Dr. David Palmer, MD

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Dr. David Palmer, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Twin Cities Orthopedics, PA 5803 Neal Ave N, Oak Park Heights, MN 55082 Get Directions
(651) 439-8807

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St. Croix Orthopaedics, P.A. understands the challenges facing patients with orthopaedic conditions/injuries. We treat each patient as an individual with unique needs and use a team approach to enable timely, effective diagnoses and treatments. We believe in educating patients as much as possible about their condition and available treatment alternatives. Our staff is dedicated to providing this information and answering questions so you can take an active part in your own care. Our sraff is caring accessible and knowledgeable. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for urgent issues.Read more

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Patient Reviews (20)
in Menomonie, WI |
A great surgeon. Have had surgery by him myself as well as other family members who have gone to him. We drove about 70 miles to have him. Well worth our trip.
in Blaine, MN |
I had a total knee replacement in February 2017 by Dr. Palmer. He did an excellent job. My recovery was so fast and my scar is minimal. I will and have recommended him to anyone. He is a very nice, and I felt reassured that he would do an excellent job.
in St Paul, MN |
I saw numerous providers seeking answers for a condition. Dr Palmer was by far the most caring, compassionate of all.
St. Paul, MN |
I had my left hip replacement done 4 years ago and just had my right hip replacement done by Dr. Palmer. Both surgeries went very well without any issues from my left hip and my right hip is doing just as well. I am very pleased with the whole process of scheduling the surgery and the surgery process and afterwards. I would recommend Dr. Palmer for any orthopedic surgeries.
in St Paul, MN |
Dr. Palmer did my left knee eight years ago and it turned out perfect. He did the right one on the 4th of January and I could not be happier. I am two weeks ahead of schedule and NO pain!!! When you want the best results, go to the Best! Twin Cities Orthopedic and Dr. David Palmer.
in Mesa, AZ |
I have had two knee replacement surgeries. The first one was done in Arizona and was the traditional procedure. I had much pain and long recovery with it. The second one was done by Dr. Palmer in Stillwater, MN. He used a minimal evasive technique along with his talent & experience it was a huge success. I can't describe how much less pain, shorter recovery, & full flexibility resulted! His bedside manner is flawless. I recommend him to everyone!
in Chisago City, MN |
Dr. Palmer is a good listener. He listens to his patient's concerns about joint problems, then assesses the best way to help alleviate the pain. He is good with patients and communicates in layman's terms the plan of action. He can find the spot that hurts just by listening to a description of the symptoms. That may not feel good initially, but it is certainly worth the final result.
in Wyoming, MN |
Dr Palmer has the most experience on the staff. He invented multiple orthopedic procedures used by most others today.
in Oak Park Hgts. Mn. |
Known Dr.Palmer for about 15 yrs has done both my hips and just finished having total replacement of right knee. Highly, highly recommend him for any of your orthopedic needs. Have never had a single problem with any of his surgeries. Kind, compassionate, great bedside manner. Tim Axel
in Minneapolis |
Dr Palmer performed a total knee replacement with ease of scheduling and remarkable recovery time. My physical therapist sees many similar procedures and noted often on my quick recovery! His clinic and Lakeview Hospital were superb in helping me get through my first major surgery. I'm now 12 weeks after surgery and have mobility and NO pain.
in St Paul, MN |
Dr. Palmer has been a tremendous physician for me and has treated me with respect and the utmost professionalism. Since the first procedure nine years ago I've been very, very satisfied with the results and the functionality of the procedures.
in Stillwater, MN |
Dr. Palmer is very well known in this region and has a first rate reputation. His experience is top notch.
Stillwater, MN |
Dr. Palmer has performed 2 hip replacements for me. I have been extremely satisfied with the care received and the results for each surgery.
in Hudson WI |
Great experience, Dr. Palmer explains thoroughly what to expect, he has the patience for questions I asked. I followed his recommendations with regards to a full recovery, and, he was right. Most of all for his expertise and knowledge of total knee replacements.
in Hugo, MN |
Dr. Palmer performed a total hip replacement on me in January. I am so happy with the results. It's wonderful to be pain free. Thank you Dr. Palmer for your excellent skills and care.
in White Bear Lake, MN |
I appreciated his candor to my questions and concerns.
in Faribault, MN |
I found Dr David Palmer to be a person 1st & a great doctor 2nd, good listener, then gave me his options without pressure. Very thankful others had recommended him to me & thankful for the care & outcome I received. Both knees replaced separate times, each successful. Well worth driving 85 miles one way for care with his team.
in Saint Francis, MN |
I am so happy with my results from Dr. Palmer. He did such a wonderful job that I feel that I am 85% better. I thanked Dr. Palmer for making my life better by not being in so much pain. I would recommend him to anybody. He is a great Dr.
in Blaine, MN |
Dr. Palmer has replaced both of my hips and my right knee over the past five years. I give him an excellent rating on how he has diagnosed and worked with me in preparation for these surgeries over the years, and then the actual surgery successes and the follow through after the surgeries. He has a great bed side manor!
in North Mankato, MN |
January 7, 2016, will be my 1 year anniversary since I had my bilateral minimal invasive total knee replacements. It has changed my life. I was unable to walk across our yard, unable to climb stairs without pulling myself up. Since my surgery I have energy, since I am not in pain all the time. I was very faithful with my physical therapy and went directly to snap fitness 3 x week, which I continue to attend. Thank you Dr. Palmer and staff for their excellent skills and care. M Milbrath
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Dr. Palmer's Care Philosophy

St. Croix Orthopaedics, P.A. understands the challenges facing patients with orthopaedic conditions/injuries. We treat each patient as an individual with unique needs and use a team approach to enable timely, effective diagnoses and treatments. We believe in educating patients as much as possible about their condition and available treatment alternatives. Our staff is dedicated to providing this information and answering questions so you can take an active part in your own care. Our sraff is caring accessible and knowledgeable. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for urgent issues.

Dr. Palmer's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Minnesota not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger


  • Medical School
    University of Minnesota Medical School

    Graduated in 1971

  • Internship Hospital
    UCLA Medical Center

    Completed in 1972

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics

    Completed in 1977

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection