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Teresa Weatherspoon: Back in the Game

Director of player development, NY Liberty

129 after robotic partial knee replacement surgery

Nicos Frangistas, Greek national water ski champion

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129 Days After Robotic Partial Knee Replacement

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If Dr. Haas, who referred me to Dr. Pearle…and Dr. Pearle and the entire team were here…I would really tell them that I’m very grateful to them, because they gave me back the quality of life, the quality of the daily life I had lost. Forget about skiing altogether. The quality of life. You are able to walk, not thinking about your knee. Because…before, even walking, I had pain. So I would tell them thank you so much, you changed my life. You brought life back to me. And I’ll be always indebted to you ”

Nicos has been competing with the Greek National Water Skiing Team since he was 14-years old until in the 1970's, he sustained a jumping injury on his right knee that led to surgery. His condition never improved and he had to stop skiing, and he was extremely sad that the life of skiing may be over. Years later, his condition worsened to the point where he could barely walk up steps or even up a small hill. A friend in NY then made him an appointment with Dr. Steven Haas at HSS, who saw that he didn't need total knee replacement, but was a perfect candidate for robotic assisted partial knee replacement. Dr Hass then referred him to Dr. Andrew Pearle.

Nicos was impressed with the care and involvement the hospital makes to inform the patient. “In many cases the doctors in other places or countries, they don’t tell you all these details...I thought I would have a lot of pain after the operation. And the third day I took only one painkiller. Can you believe that? One. It’s unbelievable.”

Nicos had an amazing recovery. On a follow-up visit, Dr. Pearle told Nicos he could return to skiing. He started training and competed in just over 4 months after surgery. “Everybody was amazed. How can this guy, after 4 months, he can ski in a competition and with this result. And I was thrilled, of course.” Nicos was more than thrilled to get back to what he loved doing.

Nicos Frangistas

Athens, Greece

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Over the past 3 years, I've had partial knee replacements on both knees. This year, I've played hockey 122 times including this fun skate with my 3 kids. I can't thank Dr. Pearle and his amazing team enough. 

Ralph W.

Princeton, NJ

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A heartful thank you to Dr. Pearle and his team. I recently completed all 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut. I had suffered from acute knee pain for several years. My wonderful, thoughtful wife Andrea researched orthopedic physicians and found Dr. Pearle. He and his team took the time to explain what the partial knee replacement procedure entailed. After that, I was relaxed and very confident that I would have a good outcome.

Again, I am extremely appreciative to Dr. Pearle and his team for getting me back on the trail!

Elliott K.

Beacon Falls, CT

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I could not be more impressed by Dr. Pearle! He is by far the best, nicest & most professional orthopedist surgeon I have been to. His staff is amazing, always available to answer questions & give reassurance, a reflection of the good energy in that office. After years of intense pain & fear of surgery, Dr. Pearle's kindness & professionalism convinced me in one visit to come from Los Angeles to proceed with a partial knee replacement. Dr. Pearle performs more of these than anyone in the country. Not a surprise that he is part of the wonderful team of surgeons at HSS. As promised, he had me back on my feet in no time, ready to hike the Alps mountains again! I cannot recommend Dr. Pearle enough & would go back to him without hesitation!

Jacqueline B.R.

Los Angeles, CA

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I used to hike on weekends and walk to work every day, and in 2007 I had a meniscus tear that was treated with arthroscopy. I had no pain again until late 2011: trotting across the street to make a light, suddenly I felt my knee grind painfully. I thought, no problem, but it turned out to be a big problem. The pain got worse and worse. By July, I was unable to walk more than a few feet. I went from one knee specialist to the next from 2012 to 2014. They tried repeat courses of hyaluronic acid injections to the knee joint, and cortisone shots along with physical therapy, but nothing worked for very long. I had a pronounced limp and it threw my alignment off so much that several discs in my back began herniating.

By the time I came to HSS I was almost unable to walk. I had to use an offloading brace to keep the bones of my knee from grinding into each other. Physical therapy was limited by the pain in my back. The herniated discs and arthritis in my spine meant I had to work from bed because it was too painful to travel to work or sit in a chair.

Dr. Pearle performed a partial knee replacement in February of 2014. It took a couple of months to recover, but by May I was able to walk around in the French Alps with my husband. By summer I was climbing my favorite trail, Breakneck Ridge, a couple of times a month. Right after my 1 year anniversary, we climbed around Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Peru together. Dr Kramskiy is helping me address my spine pain, and I'm still doing physical therapy to build back my strength and help keep my spine functional, but the pain is gone, and I've got my life back.

Krystina K.

New York, NY

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The Malizia family has been coming to HSS since 1992 under the wonderful care of Dr. Hannafin for many of those years and for us there is no other place we would go! I was encouraged to see Dr. Pearle to further evaluate the condition of my knee. I was bone on bone on the interior of my right knee and he felt I fit the criteria for a partial knee replacement and that it would positively impact my quality of life and functioning of my knee. Dr. Pearle performed the procedure in the beginning of December and now three months later my knee strength, stability, ability to climb stairs alternating steps, being able to pivot without pain, walk for longer periods of time have improved dramatically. Post op working hard in therapy and continued exercising and stretching are a vital part of the recovery process and is encouraged to make the most of any partial knee replacement! I am so indebted to Dr. Pearle and staff for helping me feel the relief that I am experiencing now! All the accolades Dr. Pearle and HSS has received are so deserved! Thanks so much!

Tina M.

Seaside Park, NJ

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I was a former US Paratrooper assigned with an elite reconnaissance unit. As a result, orthopedic injuries were common to the job. Dr. Andrew Pearle restored my right knee better than I could ever imagine. Hospital for Special Surgery is truly the leader in professional orthopedic technology. Caring and compassionate are the only two words that I can describe the entire staff at the hospital.

Joe Mancini

National Vice President 509th Parachute Infantry Association, Past Commander Teaneck American Legion post 128 and Chaplin for the Disabled American Veterans Chap.32.

Joe M.

Northvale, NJ

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I was going to see Dr. Kinderknecht for a couple of years for arthritis in my knees. He would give shots of Synvisc which would help for a while, but when I went to him with a long list of what I couldn't do any more, he said "it's time" and promised to find me a great surgeon. He also said he thought I was a candidate for partial knee replacement surgery. I saw Dr. Andrew Pearle, and he agreed, setting up the first surgery for December of 2011 and the second one for April of 2012. Both surgeries went well and I went through physical therapy for both, totally enjoying it. I am now able to do all the things I couldn't, swim twice a week, play golf, bowl, garden and hike. This past August our family had a family reunion in Salt Lake City, Utah. One of the festivities was a wildflower hike up Alta Mountain. Being a Master Gardener, I really wanted to go, and did, but never thought I would complete the hike. Complete it I did, and found myself 9300 feet at the top, at Cycret Lake. It was the best feeling I've ever had, and a truly thank Dr. Pearle and the talented team he assembled to giving me my life back. It is wonderful!!

Mary Jane D.

Haledon, NJ

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After Dr. Andrew Pearle performed my partial knee replacement at 69 years old, I was able to navigate the rock formations and crevices in Virgin Gorda in December. I was also able to ski again six months later at Stratton Mountain after 29 years off the slopes. First day out, I had no issues and the knee performed beautifully. Lastly, I was dancing nonstop at my daughter’s wedding less than a year after surgery.

Frances M.

New York, NY

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A very professional experience from start to finish. Dr. Pearle was outstanding, and all of the staff and Hospital care was excellent. Dr. Pearle's bedside manner and professionalism was fantastic. All of the prior discussion before surgery were right on point as I was a great candidate for this partial knee replacement, which I've been waiting to take care of for years. I'm back doing what I love within 12 weeks from my surgery date. Yes, I'm happy to say I landed several big game fish (like the yellowfin tuna that was close to 100 lbs). All caught on stand-up tackle without my knee buckling once. No joke, no swelling, and no pain, but lots of tough rehab. My knee is like new!! Thank you all and many blessings!

Charlie G.

Kinnelon, NJ

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I suffered a knee injury and as a result of this I received the recommendation to undergo partial knee replacement surgery on my left knee. On the recommendation of relatives I came into the hands of the HSS ambassador in Peru, María Elena Quimper, and Katherine Alcantara as my host in NY. From that day on my experience could not be better in the care and dedication that I received from all the staff. Due to the research I carried out and the recommendations received, I decided that the surgery should be performed by Dr. Andrew Pearle who successfully intervened my knee. I expected that my recovery would be slow but my surprise was huge when the same day of the operation I walked out assisted with one crutch. Following the rehabilitation in an orderly manner, I managed to exceed the scheduled times and I returned to take long walks, swimming, tennis, golf and other sports in 4 months. Today I am completely recovered and very happy with the result. To the HSS team my eternal gratitude, you changed my life!

Jose Antonio F.

Lima, Peru

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I had suffered for many years from arthirits as a result of an injury causing the loss of my ACL. I am a professonal bowler and was unable to compete at that level for many years due to the pain. Dr, Pearle performed a partial knee replacement in May 2019. I was able to compete at a high level once again and made a national televised professional bowling telecast in May 2021, finishing 4th. Since the partial knee replacement I have won 4 titles in other events. I cannot thank Dr. Pearle and HSS for their care enabling me to get Back in the Game. You guys are the best in your game!

Mitchell S.

Springfield, NJ

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I'm a long time endurance athlete (marathons, long cross country ski races, ultra-distance bike events) and developed issues with my left knee. I tried meniscus trim with a non-HSS provider. which did not help. I saw Dr. Pearle and he indicated I was a good candidate for a partial knee replacement. I was very impressed with time he spent with me, discussion of options, possible outcomes, etc.

I had surgery in June of 2018. Eight weeks later I hiked Mt. Washington in NH. Fourteen weeks later, I hiked to bottom of Grand Canyon and back. Zero pain. It was a miracle. Before I was limping through airports. I had a full season cross country racing, including 450 Km. event skiing border to border across Finland. I could not have been happier with outcome and the entire process. Feel like I have been given a tremendous gift.

Stuart S.

Stowe, VT

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I’m not a professional athlete, but my family regularly gets teased because we act as if we are training and competing in top level events. Obsessed. Snow and Water. Juggling my day job, snow storms and calm smooth lakes has been very rewarding. However, the last few years have been tough. After multiple knee surgeries (over ten years) and bone-on-bone arthritis I found myself sulking on the side of a mogul run or letting go of a waterski rope. The pain and loss of control was interfering with my athletic passion. I felt frustrated and anxious until I met Dr. Andrew Pearle and the HSS team. From the moment I met Dr. Pearle I knew I would be back on the snow and behind the boat with minimal downtime. Dr. Pearle and his staff did many tests and exams. He explained the best option was a MAKOplasty – a partial knee replacement. I did my research including reading the HSS “Back in the Game” stories written by Dr. Pearle’s patients. Deciding what season to give up on and how to focus on rehab was hard. I chose to take the summer off and postpone waterskiing so I could be back on snow by Thanksgiving. I repeatedly watched the videos posted by his patients. My favorite was posted by a 57+ year old professional water skier. This amazing athlete competed in a waterski competition less than twelve weeks after his partial knee surgery. Dr. Pearle and I discussed my rehab. I told Dr. Pearle my goal was to beat the waterski champ by getting back in the water back behind the boat in record time. Dr. Pearle made no promises but believed it could be done. The entire HSS team encouraged me not to push too hard. I had my partial knee replacement on July 27th and waterskied on September 11th. The “Pearle” of wisdom I would like to share: Use Dr. Andrew Pearle for your knee procedures, rehab and do your work to get back in the game, and believe in yourself. Don’t let age or other distractions stop you from always being your best!

Robin B.

Mahopac, NY

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My doctor is Dr. Andrew Pearle. He was referred to me by a friend of mine who also had partial knee replacement done. Dr. Pearle was extremely patient and informative throughout the entire process of my exam, test, etc. in determining the best course of action for me. I was very comfortable with Dr. Pearle from the beginning, I had every confidence that he was the doctor for me. Dr. Pearle and his entire staff, including the girls in the office, the hospital staff, all the nurses and everyone, from the greeters at the hospital to the staff who brought me down to my wife once I was ready to be discharged were magnificent. I am not the type of person to write about my experiences, however, this time I felt as though I really needed to.

The entire process was so easy and done so timely it was effortless. Dr. Pearle's team and the staff at HSS is fantastic. From setting up appointments to being admitted to the surgery itself, recovery everything was a fantastic experience. I truly can say everything was perfect. Dr. Pearle returned my phone call personally the evening after I came home from the hospital and saw me the next day in his Westchester office because I was bleeding a bit more than I was comfortable with. The doctor and his NP Jenelle saw me, rewrapped my knee and set my mind at ease. Dr. Pearle and Jenelle expressed to me that the first 2 weeks were going to be "HELL", but to trust him, that around the 3 month mark I would be doing great!! I was a delayed with my at home PT because they didn't want me doing anything for a few days as not to aggravate my incision. My at home PT was magnificent as well. She was so caring and patient and highly educated and truly interested and concerned with my treatment and making sure I was successful and ready to move on to PT out of the home.

On June 3 I finished my PT with flying colors. I rang the bell! I feel fantastic and I know I owe it to Dr. Pearle, Jenelle, Sue, Shanice and the entire staff at Ivy. On July 1 I have my 3-month checkup with Dr. Pearle and I already know he will tell me I can finally resume playing racquetball. The doctor was right I feel amazing. I am so happy with my results. Sue at Ivy told me "the people who do the PT the way we tell them and come to the scheduled appointments are the ones with the best results". I am that person. Again, I am so thankful for all the wonderful people I met at Ivy and for all of their help in my recovery. When the time comes for me to have my other knee done I will not hesitate to go directly back to Dr. Pearle and Ivy Physical Therapy. Thank you all again for helping me get back to a life without pain in my knee. Sometimes when I'm walking all of the sudden I realize "Wow! I'm actually walking WITHOUT any pain in my knee. It's truly amazing. Thank you all.

Sean K.

Greenlawn, NY

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I was taken out by an assistive skier on a sit ski in Vermont about three years ago. I tore my ACL and MCL. Dr. Pearle was highly recommended by a friend and I consulted him right away. Within a week I had an MRI etc done and my surgery was scheduled. His bedside manner with patients, his gentle approach in explaining the surgery and recovery process along with hearing the patients needs were remarkable. It took me a long time to recover and I slowly got back on skis over the past two years and couldn’t be happier with a stronger ACL! His assistant Nikki and his entire staff are a solid team who give you the confidence courage and game to get Back in the Game!

Ami K.

New York, NY

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With the World Association of Karate Organizations (WAKO) World Games coming up in less than three months, I was not willing to accept that I had done any serious damage to my body. I had just finished my freshman year of college and was beginning to realize that I really did want to transform my passion for the martial arts into a lifelong career. I had wanted to become a martial artist since I was three years old, and at the age of six, I officially began my journey. In the beginning of my freshman year of college, I took a step up from the local state tournaments that I had been winning at, and I began competing as a national martial arts athlete. Within my first year of competing at this level, I had successfully qualified to represent the USA at two separate international events. The first trip was to Italy in September 2014, and the second trip was to Wales in August 2015. Having never competed internationally before, I trained harder and harder under the pressure of representing the USA at these two events. Well into June of 2014, I found myself at another tournament in preparation for my trip to Italy that coming September. In the middle of my first sparring match, I landed after a kick and slipped on the edge of the mat; I felt the two bones in my knee slide against each other and could feel each tendon and ligament strain before snapping the bones back into place. I tried to stand myself up but fell back down, the image of the bones moving fresh in my mind. I looked up as the crowd of legs surrounded me and I told myself, "I did not hurt my knee, I did not hurt my knee..."

Two weeks later I was still unsure of my decision. I had ordered myself compression sleeves for both knees and self-diagnosed it as a hamstring strain with the help of my physical therapy friends. Being an exercise science major on a physical therapy track in college, I thought I could write off the injury as a twisted knee. My mind concealed the pain, and since I felt such little pain I tried to persuade myself it would get better. The accident still made me worry though, and another instance of my knee buckling during a pivoting exercise increased my concern, I finally got an MRI and visited a local doctor who delivered the bad news: there was a compete acute rupture of the ACL in my left knee.

I did not even stop home before visiting my Taekwondo instructors, masters Maggie & Ray Messina. I was afraid that this injury would ruin the dreams that I had so recently committed myself to in pursuing the martial arts as a career, and competing as an international athlete. It seemed like a terrible twist of fate to be torn from my passion when I had only just begun to seize it for my own. As soon as I shared the news with my instructors, Master Maggie told me the importance of putting my trust in the best doctor possible. She recommended Dr. Andrew Pearle from the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Pearle had repaired her knee and got her back into shape as a top martial arts athlete when all her other doctors had told her that she would never kick again. I immediately set up an appointment with Dr. Pearle and learned that with his own innovative technology, he could repair my ACL and get me back into my sport and on track with my career path.

Dr. Pearle was sorry to hear that I would not be able to compete in Italy, but then I remembered about the other team that I had qualified for. It was only July of 2014, and Team America would be traveling to Wales in August 2015 for another international event. I told him that I wanted to compete in Wales and that I know that Dr. Pearle was going to get me there. The surgery went smoothly, and I got my new ACL on August 1, 2014. The recovery was a long nine months and I worked hard in and out my physical therapy sessions to build back my strength. Dr. Pearle was impressed with my improvement but held me to his strict guidelines; he did not let me progress back into my sport too quickly, allowing my new ACL the proper time to heal. I continued to push myself to build the strength back, but I learned how to do so in a way that was safe for my body. At nine months out from my surgery, Dr. Pearle officially cleared me to return to sport. I took off running to make up for lost time: I only had a few months before the competition in Wales. I was still extremely cautious with my new knee, and I used the knowledge Dr. Pearle gave me to make smart decisions about my exercise and rest.

I journeyed to Wales with Team America in August 2015 to compete in the 15th World Games, my first international competition. Nearly one year out from my surgery, I took home the gold for the USA in a traditional Taekwondo division. There were competitors from over a dozen different countries, and I was the youngest in the 18-34 year old bracket being only 19 myself. This achievement stands as a testament to Dr. Pearle's impact in my life. Dr. Pearle's hard work and innovative technology has allowed me a second chance to pursue my dreams. This gold medal will always remind me how grateful I am for what Dr. Pearle has made possible for me. If not for his expert skill and steadfast commitment to me as his patient. I would not have the opportunity to continue in my career as an athlete. I laid a lot on the line when I chose to trust Dr. Pearle with fixing my own body, and he has earned every ounce of my respect from it. He truly understood what I needed as an athlete and I do not think that any other doctor would have been able to get me back to my sport and my life the way that Dr. Pearle has.

Thank you Dr. Pearle for reigniting the fire of my passion when I was not able to do it myself.

Christopher T.

Albertson, NY

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My name is Sophie. I’m French and I live in Normandy. I have just crossed an atypical experience with Hospital for Special Surgery and I wanted to share it with you.

I had a sport injury six years ago (horse riding). A " simple break of crossed ligaments " was diagnosed at first. But after the first surgery and several weeks of therapy the situation aggravates. Detail the suite of the surgical events would have no interest. In summary I had seven surgeries in France, years of center of rehabilitation separated of my family, without ever noticing an improvement. Why so much stubbornness? We are horse breeders. I made a lot of jumping with my sons.

Since I was a little child sport is my balance of life. Then no way to give up. Until two years ago, no more solution was envisaged by the French doctors. Staying with a brace, sometimes in wheelchair sometimes on crutches. Watching the life passing as a simple spectator: no more sport, no more work, … A situation which could not last any more either for me, or for my family.

The sport was my life preserver. While reading a sports newspaper I discovered an article on a skier who had been seriously injured during a competition. A few months after she made her progressive return in the sport. I said " I want her surgeon ". Hospital for Special Surgery - New York. And I continued my researches on the sport’s accidents.

The following stage was the first appointment in New York. A very professional and very human team welcomed me. Very attentive to my situation and worried of giving me the hope to find an almost normal life. Almost because doctor Andrew Pearle envisaged a complete knee replacement. It was going to oblige me to envisage my sporting career differently. No more jumping but horse riding was not any more banished, to work would not forbidden,… Need for nothing more. So much happiness to share with my husband and my sons.

Return in France. Reflection in family and means of a french surgeon. No more doubt. I took an appointment for the surgery to HSS. Removing material of my leg in France and six weeks after New York here I am!! Even there the welcome making for me was amazing. I stayed three months in New York.

I returned this year to check my knee. The situation was a little complicated because seven surgeries made before the knee replacement left important aftereffects. I stay two months this time. Time to meet HSS Brace Shop. Time to have a new brace produced by Eschen Prosthetics & Orthotics Laboratories. Time to adapt it and to adopt it!!

Andrew Meyers's team and the HSS brace Shop were like a second family for me. Appointment every week for an evaluation of the brace. A permanent contact by phone or by email in case of problem. And the implementation of therapy by Andrew Meyers. The HSS Rehabilitation Center was also fantastic. Therapists worked with me twice to three times by week and gave me most of advices possible before leaving.

The most curious it is that when I left France I always had this small anxiety of the American unknown. By leaving New York I had the anxiety to don’t know how to make without all of HSS… But each of them took care of leaving me their email and phone number; asking me to call up in case of doubt or in case of problem.

I came back at home since three days. Everything goes well. Everybody was able to admire the current progress. I recovered quietly on horseback. The new brace is perfectly adapted and my horse seems accept it perfectly. My big pain is however not being able now to share this enjoyment with my parents, my brother and my husband. But I am sure that where they are they whisper to me "another won part!!"

Words are not sufficient to express you my gratitude for all that you made. You gave a new sense to my life and you offered me a new future. There’s no price for this!! Thanks to all. And see you next year for the annual check.

Sophie R.

Bourth, France

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After being treated by an orthopedist for almost 30 years his death, precipitated me coming to HSS. It was an easy decision to make where to go, but the whole thought of starting over again with someone new was nerve wracking. The first doctor I saw was a foot and ankle surgeon. He was understanding of my situation and immediately put me at ease. I knew I had made the right choice. He diagnosed my problem quickly and came up with a treatment plan. As treatment progressed he referred me to Dr. Richman and Dr. Pearle. They are just as wonderful. I wish I didn't have to come to HSS and that I didn't have orthopeadic and pain issues, but I am glad that I met the wonderful doctors who are treating me. I am very pleased with the treatment I have received and whenever someone asks who my doctors are I recommend them confidence.

Lisa V.

Rego Park, NY

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In January 2011, I received the worst news a professional martial artist could ever hear. After two failed knee surgeries I was told I would never kick again. The news came from a very respected orthopedic surgeon here in Nassau County.

I broke down in tears and suffered emotionally for several weeks. I had tried to practice without kicking and it sent me into a deep depression, one that I had never experienced before. This news I just could not accept. I began looking for the best orthopedic surgeon out there, which led me to Hospital for Special Surgery. I read about the high success rate of getting athletes back into the game.

In November of 2012 I went for my first visit and met Dr. Andrew Pearle. Immediately I felt his compassion and I began to have hope again. I kept praying “please tell me I’m gong to ok.” After scans and exams I heard what I prayed so hard for, Dr. Pearle stated with confidence that he could certainly get me back on track.

My husband Ray met with Dr. Pearle while I was in recovery. They had a brief conversation but Ray asked Dr. Pearle if I would regain the full use of my leg and was told “yes.” Ray knew the torment I was going through, and said to Dr. Pearle, "could you imagine never being able to do surgery again?…that’s what it’s been like for my wife."

Within a years time I was kicking again. I had taken my ability to a whole new level. At age 48, I went on to winning a gold medal for the USA and multiple titles at over a dozen national and international competitions throughout the world. I am stronger and better than ever. YES! I am at the TOP of my game at 48!

A few months later one of my top students tore his ACL and I made sure he only saw Dr. Pearle. Since then, he is at the top of his game as well! He and I traveled to Wales in August, 2015 to represent the USA and both brought home the GOLD!

Dr Andrew Pearle, THANK YOU! You have given me a new lease with my continued life long passion and career. You truly understood what I needed as an athlete. I am forever grateful for the passion you have for your work. The world can use you more of you.

Thank you to all the HSS staff! You guys rock.

Maggie M.

Albertson, NY

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Dr Pearle and his staff, so many I cannot remember them all, were all extraordinary in caring and in clearly explaining everything. Whether it was medical or administrative everyone was extraordinary. Due to the medial meniscus my left knee was 12 degrees out of vertical meaning that walking and climbing/descending stairs was impeded and tennis was just barely possible even with a massive brace. In terms of the procedure, everything went smoothly and exactly as planned. By the afternoon after the operation I was walking, stiffly but with no pain. After six weeks of 2 or 3 therapy sessions per day (including 2 weeks of twice weekly VNS visits), I played tennis! This seems almost miraculous! While there is some stiffness, I am totally functional, walking and running without any difficulty or pain. In terms of geometry, my knee went from 12 to just 1 degree out of vertical. I am so glad that I discovered this partial knee replacement and feel so fortunate.

Peter D.

Hamden, CT

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For about two years, I had such terrible knee pain because, as tests showed, I was bone on bone. This became a real issue for my lifestyle. I was unable to take long, fast walks with my wife. In addition, I volunteer at two animal shelters as a dog walker, so it was imperative for me to be able to walk for hours. The knee injections weren’t helping me any longer. I knew I had to take the next step.

When I heard from the orthopedist that I might be a candidate for a partial knee replacement, I sought out the best hospital, the best surgeon, and the best technology I could find. Selecting the hospital was a no-brainer because Hospital for Special Surgery is No. 1 in the US. Why would I go anywhere else?! I was so lucky to have found Dr. Andrew Pearle there. Dr. Pearle set up the robotics lab at HSS and has done more of these surgeries than anyone else. I found Dr. Pearle so easy to talk to. He spent time with me and answered all my questions. He confirmed that I was a candidate for a partial knee replacement and that I could be in and out of the hospital in one day. I had the surgery in October, 2017. Everything went like clockwork.

I am now back to the gym, walking, and cycling — all pain-free. And it’s great to be back walking and playing with all my canine buddies at Last Hope Animal Rescue and Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.

Richard L.

Garden City, NY

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This was the most important decision I have ever made in my entire life. After 15 years of debilitating pain, I finally made the decision to have my knees replaced. I was referred to Dr. Andrew Pearle by a friend and that is when my life changed. I have my life back thanks to the professionalism and superior medical care given to me by Dr. Andrew Pearle, his staff and the amazing staff at Hospital for Special Surgery. I spent two days in the hospital. Upon returning home I was no longer using a walker or cane. The pain level was never unbearable and the rehabilitation is continuing successful.

I was overwhelmed with emotion the first time I stepped off a curb and wasn't afraid of falling, got out of a car without grabbing on to the door for dear life, went food shopping without dragging my legs with a shopping cart or just being able to walk around the block and play with my grandchildren. They never knew grandma loved life and just didn't watch it go by. My husband was the biggest winner. No longer do I say I can't, I say I can't wait.

Deborah N.

Clifton, NJ

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Dealing with Dr. Pearle and his entire office staff was a pleasure. The entire experience, which was extremely stressful, was made much less so due to the competence and compassion of Dr. Pearle and his staff from the first visit, through the checkups. The knee pain which had been limiting my life in so many ways is now gone. I'm still amazed at what I am able to do again.

Thomas N.

Valley Stream, NY

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What a terrific experience I had for doing something I was not looking forward to doing. The staff in all areas of the hospital were great. Of course Dr. Pearle and Nikki were the best. Elizabeth answered all my pre-operative questions almost immediately. The care I received after the surgery was great. The staff at all levels took really good care of me. Just one suggestion don't have your surgery done in December right before the end of the year. Everyone else has the same idea and I was in the recovery room for a day because there were no beds. No fault of the hospitals. They were trying to accommodate everyone.

Susan A.

Long Valley, NJ

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Dr. Pearle and Nicki performed a partial right knee replacement in March of 2013. Outstanding positive results were apparent immediately, so why did I wait so long to write a testimonial? One of the answers is that I thought it might be helpful to have a longer "test drive" to report results, and another answer is that I am having so much fun with my repaired knee that I am busy with work and play. My life has always been full of physical acitivity having competed at a national level in swimming until age 20, and then walking on a Division I golf team as a junior at the University of Florida. Adulthood did not slow me down with snow and water skiing, golf, running, weight lifting and playing with my children until multiple ski accidents accumulated such that I had no cartilage remaining in the inside capsuel of my right knee. It got to a point that crossing a street was incredibly painful which compromised my posture and large muscle groups, creating all sorts of body issues. It is with enormous joy that I am back in FULL swing with lots of golf, open water swimming, skiing etc., in addtion to full time work.

Next year I plan to race in several triathalon relays as the swim leg with my Ironman daughters. Life is good, thanks to Dr. Pearle and Nicki! 

Martha R.

Darien, CT

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As a New York Times a bestselling author I've come across many personalities. As a sports agent I've negotiated deals with owners and have handled varying degrees of severity of player injuries. Dr. Pearle lives up to his billing as a renowned young orthopedic surgeon. In the spring of 2014 at age 41 I had shattered my ACL during a NYAC squash tournament. Spring training was around the corner. My company hinged on my recovery. Within a few days of my injury I was being operated on by Dr. Pearle. What his resume didn't tell me first hand was that his bedside manner matched his surgical expertise.

Dr. Pearle takes the complexity of reconstructive ACL surgery and makes it understandable to all. More importantly I had overcome a life threatening illness as a child which complicated surgery because of anesthesia precautions. Dr. Pearle immediately took my history as seriously as I did and I felt as if I was in God's best hands every step of the way. My recovery process has matched that of my clients. I owe my newfound hope and recovery to Dr. Pearle. Thanks Andy! 

Burton R.

New York, NY

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I am a 42 year old mom, who suffered permanent damage at the hands of another surgeon. After 7 years of having enough pain and suffering, I found Dr. Pearle on the internet. I visited with him, told him my story and he decided to take a chance on my condition and perform a Cartilage Transplant. Most doctors wouldn't even touch me never mind perform surgery. I am 6 months post op and my knee is like brand new.

Dr. Pearle has given me back part of my life. I couldn't imagine seeing anyone else! Dr. Pearle is not only a wonderful Surgeon, he is a wonderful caring person.

Lori A.

Greenwood Lake, NY

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After years of limited mobility and pain I reluctantly agreed to a partial knee replacement (makoplasty). At age 54 this was my first surgery and I didn't know what to expect.

Dr. Pearle and his staff explained in great detail what to expect before, during and after surgery so that there were no surprises. Looking back I admit if I had known what I know now I would have done it much sooner. Thanks to Dr. Pearle my recovery was much easier than I had anticipated, 3 days later I was grocery shopping !

As far as I am concerned there aren't enough positive adjectives to describe Dr. Pearle. Aside from being a highly skilled surgeon, he's a kind and considerate person with a top notch professional staff who go well above and beyond.

Consider me his #1 cheerleader!!! 

Denise H.

Brooklyn, NY

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Recently I had a partial right knee replacement performed by Dr. Andrew Pearle. I would like to take this opportunity to praise and thank Dr. Pearle's expert skill and his Physician Assistant for the outstanding result of my surgery and the excellent care I received at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Before the operation my right knee was constantly locking while performing my duties as an operating room nurse which required the activities of walking , standing, lifting and always on my feet, and the pain was unbearable. Since having the operation my quality of life has improved dramatically. I was able to return to ambulatory status within a few weeks of the operation and started physical therapy immediately thereafter. Presently I am able to walk without the assistance of a cane and do not have any pain in my right knee.

I was reluctant to have the surgery before because of the fear of losing part of my knee in exchange for an implant but now my fears have turned to joy with the excellent results and wondered why I waited in pain for so long. According to Dr. Pearle the key to a successful result and the longevity of the implant at my age is to lose weight, eat healthy and diligently perform low impact exercise, like walking or stationary bike to mention a few exercise, which I am presently doing.

The staff at the hospital was excellent during my stay and the physical therapists are knowledgeable and caring. My whole experience has been beyond expectations, with the results and the level of care I received at Hospital for Special Surgery. From the Operating Room staff to my anesthesiologist , PACU nursing staff, to the care and attention I received from the wonderful floor Nurses to nursing assistants I thank them all. Again thank you for the awesome treatment and excellent care I received at Hospital for Special Surgery. God bless you all for your dedication.


New York, NY

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Several times a week, my husband and I exercise mobility on a treadmill at New York Sports Club. I walk about a mile at a good pace every time, and smilek to myself because I still maintain the highest respect and honor to Dr. Andrew Pearle. The computerized robotic surgery he performed on me for a partial knee replacement was extraordinary!! In my eyes, Dr. Pearle is one of the finest doctors in the country. Thanks to Dr. Andrew Pearle I can go forward and endire the joy of living life pain free in my knee. I am now 75 years of age and still feel a tremendous amount of gratitude to Dr. Andrew Pearle for his innovative surgical expertise, as well as his gracious demeanor.

Dolores F.

New York

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Dr. Andrew Pearle gave me a new lease on life; I'm walking and active again, but without pain. He is an extraordinary doctor in more than his expertise; he demonstrates great humanity.

Edward Q.

New York

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March of 2012 I had a Patello Femoral Replacement (pfr) with Makoplasty with Dr. Pearel in NY. I am a healthy and very active 45 year old male who has been a gym rat his whole life and I live in Pennsylvania. I love basketball, tennis, playing sports with my 2 boys and lifting weights. When I was 20 yrs. old, I crashed my motorcycle and broke my patella and then re-broke it a year and a half later playing basketball. I rehabbed again and continued to play basketball hard (4-5 days per week) for the next 20 till I was grade 4 (no cartridge under my knee cap) in my knee and then life became a bit difficult to manage being active and keeping up with my 10 and 9 year old boys.

I have visited numerous docs over the years and received numerous suggestions on what to do with my knee. I never followed any of the suggestions thank god but I had a few scope clean outs over the years. My knee ran its course and basically had nothing left, so I needed to find a solution to satisfy myself. I researched pfr for about 3 years before making up my mind to do it then I searched the entire country for the doc I wanted to do the procedure - location was not a issue. After a ton of research and a few consults I decided on Dr. Pearle in NY.

March 15th I had the procedure and I stayed at Hospital for Special Surgery for 3 nights. I will tell you the first few weeks were not easy to manage the pain, but well worth it in the long run. Now you must understand I am a rule breaker. I was driving within a week and back to work in 2 weeks. Maintaining swelling was always an issue. I traveled with my life saving ice machine, a cooler of ice that attaches to a wrap for your knee - cost about $150 and worth every penny. The ice basically lasted me the entire day. I initially started right home PT right away and then 3 weeks later i went to out patient PT. PT was so important to my recovery. The first place I went to was great with building strength but not too good at achieving range of motion back. I switched to another PT and within a a week I had completely full range of motion back. I can now touch my heel of my foot to my buttocks with ease, just as I used to be able to do.

This surgery was a life changer for me. At 3-4 months out I started doing Spin cycle class at my gym with a friend of mine. Of course I hit the advanced class right away. I am over 7 months post surgery now and I have absolutely no pain or discomfort. I am very careful with my knee, I focus on light weight training 3 times per week on my knee, 2-3 spin classes per week, stretching everyday and soon to start yoga and I plan to return to tennis in a few months. I love my new knee and my increase activity level (non impact of course) and especially being pain free again, I fear no steps anymore.

Dr Pearle was personally tremendous to me during the process. I live in PA, so I could not just show up in NY for any issues. I did have some initial pain issues and Dr. Pearle's staff gave me his personal cell number, I called him and had a phone conversation while he was in Florida with the Mets at spring training. What other doc would give you his cell number? Dr. Pearle's staff is just out of this world especially Jillian. I personally called facilities all over the country asking questions about different docs wanting to know about there experience, how long they have been doing Mako and how many Mako's they have done. Amazingly enough most places would not give me that information. That information was so vital to my decision making process. I surly didn't want a doc who just got Mako and did 3 procedures working on me, not saying the doc is not good at what he/she does but I was looking for the most experienced doc with Mako. If you read the stats from Mako directly it says the docs with the most Mako procedures have the lowest failure rates, enough said for me. Jillian gave me any info I wanted on Dr. Pearle. Maybe because it is easy with him because he does more Mako's than anyone else does. If I email Jillian, I guarantee the same day she will email me or call me back. Dr. Pearlel's experience had me at the door but Jillian was the closer for me. I always hate the docs if you have a question you have to make an appt. to see them, who has time for that? Dr. Pearle's office is all about customer service in my opinion. I own my own small business and if I could staff my entire customer service dept. with all Jillian's I would work less and life would be amazing.

Thank you Dr. Pearle and Jillian for making my experience go smoothly just like my knee now.

Jeffrey H.

Coopersburg, PA

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Given my family history, a diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee was not unexpected, but it was not something I was prepared for in my mid-forties. By the time I followed-up on an earlier referral to Dr. Andrew Pearle at The Hospital for Special Surgery, the non-surgical treatment options I had tried were ineffective for coping with the excruciating pain I was experiencing. The final straw for me was when I realized that I was in pain from the moment my right foot hit the floor in the morning. In fact, I was often in pain lying in bed. I went from an active, urban lifestyle to dreading my four block walk to the bus stop. Subways were no longer an option because the stairs in the subway stations were more than I could handle.

Dr. Pearle reviewed my x-rays and MRI and spoke to me about performing a unicompartmental knee replacement. He was very realistic about the recovery time as well as the expectation of needing a total knee replacement in the future - but hopefully 20 years from now. I was very nervous and expressed my concerns that I had heard that partial knee replacements never worked. That revisions and/or total knees were the inevitable outcome. Dr. Pearle answered my questions honestly and mentioned the number of partial knee replacements he performs a year (150-200) as well as the advances that have been made using robotics. I came to the conclusion that anything was better than the pain I was experiencing and I was excited by the prospect of returning to normal activities fairly quickly.

My surgery was performed on April 14, 2012. The care and treatment I received at the Hospital for Special Surgery were exemplary. I returned home 2 days after my surgery, and while my mobility was limited for the first several days, the pain was never unbearable and I knew that the outcome would be positive. My PT progressed beyond expectations and I realized after day 10 that I was in much less pain going about my daily activities than I had been before. In fact, I barely needed Motrin after day 3.

I am happy to say that I am 4 months post-op and have my life back. I just completed a 32 mile bike ride through my hometown of Poughkeepsie, NY and am attaching a photo of myself paddle boarding on the Delaware River in PA. Neither activity would have been possible this time last year. I am spinning several days a week and swimming 7+ miles a week.

Thank you Mako for making this possible. Thank you Dr. Pearle for allowing me to "live my life." 
I am forever grateful.

Maura R.

Sunnyside, NY

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Dr. Pearle did a partial replacement on my right knee in early June 2010 and my left knee in late August. These surgeries changed my life because they made it possible for me to start exercising again after I had gained about 30 pounds due to pain-related inactivity. Now I regularly walk up to ten miles at a time, several times a week, without pain or discomfort. My weight is back down to where it was before I started having knee problems. Not bad for a guy who just turned 65! But it wouldn't have been possible without the procedures done by Dr. Pearle. 

George M.

New York, NY

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One year and one day ago my 16 year old daughter under went left knee ACL reconstruction. Dr. Pearle performed an amazing surgery. My daughter's recovery from her injury was remarkable, undoubtably due to Dr. Pearle's expert hands. His staff was welcoming and very helpful, always providing the information I needed with ease. Thank you all for making a stressful situation bearable! She is now a starter on her high school basketball team and doing well. Many thanks!

D. Enile

Brooklyn, New York

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I am a very energetic sculptor who enjoys good health. My knees starting becoming arthritic and made it difficult for me to walk with ease or stand for hours sculpting . Dr Pearle's excellent surgery gave me back the physical capabilities I had lost and I am deeply grateful.

Selma F.

New York, NY

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After being referred to Dr. Pearle thru a client/friend who saw when I was"walking" into his office, he said you must go see him. His son was seen by Dr. Pearle and his suggestion was not to operate. After being told that I was a candidate for a partial knee replacement, I scheduled the operation. March 15, 2012 was the day. For the 1st ever visit and stay in a hospital at the age of 63, it was far beyond my expectations. It was professionally handled from my entrance to exit.

As far as Dr. Pearle, he was warm, explained everything that was going to occur from operation to recovery in great depth for the layman to understand.

I can't say enough about his demeanor, ability, kindness and that includes his staff.

Thank you again for changing my life.

Steven S.

Williston Park, NY

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After arthroscopic surgery in 1995 to repair medial meniscus damage followed in recent years by a series of Euflexxa injections, my left knee deteriorated to a medial bone on bone condition. Playing golf and even walking long distances became problematic. As a former college athlete and coach, I wanted a solution that preserved the greatest possible knee flexibility, mobility, and normal functionality. Through extensive research and multiple doctor consultations covering partial to total knee replacements, I selected Dr. Pearle to complete a partial knee replacement utilizing the minimally invasive MAKOplasty procedure which preserves the ACL and PCL leading to a more post operative stable knee.

My surgery was completed on June 21, 2012 and I was walking with assistance that night. During my day and half stay at the hospital I progressed from walking with a walker to walking unassisted with a cane. My pain was minimal and knee flexibility was beyond my wildest expectation. At my initial out patient PT examination, the therapist was amazed at the lack of swelling, range of motion, strength, and overall flexibility of my knee. Within five days of surgery I was walking without a cane and was able to resume normal activities. After five weeks I began my return to golf with no complications.

Dr. Pearle and his staff provided outstanding care from my initial visitation, through surgery at HSS, to my two post operative visits. At each step Dr. Pearle and his P.A. Nicole Fein took the time to thoroughly explain the procedure and the recovery process as well as answer all of my questions about returning to athletic activities. In today's fast paced world where everything moves too quickly governed by mountains of paper work, it is truly remarkable for a doctor and his staff to spend as much time as necessary with a patient to fully explain a procedure and answer every question. Now that six weeks have passed since my surgery, I am able to play 27 holes of golf three times a week! Thank you Dr.Pearle. 

Richard D.

Huntington, NY

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April 2012

Like many I was frightened about knee surgery and so lived many years with extreme discomfort and restrictions on activities. When I heard about computer and robot-assisted partial knee replacements, I did some research and set up a meeting with Dr. Pearle. Other than giving up smoking over 35 years ago, it was the best health decision I ever made. After the surgery, I was mobile in a few days and fully recovered in 4 weeks. While I did take some pain medication, I was essentially pain free from day one. I am looking forward to have my other knee done in a few months.

September 2012

My other knee was done 3 weeks ago. I was fully mobile within days and again essentially pain free. Last weekend I went to the beach and also took walking tour at an historical site. Six months ago I would have done neither.

All I can say is, if anyone has knee and pain lives with it because of the fear of a full replacement, there may now be an alternative. Don't wait but make sure to see a doctor, like Dr. Pearle, that does both partial and full knee replacements rather than one who only does full replacements (as Mark Twain said, "If you have a hammer in your hand, everything looks like a nail.") My guess is that many people will find that a partial knee replacement is the correct procedure and instead of 4-6 months on rehab, they will finish rehab in 4-6 weeks, with significantly less discomfort during the rehabilitation. I have already referred a friend who had one full replacement and was about to schedule a full on the other knee. He is now scheduled to have a partial.

Edward M.

Rockville Centre, NY

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I am 82, prior to my operation I could not walk without limping. 2/23/12 day of my partial knee replacement. 5/5/12 day I started playing tennis again. at first I was tentative about my knee, but as the weeks passed I began to not even think about my knee. 8/21/12 dr. pearle's office checked me out. they said I can go skiing this winter. that made my day,thanks dr. pearle and to mako surgery and hss.

Allan F.

Southampton, NY

I suffered for 3 years with extreme knee pain from a torn meniscus. After visiting 3 orthopedic surgeons, and undergoing multiple shots and therapy sessions, each advised a full knee replacement. After searching the internet I found Dr. Andrew Pearle, who before anything suggested an MRI to find out if I would be a candidate for a robotic mako-plasty surgery. After viewing the results, Dr. Pearle advised me I was a candidate. I was walking with a walker the same night of my surgery, and was home after 2 days and walking without assistance. Recovery, to me, was unbelievable as I was playing golf after 4 weeks. Dr. Pearle was compassionate and unpretentious throughout, and I cannot thank him enough.

William S.

Rockville Centre, NY

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Dr. Pearle performed robotic partial knee replacement on a Saturday. I left the hospital the next day. Three days after surgery, the home nurse service came to register me for a nurse and physical therapy. That nurse told me that I didn't need a nurse and that I was way beyond what the in house PT would do - she said I walked better then she did! Two weeks after surgery I played 18 holes of golf! I was driving my car within five days of the operation. I rode my Harley within three weeks and on the fourth week, I had my mountain bike on the road. I was in the gym after 6 days. The partial knee is the only way to go if that is an option. I'm very happy I found Dr. Pearle. I'm doing everything I've always done except now I do it without pain.

Paul C.

New Windsor, NY

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 I am a 70 year old dentist and I was ready to give up my profession due to severe knee pain. Then I found Dr. Pearle. The outcome is perfect! The partial knee replacement is as close to the real knee as it can be. I should know, as I previously underwent a total knee replacement on my other knee and there is just no comparison. Thank you so much!


Forest Hills, NY