Dr. George W. Tipton Jr., MD

Dr. George W. Tipton Jr., MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male | 66 years old

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My father was my inspiration to become a physician. His sense of duty to his nation and our community instilled in me the desire to go into medicine. He had served our country as a surgeon in WWII and served the Austin community in numerous ways. He and Mom encouraged my sister and I to go beyond college and obtain post-graduate degrees.Read more

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The son of a surgeon, I was born in the original Seton Hospital and grew up in Austin, Texas. I'm...Read more

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in Austin, TX |
Initially gave 5 stars based on squeezing me in for an emergency appointment. Dr did not meet with me before or after surgery as he promised. I was treated as a checklist in the follow-up appts after surgery. He did not listen to me as a patient and instead kept restating the same things over and over with "typical patients" and never seemed to remember anything I said. Did not review followup mri results. Office consistently does not return phone calls. I will NOT be returning to this dr.
in Round Rock, TX |
I've had three spine surgeries in 20 years with Dr. Tipton. All surgeries were warranted and this belief comes with working judiciously with Dr. Tipton to confirm the surgery need. His approach starts with anything but surgery until the appropriate options are exhausted then surgery only after he's confident he can affect the desired outcome. I'm so confident in him that I'll let no one else operate on my spine. Very high recommendatoins.
in Leander, TX |
Dr. Tipton has been my back surgeon since 2011. He has operated on my back 2 times and now it looks like I'm headed for a 3rd. I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Tipton and his experience. Additionally, the staff at his main office has always been very supportive and helpful (Stephanie was awesome!!!). I cannot endorse Dr. Tipton and the staff enough!!
in Pflugerville, TX |
I found Dr. Tipton to be rude and condescending. I was in the exam room and needed to go to the restroom and walked out of the exam room and Dr. Tipton asked, Can I help you? like I wasn't supposed to be there when I am already wearing a hospital gown. In the exam room as he was explaining my options, I asked a question about the procedure. He then asked me in a rude tone, Do you want to ask questions, or can I finish. I don't know why people call him Buddy. He was not a Buddy to me.
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Dr. Tipton Jr. says...

The son of a surgeon, I was born in the original Seton Hospital and grew up in Austin, Texas. I'm an orthopedic spine surgeon and have been in practice since 1983. I founded the Spine and Rehabilitation Center in 1994 and have been in the Seton Healthcare Family since 2011.

Dr. Tipton Jr.'s Care Philosophy

My father was my inspiration to become a physician. His sense of duty to his nation and our community instilled in me the desire to go into medicine. He had served our country as a surgeon in WWII and served the Austin community in numerous ways. He and Mom encouraged my sister and I to go beyond college and obtain post-graduate degrees.

Dr. Tipton Jr. says...

In my practice of spine surgery, I've recognized the need for nonsurgical spine care. In the 1990's there were few physicians who specialized in nonsurgical treatment, but by 1994 I found like-minded doctors and a physical therapist who delivered high-quality, conservative care. We launched a pilot project with a large group of primary care physicians and a well-known insurance carrier, demonstrating that appropriate care with good outcomes could be delivered in a manner that conserved important resources. I have participated in two research papers.

Dr. Tipton Jr. says...

  1. Surgical treatment of adult low back
  2. Low back pain treatment without surgery
  3. Microsurgery
  4. Pinched nerve treatment with laminectomy
  5. Pinched nerve treatment with discectomy
  6. Spinal fusion for low back pain

Dr. Tipton Jr.'s experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in General Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • General Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis


  • Medical School
    Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston

    Graduated in 1977

  • Internship Hospital
    Jeff Davis Hosp

    Completed in 1940

    John Sealy Hosp

    Completed in 1939

  • Residency Hospital
    John Sealy Hosp

    Completed in 1949

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection