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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 Plus HMO
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FirstCare Health Plans - BSW Plus 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 - Hendrick Health Employee Plan
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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
  • 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 (373) for J. Stephen Appleton, MD

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Sep 15, 2021
Appointment was rushed. Wam bam thank you ma'am! He left me sitting with my mouth open. That's just how In and out quick he was. Talking fast and quick, didn't ask about my pain or how I was feeling. Just too rushed. Too fast!I had to tell the nurse that I wanted/ needed a steroid shot, due to my pain, not just therapy recommendations. He came back gave me the injection and out in a flash ! Just no consideration shown for the patient by the Doctor
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Sep 13, 2021
One of the best Doctor's I've ever visited.
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Sep 12, 2021
Always professional & courteous. Listens to my concerns & provides suggestions/reassurance.
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Sep 11, 2021
Very good
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Sep 7, 2021
Dr. Appleton did as well as any doctor I have seen in many years. He simply said, "Why are you here?" Went from there. Excellent experience!!
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Sep 7, 2021
He recommends the treatment that work for me. He cares for his patients.
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Aug 28, 2021
I felt Comfortable in our discussion about my knee pain and was very happy with the future plans to make me feel better.
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Aug 28, 2021
Always the best !!!
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Aug 28, 2021
Dr Appleton saved my left leg and enabled me to walk and stand again!
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Aug 28, 2021
Wow! At 7:30 am, the staff and Doctors, although busy, were sunny, positive, cheerful, polite, professional, thorough and efficient. Dr. Appleton and staff have the ability to make life-changing surgery, to put you on track for a better quality of life and a more healthy future. Highly recommended!
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Aug 27, 2021
Doctor Appleton and the staff was so friendly and time efficient. I always have a wonderful visit and yes I would definitely recommend my friends and family.
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Aug 27, 2021
Dr. Appleton is so awesome. His energy level and knowledge is so refreshing. He helped me understand my care I would need.
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Aug 27, 2021
Fast and efficient
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Aug 25, 2021
Could not have been more pleased with the care.
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Aug 25, 2021
Exceptional
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Aug 25, 2021
It was very comfortable,
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Aug 24, 2021
Very good
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Aug 24, 2021
Everyone was very thoughtful and considerate. This was my first time to see Dr Appleton and I was very pleased with his bedside manner. We both agreed on the treatment for my knee.
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Aug 22, 2021
As always we were given excellent care, ample time to discuss the medical condition for our appointment.
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Aug 22, 2021
He replaced left knee, now right knee is bone on bone. Dr. Appleton takes time with me and I appreciate that!
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Aug 21, 2021
Great experience from initial consultation to post surgery
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Aug 21, 2021
It was a great experience thank you
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Aug 21, 2021
Dr Appleton did a great job on my husband's surgery 5 years ago. My problem is not near as serious but I wouldn't think of seeing anyone else. He's a hero at our house. I would never doubt what he told me. Professional and friendly.
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Aug 17, 2021
Excellent surgeon - very knowledgeable. Super sense of humor!
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Aug 17, 2021
Excellent
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Aug 7, 2021
Every person in the practice is very kind and helpful. Dr appleton has already done a hip replacement on me 3 years ago. I have and will continue to recommend him and this practice to people. I always feel heard and the practice's commitment to solve and heal is so comforting. They are fantastic!
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Aug 6, 2021
Dr.appleton.and his staff was super nice.care about my feeling.concern..they are all nice.
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Aug 6, 2021
I know this doctor and he is excellent- the fellows in his practice were very good as well.
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Aug 6, 2021
Excellent
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Aug 6, 2021
Excellent!!
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Aug 5, 2021
Very good and quite professional
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Aug 4, 2021
Very professional staff and Dr. Appleton explained everything in detail.
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Aug 2, 2021
Good advice instead of jumping into surgery.
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Aug 2, 2021
He was truly concerned & wanted to get the best result for me.
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Aug 1, 2021
Very organized, courteous, and efficient.
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Aug 1, 2021
This was my first visit to Dr Appleton and I was very pleased with the explanations and help.
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Aug 1, 2021
I love this office and staff from receptionist to nurse to Dr. Appleton. Used another doctor before we moved to this area and am thrilled with this practice.
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Jul 31, 2021
I felt at ease with Dr. Appleton's nurse who was friendly but very professional as she gathered information from me regarding why I was there. The resident who examined me was also friendly. She listened to my issues and concerns and asked questions before giving me a thorough exam. Dr. Appleton was so nice. I felt he was very thorough in asking questions before also examining me. I feel very positive about the treatment plan and that my problem has finally been identified.
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Jul 30, 2021
Fantastic. Just what I expected . Pros at work. Kudos to Mr. Appleton. I heard he was the best and that he is.
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Jul 30, 2021
Informed me regarding my condition, very friendly, suggested pain relief.
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Jul 30, 2021
Friendly Staff and Doctor!
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Jul 30, 2021
Love Dr. Appleton and the staff!!!
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Jul 30, 2021
Took time for my questions, concerned
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Jul 30, 2021
Dr Appleton listens to issues and is very understanding. He explains things in clear and concise language, his lighthearted demeanor makes a difficult time much more bearable. He is an excellent physician and surgeon. I recommend him all the time.
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Jul 29, 2021
Dr.Appleton and entire Staff was the best. I'm so happy to have my Knee Surgery behind Me. I have already recommended Dr.Appleton to a Friend. It was a rewarding experience I have my life back. Thank You
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Jul 2, 2021
Excellent
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Jul 1, 2021
Dr Appleton understood my needs and was able to provide some answers for me
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Jun 30, 2021
From start to finish the staff and Provider were fast and efficient without me leaving feeling rushed.
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Jun 29, 2021
very good!
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Jun 27, 2021
Doctor was professional and engaging. Easy to communicate with and pleasant demeanor. Nice mask with lights on it :).
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Jun 27, 2021
dr. was very considerate with my knee joints. wants me to seek out physical therapy for them . Before any chance for replacement of knees. agree with him wholeheartedly.
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Jun 22, 2021
Good service and efficient
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Jun 22, 2021
very timely, great service
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Jun 19, 2021
He did not check some of the concerns that I told him about.
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Jun 19, 2021
Outstanding!
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Jun 19, 2021
Care provider showed concern for problem and quickly assessed care - all with humor and concern.
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Jun 18, 2021
From beginning of treatment years ago to now Dr Appleton has shown care and concern, professional knowledge in my treatment at the highest level. I recommend him to all I know in need of an orthopedic specialist. I am thankful for the excellent care he has given to me. it has made a huge difference in my quality of life.
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Jun 18, 2021
Excellent care.
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Jun 18, 2021
To the point. Extremely knowledgeable!
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Jun 17, 2021
Great experience!
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Jun 16, 2021
Great doctor and hospital, none better
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Jun 15, 2021
Had a very is wonderful. Talk to Appleton is great. And his assistant visiting doctor was wonderful. I wish I had seen Dr. Appleton after I had a couple questions. But all went very well
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Jun 14, 2021
excellent experience
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Jun 14, 2021
very good and very polite setty
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Jun 14, 2021
Dr. Appleton is always friendly and efficient. He takes the time to chat about my treatment. I appreciate his openness.
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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
Excellent
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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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