Rating Feedback for Dr. ROUSE SCHARSCHMIDT (1349633)
'Dr. Rouse delivered my son whos 5 now. She also performed a tubal ligation by clamp procedure the day after I delivered in which at the time I was 25. I was told there was very little chance of me becoming pregnant. I was stressed that this would be the better route without any explanation of the risk. Married with three children permanent b/c was all I wanted! Instead 9/2009 to my suprise I thought I was just having bad cramps on my left side as I complained about before shortly after my tubal procedure. I was reassured this was normal. But on the evening of 9/25/2009 I found myself in the ER as told by the Dr. bleeding profusely already from the inside... that was scary. They removed my entire left tube. Well... needless to say, 10 months later 7/26/2009 I found myself having the same symptoms as well as typical pregnancy symptoms. This leads me to now... as I type, I am currently 7 months pregnant. My advice...do your homework, and dont sign anything until you do!!'
I came here to read patient reviews of Dr. Rouse, as she will be performing a hysterectomy on me soon. She came highly recommended, and I fully trust those recommendations. Thank goodness I read the actual text of this review rather than seeing that 2.0 rating and changing my mind. This isn't a case of doctor incompetence, it's one of patient ignorance.
Just so we're clear on the facts as you've presented them... you had a tubal ligation in 2006. Three years later, in 2009, you presented with what sounds a lot like an ectopic pregnancy, resulting in the removal of the affected tube. This is a well documented risk when you have a tubal ligation, and most people would have taken this as a hint that your tubal ligation might have failed. But no, based on your review you did nothing about it, and now you're angry that you're pregnant again two years later? Come on, lady.
A quick Google search would tell you that the chance of becoming pregnant in the first year following a tubal ligation is around 1%, but the failure rate increases with the length of time from the procedure, being as high as 5% after a decade. Congratulations, you're amongst the lucky 5% that experienced a failure. I became pregnant with my son while on birth control and using condoms - that didn't mean I jumped on the internet to compose poorly written negative reviews of the pharmaceutical or condom companies. Like most rational, educated and sane individuals, I realized that accidents happen and absolutely nothing is foolproof. Sadly, you chose to accept no personal responsibility, but instead attempted to smear this doctor and possibly negatively impact her ability to do business. I think you may have confused the purpose of the "Average Knowledge" rating - it's for rating the doctor's knowledge, not your own, which is clearly lacking. I could understand if there were any actual misinformation or malpractice that occurred, but you mention nothing to support either.
I do completely agree with one statement you made though, which is that you should have done your homework. Patients should always research any procedures thoroughly before agreeing to have them done. Your healthcare is your own responsibility, and making an ill-informed decision is nobody's fault but your own. You don't just take a doctor's word that a procedure is a good idea; you get a second, or even third opinion before you let someone cut you open and poke around at your internal organs. I've spent the last year consulting several doctors in preparation for my hysterectomy, and Dr. Rouse came recommended by two separate physicians whom I trust. I can't wait to come back here following my surgery and give her the highest ratings possible, which I am fully confident that she will earn, to offset your poor review.
One last thing... I note you were on Medicaid (aka welfare) when you delivered your child and had the tubal ligation. Combine that with the outright stupidity of your review, and it's no wonder they encouraged you to stop breeding. As a gainfully employed, tax paying member of society, my hard earned dollars thank them for doing so. It truly is a shame that the surgery was not successful, but at least you can think of me and be thankful my tax dollars will be helping pay to deliver your kid in a few weeks.