Dr. Samuel Harmsen, MD, of The Orthopedic Clinic Association (TOCA) is fellowship trained in elbow and shoulder surgery, with advanced training in complex elbow and shoulder replacement and reconstruction. He also treats general orthopedic trauma of the upper and lower extremities. TOCA patient Charlie R. was resigned to the possibility that he would never use his right arm again – until he visited TOCA and received expert care and treatment from Dr. Harmsen. Read about his life changing experience below:
“Since 1992, I have had three shoulder replacements done on my right shoulder. The last one was in 2005 and when the surgeon finished, he told me to not shake hands with that arm and to guard it as he had very little to attach everything to. Since that time, I have had very minimal use of that arm. I could not raise it over my head, had difficulty putting a coat/shirts on and many times that arm would just move for no reason; while eating, I would have no control over it. In October, the pain became so bad and I did lose use of the arm. I could not move the arm to opposite side, and the pain was beyond excruciating. I was recommended to TOCA and I was assigned to Dr. Harmsen.
After x-rays and consultation, he scheduled shoulder replacement surgery and he said, ‘I believe I will get rid of your pain as I know it is bad, however if you have any use of the arm, that will be a bonus.’ My reply was: ‘I can live without using my arm, but this pain will kill me, so do the surgery.’
On October 22, 2019, he did the surgery and it was a difficult surgery getting all the old stuff out and he did a total reversible shoulder replacement. All I can say is, I am so thankful that God gave Dr. Harmsen the desire to be a surgeon and that Dr. Harmsen desired to be the best, as his skills gave me back my arm/shoulder! The pain is almost gone and I have use of my arm that I haven’t had in probably 20 years. Not only was he a very skilled surgeon, his bed side manners are good (and that means a lot).”
Charlie R., TOCA Shoulder Replacement Patient