I learned about Dr. Schroder from a nurse at work who had received a LapBand from him. As far as I am concerned he is the best in Richmond. He has a fantastic insurance billing specialist who is knowledgable about insurance requirements and is relentless with follow through. His pre-op process was very thorough and so far his post-op follow up has been outstanding. I did have a pain issue while he was out, but his associates took me seriously and followed through until it was resolved. My nurse in the hospital is active in the support groups and invited me to attend. I would highly recommend him for any WLS based on my experience.June 16, 2012
I may have spoken too soon when I wrote my original review in November 2011 because EVERYTHING has taken a turn for the worse. BEFORE having surgery in January 2012 with Dr. Schroder, I was treated like a PERSON by him and his staff. The nicest/most respectful person in his office was/is Genine. I have NOTHING negative to say about her because she ALWAYS does what she says she's going to do and she NEVER leaves you hanging.
After having surgery, I began to experience extreme chest pain whenever I swallowed anything. I followed my discharge instructions to a T, contacting his office because my pain wasn't helped with medications AND because I didn't lose weight for 5 straight weeks after the 2nd week following surgery. My complaints weren't taken seriously, almost like it was unimportant. The nurse, Sharon, told me that my pains came from the hiatal hernia repair I had during surgery. I told the dr this when I came in for my visit in January and he denied it. I was prescribed more meds that didn't work & I ended up having an EGD the 2nd week of March. Nothing was found that would cause my chest pain, so when I went to see the dr yesterday, he had an "O well, I don't care" attitude. I asked him WHY my chest was still hurting and he simply said, "I don't know why it's hurting because everything is going down ok". Uh, hello??? What did you do to me during surgery because I didn't have this issue before I was put to sleep on 1/17 for surgery???? I can't get any answers.
And his newest thing that just started when I saw him the first week of March and on yesterday is coming into the examination room for 7 seconds (enough time for him to ask how u are & u to answer quickly), he gets up and says "hold on, give me a sec" and NEVER COMES BACK!!!!! This has happened TWICE and this is the most unprofessional thing I've ever had to deal with. Each time, the nurse comes in after he's been gone awhile and tells me to take care while I'm sitting there in awe because he never comes back. I mean, I am starting to feel like I'm being PUNK'D. It's not funny though because I am barely losing weight, I can barely eat, and I'm getting no answers/resolution to this chest pain issue!!!! He smugly told me that I could have an EKG & chest X-ray if I wanted...HUH??? What are those 2 things gonna do for diagnosing an issue with my esophagus? How dumb does he think I am???
Because of that, I have decided that I am NEVER going back to his office. He is getting paid for being in a room with me for 7-10 SECONDS and I am not being helped in any kind of way. Obviously, I am just a number now and the people he's trying to get to have surgery are the most important. I know this for a fact just from hearing his THOROUGH visit through the wall with a new patient 30 minutes before he saw me!!!!!!!!
WARNING: If you like to have to call a dr's office 15x in a row just to have a receptionist answer the phone to make (or possibly NOT make) an appt for you...go there. If you want to leave the hospital with MORE issues than u went there with and NOT have them be resolved...go there. If you want to be a NUMBER to them and NOT a person...go there. Just don't say you weren't warned. Lord knows, I wish someone would have warned ME!!! Now, I have to hope/pray that someone will accept me as their patient after having surgery with him. *crossing my fingers*
I transferred to Dr. Schroder after having a bad experience with a different surgeon's office. My first appointment was on 11/1/11 and I really enjoyed meeting him. He was nice and so was his staff. The only thing I had a problem with was the fact that I had to complete and additional PRE-OP nutrition eval when my insurance requirements were already complete. This happened because they are a "Center for Excellence".
I just got my surgery date today & I can't wait to start this journey to a new ME!! Before my surgery date, I am required to take a 4 hour nutritional information class and physical/blood work. I'm sooooo excited!!
I have attended one seminar so far and I really like this doctor. I am waiting on blood work to come back to see if I have a co-morbidity so my insurance will cover this.rnrn1/22/08 - I have been approved! I am now waiting for the call to schedule my surgery.rnrnI was approved after my first letter. The dr's office had experiences where a comorbidity was needed with a BMI over 40. Not the case for me. I have the beginnings of a few, but not full blown yet. I also have UHC Insurance.Oct. 19, 2008
I just want to say my surgeon was polite, professional, and had very good bedside manner. He attended to my every need and made sure I understood everything that was going on. I love my surgeon!Sept. 6, 2008
I must say that Dr. Schroder is the \"BEST\" in his field. Not only is he an excellent surgeon but he is a great person. A doctor that goes that extra mile. I could tell by the sparkle in his ey that it was going to be a joyful journey down the weight loss path.June 11, 2008
Dr Schroder is a mild mannered easy going doctor. He doesn't sugar coat anything but he's kind and honest in anwering any questions. His staff have all been great, my only dislike is how busy his office is but that is just because they do just a great job they keeping getting more patients! They work with the local hosptials and have multi support groups each month. I recommend Dr. Schroder to anyone.April 20, 2008
Dr. Schroder was recommended to me by the nurse at my family doctor's office. She had Dr. Schroder for her gastric bypass a few years ago and she spoke very highly of him. I really like him and think he has a great, caring personality. He reminds me of Gene Simmons and I told him so right before my surgery! The only drawback I can see to using him or his office is that they are always super-crowded and you often experience long wait times. Overall, I would definitely recommened him for your WLS.Jan. 3, 2008
Dr. Schroder is very caring and concerned surgeon. His bedside manner makes you feel comfortable to ask questions than one may initially hestitate to ask. My impression of his staff is they're busy, but make time to answer your questions, especially when there is an issue or concern. He made me feel comfortable and my anxiety was not as severe because of the confidence I have in him. This is very important. I believe that I may had cancelled the procedure, if I was extremely anxious. Instead, I looked forwarded to my surgery date with great excitement for the start on my journey. Dr. Schroder provides excellent aftercare and is upfront about risk. I will and have recommended him to anyone who asks me who my surgeon was. He possesses and excellent surgical competence and bedside manner. Both are extremely important to me. I would rate him a perfect 10.Sept. 22, 2007
He is a wonderful surgeon, he has a wonderful bedside manner , he is very caring and concerned with all his patients. His office staff are always upbeat and cheering you on ! They try and make you stay positive. They are great material to take home for pt understanding and always answer questions as they arise.rnHe and his staff are a 10.rnJuly 27, 2007
Dr. Schroder was very supportive of my decision to have surgery. He did everything he could with my insurance to make the surgery happen, and he was very straightforward with all of the possible risks and complications of the Lap-Band surgery. I was also impressed that he managed to find the time to visit me right before my surgery, especially since he had just completed another surgery right before my own. Overall, a very competent doctor that knows exactly what he's doing.July 18, 2007