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About Dr. Schroeder

Dr. Paul W. Schroeder M.D. PC

Dr. Schroeder is a physician and surgeon who is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.  This means that he has completed formal training and demonstrated special knowledge and proficiency in this specialty.  He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is dedicated to the highest standards in patient care, gynecologic surgery and continuing medical education.

 

After completing residency training at Stanford, Dr. Schroeder moved to Medford with his family.  He has practiced with distinction  in this community for many years.  He discontinued obstetrics in 2003 and opened his own office in order to focus on areas of special interest in gynecology, urogynecology and women’s health care.

 

Common gynecologic problems that Dr. Schroeder can help you with include abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, painful intercourse, endometriosis, vaginal and pelvic infections, infertility, contraception, hormone problems, abnormal PAP, benign or malignant tumors of the ovary, uterus or cervix.

 

Common urogynecologic problems that he can help you with include urinary incontinence and pelvic support problems (such as uterine prolapse, cystocele, rectocele, etc.)  The evaluation of these problems can be completed in his office and successful treatment can often be accomplished as an out-patient (i.e. treatment no longer requires admission to a hospital).

 

Dr. Schroeder is a skillful and experienced gynecologic surgeon… He is often able to offer less invasive approaches such as laparoscopy (including robotic assisted when needed) and hysteroscopy.  But, he will discuss the pros and cons and if major surgery is more appropriate and indicated he will proceed with your best interest and involvement in mind.  Many women who need surgery for a gynecologic problem and have completed childbearing request a "“tummy tuck” under the same anesthesia...  Dr. Schroeder is happy to provide that service to those women who are interested.

 

 

Dr. Schroeder is also competent and credentialed in many newer gynecologic procedures including

  • Essure (out-patient, no incision, hysteroscopic bilateral tubal implants for sterilization)
  • Mirena IUD (for contraception and to help decrease menstrual bleeding and pain)
  • In-office NovaSure endometrial ablation (to decrease uterine bleeding and menstrual cramps)
  • Microsurgical tubal reanastomosis (putting tubes back together after sterilization)
  • Operative hysteroscopy for endometrial ablation, removal of fibroids, polyps, uterine septa, lost IUD's etc.
  • Trans-obturator, suburethral sling (now the "gold standard" for out-patient treatment of stress urinary incontinence)
  • Colposcopy and LEEP (in office evaluation & treatment of pre-cancerous changes in the cervix)
  • Advanced laparoscopic procedures for myomectomy, total or supracervical hysterectomy, ectopic pregnancy, ovarian cystectomy, appendectomy, treatment of endometriosis, pelvic adhesions, etc.
  • Da Vinci Robot assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy.  Dr. Schroeder completed additional training and credentialing for robotic surgery in 2007.
  • Abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”)… When this procedure is performed by Dr. Schroeder concurrently with needed and “pre-authorized” gynecologic surgery the cost of the abdominoplasy is considerably less (than at a plastic surgeon’s office) because your insurance usually covers your hospitalization and anesthesia costs…  And, Dr. Schroeder is proud of his cosmetic results and would be happy to show you “before” and “after” photos of prior abdominoplasties (no patient identifiers of course).
  • Dr. Schroeder's office is primarily a referral practice and he will work closely with your primary care provider. But, you do not need a referral and are welcome to call for an appointment. For his patients who need surgery in the hospital setting, he is on the active staff at Rogue Valley Medical Center and Providence Hospital in Medford, Oregon. He is also on the courtesy staff and operates at Lake District Hospital in Lakeview, Oregon. His office will accept most insurance plans, Visa, MasterCard, and can offer a no interest Care Credit program if needed. Dr. Schroeder will see you promptly and strive to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

 

Services

Caring, relaxed, professional service...

 

We offer full gynecologic and urogynecologic services including care for

 

  • Menstrual disorders
  • Abnormal paps
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic support problems
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Benign and malignant gyn tumors
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome and other hormone problems
  • Post-menopausal bleeding
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Female sterilization
  • Contraception
  • Infertility including microsurgical tubal reanastomosis.  

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Dr. Schroeder operates at both Medford hospitals for out-patient and in-patient surgery. But, the following procedures are also offered in his office.

 

COLPOSCOPY: This is an in-office method of evaluating abnormal PAP's. The colposcope allows Dr. Schroeder to view the cervix under magnification to rule out pre-cancer or other abnormalities of the cervix.

 

LEEP: (Loop Electrode Excision Procedure): This is an in-office method of treating pre-cancerous abnormalities of the cervix after colposcopy and appropriate biopsies have been completed.

 

GYNECOLOGIC ULTRASOUND:  Dr. Schroeder is highly qualified and experienced in conducting ultrasound examinations in-office for the evaluation of many gynecologic problems. He performs these imaging studies personally and will interpret the results for you in real time as you and he are watching the monitor.

 

URODYNAMCS: This in-office procedure is helpful in determining the various causes of urinary incontinence. It is not always needed in the evaluation of urinary incontinence. But, in some clinical situations, it can help Dr. Schroeder to better prescribe the best treatment. For the effective treatment of stress urinary incontinence, Dr. Schroeder recommends the transobturator sling procedure. This is minimally invasive, out-patient procedure done under general anesthesia in the hospital. Soon, Dr. Schroeder will offer a new, FDA approved, sub-urethral sling procedure that is effective in treating stress urinary incontinence and can be performed in office.

 

HYSTEROSCOPY: Dr. Schroeder can perform this very helpful procedure in-office. A small scope is placed through the cervix into the uterus so you and Dr. Schroeder can see the inside of the uterine cavity on the monitor. This is useful in evaluating and treating various uterine bleeding abnormalities.

 

ESSURE TUBAL STERILIZATION: This is a hysteroscopic method of tubal sterilization. It does not require an incision and is permanent. Using the hysteroscope, small titanium implants are placed in the tubes near the uterine cavity. Over the three months post-op the tubes scar shut. Then, an x-ray study is done to confirm that the tubes are both occluded. Presently this procedure is done under general anesthesia as an out-patient in the hospital.... but , Dr. Schroeder will soon be offering this procedure in-office for selected patients.

 

ENDOMETRIAL ABLATION: There are numerous methods to destroy the inner lining of the uterus so that you don't bleed heavily any more. These procedures can effectively resolve various menstrual disorders without having to resort to hysterectomy. Endometrial ablation also helps do away with menstrual cramps. Endometrial ablation can be done as an outpatient under general anesthesia in the hospital or in Dr. Schroeder's office with sedation and local anesthesia. Dr. Schroeder prefers to use the NovaSure (radio-frequency ablation) technique for those patients who elect to have endometrial ablation in his office. This technique is FDA approved and is the most effective in terms of amenorrhea rates.  It also has an excellent safety record. Dr. Schroeder is happy to discuss the pros and cons of all the various alternatives of endometrial ablation and can explain the advantages of having this procedure in the office setting.

 

*** Dr. Schroeder is conscientious in providing effective pain control and sedation whether you are having your procedures done in the office or in the hospital. Please ask him how he intends to minimize your discomfort.

 

Carolyn is Dr. Schroeder's surgery scheduler and medical assistant. She will see that your procedure is pre-authorized with your insurance company and let you know what out of pocket costs you can expect. She will schedule your procedure at a time that is good for you. She will also schedule your pre-operative appointment with Dr. Schroeder so he can discuss your procedure, the alternatives and the risks. Your questions will be encouraged and answered. Ask Carolyn if you would like her to send additional information or if you would like her to get Dr. Schroeder on the line to answer additional questions, etc.