Neurological Surgeons
14 years of experience

Accepting new patients
Spartanburg Neurosurgical Institute
1075 Boiling Springs Rd
Spartanburg, SC 29303
864-583-7265
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  • Currently 3.5 of 4 stars
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Ease of Appointment:
  • Currently 2.7142857142857 of 4 stars
Promptness:
  • Currently 2.625 of 4 stars
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  • Currently 3.5714285714286 of 4 stars
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  • Currently 3.625 of 4 stars
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  • Currently 3.25 of 4 stars
Follows Up After Visit:
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Average Wait: 28 minutes
  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
 |  The Right Surgeon For Me.  |  show details
by Mary A. on Aug 5th, 2013

I dealt with lower back(lumbar)pain with sciatic nerve involement from the left hip down leg to outside of left foot beginning around 2005. This condition continued to worsen until I was practically homebound. I talked with several surgeons including one at Duke University but after much prayer I believe I was led to Dr. Esce. He performed surgery that was well under an hour & I am now walking in a straightened position. I had bent over for years to walk & leaning on carts in stores before reaching a pain level that kept me home. My family & I have only good things to say about this man & his entire staff. We truly believe he cares about each of his patients. I trust him completely & would refer anyone with back pain to him. I couldn't have asked for better care or a better experience.

  • Currently 1 of 4 stars
 |  Responsibility with NOculpability  |  show details
by Active Duty NO MORE on Jun 19th, 2013

Patient beware. This is my personal experience with Dr. Esce and even though it has been 14 years since I've seen him last; I will never forget him, his face or his cavalier attitude. June 1999 was my first visit with Dr. Phillip Esce at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina. I was an Active Duty Air Force member who was referred to the VA Hospital for a lower back injury which occurred in the line-of-duty. I arrived at the appointment to see the Lead Neurologist and Dr. Esce who at the time was a practicing resident working for the VA Hospital. After a lengthy meeting, the Lead Neurologist informed me that Dr. Esce was going to do the procedure. I immediately said no because I did not feel comfortable with that because, one, he was a practicing resident and two something about him made the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up and he gave me a bad vibe, a real bad vibe! At the time I had a couple bulged and protruding discs that were causing numbness in my leg. It had started at the left buttock and by this point it had progressed to my knee. He was ALL TOO willing to cut, cut, cut and I quote "You'll be back playing golf in 6 weeks". I didn't play golf but I understood what he was saying. At this point I wanted a second opinion and got one at the Fort Jackson Medical Facility which was useless and lasted all of two minutes but their recommendation was to operate. So followup appointment back at Ralph H. Johnson; I again met with the Lead Neurosurgeon accompanied w/Dr. Esce. I told them that I would accept the surgery but I wanted the Lead Neurosurgeon to do the surgery, NOT Esce. He assured me Esce was great and had done this procedure hundreds of times with no problems. I left there KNOWING something bad was coming my way but being active duty, I had exhausted all of my rights for other opinions and truthfully, I was getting worse by the week. Surgery Day I get briefed on the procedure and then they put me to sleep. When I awoke in the recovery room, the first person I saw was Dr. Esce; he pulled back the blankets to expose my legs and asks me to move my feet. I did as he asked but I saw the look on his face as he pulled the covers back over my legs and walked away. That was the last I saw him for 6 months. I spent almost a week in the hospital before they released me, slept in a hospital bed in my home for 3 more months in the upright position, endured multiple injections to block the constant pain, had to use a walker to get around for almost two more months and then spent the next 6 months fighting not to be discharged and end my military career. After getting the final results of my Medical Physical Evaluation Board findings that stated I was of no use to the military any longer, I went to the VA Hospital to demand to see Dr. Esce. After being put off for hours, he finally agreed to see me. Dr. Esce did seem contrite how the surgery turned out but what made it worse was the fact that he said and I quote "Maybe if I would have tried other treatments first, maybe you would have been fine and not needed the surgery". My gut wrenched at that statement because my life had now changed forever and just a few weeks earlier he was so adamant that if I was left untreated, I would have irreparable nerve damage and could possibly lose the use of my leg. Now I'm hearing if he might have tried some other measure, I could have possibly recovered that way. I concede that irregardless, I may have ended up needing the surgery anyway but the results might have been different. The new nerve damage was so bad that at the age of 28, I was now experiencing E.D. which the military was trying to treat with Viagra. My wife at the current time was so stressed with all that had happened and now with an uncertain future ahead of us along with all of the pain meds (which caused mood swings), she decided to end the marriage. Current I've been medically discharged from the Military, I've had two more surgeries in the same area, DOZENS of pain blocker injections, 2 spinal taps, thousands of pain pills and thousands of anti-imflamatories. I've also consultations for getting a morphine pump implanted or a dorsal column stimulator. When this started, I was 28 years but I had a fatigued and aching body compared to a 70 year old. My left knee and left hip are now experiencing severe problems of their own due to the way I have to walk. At times my wife has to help dress me from the waist down because I am now fused together in the lumbar region, I can't pick up and hold my daughter for fear of more problems. The quality of life is now pathetic for someone who is now 42 years old. My simple advise is that you do your homework. If you feel comfortable with him, then more power to you. If you do not feel comfortable and you get that innate 6th sense warning you, then make the best decision you feel you can when choosing someone who can change your life forever, with the flick of a scalpel.

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  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
 |  Micro Lumbar Dysectomy  |  show details
by Steve L. on May 31st, 2013

Dr. Esce and the staff at Spartanburg Neurosurgical run a very efficient, friendly and professional practice. I feel very comfortable recommending them. My back surgery was in the morning and late that afternoon I was up and walking the halls at Mary Black hospital. I was doing so well they discharged me in the early evening and I even went out and walked a city block that night. 3 days later and I was off pain meds. Some sciatica symptoms came back for a few days until the internal swelling went down, but it was all manageable. I was ready to go back to work three weeks after surgery.

  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
 |  My experience with Dr. Esce  |  show details
Feb 1st, 2012

Dr. Esce is a very professional, responsible, and ethical surgeon. When I visited his office for an opinion of a solution to my spinal problems, he knew what needed to be done, after the dx tests and MRI. I would not change anything about his practice,or his skills as a fine practitioner. He has an abudance of empathy for his patients, and a vast knowledge of his profession. I would put my faith in him again in the future, if neccessary.

  • Currently 1 of 4 stars
 |  Total lack of care  |  show details
May 10th, 2010

A doctor is willing to operate on you, but they don't recommend alternate options that may be available? No recommendations for specific exercise, therapy, or any form of pain management, except for a shot that doesn't work for your problem, and anti-inflamatory pills that didn't work. Take tylenol for pain, and see ya.

  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
 |  great doctor  |  show details
by stephanie mabrey on Feb 11th, 2010

Dr. Esce is a wonderful and caring doctor. He did major back surgery on me almost 3 years ago, I had 2 rods n 16 screws put into my spine due to a curve caused my arthritis. The complaint I have is that I was still post opt. But due to a late doctor bill I owed the very hateful billing manager has not allowed me to get an appt, I was already suppose to have the hardware taken out of my back but it is still n there because I can't pay my balance off, I want to pay it but due to my husband getting hurt at work I haven't been able to. My back is killing me with pain and the curve is starting to come back, Dr. Ecse said he would be with me thru all my pain and surgeries, he knows he hadn't saw me n almost a year he is the doc and could tell them to work with me, but hasn't and no other doctor will touch my back since it was a level 9 surgery so I need Dr. Esce. If anyone can help please email me at mabrey2003@yahoo.com. I am not complaining just need to see Dr. Esce, trust me I am a fighter I am only 37 n within the past 8 years I have had 10 different surgeries, I just need my back checked out by the doctor who knows my body...

  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
 |  A TRUE DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH WORLD OF HEALTH CARE  |  show details
by GLEN L. ROBINSON on Aug 7th, 2008

I HAVE HAD A MICRODISKECTOMY, AND A TWO LEVEL FUSION O L4-5 & L5-S1 BY DR, ESCE. AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED HE IS A GREAT DOCTOR. I FEEL THAT HE KNOWS HIS CRAFT WELL AND WOULD RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYONE WHO NEEDS A NEUROLOGICAL SURGEON AS I DID. HIS STAFF ARE AS EXCELLENT AND CARING AS WELL. IF I WERE SO FINANCIALLY ENDOWED, I WOULD HIRE THEM AS MY PERSONAL & FULLTIME MEDICAL CARE TEAM. DR. ESCE IS AWESOME!!!!