Dr. Salim Esmail


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Specialty:Orthopedics / Sports
Practice: Esmail Salim M A Dr
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Rating: 2.9 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 19 reviews. Dr. Salim Esmail has a fair overall rating on RateMDs.com. neutral

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Dr. Salim Esmail
Orthopedics / Sports-related: hand surgery, arthritis surgery, knee surgery, back surgery, spine surgery, scoliosis, athletic injuries, sports injuries, sprained knees, back strains, broken bones, torn ligaments
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RID: 2569934
25/02/13 5 5 5 5 I've been seeing Dr. Esmail for years - I think he's a god send - my pain has been nil since seeing him, and I had spend years going to physio therpaist, sports injury specialists, massage therapy, chiropractors, accupuncturist, so many, I'm sure I've forgotten some. Not sure why the reviews are so incredibly opposite. Grateful that my experiences have been 100% positive.  Respond
RID: 1643317
24/11/11 2 4 2 4 This doctor sees patients for WCB. Why an orthopedic surgeon is seeing patients with brain trauma is beyond me. Instead of listening to my complaints about my injury, I was told I was depressed and he spent 25 minutes trying to prescribe me anti-depressants, despite both my wife and I telling him I am not depressed. All that said, he did seem knowledgable about medicine, but his role seems to be in contradiction to his specialty.  Respond
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RID: 1350707
31/01/11 5 5 5 5 He's expertise and gentleness are much appreciated. I have total pain relief for at least six months - well worth the discomfort and money. Will highly recommend Dr. Esmail.  Respond
RID: 1209527
16/07/10 1 1 1 1 If I could give this "hack" zero's - I would. As soon as he saw me, he told me I needed surgery on my knee - before doing any tests. That should have been a red flag, but I thought he knew what he was doing. After surgery I went to physio as I was told and was making no progress. I went back to him for a follow up and was told I was fine, but gave me some "nerve blocker" shots anyways to help with the pain and sent me on my way. Long story short...1 1/2 years later, still couldn't walk without crutches and in pain when I applied pressure. I went to a chiropractor and surprise - my knee was out of joint (due to his inabilites to perform a proper surgery or follow up) A week later I was fine. I also found out later, when I read the surgical report from the physiotherapist, that what he told me he did in surgery was a lie. I don't think this guy should be in practice, I definetly would NEVER let anybody I know go to him. If it is "fast" to get in to see a specialist, there is a reason.  Respond
RID: 1159688
29/04/10 5 5 5 5 Excelllent doctor. He did evluation of my car accident injuries. Very sharp and quick to pick up injuries missed by other doctors. i would recommend him to any lawyer or doctor any time.  Respond
RID: 1089953
27/01/10 5 5 5 5 I am so grateful for the referral to Dr. Esmail. His knowledge, professionalism and care have provided me with the only remedy for my back/neck injury I incurred eight years ago. He's a god send!!  Respond
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RID: 693676
30/09/08 1 5 1 1 Okay, this is a little weird as I took my mother to see him regarding injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, I was a little concerned when the appt was at 7pm, the office had nothing in it, no medical files, no reception, just a couple of chairs in a 10x10' room and an adjoining 10'x10' room if that. This office is in Toronto, so he is currently practicing in both cities. Be careful, he did not speak much to my mother, didn't look at her (wouldn't have let her remove any articles of clothing in this location) Not sure what his final report will be, starting to get skeptical about doctors!!  Respond
RID: 676340
29/08/08 2 2 1 1 The rudest, most ignorant doctor I have ever seen. I have never felt so overlooked and ridiculed in all my life. I dislike him immensely and would NEVER recommend him to anyone, not even my worst enemy! 
Paid (or co-pay): $700
RID: 541879
18/03/08 4 5 2 2 I went in with an issue he choose to treat with a cortisone injection. I was informed I would get 6 months relief. When I inquired about 'What then' Dr Esmail said I would need to continue receiving cortisone injections until I qualified for knee replacement, which he said should not be for 20 or so years (I am in my early 40's) I have gone the route of physio therapy and my symptoms have almost entirely disappeared. I felt he really had no time for me or my problems or questions.  Respond
RID: 464406
14/12/07 4 4 1 1 I was referred to Dr Esmail by WCB following surgery on my hand. During my visit the Dr stated I had been scheduled prematurely as I still had pins in my hand and was still wearing a full splint. I was originally scheduled for a 1.5 hr assessment. He took a quick look at me, did not tell me he was doing a back to work assessment and without discussing with me determined between himself and WCB I could return to work. Yet his notes state NO use of left hand, I was living alone and could not even dress myself, groom etc. My surgeon and family physicians still a few weeks later deemed me NOT fit for work. This Dr sided with WCB in order to end my benefits without any consultation with me. I am now having to Appeal and have been without WCB benfits for 3 months. I believe this physician not to be trusted and failed to disclose what he is doing with my file or during my visit what decisions he is making regarding my livelehood. It was all quite underhanded.  Respond
RID: 427710
11/10/07 5 5 5 5 Dr. Esmail is very good at diagnosing and treating orthopedic problems. Just have a seat in his waiting room and you will see that he deals with so many different parts of the body everyday. He also seems to get along well with other doctors and specialties and can refer you to other very excellent physicians and surgeons if need be. He is patient and explains everything and tries to fit you in if it is an emergency no matter how busy he gets. A lot of people on this board may state that he does not have time to explain everything but that is because he is busy because he is so good and well liked, not just by patients but by other doctors and surgeons. I checked and found he is well trained, he is well located, plenty of parking that is free, 3-4 treatment rooms, lots of staff, everyone speaks english well, his charting is efficient, he does surgery at Leduc (about 15-30 minute drive south from his office), he is very presentable, he is knowledgable, never raises his voice.  Respond
RID: 300338
27/04/07 4 1 1 I wish I would have read the ratings on Dr. Esmail before going to see him. I was referred by my family doctor and although I was able to get an appointment quickly, nothing else I can say is positive. Dr. Esmail preformed knee surgery on me and each of the 3 times I saw him he rushed me out of his office and did not listen to my concerns or explain any post surgery information I needed nor did he explain what he discovered with the surgery. I really regret going to him and would highly recommend seeing another doctor even if it takes longer to get an appointment. I am currebtly looking into transferring to another doc myself.  See Responses
RID: 298318
25/04/07 5 5 5 Dr.Salim Esmail is a God send ,I am grateful to his advice,expertise and professionalism. Recently I was injured in an accident and I would be lost without his help.  Respond
RID: 295157
23/04/07 5 5 5 I was referred to Dr. Esmail in regards to Lower back and Knee injuries that i sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He did a complete thorough exam and knew exactly what the extent of my injuries were and took the time to make me understand what was going on. He was prompt and precise with his treatment and also detected some arthritis in my lower back which was due to my heavy duty construction job. He was quick to suggest, non invasive treatments such as physiotherapy and also went further to directed me to a Low intensity laser therapy clinic for laser therapy and Orthotics which helped with the pain and increased my healing time and helped me get back on my feet. For a 53yr old man, its not easy to heal as a younger person would, but with Dr. Esmails help i was back to my normal life within a fraction of time it would have taken some one else of my age in my position. His a very soft spoken and very intelligent and highly experienced surgeon. I Highly recommended you see him.  Respond
RID: 292902
22/04/07 3 4 5 He really understand the process of a soldiers injuries and the effects these injuries have on different areas of the muscle gropu. Especially dealling with your low back causing knee & ankle injuries. He also makes a patient at ease when he knows trhe full background of the patient.  Respond
RID: 272408
11/04/07 5 1 1 I am currently seeing Dr. Salim, Now after reading the input from his patients I feel scared, I have seen him twice within 2 years, First time he diagnosed me with certain problem and was quite sure there was no cure or fix to my injury, My fam doc sent me to him again after about a year from the first visit, even though he had my file next to him he never even recalled that he seen me already and that he already had made his diagnose.. , now after all he does not think that what he diagnosed me last year with is the same thing this year, so he goes on with a MRI what a waste of fricking time, I already had MRI done twice on that problem and nothing had been resolved. I will reserve myself from trashing his reputation at this moment, cause I still have to go see him after the MRI, but my hopes are low I don't know what to expect, I just wish he could localize whats wrong with my injury and help me, after all I have been in pain & I've been paying Alberta Health Premiums.  Respond
RID: 262618
05/04/07 1 1 3 I am very glad to see it is not just me (or my family), that feel this way about him. I was referred to him for knee problems and he did surgery. I received NOTHING for information on what surgery he did, because the nurses did not even know. He then has me come back every 2-4 weeks (1 1/2 hrs of driving each way) to tell me NOTHING!! Last time I saw him he said my knee was doing fine, that it was healing GREAT! Well, he was looking at the xray from the month prior...the one taken the day before showed problems...but that was okay he said, start physio anyway...because it had been 8 weeks. What a CROCK!! He also has perscibed me Tylenol 3's (more than once)...and I am allergic to them (deadly I might add). I wish now I had never of had him do the surgery...to little to late! DO NOT see him!  Respond
RID: 258122
04/04/07 1 1 2 Very unhelpful, quite abrupt and semingly overworked. Went to se him with two herniated discs. Said the operation would be too long and a lot of work. Quick to refer to his favorite chiropractor, which will end up costing a fortune in treatments that do nothing to help the problem. For most spinal injuries chirpractic treatment does nothing to fix the problem and can actually aggravate it. Thanks for nothing.  Respond
RID: 186707
12/03/07 4 1 1 My sugery went well but had complications after due to an infection that Dr. Esmail failed to diagnose. Dr Esmail lacks with follow up appointments, he seems to forget what medication he has prescribed to you just a few weeks earlier. It seems that Tylenol 3 is the wonderful cure for everything, even after you tell him that it did nothing for the pain just 2 weeks earlier. He requested that I have an MRI done, A few weeks later I went in so he could tell me the results of the MRI, only for him to tell me that I did not have an MRI and that he would have never sent me for one. He looked a little puzzled when I finally convinced him that I had one and he very reluctantly went over it with me. He blamed me for a lack of improvement because I had not gone back to work, one month later he said I was not improving because I had gone back to work!! (Was I supposed to be back at work using my knee or not). He is friendly but I would not go back, I am now seeing other doctors!!  Respond
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