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Dear Dr. Palmieri:
Thank you so much for seeing me. And thank you for all of your help when you consulted with my other doctors on my diabetic wound. You really took charge of my situation, ordered tests, reviewed them and directed my recovery. After consulting with you today, I feel greatly better as far as my condition. Currently, the only problem I have is climbing stairs...And that isn't really a "struggle." Thank you and may God Bless and keep you and your family. Please thank "Mel" for me and all of her help.
Dr. Palmieri requested that I visit this site to let others know how important exercise is to recovery from knee replacement surgery. My story starts in 2005, when I was referred to her by my primary physician for pain in my right knee. I had a torn meniscus and she performed arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear. She found arthritis in the knee. By 2012 the pain in both my knees became so unbearable I could not sleep, so I was awake 20 hours every day. We discussed what I needed to do to prepare for my January 2013 surgery. In December I began physical therapy to strengthen my muscles. The replacement surgery on my left knee took place at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Collierville. I never experienced pain at all. I continued my physical therapy until the first of March when I was able to contract and extend my knee and walk without a cane. I had already scheduled surgery for my right knee to happen in May 2013. I began doing the prescribed exercises on BOTH knees from February-May. The second surgery went as well as the first, and my recovery time was cut drastically. This time my physical therapy was over in 2 weeks. I cannot stress enough how much the exercises helped with my recovery. DO YOUR EXERCISES! Ten weeks after my second surgery I hiked the hardest trail up Burgess Falls with my husband and I have been on the move ever since. Dr. Palmieri is a special friend of mine and Cindy Steele is a great motivator and PT. My thanks to them for giving me my life back. (I have not taken any pain medication, including aspirin, for knee pain in 6 months.)
I am 53 and have been going to Dr. Palmieri for a few years for my knees. First I had a tear repaired in one knee with great success. I went back for my other knee which has some arthritis and general aches and pains from my knees down. I was feeling like an old woman. I knew my weight was a contributing factor and trying to reduce my weight with exercise and physiotherapy was just not successful.Dr. Palmieri recommended I try PhenTabzRx. Six weeks later, I have lost 20 lbs. and my aches and pains in my legs are gone. I have not been able to get below 200 lbs. in years. I feel much younger and do not think about food all the time like I use to. Thank you, Dr.Palmieri, for worrying about my total health
I have just completed my first sessions of physical therapy that were not incurred as a result of an operation-caused rehab. I truly had no conception that the pain I was in could have been relieved by anything other than heavy duty meds or surgery. Dr. Ana Palmieri referred me to Cindy @ Collierville Ortho physical therapy. I am currently pain free for the first time in months. Cindy's cheerful demeanor and tender care made my sessions a pleasure to attend. She has definitely made a therapy believer out of me!!
Dear Dr. Palmieri. When I think of you, I think of excellent services, two new knees, weight loss and Team Work. During my initial office visit, in 2010, I had no cartilage in both knees. Total knee replacements were necessary. Although polite, cordial, and professional, you did not "beat around the bush." You stated I was a high risk patient. I had high blood pressure and I was extremely overweight. You said you would operate. However, I had to lose thirty pounds. I struggled for several months. During office visits, you would encourage me to eat less and exercise. We are a TEAM, you would say. I am committed to surgery for your knees. You must be committed to losing weight. I lost the weight. You operated on my left knee, and on my right knee in January 2012. I also had to lose weight for the second surgery. I am happy and pleased! I received excellent services from you and your staff. I have two knew knees, and a slender body. Team Work was the key.
Dr. Palmieri, thank you for enhancing the quality of my life. Carolyn Williams
I was talking to Dr. Palmieri about how I wanted to lose weight and how that might make a difference in the level of pain I was having in my knees. She told me that for every lb I lost it would take 8 lbs off my knees & joints. Wow! I did the math if I lost all the weight I needed to lose for my height & frame & came up with 240 lbs! That got my attention. If my knees were having to handle that kind of load every time I moved I could understand the need for the warning from my knees that I was asking it to carry too heavy a load.
I realized it would not be a quick fix. I would have to set in motion lifestyle changes with better choices and total commitment. I knew I would have to be motivated.
Crippling Pain was the motivator. To give a little history. It had eventually become so bad I was spending more and more of my day in my chair with ice packs on my knees. My muscle mass was deteriorating and I was getting weaker.I'm not sure exactly when life as I knew it began to slip away from me or when I gave up fighting to regain it. It was a gradual process. No one voluntarily gives up their mobility. It got so bad that pain pills and ice packs were like taking an aspirin for a broken arm.
A friend recommended Dr. Palmieri to me and I started a series of shots every six months. While these shots did provide some relief for a couple months it was not as much as I had hoped for and I was in a lot of pain again before time for more shots. Could not walk through any store. If the store didn't have a riding cart I just couldn't shop there. I was't prepared mentally for knee replacement so I opted for the lifestyle changes. I started with food choices. Whole grains, fresh fruit, lean meat,mostly chicken and fish,yogurt,and lots of vegetables. Whole grain wraps and veggies are amazing hunger stoppers. Lots of water. No colas. Serving sizes were the hardest to commit to but eventually started to feel 'normal'.One day a week, I have a 'cheat' day and have whatever I want. In the beginning that was my favorite day but something I wasn't prepared for was how my taste would change and I would come to prefer the 'healthy' food. I was actually glad to be back on Monday. The weight started to drop off and I also started noticing the pain level in my knees starting to drop as well, along with less joint pain & just overall feeling better. I was also able to do some leg lifts and upper body exercises. This gave me more strength in my hips and thighs which was helping support my knees more. After I dropped 25 lbs I could not believe the difference in pain level and mobility. I could actually walk across walmart, my home away from home. I noticed that I wasn't going for the ice packs so much and eventually only occasionally when I would push really hard. I was down to one ibuprofen a day.
It is fair to say that in the beginning I felt this to be too hard and labor intensive. I did have days where I slid backwards but I would start over the next day and move forward. It had to be a daily commitment but then the pain motivator was always there to remind me why I was doing this. After losing a few pounds and settling in to the routine of better choices (one at a time) the motivator switched from pain to lack of pain and realizing how much I did want to fight for a better quality of life. It doesn't mean that I won't have knee surgery one day but it means that the pain is very manageable until I decide I am ready to go have the surgery done. Not having the weight and being healthier will make a huge difference in how quickly I will recover when that time comes.
I would encourage anyone considering changing their lifestyle to become healthier and improve your quality of life that the rewards are so worth the effort. You are the winner here!
I am very grateful Dr. Palmieri agreed to perform my hip replacement. Before my surgery, I was barely able to move. Because of my other health problems, I was considered a high risk. Dr. Palmieri took the time to council me and explain everything and the risks involved in my type of surgery.She was very attentive and compassionate. My surgery was very successful and my recovery has been great and rapid. I am able to walk now and the pain has been minimal. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing orthopaedic services. Also, I would be more than happy to talk to anyone considering hip replacement.
I had rotator cuff surgery a couple of years back which is how I came to be a patient of Dr. Palmieri. She asked to give a testimony not about orthopedics but life style changes. For the record the surgery was a success and the pain I had before is completely gone.
As a 57 years old empty nester I had completely quit any type of exercise (all the typical excuses, travel, the surgery, time, kids etc.) I found myself 50 pounds overweight, High blood pressure, sleep apnea, occasional shortness of breath, some chest pains and had just been diagnosed with hypoglycemia. My Primary care physician promised me that I would be a full blown diabetic within 5 years and I had better have a good cardiologist because I was going to need one. His answer to most of the issues was not only to stop gaining weight but drop 50 pounds. It finally hit me I was older than my 57 years.
I went to weight watchers for men, quit drinking alcohol, and started to exercise a little. Weight watchers looks for slow weight loss 2-3 pounds a week which I found relative easy to do following their plan. The good thing it is mostly based on portion control and I didn't have to make huge changes on what I ate. Once I lost 10 pounds I started to get a glimpse of what feeling better was all about and wanted more. I hit a plateau at around 15 pounds or so I knew I needed to start exercising regularly. I joined a Gym and the weight started coming off again, running was back in my life and I was feeling better than I had in decades. Once I had lost 25 pounds people started noticing, it's funny some of them encouraged me to stop losing weight as they thought I had lost enough (needless to say they could have shed a few themselves). When I had lost around 40 pounds my company was a co-sponsor of a 5K charity race, for the first time in over 20 years I thought I could do this. The owner of my company challenged prizes to anyone that could beat me in the race (no one, not even the 20 somethings showed up) I placed in the middle of the pack overall and in my age group had a feeling of accomplishment I hadn't felt in years.
Today I'm down 50 pounds, the sleep apnea is completely gone, as have the chest pains and shortness of breath. My physician is backing me off on some of my high blood pressure medicine. I no longer fall asleep at 9:00 and actually run 5K races frequently on the weekend instead of sleeping most of the weekend. I can't tell you how much this has improved the quality of my life, I tell people that ask, I would have considered it a bargain if I could have paid $10,000 to feel this much better. It's fun to be working with some of the 30 somethings at work and they need to take a break long before I do. I have heard this same type of story from others, but having actually lived it, it is well worth the effort. It's easy to allow yourself to get older than your age. I plan on running a 4 mile race tomorrow with Dr. Palmieri her family and some of the office staff. If you are on the fence about improving your health get started. It is well worth the effort.
My nursing career has left me with a painful back and joints for several years. Dr. Palmieri has been the first to afford me the comfort to enjoy my retirement years. She also suggested I lose a few pounds to help the old knees. A simple diet of eating small frequent meals that excludes the high carbs and includes fruits, veggies, grains and lean meats has resulted in a 20 pound weight loss over 8 months. I feel so much better and amazingly I'm more flexible.
As a health professional, I highly recommend Dr. Palmieri and her staff. A very warm and caring atmosphere.
My total knee replacement was on Jan 24, 2011. I'm 3 1/2 months out and feeling GREAT. I am attributing my relatively easy recovery to Dr. P's supreme skill as a surgeon and to her one-on-one approach to therapy. I really didn't have a lot of pain & none in the hospital (pain pumps are great). Although the first 2 weeks weren't wonderful, after that it was all just a matter of doing the machine and exercises to rebuild strength. Now I can actually go shopping and not have to sit down every 10 minutes to rest my knee! Thanks Dr. Palmieri!
Hi, my name is Genevieve Williams. I have MS and last year I had surgery on my right knee and was told that it would heal in a couple of weeks but it didn't because I also have diabetes. To make a long story short, about 5 months ago I got really sick, went into the hospital had my gallbladder removed and was told I had to lose 65 lbs, so I joined Lifetime Fitness in January and as of today I have lost 32 lbs and have been taken off all pain meds, hormone meds, and gastro meds. Between water aerobics and my vitamins, I am on my way to a healthier me.
I have had two total knee replacements done by Dr. Ana Palmieri. My right was done in 2005 and my left in 2007. I followed Dr. Palmieri's instructions and therapy with both surgeries. My knees are doing great and I have no problems with them thanks to Dr. Palmieri.
I have recommended Dr. Palmieri to 2 friends who used her for their knee replacements, one friend who had Dr. Palmieri replace both hips, and many others for non-surgical treatment of different types, all of which have been most pleased with Dr. plamieri and her staff and they have referred her to their friends as well.
Dr. Ana is not only a gifted orthopedic surgeon, she also is concerned for her patient's well-being. She takes time with them and listens to their descriptions of their symptoms.
Dr. Palmieri is a most talented orthopedic surgeon. I will continue to recommend her to friends and family in need of her skills. I believe she is one of the best.
Dear Dr. Palmieri,
Please accept my sincerest thanks for all your skill and concern during my recent hip surgery. You and your staff were so thoughtful and kind in the whole traumatic process. I really appreciated everything. It is wonderful to be able to walk without pain thanks to your excellent skill and knowledge.
The care I received was exemplary, kind, compassionate and professional. You and the entire staff without exception were so caring. That really touched me.
You all are a tribute to your profession and certainly contributed greatly to my speedy recovery. Please convey my sincere appreciation to the staff.
Thank you again for providing me with such a wonderful healing experience. God's blessings on you all.
I really appreciate Dr. Palmieri's approach. I have had a problem with my knee going back 4 years. Instead of jumping to surgery, she has recommended a less drastic approach. She injected my knee at that time and I was pain free for the last 4 years. When I had to see her recently for the same problem, she again injected the knee and I am once again pain free. Thank you, Dr. Palmieri.
Eugene "Bud" Demetriou
Before I was referred to Dr. Palmieri by Dr. Laurie Baker, my dog-walking would often turn into a painful episode. If I stubbed my toe and quickly jerked my leg up, I would light up the neighborhood with, to put it mildly, colorful words. My first visit to Dr. P. put my mind at ease because she was very interested in what I would tell her about the troubles I was having with both knees.
After various treatments with (as I remember) cortisone and "rooster comb", WE both decided my knees had lived a long life, but it was time to retire them. And we did.
On 9/11/2006, she replaced my right knee. On 3/17/2007, my left. And once through with rehabs, I have been able to walk my dog and keep a civil tongue in my head.
She is wonderful, both as a doctor and as a person. Do I recommend her? Absolutely - without hesitation!!
It is a pleasure to share my experiences with all visitors to this site.
I was referred to Dr. Palmieri by the Mays and Schnapps Pain Clinic in 2008. Dr. Palmieri, Nurse Tracye, and the rest of her staff are wonderful. They have given me the most professional, honest, and personal care that I could have imagined. I also want to compliment the staff who work in the reception/reservation department. They are always courteous and helpful. Nurse Tracye has never failed to respond to my calls or messages in a timeframe that is always more than reasonable. I want you to know that this medical practice is probably the best kept secret in orthopedic medicine in Shelby County. You will never have to worry about being subjected to a doctor who rushes in for a few minutes and then they are gone. This is characteristics of many orthopedic practices. Dr. Palmieri has performed two total knee replacements for my diseased and worn out knees. She is just as warm, knowledgeable, and concerned as she was during my first office visit more than two years ago. Give them a try. I promise you will never regret your decision.
I feel better than I have felt since I was 40. Now, I still need to lose some weight. So that's my next objective.
53 year old
I have my life back again since having both knees replaced. Steps, walking, participating in choir events, even water sports are not a problem any more. I have a "zest for life" & a "pep in my step" again, thanks to Dr. Palmieri.
My initial visit and experience was exceptionally positive. Your staff is extremely courteous and helpful, from my initial phone contact through the entire process in the office. Your expertise, knowledge, and experience, your willingness to spend time reviewing my health with me, your "bedside manner," and your willingness to address my care from a wholisic perspective were quite impressive. I will certainly refer my patients, family, and friends to you.
In August 2009 I had total left hip replacement surgery very sucessfully performed by a most skillful physician-- Dr. Palmieri. The pain I had endured for years was immediately gone, post surgery, and following a couple of weeks with a walker, followed by cane usage, I returned to work in 6 weeks & now have complete and full mobility to do most anything I desire--all without pain. I was snow skiing this past winter--- 7 months following surgery. I would highly recommend Dr. Palmieri without any reservations whatsoever. In addition to being a very skilled surgeon, she's also a great individual person who possesses a very good and healthy sense of humor.
What a great experience I had at Collierville Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. From the moment I walked into the office, I felt at ease. Everyone was so friendly that I almost forgot I was in a doctor's office.
It's rare to find a physician that can make you feel comfortable on your first visit like Dr. Palmieri. She truly cares about you and wants to help you. Her thoughtfulness and expertise always make my visits to her a little brighter and my problems seem a whole lot smaller.
I'm thankful for physicians like Dr. Palmieri.
Doctor Palmieri is a courteous, friendly, passionate, dedicated and honorable professional. She knows her craft and is resolute. Industrious and resourceful, I'd eagerly recommend Ana to family members and/or friends.
Doctor Palmieri performed a total knee arthroplasty on me in 2007. I'd been a patient of hers ever since 2004. It was determined that I had bone on bone do to arthritis. My life was miserable, due to pain in the left knee. Ana advised me that I needed a total knee replacement, but did not pressure me to do so. I was also recovering from colon cancer surgery. I underwent colon cancer surgery in January of 2004. Thus, my reluctance for additional surgery at the time. After several more years of suffering I decided to have a total knee replacement. Before doing so I interviewed a number of people that had had the surgery performed by Ana. Everyone that I interviewed was highly complimentary of her "bedside manners" and attention to detail. They recommended her without reservation. On a scale of 1-10 my quality of life, before the surgery, was 2. Since the surgery, using the same metric, it's 9.5. I am now, and have been completely satisfied with my total knee arthroplasty performed by Doctor Ana Palmieri. If, and when, I need the same surgery for the right knee, I would not consider anyone except her.
On January 30, 2007, Dr. Palmieri perfomed a total knee replacement on my right knee. Dr. Palmieri advised me of the surgical procedure I was facing in advance and painted a true and realistic picture of what I would be facing. I stressed to her that I did not want to experience any pain or infections and she delivered on this promise. She always took the time to answer any questions thoroughly that I had about the operation, and I believe her answers were truthful and outright even when discussing the unpleasantries of the situation.
I was very careful choosing Dr. Palmieri to perform this surgery on me. Her professionalism and honesty in evaluating my particular outcome convinced me to allow her to perform this surgery for me. As a retired airline Captain accustomed to being in charge of my duties, I was required to sum up critical situations and the people involved on a daily basis. I did not take it lightly to even consider participating in this surgery.
I would recommend Dr. Palmieri without reservation to anyone needing her services. I can assure you that I do not know a doctor that exceeds her experience and qualifications.
Retired Northwest Airlines Captain
Both of my knees have been troublesome for many years after 50 years of playing sports. In 2009, at the age of 85, I underwent two total knee replacements with Dr. Palmieri. Both operations were a success and have made a difference in my life.
Dr. Palmieri's surgical knowledge and patient demeanor eased my fears about the operations. She took excellent care of me and I'm extremely grateful that my operations were under her expertise.
I'm very satisfied with the surgery and treatment I was given by Dr. Palmieri and her staff. I do not have any reservations in recommending her.
It all started with a smile in the voice on the other end when I called for an appointment.
I was at your office this afternoon for my first visit but I know it will not be my last. From the time I called for an appointment to my reception upon arrival, I was amazed at the friendliness of the staff. I was nervously postponing needed surgery out of fear and apprehension. Meeting with the wonderfully friendly nurse and amazingly wonderful Dr. Palmieri put all those fears to rest. It is so comforting to experience kindness and a friendly smile when life has thrown you a little thorn. Skill and professionalism is a necessity. Kindness is a sensational plus. I simply wanted you to know that such an atmosphere is sincerely appreciated.....and rare. Some medical environments are so unfriendly that one needs psychological counseling just to show up I even got a nice smile (as compared to a snicker) when I tried leaving the x-ray department through the wrong door. And the x-ray professional even gave me a nice pat on the back when we were through. Please know that all these things are noticed by all who are fortunate enough to find you.
Thank you for all that you do for your patients.
p.s. My eternal gratitude to Rhodes Harbert for the recommendation.
Dr. Ana performed a total knee replacement on my left knee in June 2007. In November of 2008, Dr. Palmieri performed a total knee replacement on my right knee. Both surgeries were highly successful, and I now lead a full and active life with no knee pain.
Dr. Palmieri is an excellent surgeon. She is capable, professional, honest and kind. I was very pleased with her services and I would recommend her to anyone.
My knee had gotten in bad shape. It caused me a lot of pain just while performing activities of daily living. I was limiting my activites and it was impacting the quality of my life. When the time came, Dr. Palmieri recommended a knee replacement. Three years later I'm still pain free and able to work in my vegtable garden. I have my life back thanks to Dr. Ana and this wonderful technology.
In October 2005 Dr. Ana K Palmieri performed a total knee replacement on my left leg. In April 2006 she replaced my right knee. The operations were a complete success. I am able to continue to perform my duties as a reserve Memphis police officer and as the owner of an air conditioning and heating service company.
I found Dr. Palmieri to be a knowledgeable and skilled surgeon whom I would highly recommend and have done so.
Knee Replacement Surgery
A local schoolteacher finds relief after years of living with chronic pain.
Name: Karen Hinds
Occupation: Middle School English Teacher, Snowden
Activities/Sports: Walking, biking, hiking
Describe your injury: I originally tore the cartilage in my knee when I was a freshman in high school, 1976, cheerleading! I don't really remember having much pain at the time; I was young, in shape and just shrugged it off.
How did you cope with the chronic pain before knee replacement surgery?
Lots of ibuprofen! The doctor that performed my second knee scope removed the last of the torn cartilage and said that was all he could do for me. I knew there had to be something else. I went to Dr. Ana Palmieri who promptly started me on Supartz injections. I took the injections for approximately two years. Eventually, even those quit working.
Talk about your knee replacement surgery:
June 1, 2009; I had just moved into a new house and got everything organized in just six days because I knew the sofa and I were going to become very close! I was in the hospital for four days, Germantown Methodist was awesome! I felt like I was their only patient. They made me feel as comfortable as possible. I didn't have a lot of pain because of the pump; however, when I had to leave it behind, the pain was pretty intense. I was extremely fortunate that I had a host of family, friends and coworkers who took really good care of me.
I chose Dr. Ana Palmieri upon the advice of my mom, Louise Hinds, and Dana Stovall (Olympic swimmer Gil Stovall's mom and a very good friend of mine). Dr. Palmieri had viewed my X-rays and MRIs the previous day, and the very first words out of her mouth were, "Bless your heart, you have an old knee!" I knew right then that she understood my issues. Even though each visit involved lots of pain, I look forward to seeing her. She has such a positive attitude and is such a joy to work with, she never rushed me and I really appreciated that. Her patients are more than just the charts their names are written on.
I have good days and bad. As a teacher, I rarely sit down. I still have to ice my knee in the evenings. Sleeping and getting comfortable is the toughest part. I am looking forward to warm weather so I can walk around my neighborhood and ride my bike again.
A straight leg! I limped so badly, and my knee was bent constantly-it really affected my gait. Now my legs look like they belong on the same person!
Would you recommend the procedure?
I can happily recommend it to someone who is having lots of knee problems. I believe that being inconvenienced for a year or so will be worth it in the long run. This knee is supposed to last me quite a long time, so check back with me when I'm 80!
Thank you, Dr. Palmieri and staff, for helping me get to the tree line up to the great summit of Mt Elbert in the Sawatch Mountain Range of the Great Rocky Mountains today, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Although I did not summit, it most certainly was not because of any ankle issues. My ankle did GREAT thanks to all of you. Thin air was our curse, but when you are at 11,300+ feet up! and you live at 300 feet above sea level, making it to the tree line the first time you climb a mountain is pretty darn good in my book. Thank you and our special inspiration, Greg Lloyd, our friend we lost to liver cancer in December, 2013, for helping me make it as far as I did today! God bless you and your staff!!!
i had both knees replaced about 2 years ago. the cartlige in my knees was so bad that bone was rubbing bone and walking was very painful.Dr. Palmeiri truly cared about my situation and never pressured me on doing any procedure.Now my knees are the strongest part of my body and am totally pain free. if you have this done do exactly what she says and you will be much better off. best operation i ever had.