Dr. Stephen Esses, MD

Dr. Stephen Esses, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 67

Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(832) 307-2083

Dr. Stephen Esses, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Houston, TX. He is affiliated with medical facilities HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center and Houston Methodist West Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Esses to book an appointment.

Locations

Southwest Orthopedic Group, LLP

Houston - Stephen Esses6560 Fannin St Ste 1016 Houston, TX 77030
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Hospital Highlight

Dr. Esses is affiliated with HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center Houston, a highly rated hospital.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • Practices at Top Hospital Patient Safety Excellence Award™ See hospitals

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Dr. Esses' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Esses

4.5

Based on 267 ratings

5 Stars
85.0187265917603%
(227)
4 Stars
4.119850187265918%
(11)
3 Stars
0.7490636704119851%
(2)
2 Stars
0.7490636704119851%
(2)
1 Star
9.363295880149813%
(25)
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What went well
  • Appointment scheduling (216)
  • Office environment (216)
  • Staff friendliness (214)
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (23)
  • Appointment was rushed (22)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (20)
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Excellent service! The office runs like a well oiled machine. Follow up calls are quick, caring and professional. Check ins are done well, safely and very swiftly. Dr. E is kind and knowledgeable. He made me feel very comfortable in my painful time of need. I have several health challenges and this doctor and his office staff has renewed my confidence in the medical profession. I have been frustratingly amazed at how poorly many medical offices operate. As my care continues with Dr. E, I feel Blessed to have him as my spinal health overseer.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Barbara Doyle – Jan 22, 2021
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Dr. Esses has provided me with very good care. He is knowledgeable and very attentive to my issues. His phone answering staff is HORRIBLE. They are rude, disrespectful, do not return phone calls and cannot follow-up with confirming appointment or insurance claims. I have called his office four times to set up my physical therapy appointments. When I finally spoke to someone, they gave me two numbers and I had to set up my own appointments.
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Dec 11, 2020
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They had actually read my medical history. They understood my test results and explained them to me in a way I could understand them. And I felt like they listened to me and heard me and cared about me.
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Oct 05, 2020
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Very happy as always.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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No results
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Francisco Perez Cabrera – Sep 30, 2020
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It was easy, short wait
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Sep 30, 2020
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Dr Esses was very helpful and complete in his explanation of my condition and options. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Sep 09, 2020
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Great
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Chris Kahanek – Sep 04, 2020
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Dr. Esses was highly recommended by a family member. He is very friendly and down to Earth making the visit a more relaxing experience. His staff is also very nice and helpful.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Christa L. – Sep 02, 2020
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Excellent
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No results
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No results
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Aug 30, 2020
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I feel beyond the doctor asking the timeline of my situation he did not go in depth about his prognosis. He did not get the info of how the injury has affected me, only to know the injury exists. He asked me to do 3 movements and determined it wasn't nerve related I guess. But I still have physical pain at times so what do you see for me longterm? Does this get better? Basically just a wait and see approach but no expertise I can use.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Quraun Donajae Sherman – Aug 27, 2020
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Went very well
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Aug 21, 2020
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I am a first time patient and was able to see Dr. Esses with little to no wait time. Dr. Esses worked quickly, but thoroughly in getting to the bottom of my problem. He seemed very knowledgeable and was open to addressing my concerns.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Maya Livingston – Jul 24, 2020
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I love this doctor and all of his staff. they know there stuff and they are good at what they do. I give them a hundred stars.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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robin hallman – Jul 03, 2020
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Waiting time was quick. Dr. Esses was nice and thorough.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Christy Porter – Jun 20, 2020
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I have been able to visit 2 of his locations and both times I was in and out.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jun 18, 2020
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I needed to consult with Dr Esses since I had some pinched nerves and wanted to rule out scar tissue from the previous tailbone removal surgery I had with him 11 years ago. He was very attentive and gave me his valuable opinion. I trust him and think he's an expert in his field.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Natalie Moore – Jun 05, 2020
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Dr Esses did surgery on my back a few years ago; last week and continuing forward I have had sharp pains in my left leg. He checked out my back and did xrays to try to find the source of my pain. He had pulled my previous file and was ready to answer any of my questions. I feel very confident in his abilities.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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May 19, 2020
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Dr Esses has been great, to the point and clear.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Ed Granger – May 07, 2020
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Follow up appointment with Dr Esses. Very thorough and easy to talk with about my situation.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Charlotte M – May 06, 2020
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He's a great doctor he gets right to the point and if you need a referral he'll recommend you to the best doctors for care
What went well
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What could be improved
No results
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Experience and Background Checks

Experience
Background

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1 malpractice claim Found
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Esses' Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Low Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Esses treats Low Back Pain more than 89% of his peers

Dr. Esses treats this condition more than 89% of his peers

Laminoforaminotomy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Esses performs Laminoforaminotomy more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Esses performs this procedure more than 87% of his peers

Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Esses treats Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Esses treats this condition more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Esses' conditions and procedures:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Still's Disease

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(832) 307-2083

Dr. Esses accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
American Republic
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Medicaid
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Choice
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
CareSource
Medicaid
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
Community Health Choice
Medicaid
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
GEHA
HAP Insurance
Health Alliance
Health Net
Medicaid
HealthPlus
Medicaid
HealthPlus Amerigroup
Medicaid
HealthSmart
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Medicaid
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Preferred PPO
Husky Health
Medicaid
inHealth
Medicaid
INTotal Health
Medicaid
Medicaid
Midwest Health Plan
Medicaid
Molina Healthcare
Medicaid
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Mutual of Omaha
Peach State Health Plan
Medicaid
Principal Life
Simply Healthcare Plans
Medicaid
Staywell (Wellcare)
Medicaid
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Medicaid
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
Wellcare of Georgia
Medicaid

About Me

Biography

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

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1985
Beth Israel Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
1984
University Toronto
Residency Hospital
1979
Mt Sinai Hospital
Internship Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Stephen Esses, MD?

Call (832) 307-2083 to make an appointment as a new patient. Click here for more information.

Does Dr. Stephen Esses, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Esses has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Stephen Esses, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Stephen Esses, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Esses' profile to make an appointment.

Does Dr. Stephen Esses, MD accept my insurance?

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What are Dr. Stephen Esses, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Esses frequently treats Low Back Pain, Laminoforaminotomy, and Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Esses treats.

Where is Dr. Stephen Esses, MD's office located?

Dr. Esses' office is located at 6560 Fannin St Ste 1016, Houston, TX 77030. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Stephen Esses, MD speak?

Dr. Esses speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Esses is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center

Houston, TX

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)

Houston Methodist West Hospital

Houston, TX

81% Patient Experience Rating, 12% higher than the national average

6 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)