Ratings for Dr. Andre Laroche
My family doctor sent a requisition to Dr. laRoche on a tuesday afternoon. He say me thursday morning. He was very friendly and I never felt embarassed asking him questions. He made me feel comfortable during the whole appointment. Unfortunately I needed immediate surgery which did as soon as he could. All I can say is thank you Dr. LARoche, because I'm still here today..
From the age of 17 years I visited 11 OBGYNs, had 2 surgeries and was prescribed a variety of pain killers as well as birth control pills to manage my endometriosis. My 11th doctor admitted he was unable to help me and referred me to a pain specialist in Ottawa, Dr. Sony Singh. Dr. Singh suggested nerve block injections and in-turn, he referred me to Dr. Andre Laroche in Woodbridge. During my first visit to Dr. Laroche in April 2013, he reviewed thoroughly my medical history with me, listened to my concerns and suggested a combination of Visanne, Mirena(IUD) and nerve block injections. His bedside manner and compassion put me at ease during each visit. This is one doctor's office I do not dread visiting. I deal with an efficiently-run office that begins with Sophie his receptionist who has a winning personality. She is pleasant and welcoming-a reflection of her boss. Now, after 14 years of pain and ELEVEN OBGYNs, pain relief at last!! He is an awesome doctor.
Other then sometimes having a long wait time, might of been due to the holidays and possibly dependent on what time of the day the appointment is, he's a great doctor. Sofia is great too but I do find it hard to get through to the phone. She does take on a lot though and from what I've discussed with her, if your running late or something minor just come in anyway no need to call. Dr Laroche, made me feel very comfortable and I like that I can depend on him more then my previous gynos. He doesn't make me feel stupid when I speak to him. He will take the time to listen to you and won't rush you out of the appointment no matter how trivial you think your question is.
I find it bizarre that people makes claims like "he changed my life" when they are only a few days post-op. No one can make those claims until they have been about 1 year post-op as many patients with endometriosis end up with adhesions that typically start causing problems around the 8 month post op mark. Unfortunately Dr. Laroche was a huge disappointment for me. I've had 1 failed excision by an unskilled surgeon who forced Lupron right up until I went to the OR. She clearly missed some endometriosis. Dr. Laroche spent a lot of time defending her instead of listening to what was going on with my bladder and bowels. I did not say anything negative, just presented the facts. After explaining I was no longer willing to be a hormone treatment guinea pig, he still pushed Progesterone on me when I told him how progesterone had caused migraines and depression in the past. I was forced to try it or get no other help. I tried it, I had headaches daily for 2 months and then migraines twice a week. I stopped taking it. He just shrugged his shoulders and then offered me an appointment with his "colleague" from Ottawa, a supposed "pain specialist". Good God, do not waste your time with this woman. What a rotten human being. A pain management doctor who "doesn't believe in narcotics" but has nothing else to offer. I've tried Lyrica, Gaba and every "fake" opiate out there (Tramadol, Nucynta) and nothing else has worked. Until I was given proper medical management of narcotics, I was bedridden with severe agony daily. Narcotics gave me some quality of life back. Nope! According to her I'm wrong and instead should use cannabis oil and put it on my lady parts (this website won't allow me to say the word that rhymes with Regina, is this a joke? It's a medical term!) I did not once complain about my "lady parts". Dr. Laroche didn't care about my experience with his colleague and took an "oh well, nothing lost nothing gained" attitude. Then I was told I needed an MRI. Why? My endometriosis and adhesions have never shown up on an MRI before, why would they now? He then "forgot" to book the MRI for 6 months. I don't know why Sophie is so fabulous for every other patient, because she didn't do her job with my case. Repeated messages were left unanswered. I'm still waiting for a call back from JULY 2016. How many messages should a patient have to leave before they get a call back? Suddenly I get an MRI notification in December 2016 for a spinal MRI?????? In a closed machine which I cannot tolerate and explained to him, which he clearly disregarded or "forgot" again. He seemed to have a lot of memory issues with me. If you have a complicated case of endometriosis don't get your hopes up. If you are overweight at all, he doesn't like operating on overweight people. Doesn't matter if you are incapacitated from chronic pain and your pain is made worse by exercise (common with endometriosis). He was my last hope. I now have no hope for any surgical intervention in this country. No one here will help me because my case is "complicated" and no one will advocate for me to go to the US to a doctor who feels confident they can help. Laroche tried to push Lupron on me again, even after my nightmare experience and permanent side effects of bone and joint pain. I had a full hysterectomy so I'm not sure what Lupron would do??? In the end I gave up. I stopped using HRT and therefore stopped feeding the endometriosis beast estrogen. I had to do that research and ask him about it and he said I could go off the HRT safely. Other specialists claim it's necessary to stay on it until I'm 50 even though it was making the endometriosis pain worse. Apparently we have about 10 endometriosis experts in Toronto who all meet together and share information. Funny how they are all saying different things to patients. He was an extreme disappointment and a huge waste of time and energy, not to mention the suffering I endured needlessly for his progesterone experiment. Other women talk about how he has done their 12th or 16th surgery and how great he is. I couldn't even get surgery #2 with him after waiting 4 years from the first failed "excision". If this is the best of the best in Ontario or Canada, apparently trained by Dr. Sony Singh, we are in some very deep trouble ladies. Go into an appointment with him with no expectations and stand your ground if you don't want Lupron. Every endometriosis "expert" in Toronto is pushing Lupron heavily and we all know it is not a treatment for endometriosis, just a band-aid approach with side effects that can be permanent and destroy your life. I can no longer work because of all of this and lost everything that mattered to me. Sophie, you really need to return phone calls to ALL patients, not just the ones you like. Tip for other patients, call and see how far behind he is running before you leave your house. Every appointment I had I sat there for about 90 minutes to 2 hours waiting to be seen. Huge disappointment.
The most wonderful man. I did have to wait in his office a little longer but it was well worth it. He listens and helps the best he can. I had excision surgery for endometriosis and I'm on day 2 post op and the pain is nothing like I had before. He has saved my life from pain and misery. Hands down the best and most hopeful gyn to help with the endometriosis.
I recently had surgery with Dr LaRoche at Humber River Hospital (Jan 2017) and he provided me with excellent care. I went to see him for extremely heavy bleeding, debilitating pain that would make me vomit, with bowel and bladder issues, and I was starting to get two periods each month! We discussed various options - starting with the Mirena IUD, Fibristal, and other hormone related options but when I told him about contraindications - he read the fine print (actually pulled out from the Visanne box the fine print and read it in detail), and agreed with me that surgery would be my best option for suspected adeno and many fibroids. He noted that it is protocol to start with offering the less invasive treatments first before going to surgical options. My husband was also very impressed with Dr Laroche's demeanor. He made us comfortable every step of the way. I would highly recommend Dr LaRoche from my personal experience and am grateful for his care and surgical skills (my physical recovery has been very smooth and my scars are very small).
Super long waiting times; saw him for my endometriosis but was pretty taken aback with his approach and how he and his fellow pushed Lupron. Said endo will always come back without birth control - which is false. Proper excision should not need hormonal suppression! Red flags my entire appointment. Ladies do your research !
Dr Laroche is a great doctor!! He was with me throughout my first pregnancy and eased my nerves and answered all my questions. He makes you feel comfortable and is very easy to talk to. I ended up having him as my delivery doctor lucky enough and had to do an emergency c section. Everything went well and my incision healed up nicely. He made me feel comfortable during the procedure and eased my nerves. Thank you Dr Laroche! If I have another baby if definitely want to work with him. His office is run smoothly as well and his secretary Sofi is so sweet and kind.
I was referred to Dr. Laroche after I asked for a second opinion for a fibroid which felt different than my previous ones. From the start, he took my concerns seriously (when my former doctor had not because she thought the fibroid wouldn't be an issue once I went into menopause) and was very professional in follow-up appointments. I can't tell you how reassuring it was to know that someone cared about my opinion. After seven months and 3 follow-up appointments, we opted to do a hysterectomy which scared me. Nevertheless, Dr. Laroche was compassionate, knowledgeable and just wonderful overall. This extended to me just before surgery and post op in his hospital visits. I cannot say enough wonderful things about him. Even his receptionist is top notch. Sofi feels like a friend I've known forever. Truly, being referred to Dr. Laroche was so advantageous for me. He (and Sofi) deserve every positive review on here.
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