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About Dr. Stephen Schendel

Dr. Stephen Schendel, MD, DDS is a Doctor primarily located in Palo Alto, CA, with another office in East Palo Alto, CA. He has 40 years of experience. His specialties include Plastic Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Schendel is affiliated with Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital @ Stanford, Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Sequoia Hosp, Redwood City, Ca. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

13 Ratings with 6 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Stephen Schendel is Good. Dr. Stephen Schendel has been rated by 13 patients. From those 13 patients 6 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Stephen Schendel is 3.4 of 5.0 stars.

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770 Welch Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94304
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1900 University Ave
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
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Specialties

Dr. Stephen Schendel has the following 2 specialties

  • Plastic Surgery

    A plastic surgery specialist is a physician with extensive training in the execution of plastic surgery procedures.
    Plastic surgery is the use of surgical procedures to rebuild or reshape injured or misshapen body parts. Congenital defects, such as a cleft lip or palate, can be corrected by a plastic surgery specialist. Injuries sustained during auto accidents also may require the services of a plastic surgery specialist. These procedures fall under the category of reconstructive plastic surgery.
    The other category of plastic surgery is cosmetic plastic surgery. Plastic surgery specialists often perform procedures like breast augmentation, face lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, and lip injection as elective surgeries for patients who wish to make aesthetic improvements.

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

    An oral & maxillofacial surgeon is a physician who surgically corrects conditions of the mouth and surrounding facial structures including the head, neck and jaws. These doctors usually start out as dentists before undertaking extensive surgical and medical training.

  • Expertise

    8 Expertise

  • Apnea
  • Bone Transplantation
  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Palate
  • Craniosynostoses
  • Oral Surgical Procedures
  • Osteotomy
  • Recurrence

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Hides behind his Stanford Resume, but is Incompetent

Dr. Schendel left me with an open bite so bad that the teeth no longer function properly. The bite needs surgical correction for a stable outcome, yet he refused to issue a refund or revise his poor surgery, instead leaving his patient in permanent pain in order to protect himself. He comes off as nice and grandfatherly, but he is NOT a good guy.

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9 years later

I saw Dr. Schendel from 2006-2009 (I think) for corrective jaw surgery, when he was still at Stanford. If I knew now what I knew then, I would have found a different surgeon. My surgery (upper and lower jaw surgery, where my jaws were broken in several places to correct my bite) was in the summer of 2007. It's been nearly 9 years and I still have nerve damage in my face from the severing of nerves from lower jaw surgery. Only top jaw surgery was needed to fix my bite, I was told, but my insurance company approved lower too and he said it would be aesthetically better if I had the lower one moved slightly. I stupidly agreed. I was in my 20s and that sounded good, and if I had known that almost 10 years later the whole lower part of my face would still have numbness, tingling, itching, discomfort I would have NEVER agreed. He did not warn me. Did he just do it for the money because my insurance agreed to doing both jaws?? I'm starting to think that might be the case! When he was at the Stanford clinic, it was complete chaos. They lost my records more than once and I feel like usually he was just going on whatever he felt like doing and not making solid medical decisions based on medical fact. He had a very casual attitude. Like, "Oh, once I get in there on the surgery date, we'll see what we do." Yes, he didn't even KNOW for sure if he was going to do both jaws or what he was going to end up doing! (Again, if I only knew better!) We want to trust our doctors because they claim to know best but I really wish I had not stayed with him as my jaw surgeon. :(

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WARNING ABOUT THIS DOCTOR

Dr. Schendel is a horrible surgeon. Not only because his lack of skill, but also he's unethical. I had a jaw surgery done by him to correct my TMJ and the results were terrible. I ended up with an open bite and overjet on both the front and left side, and my jaw still has some problems after my surgery. The open bite on the left side is so huge that it causes many problems for me, and even prosthodontists can't fix this for me. I also had genioplasty done by him because he claimed to also do plastic surgery, but he didn't even know the basics of plastic surgery. He did not have me wear a strap around my head while healing, and my chin became so long I looked like Jay Leno. No fillers were used either so there was a very obvious line across my chin as well and my flesh grew into that groove, and to top it all off, the chin was crooked. He sewed my lower lip so low that I had trouble closing my mouth, and my mouth became crooked and half the size it used to be. At first I was hesitant to go see him because he was a professor and I didn't want fellows involved in my surgery, but later I found out that he had his own private practice. I told him that I was concerned about fellows participating in my surgery, but he assured me that since he has a private practice so he can make sure that they won't be a part of my surgery. However, after looking through my records after the surgery, I found out that fellows had participated, and once I confronted him about it, he admitted this. This is very unethical and dishonest of him. Thanks to him, I had to do revision surgery, but the damage done by him is permanent. Nothing I can do can get rid of the line across my chin, and my mouth still has terrible scarring and is still much smaller than before. I still have trouble speaking because of the scarring. He even tried to settle with me for a sum of money for the damage that he's done. I would give my contact information so I can show you the horrible damage that he has done to me, but yelp does not let me post my personal information up here. Please think twice before you see this horrible unethical doctor, especially if you're thinking about plastic surgery!!

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Five Stars

Amazing surgeon! Surprisingly friendly and very helpful.

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Superb surgeon with an artist's eye

Dr. Schendel was recommended to me by another Palo Alto plastic surgeon who is himself well-regarded. He told me that Dr. Schendel was the absolute best. I had a complex problem --- revising a poorly done sliding genioplasty which itself was a revision of an old chin implant from 1969. My situation was unfortunate --- I had developed a sagging chin and all kinds of other undesirable outcomes including difficulty chewing and speaking. I had originally had a receding chin, but in 1969 the implants were primitive, made of old silicone and the implant had worn at the roots of my lower teeth. Another doctor in trying to fix that, had caused an asymmetry and weakened the chin muscles. Dr. Schendel gave me beautiful symmetry and function to my jaw, and it looks and works terrific, perfectly natural. He has a calm air of expertise, and I knew that he understood what needed to be done to set this all right. He is very friendly and informative. I can't recommend him highly enough. His office staff is also wonderfully helpful and personable. What a relief after years of bearing up with my unfortunate appearance and inability to chew or talk properly. Now I am completely satisfied.

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  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Schendel is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital @ Stanford
  • Stanford Hospital and Clinics
  • Sequoia Hosp, Redwood City, Ca
  • Stanford University Hospital
  • Education

    40 Years Experience

  • University Of Minnesota Medical School

    Graduated in 1973

  • Stanford University School Of Medicine

    Residency

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Stephen Schendel accepts the following insurance providers.

  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross California
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Small Group
    • Blue Cross CA Advantage PPO Preferred DirectAccess Plus
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Individual
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Large Group
    • Blue Cross CA Select PPO
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
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