Patient Reviews ?
After reading through the reviews, I choose to make my own to refute some of the negativity. I had two procedures by Dr. Schaefer in 1998 and 1999 and am so pleased with the results I chose him to perform another procedure "if needed". I will find out this week. I appreciate his approach and demeanor which is no nonsense and straight to the point of my visit and condition. I don't desire a physician treating me like his/her new best friend; I desire professionalism. Dr. Schaefer is that: Professional. I also appreciate the way he intensely looks at me and listens as I describe my symptoms and questions. (Former patients understand what I mean) He then provides a complete answer and asks if there are any other concerns. After my last visit 6 weeks ago, I asked his staff if they could recommend a good physical therapist. As they were searching, Dr. Schaefer joined the search using his cellphone because he couldn't think if a particular P/T office was where he remembered it was! I was impressed and not surprised. That demonstrated he genuinely cared about me as a patient and desired the best for me; in my opinion. I recommend Dr. Randall K. Schaefer. (By the way, commenting on the negative.......if you waited a long time, wouldn't you think it's because Dr. Schaefer takes his time with each patient as opposed to rushing them out of the office?)
Just wanted to say how happy I am with my new knee. I thought the worst going into having surgery on my knee. Dr Schaefer reassured me that it would fine. I would not have the swelling and pain, that I had before surgery. He is one of the best surgeons and a wonderful man. Thank you again
Dr. Schaefer is an exceptional and caring doctor, he listens to what I have to say about my condition and takes the time to explain what needs to be done to correct the problem. He gives me the options/choice of what I want to do i.e. live with the pain or do what is necessary to correct/alleviate the pain via PT or surgery etc.. Dr. Schaefer's staff i.e. Mandy and all the others are very courteous, personable, respectful and efficient. I hold the highest Esteem and trust for Dr. Schaefer's ability to accurately diagnosis my condition in a no nonsense manner, he has my complete respect and trust. Respectfully submitted, Sally Cervantes 04/04/2014
I injured my shoulder in June 2013, my urgent care doctor tried physical therapy for 4 months. My LEFT SHOULDER was getting worse. Dr.Schaefer ordered a MRI and found out the shoulder was getting worse, scheduled surgery,it was done in November 2013. I had 12 physical therapy session in which he personally recommended,they did a good job. His surgery on my shoulder was great. Its still a little stiff, but 4 months after rotor cuff surgery I am released to go back to work. Great job Doctor. I would recommended Dr.Schaefer to anyone having orthopedic surgery.
After waiting 5 years trying to find a workerscomp surgeon to take my case Dr. Schaefer agreed to do my surgery. After only 3 months I have complete range of motion. At this time I no longer need to have any more follow up visits. He has told me that if I need any additional care he will be happy to provide it.
I've been seeing Dr.Schaefer and his staff for 2 years and would highly recommend him. He also has a wonderful staff supporting him. It was my first surgery and was very nervous about it but seeing the confidence and assurance from his nurses and staff , I felt very much at ease.
Had my shoulder surgery. Doctor was Early! Procedure went fine. Have a follow up tomorrow and although there is some pain , which is to be expected, I am very satisfied with Dr. Schafer.
Dr. Schaffer is a nightmare! Before my shoulder surgery he was nice but after the devil came out. He never checked my incisions or addressed any of my cocerns. It has now been 3 months after surgery and I'm in more pain post surgery than I ever have been and yet he blames me even though I've followed all instructions exactly as given. All he is concerned about is himself and $$ because he just wants to keep doing surgery. Not even a month post surgery he was already talking about wanting to do more (when it's not needed)... Absolutely rediculous!! Please do yourself a favor if you get referred to him by work comp or any other doctor DON'T DO IT! DON'T BE ANOTHER VICTIM.
Within 1 week of injuring my left knee, I was able to get into to see Dr. Schaefer. His staff was courteous and polite and made me feel welcomed. His office was busy, but the wait time was normal compared to other office visits that I have experienced. I certainly didn't feel like it took too long. There's a reason why his office is so busy, and it's because he's so good. Within a few minutes Dr. Schaefer made his diagnosis, then sent me for an MRI to confirm his analysis. Upon my follow up visit, we learned that his initial diagnosis was 100% accurate. I have no idea what the whiners are talking about, "Curt", "No bedside manner", etc... I found it refreshing to have an experienced intelligent surgeon tell me what I NEEDED to hear and not what I WANTED to hear. Maybe it's my law enforcement mentality, but I just wanted to hear the facts. I was fortunate to have Dr. Schaefer perform my left ACL replacement and meniscus trimming. There were absolutley zero complications. I was then referred to Parry Physical Therapy by Schaefer and his staff. They were outstanding as well, and let me know immediately that I would only get out, what I put into it. This was five years ago!!!!I have not missed a beat, and if anything my knee is stronger than it has ever been. Walking, jumping, jogging, twisting, turning, I can do it all thanks to Dr. Schaefer.
I have had another orthopedic surgeon that had performed 3 previous surgeries on my knee, but he referred me to Dr. Schaefer because of his knowledge on performing specialized types of orthopedic surgery. When I called to make an appointment with Dr. Schaefer I was scheduled within 2 weeks. Upon my first visit Dr. Schaefer listened fully to the problems I had been having with my right knee. He suggested performing a tibial tubercle ostonomy which would move the tibial tubercle to the medial side of the tibia which would allow the patellar tendon to move medially and not allow the patella to rub on the condoler space on the distal end of the femur. I was scheduled surgery within 3 weeks. Dr. Schaefer's office staff works very hard to make sure their patients are taken care of promptly! Needless to say, as with any surgery, the recovery time was painful and longer than just an arthroscopy surgery, but 4 months later I am able to walk for exercise 5 miles 4 to 5 times a week with little to no pain or swelling! If you are experiencing problems with anything that you think requires a more specialized orthopedic surgery than the orthopedic surgeon you are currently seeking treatment from I would proudly and fully recommend that you obtain an appointment with Dr. Schaefer to be evaluated. Dr. Schaefer stays up~to~date with the new trends of orthopedic surgery and is the most knowledgeable orthopedic surgeon that I have ever received care from! This surgery was the 5th surgery I have had performed on my right knee, and finally I had the surgery that was needed to make the pain I had been experiencing for so long no longer existent! BTW, Dr. Schaefer performed the 2nd arthroscopy surgery I had on this same knee in 2002 and I received the same knowledgeable surgeon that I received on this surgery February 19th, 2013! Thank you so very much Dr. Schaefer for being who you are and the wonderful surgeon that can be!
I am with others on punctuality, it was poor. However, he was very informative in a no nonsense way and I don't need niceties just good professional doctoring. The proof however will be the results of the surgery.
Dr. Schaefer is quick, to the point, and no-nonsense. Maybe this is due to his military background. Wait time is longer than I'm used to with other doctors. He is very knowledgeable in his field. Don't expect any sympathy though. His office staff is professional and courteous, every doctor would wish to have them.
This is no physician care provider for there is no caring! I made an appointment seeing that he specializes in knees because I am certain to have a torn meniscus, and before I was even allowed to keep my appointment and be evaluated, I received a call from the office cancelling my appointment because I have a negative MRI and "the doctor reviewed MRI and Xrays and determined I don't need to be seen by a specialist"!!. I have never heard of such a thing. I sent a message over to the office clarifying facts, that the Doctor could not possibly know since he has not evaluated nor spoken to me and refuses to evaluate - and I received no reply. What kind of doctor behaves in this manner? This is just another of the issues with electronic records I believe. The practitioners read file and base their care on what is found there - whether true or not. Often a care provider gets the facts wrong and then the medical record is wrong forever. My Brother had a torn ACL that did not show up on MRI , however lucky for him, he had physicians who know MRI is not always accurate and that the actual patient assessment bears more weight than the imaging studies. Shame on Dr Schaefer! Calling himself a specialist! NOT
Was not happy with the way I was treated after I had shoulder surgery. Sent me back to work less than a week after the surgery when my pain level was a 8, 10 being the worse. I had a very large surgery which required a screw to be placed inside my shoulder to hold rotator cuff and other things in place. Never looked at me until he wanted to see my range of motion. The worse experience I have ever had with any doctor.
wait time was very long for each of my appointments regardless of appointment time.
I am really happy with Dr. Schaefer and his knowledge. Very straight to the point and direct. I am very happy with him and his office staff, all very courtious and caring.
I would like to add my comments about Dr. Schaefer after reading the ones that are posted on this site. I was almost afraid to keep my appointment, but I'm sure glad I did. I loved this doctor. He spent as much time with me as I needed. There were no questions that were too dumb for him to answer. He was very conscientious, did a through exam, and even took me to the computer so he could explain what he was seeing on my MRI films. Everything about this office and doctor was wonderful. I have not idea where all the negative comments must have come from. I would highly recommend this doctor.
Dr. Schaefer does not allow enough time once you're (finally) in the examination room to answer any of your questions. He is curt and sharp with his replies and does not give eye contact. He acts like it is an imposition for him to see you. In fact, he has said when asked if I am taking up his time (after 3 minutes with him and he looking at his wristwatch) that I am his last patient and he wants to go home. This at the major surgery post operative appointment. I had 5 minutes total and most of it was for the x-rays. Dr. Schaefer has absolutely no bedside manner. I would look for another surgeon.
dr schaefer has a god like air about him which would seem to suggest to me the paitient that, once he has laid hands on you , you should be forever heald. his bedside manner leaves alot to be desired. i will not have him do any further surgeries nor would i reccomend him.