Mary Kay Hawkshead.

Mary Kay Hawkshead.

I consulted with Dr.Toman in January of 2011 for constant right shoulder pain. Having had 5 major orthopedic surgeries since 2006, I was definitely not wanting to hear that my shoulder joint was destroyed by osteoarthritis as well as a rotator cuff tear, and I was in need of a total shoulder replacement. Dr. Toman took every precaution before surgery, as I had an extensive bone infection (osteomyelitis)last year. To prepare me for surgery, he referred me to the infectious disease physician who had treated the previous bone infection. After a thorough work-up and several weeks of daily IV antibiotics, I was declared ready for the surgery which was performed in March of this year. Since then I have been in physical therapy, and have made a marvelous recovery. Last week, 8/5/11 I saw Dr Toman for a checkup, and requested xrays of my left shoulder. This time it’s only a torn rotator cuff and bone spurs, and I have no anxiety about having Dr. Toman perform another procedure on me. I have been an RN for 38 years and rarely complement any physician for job performance. I told him that he was the best of any orthopedic Dr. I had ever worked with or been treated by. Let me add that 10 minutes before the surgery, I actually threatened him with bodily harm if he left me with a large, ugly scar on my shoulder. The scar is barely noticeable. It’s a girl thing. “Vanity thy name is woman”. Kudos to Dr. Toman.