Dr. Stephen I. Esses, MD

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Dr. Stephen I. Esses, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Southwest Orthopedic Group 6560 Fannin St Ste 1016, Houston, TX 77030 Get Directions
(713) 610-4260

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Dr. Esses is an internationally recognized expert in the field of spinal disorders who has developed several new surgical techniques...Read more

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  • Helpfulness
  • Staff
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Experience with Dr. Esses
  • Level of trust in provider's decisions
  • How well provider explains medical condition(s)
  • How well provider listens and answers questions
  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
Dr. Esses' Office & Staff
  • Ease of scheduling urgent appointments
  • Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
  • Staff friendliness and courteousness
  • Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
    10 – 15 minutes (127)
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in Houston, TX |
Overall visit was great!!! Dr.Esses very professional!!
in Houston, TX |
Everyone is great Always there to help always listen Always with a smile.
in Houston, TX |
No problems, great service from making apt, to see the doctor. Highly recommended.
in Houston, TX |
Very quick and efficient.
in Houston, TX |
Great environment !!
in Houston, TX |
Great staff and great doctor. I trust Dr. Esses to provide me with the treatment I need to recover.
in Houston, TX |
My visit was good very satisfied with this doctor, hoping his treatment plan will help me.
in Houston, TX |
It was quick and questions answered, the staff was polite and through.
in Houston, TX |
Great visit as always.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Doctor was professional and attentive answered all my questions.
in Houston, TX |
Very good Dr!!!
in Houston, TX |
he was awesome! I will tell anyone that has back trouble to come here.
in Houston, TX |
I had very good care.
in Chicago, IL |
very good assistance time best service that any other Dr's office I have been.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Friendly, efficient and to the point thank you.
in Houston, TX |
Great doctor great service and great staff.
in Houston, TX |
I am satisfied with treatment I have received from Dr.Esses and the staff is super.
in Houston, TX |
everything went well.
in Houston, TX |
great job !!!
in Houston, TX |
Everything was good ,and fast.
in Houston, TX |
everything and everyone are cool, friendly.
in Houston, TX |
front desk associates very friendly,treat everone very fast and friendly maner ,keep up the good job.
in Houston, TX |
He is very nice@ explains everything step by step.
in Houston, TX |
The staff was very friendly and courteous. I felt taken care of. The staff was efficient.
in Houston, TX |
Dr. Esses is always nice and honest and the staff are very friendly.
in Houston, TX |
staff was very polite , knowledgeable and friendly Dr was straight forward with his plan of treatment and follow up.
in Houston, TX |
care and after care excellent.
in Houston, TX |
very welcoming . told me everything needed to know.
in Houston, TX |
Dr.Esses is a kind and gentle man that understands his patients points and concerns. Dr. Esses is one of the best doctors that I know and I am very lucky to have him as my doctor. I will and have recommeneded Dr. Esses to family,friends and co-workers.
in Houston, TX |
Everything was done in a professional detailed maner. Dr. Esses was very helpful.
in Houston, TX |
overall good !
in Houston, TX |
I love the treatment here everone is very curtios and professional. we get the royal treatment.
in Houston, TX |
will reccomend.
in Houston, TX |
in Houston, TX |
in Houston, TX |
less pain, more comfort.
in Houston, TX |
Very good job.
Denton |
Horrible experience. Dr. Essex was very in sensitive to my extreme pain and lacked bed side manner. He did not offer many any remedy for my pain or condition, just that he would not be performing any surgery. He contradicted himself on several occasions. His clerical staff was also incompetent, loosing my information, incorrectly entering my information, mistaking my appointment times, ect. Very unorganized. I am still suffering after seeing Dr. Essex he was useless
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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease

Procedures Performed

  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for Texas.

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  • 0

    No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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  • 0
    Board Actions

    No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

    What are board actions


  • Medical School
    University Of Toronto Faculty Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1978

  • Internship Hospital
    Mt Sinai Hospital

    Completed in 1979

  • Residency Hospital
    University Toronto

    Completed in 1984

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Beth Israel Hospital

    Completed in 1985

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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  • Media & Publications

    Dr. Esses has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Dr. Esses' 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 Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Why Does Experience Matter?

Even specialists specialize. One orthopedic surgeon might do nothing but hip surgeries, while another does nothing but knees. If you want the best possible care, it’s critical to match your medical need with the doctor who truly specializes in treating it.


Patient Satisfaction Results for Dr. Esses

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Dr. Esses' Office & Staff

Ease of scheduling urgent appointments
Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
Staff friendliness and courteousness
Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
10 – 15 minutes

Experience with Dr. Esses

Level of trust in provider's decisions
How well provider explains medical condition(s)
How well provider listens and answers questions
Spends appropriate amount of time with patients

Dr. Esses says...

Dr. Esses is an internationally recognized expert in the field of spinal disorders who has developed several new surgical techniques and implants for the treatment of spinal problems. Dr. Esses maintains a special interest in workers' compensation injuries. Dr. Esses is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He has lectured throughout the world and published numerous articles and book chapters on spine-related problems. Dr. Esses is author of Textbook of Spinal Disorders which is a standard reference for spinal medical personnel. He has been a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery for over fifteen years and has trained many orthopedic surgeons in the subspecialty of spine surgery.

Although Dr. Esses has been actively involved in research, publishing and teaching for over twenty years his main area of interest is patient care.