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Thomas Obermeyer, MD

ROLE:
Orthopedic Surgeon
SPECIALTIES:
Sports Medicine, Knee, Shoulder
LANGUAGES:
English
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Thomas Obermeyer, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
SPECIALTIES:
Sports Medicine, Knee, Shoulder
LANGUAGES:
English
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Dr. Obermeyer's Patient Story:

In the interview below, one of Dr. Obermeyer's patients discusses his total shoulder replacement procedure, his experience with Dr. Obermeyer, and how his recovery has gone so far:

“I AM BACK!”: Mike’s Successful Shoulder Replacement Helps Him Return to the Life He Loves

Describe how chronic pain affected your life prior to your surgery. What were your symptoms? How did shoulder pain change the way you lived? 

Before the surgery, I could not lift my right arm up above my shoulder. I had pain just putting on a shirt, and a coat was even more difficult to put on. I had a hard time washing my hair. Weeks before the surgery I could barely get to my keyboard on my desk. I have been bowling in leagues since I was a kid and could no longer throw a ball. Basically anything that involved using my right arm above my shoulder wasn't happening. 

What made you choose Dr. Obermeyer at BOS as your orthopedic specialist? 

Actually, Dr. Obermeyer was my second opinion. I had gone to another specialist first and went through everything with him. My family suggested I should get a second opinion. So, I did some research and saw that Dr. Obermeyer was really up on all the new shoulder replacement issues and felt that maybe I would go see him to see what he was all about. 

I can't say enough about how he took the time to explain everything and made me feel very comfortable about choosing to do the surgery. The other doctor I saw said | needed the surgery but was not as informative, nor did he take the time with me like Dr. Obermeyer did. Don't get me wrong, Dr. Obermeyer didn't sugarcoat the surgery. He laid out everything for me [including] the risks and the rewards. This was another reason why I was extremely confident in my choice. 


How did you and Dr. Obermeyer reach the decision that total shoulder replacement was the best option for you? 

Dr. Obermeyer went through my situation with me and laid out what was going on with my shoulder. He went through options and expectations. I could have dragged this out with other options that might have gotten me some pain relief but those options were not going to fix my shoulder. I wanted my shoulder fixed to get back to life and not have to worry day to day if it was going to hurt or inhibit me from doing things I needed and wanted to do. Replacement surgery was the right thing to do. 

Describe your experience with Dr. Obermeyer and the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists. How did they help you before and after your procedure? 

They didn't mess around. After I decided to do the surgery they set everything into motion. Everything that I needed to get done was laid out for me. If I had any questions before and after the surgery, I just called and got answers. The office personnel were extremely nice. After the surgery they did a lot of checking up on me [and] took care of setting up the physical therapy for me, which is right next door to the office. The follow-up appointments went well and the X-rays after the surgery were explained very well to me. 

Tell us about your recovery process from total shoulder replacement. How long was your recovery? What was the most difficult part? What was the easiest part? 

It took about 6 months for me to get back to activities. I was actually back bowling in 6 months. It has been years since I was able to throw the ball like I am now. I fortunately did not have hardly any pain after the surgery. Of course, I couldn't move my arm on my own for a couple [of] months, but in physical therapy – which started 3 days after my surgery – they moved it around. I was back to work using only my left arm in 3 weeks. 

The hardest parts were sleeping sitting up for 3 weeks and using my left hand for things that I always used my right hand for. If you are a right-hand or left-hand person, I would strongly suggest practicing your personal grooming and bathroom issues for at least a week or two before the surgery with your non-dominant hand. You will need help with a shower because you can basically only wash one side of yourself. You cannot use the surgery arm. I am lucky I had my wife home to help me out. You must do the physical therapy. This is one thing I did not slack on. I did it at physical therapy and at home. I firmly believe this got me back to functioning a lot faster. 

I don't think I can say anything was easy. It's difficult for the first 3 months, then at least you can start to use the surgery side a little more each week. I would suggest you get yourself some nice sweatpants and oversized tee shirts. I can say that this was absolutely worth everything I had to go through to get to where I am now. 61 years old and going strong. I started about 4 months ago lifting light weights (15lbs) and I continue stretching. 

How do you feel with your new shoulder? How has it improved your life? 

I feel extremely happy that I can get back to doing the things I love to do without any pain. I am back to normal, and maybe even a little better. It is very freeing to be able to reach and use my arm without any pain at all. How has it improved my life? "I AM BACK!" A little corny but true. 

If you could say anything to someone considering total shoulder replacement, what would it be? 

Don't wait and be miserable because of what you hear from other people. I waited and I could have had this taken care of at least a year sooner. That's one year without the pain and not being able to do things I could have avoided. I can't speak on anyone else's experience except mine, and thanks to Dr. Obermeyer, this has worked out wonderfully. 

 

Testimonials

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    Karen
    Posted OnDecember 1, 2022
    Dr Obermeyer and his staff were very efficient and took the time to explain the surgery and recovery expectations.
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    Roni
    Posted OnNovember 10, 2022
    Dr. Thomas Obermeyer was great at explaining the process and what I would have to do to get back to normal after my ACL surgery. After 4 months of surgery I am almost at full strength. Thank you doctor for all you've done.
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    Katherine
    Posted OnOctober 17, 2022
    As a new patient, I felt that all my concerns were addressed and I am pleased with the treatment plan that was developed with my input.
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    Lynn
    Posted OnOctober 13, 2022
    Very polite and thorough. Offered treatment options clearly.
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    Anonymous
    Posted OnOctober 6, 2022
    I liked that Dr. Obermeyer allowed me and respected my decision in course of care. He was supportive and challenged me when appropriate to make sure it was the right action plan.
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    Anonymous
    Posted OnOctober 3, 2022
    Very pleasant, knowledgeable md and great bedside manners
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    Liz
    Posted OnSeptember 23, 2022
    First time visit with Dr. Obermeyer. He was very attentive and answered all my questions!
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    Anonymous
    Posted OnSeptember 23, 2022
    Dr. Obermeyer is a very good doctor & excellent in interacting with patients . I would highly recommend him to all my friends & relatives
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    Anonymous
    Posted OnSeptember 9, 2022
    Dr Obermeyer is great, but his staff was also wonderful in their efficiency and care and explaining what they were doing. You cannot totally separate his care from the care his staff provided. So please let them know that they provided excellent care, also.
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    Patricia
    Posted OnJuly 26, 2022
    Dr Obermeyer’s practice is run very efficiently like a well oiled machine. The Dr performed my shoulder replacement 2 years ago I’m now having issues with the other shoulder so I went back to him. I trust Dr Obermeyer.
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    Joy
    Posted OnJuly 8, 2022
    I had an excellent experience when visiting Dr Obermeyer today. A very courteous staff, as well as efficient. Dr. Obermeyer explained my diagnosis and treatment options very thoroughly. It was a very helpful and pleasant experience.
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    Anonymous
    Posted OnJune 28, 2022
    Gave me common sense answers about my condition and a logical easy approach to follow up care I need
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    Anonymous
    Posted OnJune 22, 2022
    Dr. Obermeyer was great and very patient with answering all my questions and explaining things perfectly. He took all the time I needed and I definitely left the office feeling more knowledgeable about my condition.
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    Margaret
    Posted OnJune 8, 2022
    When I knew I had to see someone for my knee I right away called for an appointment with Dr. Obermeyer. He had preformed surgery on my shoulder on 2019 and I was completely satisfied. He is very good at explaining things and answering all your questions.
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    Teri
    Posted OnJune 8, 2022
    Dr. Obermeyer & his staff very friendly, kind, caring & professional. They were also very knowledgeable & explained everything. I would highly recommend Dr. Obermeyer & Barrington Orthopedics. Great service, wonderful doctors & staff!
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    Anonymous
    Posted OnMay 31, 2022
    Dr Obermayer is an excellent doctor. I am fully satisfied. I would definitely recommend him to others.
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    Sandra
    Posted OnMay 18, 2022
    Dr Obermeyer performed a reverse shoulder replacement on my right shoulder in February. The surgery went very well. He is a kind and professional doctor. Followup with the office and PA Richard was thorough. 15 weeks later my mobility is great. I am so grateful for Dr. Obermeyer and the great team at Barrington Orthopedic. I would highly recommend them.
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    DONALD
    Posted OnApril 29, 2022
    I am 4 months out from rotator cup surgery and doing great almost 100% range of motion with very little or NO pain. I found Dr Obermeyer on line after reading many reviews on different Doctors it was clear Dr Obermeyer was a clear stand out. Do to the extensive damage I had I was concerned I wouldn't be able to go back to my active life style. Dr Obermeyer skill as a surgeon far excised my expectations. You want this team on your side if your in need of surgery. Cheers,
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    Anonymous
    Posted OnApril 17, 2022
    Fantastic first visit. I was impressed by how well he pinpointed the issues right away.
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    Anonymous
    Posted OnApril 17, 2022
    Dr. Obermeyer does a great job of listening and planning out steps to solve the issue(s) at hand.
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