Dr. Stephen Esses, MD

Dr. Stephen Esses, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male | 63 years old

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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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Dr. Esses' Performance
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  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
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    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (79)
in Houston, TX |
Doc is very direct and honest. I trust his opinion!
in Houston, TX |
Got in and out fast . Dr. really listens to you!
in Houston, TX |
Swift ! Courteous! Efficient !
in Houston, TX |
this office is wonderful. Everyone is professional and polite.
in Houston, TX |
Everything was good !!
in Houston, TX |
Everything is very good and efficient in all aspects .
in Houston, TX |
Very good doctor.
in Houston, TX |
Dr. Esses di a great job , fast and friendly staff.
in Houston, TX |
Doctor Esses is great doctor !!!
in Houston, TX |
I have received great care and will recommend to others.
in Houston, TX |
The staff is nice. Does not take all day. Employees seem to care about patients.
in Houston, TX |
I love this office Very courteous and professional staff who really listen.
in Houston, TX |
Dr. Esses is awesome! Would not go to anyone else.
in Houston, TX |
enjoyed the courtesy and professionalism of doctor and staff.
in Houston, TX |
Great visit, fast and to the point I was very pleased with this visit.
in Houston, TX |
Service was great and Dr. Esses was extremely knowlegable.
in Houston, TX |
Best Doctor I have ever seen. I come in and out of my appointment in 30 min. My back feel so good.
in Houston, TX |
my visit was excellent.
in Houston, TX |
Great doctor fast appointment.
in Houston, TX |
Impressed with prompt and through doctor Esses took his time to listen Great office!!!
in Houston, TX |
Fast and to the point.
in Houston, TX |
very happy with all this doctor would recommend to friends and family.
in Houston, TX |
I have been a loyal patient since 2005.
in Houston, TX |
could not have been a better experience.
in Houston, TX |
It was good I trust Dr. Esses.
in Houston, TX |
Staff very friendly, good experence.
in Houston, TX |
Everyone was professional, nice no complaints. Look forward to working with Dr. Esses.
in Houston, TX |
Everyone is extremely nice and patient.
in Houston, TX |
Good Experience waiting in waiting room goes fast. Staff is super friendly.
in Houston, TX |
Dr. Esses and staff know what they are doing. Thanks to all who helped my pain.
in Houston, TX |
Everything was great. The doctor and nurses were very kind. I was confident that the surgery was going to go great.
Houston, TX |
For my visit due to back pain, Dr. Esses' office performed a drug test on me without my knowledge. The charge of the drug test was over $10,000 each time when the test was performed. Nobody in the office felt the necessity to inform me about the drug test or the cost of the drug test prior to being performed. I wasn't aware about the drug test until it showed up on my insurance claim. The office didn't only performed the drug test on me once but they did the same thing on my follow up visit too.
in Houston, TX |
Receptionist are great wonderful job.
in Houston, TX |
Friendly staff!! fast and efficent.
in Houston, TX |
Timely appointments great staff.
in Houston, TX |
My overall experience was great. Doctor and staff great !!1.
in Houston, TX |
wonderful front desk and staff.
in Houston, TX |
very good experience and friendly people.
in Houston, TX |
Fast , friendly , and Dr. Understood me !!!
Terrible experience! Very condecending. Was in the room about 1-2 minutes, did not disclose or explain what was on my MRI. Got very aggravated when I attempted to ask questions and still did not answer. It was basically "you don't need surgery, see ya later" kind of visit. I'm glad I sought a 2nd opinion and am getting the treatment I need. On a good note, the office staff were great
in Houston, TX |
Surgery was performed previously on my wife successfully by Dr. Esses.
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.
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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.

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

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Background Check

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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


  • 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

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)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection