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J. Stephen Appleton, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Hip Surgery, Knee Surgery

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About J. Stephen Appleton, MD

Dr. Stephen Appleton specializes in the treatment of injuries and disorders of the hip and knee. He performs primary and revision hip and knee joint replacement surgery as well as partial joint replacement and is actively involved in research in the field. Dr. Appleton received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Appleton completed his Orthopaedic Residency at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. He received further training at Duke University where he completed a Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery of the Hip and Knee and was inducted into the Piedmont Orthopaedic Society. In addition to his association with the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Piedmont Orthopaedic Society, Dr. Appleton is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Appleton moved to Dallas at an early age and is a graduate of St. Mark's School of Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA while instructing and competing in skydiving.



LanguagesEnglish
Ages SeenAdolescents (ages 12-18), Adults, Geriatrics
Hospital Affiliations
  • Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas
  • Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Dallas
  • Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - McKinney
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Plano
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Uptown
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Frisco
Insurance Accepted
*Accepted plans and benefits may vary by location.
INSURANCE PLAN
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Aetna - HMO
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Aetna - Open Access Elect Choice
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Aetna - Open Access HMO
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Aetna - Open Access Managed Choice
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Aetna - QPOS
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Aetna - US Access
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Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance - DFW ConnectedCare
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Bronze
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Gold
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Silver
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Choice Plus
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Choice PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Essentials
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Federal Select PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage - EFH Retirees
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage - Oncor
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Cigna - Great West Open Access PPO-Open Access
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Cigna - Great West POS
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Cigna - Great West PPO
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Cigna - Open Access Plus
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Cigna - PPO
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First Health - First Health PPO
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FirstCare Health Plans - BSW Preferred HMO Network - Group
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FirstCare Health Plans - FirstCare Advantage Dual SNP (HMO SNP)
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FirstCare Health Plans - FirstCare Select HMO Network
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FirstCare Health Plans - FirstCare Select Plus HMO Network
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Healthscope - DART ACO
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Healthscope - DART ACO Flex
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HealthSmart - HealthSmart PPO
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HealthSmart - HealthSmart Preferred Care EPO
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HealthSmart - HealthSmart Preferred Care GEPO
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Humana - ChoiceCare Preferred Network
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Humana - Commercial PPO Plans
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Humana - Medicare Advantage Plans
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Imagine Health - EPN
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Medicaid - Traditional Medicaid
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Medicare - Traditional Medicare
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PHCS Network - Beech Street of Texas PPO
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PHCS Network - Private Health Care System PPO
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Extended PPO
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Plus HMO
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Plus PPO
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred EPO Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred HMO - Individual Marketplace
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred HMO Network - Group
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred PPO Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSWH Employee Network - PPO & HSA
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Scott & White Health Plan - BSWH Employee Network - SEQA & EQA
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Scott & White Health Plan - EPO Network-Group
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Scott & White Health Plan - EPO Network-Individual/Family
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Scott & White Health Plan - ERS BSW Preferred HMO Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - HMO Network-Group
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Scott & White Health Plan - HMO Network-Individual/Family
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Scott & White Health Plan - McLane Group Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - PPO Choice Network
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Scott & White Health Plan - PPO Network-Group
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Scott & White Health Plan - SeniorCare Advantage HMO
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Scott & White Health Plan - SeniorCare Advantage PPO
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Superior - Ambetter Balance Care - Silver
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Superior - Ambetter Essential Care - Bronze
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Superior - Ambetter Secure Care - Gold
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UnitedHealth - AARP Medicare Complete
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UnitedHealth - Charter EPO
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UnitedHealth - Charter HMO
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UnitedHealth - Charter POS
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UnitedHealth - Choice +HMO
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UnitedHealth - Choice EPO
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UnitedHealth - Choice HMO
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UnitedHealth - Choice Plus POS
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UnitedHealth - Core Choice Plus POS
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UnitedHealth - Core EPO
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UnitedHealth - Core HMO
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UnitedHealth - Dual Complete Medicare Advantage
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UnitedHealth - Group Medicare Advantage
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UnitedHealth - Medicare Complete
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UnitedHealth - Medicare Gold
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UnitedHealth - Medicare Silver
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UnitedHealth - Navigate EPO
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UnitedHealth - Navigate HMO
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UnitedHealth - Navigate POS
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UnitedHealth - Nexus ACO OA
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UnitedHealth - NexusACO R
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UnitedHealth - PPO
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UnitedHealth - Select EPO
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UnitedHealth - Select HMO
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UnitedHealth - Select Plus POS
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Insurance listings are subject to change without prior notice. Please call the physician's office or health plan to verify coverage information prior to scheduling your visit or procedure. PPO Network Agreements include participating Employers and/or Administrator only. Not all members participating in contracted networks have in network access. Networks include Beech Street, HealthSmart, PHCS and Texas True Choice. In network participation is updated on a monthly basis by the network.

Background

Education
  • Education: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (2006)
  • Medical School: University Of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (2006)
  • Internship: Orthopedic Surgery, University Of Vermont (2007)
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, University Of Vermont (2011)
  • Fellowship: Adult Reconstruction, Duke University Medical Center (2012)
Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Industry Relationships

Physicians who are not employed, contracted with administrative duties or performing research with Baylor Scott & White Health are not required to report relationships and activities with industry partners such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies (collectively referred to as Industry). Information regarding these relationships is therefore not available on this page. However, patients may visit CMS’ Open Payments Database for more information, and should feel free to speak with their physician about relationships with Industry.

Reviews (288) for J. Stephen Appleton, MD

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Jun 6, 2021
very caring, listens well, explains his plan well.
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Jun 5, 2021
Didn't take time to explain things just provided his thoughts without thinking who I was.
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Jun 3, 2021
Dr Appleton is so easy to talk to and he listens. He's brilliant. I've received such great care.
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May 27, 2021
Dr Appleton is personable and relaxed, taking his time to explain everything and provided enough time for you to ask questions so that you have a clear understanding of the surgery he will provide.
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May 26, 2021
Dr. Appleton is always very attentive and always has multiple solutions to a problem. In this case he ordered PT for 6 weeks and also made a follow up appointment with a specialist in case PT did not ease my back issues. very thorough solution!
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May 26, 2021
my experience has always been great
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May 25, 2021
excellent
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May 24, 2021
Finally, an orthopedist who gives more choices than surgery.
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May 14, 2021
excellent
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May 12, 2021
shall wait for outcome so far everything is going good.
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May 12, 2021
Very nice and caring about me as a patient. Took time to explain things and answer my questions.
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May 12, 2021
explained well and answered all questions
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May 10, 2021
very friendly and professional facility
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May 7, 2021
Dr Appleton was one of the nicest doctors I have ever seen.
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May 7, 2021
The doctor was fast, friendly, focused and knowledgeable of my health concerns. I feel great and my knee is pain free. it was a surprisingly simple and professional visit and stress free.
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May 7, 2021
My experience was very good.
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May 7, 2021
Very pleased
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May 6, 2021
Dr. John is always upbeat, down-to-earth, relaxed and funny. I have never doubted his interest in my various aches and pains and always leave his office feeling better.
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May 4, 2021
I thought it was fantastic, his recommendations were excellent and he relieve me of pain I didn't think could be handled medically. He taught me a lot
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May 4, 2021
Always upbeat. Always takes time to listen. Hey, I'm a repeat customer...one new knee, one new hip, and the second knee in a holding pattern until it needs to go. If I didn't think he'd done a good job, he wouldn't have done two replacements! I think that speaks volumes, don't you??
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May 4, 2021
The Dr. took the time to discuss my X-rays and took the time to explain my medical issues. I feel like he cared about my knee problem.
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May 1, 2021
very good
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Apr 29, 2021
Dr. Appleton was very personable. wonderful bedside manner .
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Apr 22, 2021
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Apr 22, 2021
Great experience, always feel the concern they have for patients,
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Apr 20, 2021
Dr. Appleton is patient, caring, polite, and respectful.
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Apr 19, 2021
Dr. Appleton is the best.
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Apr 19, 2021
Started a plan and return in six weeks to evaluate.Courtesy in the whole office and efficient!
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Apr 19, 2021
very present in all ways
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Apr 19, 2021
Professional
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Apr 19, 2021
Dr Appleton is great. He explains what the problem is and how/why it happened. He did my knee surgery and while he did a great job, I hope I don't have to have hip surgery.
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Apr 16, 2021
He was a new Doctor for me, but I found his bedside manner was good.
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Apr 12, 2021
He was very caring and very knowledgeable
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Apr 9, 2021
professional and friendly
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Apr 9, 2021
great
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Apr 8, 2021
Dr.Appleton I love the way I feel now.You are the greatest
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Apr 6, 2021
DR APPLETON IS THE MOST PROFICIENT SPECIALIZED SURGEON I HAVE EVER MET, AND AFTER 20 SURGERIES, I'VE MET PLENTY.
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Apr 6, 2021
excellent
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Apr 6, 2021
my care provider was very pleasant as always
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Apr 5, 2021
This was my first visit to this provider, all of my problems were addressed and resolved.
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Apr 2, 2021
Even though he could not do the surgery I nerd, he explained in detail why he could not.
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Mar 26, 2021
Dr Appleton and his staff take the best care of me. I am never worried about seeing him because I know he is going to take care of me.
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Mar 25, 2021
we really liked the doctor
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Mar 23, 2021
very competent and considerate care with a humorous approach.
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Mar 20, 2021
Dr. Appleton is a happy doctor. Prefers to see him for every visit. The office staff needs to improve on attitude, however, I have been treated worse than this on this side of town and other places.
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Mar 19, 2021
Dr Appleton is always pleasant and attentive to all my needs.
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Mar 18, 2021
The provider answered all my questions
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Mar 17, 2021
lucky to have Dr Appleton
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Mar 16, 2021
Professional, prompt, respectful, thorough, very nice staff
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Mar 15, 2021
Dr Appleton is a wonderful MD. I had him perform replacement on my other hip years ago. I knew he would take good care of me and my concerns for my upcoming replacement of the other one now.
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Mar 14, 2021
Dr Appleton is the best care provider a person can experience. He is gifted in his craft as a doctor and surgeon. Knowledgeable, professional, uniquely skilled, and outstanding bedside manner are only a few good descriptions as to why he is called the greatest. I feel quite confident when I am in his competent care.
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Mar 12, 2021
clear explanations, included me in deciding-making, very accommodating in trying to schedule surgery.
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Mar 11, 2021
excellent care and attention.
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Mar 11, 2021
He is the Very Best!
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Mar 10, 2021
friendly, knowledgeable, appt. went well.
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Mar 10, 2021
friendly
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Mar 9, 2021
I have recommended Dr.Appleton to others.
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Mar 9, 2021
Very friendly and answered all my questions.
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Mar 8, 2021
Dr Appleton is knowledgeable and caring. He is obviously concerned about providing appropriate medical care.
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Mar 8, 2021
excellent doctor nurse receptionist. perfect
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Mar 8, 2021
Took time to listen to my concerns and questions.
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Mar 7, 2021
just a positive, easy, pleasant way of caretaking. feels like the time spent on the patient is the most important thing right then.
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Mar 6, 2021
Good. He explained to me and showed me on the x-rays where and what my problem was. Will see him again if necessary. Thank you
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Mar 5, 2021
Always cheerful, excellent, professional service. I truly appreciate it.
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Mar 4, 2021
Per his credentials and reputation, he is excellent in his specialty. I understand his conservative approach, always starting with PT. However, there was a rushed feeling and seemingly a lack of concern for pain and my lack of ability to walk, excercise, etc. due to that pain. Dismissive attitude - age= arthritis. No mention of pain management.I will do the P T and we will see.
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Mar 3, 2021
Dr. Appleton is absolutely superb in every way!
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Mar 2, 2021
Every visit to Dr. Appleton's office is always pleasant. His entire office staff is always professional, helpful, courteous, and friendly. He has a wonderful bedside manner and models the attributes of his staff.
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Mar 2, 2021
Dr. Appleton has a very busy practice. I would recommend this doctor for patients who are familiar with their orthopedic problems and are aware of various solutions to their pain and recommended procedures.
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Feb 25, 2021
Dr. Appleton and his colleagues have always treated me with respect and dignity and have addressed problems I have had with caring and courtesy.
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Feb 25, 2021
feel very comfortable with dr. appleton
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Feb 25, 2021
I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Appleton.
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Feb 24, 2021
Dr. Appleton is knowledgeable, personable, professional, courteous and caring. he is an asset to BSW.
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Feb 24, 2021
staff was very pleasant and Dr.Appleton
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Feb 24, 2021
Dr Appleton and staff were great. Radiology Tech was very professional and courteous.
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Feb 24, 2021
very efficient
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Feb 23, 2021
I have recommended dr Appleton. someone from out of state is considering visiting him.
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Feb 12, 2021
perfect. quick. unbelievable CS. Thank you.
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Feb 12, 2021
Dr. Appleton is an excellent surgeon.
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Feb 6, 2021
Very pleasant experience with good news about diagnosis
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Feb 4, 2021
alright
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Feb 4, 2021
Thorough and to the point. Good care.
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Feb 3, 2021
outstandingly well organized yet took all the time needed to meet my needs. Excellent in answering questions and explaining procedures.
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Feb 2, 2021
Very friendly staff and Dr. Appleton has excellent bedside manners. He put me in such a comfort zone that it was easy to make a decision to move forward with his recommendation for a partial knee replacement.
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Jan 31, 2021
Everything about my visit was wonderful. I was very impressed with all the help there, the assistant to the Dr. and Dr. Appleton himself. I had never before been to a Baylor facility, and I was very pleased and impressed for good.
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Jan 30, 2021
I am very satisfied with the care I am receiving from Dr. Appleton. He has my best interest at the forefront, and he is exceedingly knowledgeable and kind. His calm disposition makes even difficult news easier to accept. He has a genuinely positive attitude which is very comforting.
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Jan 30, 2021
dr Appleton did sugery on my hip and I'm very happy with it
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Jan 29, 2021
friendly, maybe a little rushed
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Jan 29, 2021
I had an amazing visit with my Dr. the wait time was absolutely great.
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Jan 28, 2021
I received excellent service, and would recommend my friends and family.
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Jan 27, 2021
Dr A has obvious knowledge and expertise. While talking to me, a nurse came in and told him he had a call from another doctor. This happened on at least one other visit. Dr A did not immediately leave and did answer more questions. I did feel pressured to stop answering questions so he could leave.
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Jan 23, 2021
The best doctor, the best customer service. Dr Appleton's office runs like a well oiled machine. Everyone is so helpful.
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Jan 22, 2021
I was in and out very quickly.
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Jan 15, 2021
loved the PA, wonderful and compassionate.Dr. Appleton was amazing, friendly, welcoming and thorough.Dr. Appleton is now my Orthopedist. hopefully and his PA!
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Jan 14, 2021
great Dr
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Jan 14, 2021
awesome
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Jan 14, 2021
Dr. Appleton is very caring and easy to talk to. I really appreciate his medical expertise and his caring demeanor.
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Jan 13, 2021
very good
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Jan 13, 2021
very good
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Jan 12, 2021
Dr. Appleton is the absolute BEST provider He has helped me through this long healing process with kindness and compassion I love his humor as wellalso consoling Thank Sir
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Jan 11, 2021
Dr. Appleton is a very highly qualified Physician. he has help me a whole lot. thank you to his staff and Dr. A
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Dec 27, 2020
The whole process has been good. I've felt very informed and well taken care of.
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Dec 20, 2020
on time for my appointment and was seen by my Dr and out usually by my scheduled appointment time
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Dec 19, 2020
Dr. Appleton has always been willing to take the time to address all of my questions.
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