her time to working on behalf of patients with RA. As part of the Patient Ambassador Program with The Snow Companies, Beverly produces a monthly webcast, providing information and encouraging conversations about how to live successfully with rheumatoid arthritis.

“No one knows what causes RA,” she explains, “although it’s known that it can be hereditary. In my family, my paternal grandmother was diagnosed in her 70s. I’m the first one to get it so young.”

She still has RA, but before her first visit to OSC, Beverly would never have dared imagine the life she’s living today. “Everything is working, and I feel really good. I’m so thankful to Dr. Coleman, not just for getting my shoulder straight, but because he helped me get my ankle fixed. He started it all. I owe him so much.”