Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Recovery

Please share your experience with recovery following a total knee replacement surgery.

Comment from: MommaJean, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I'm 6 weeks plus 1 day post operation for total knee replacement. I've progressed better than I thought I would. I walk without mobility aids now. I'm a nurse, so going back to work will have to wait a while longer. I have a problem that I haven't seen addressed here. The skin over my kneecap feels adhered to my kneecap. I've kept it lotioned and moisturized thinking maybe the skin was just tight and needed to stretch. But, if I try to manually move the skin, it won't move. This is what makes it difficult to do my bending exercises. I wonder if anyone else has this problem and if so, what was done to correct it.

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Comment from: Soupbone, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 14

I had total knee replacement 6/6/16. I went home the following day. I had some pain but I had pain prior to the surgery, that's why I had it. I was prescribed Lortab one/two every 4 hours as needed and I took one every 4 hours. They took the pain away but also any hopes of cognitive thought or maintaining bowel functions. I called and got a different prescription, also a narcotic, and I couldn't take that either. I now take an Aleve in the morning and one at night and that seems to handle the pain. My leg aches but I believe that is from the bruising at the site diffusing. I use a cane when walking outside but not when in the house. I've had my first physiotherapy session yesterday, number two on Monday. The therapist tells me I'm doing well. My guess is it was so painful for so long prior to surgery this level feels like relief.

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Comment from: Southern Rick, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 14

I have suffered from osteoarthritis for over 4 years since a basic arthroscopy changed my life and the downhill spiral started. First it was the right knee 3 times arthroscopy and then 12 months ago the left one once. I decided on the minimal invasive MyKnee total knee replacement and apparently the operation went very well but the post-operation pain I have been experiencing is off the chart. I believe it gets better every day but I'm on Panadeine Forte, Endone and tramadol as well as still taking antibiotics just in case, but I still feel the pain. It never fully goes away and is most acute when standing and moving around with the walking frame. I'm 10 days out and the pain is mostly from the swelling and bruising from the tourniquet above the knee. I cannot even try to bend at this stage as the quadriceps feels like it is very inflamed and solid to touch as well. If the pain is already off the chart any attempt at exercises just pushes me off the edge. I wonder if this is normal at 10 days. I do stay off my leg most of the time and ice and elevate, but the pain is always there especially when I stand, I feel everything rushing fluid wise down my leg and there is swelling above the knee.

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Comment from: dsg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I had total knee replacement on February 15, 2016. I left the hospital after day and a half and was able to walk without a cane within two weeks. The pain, however, is still there after four months. My knee feels stiff, the area near the incision burns and the outside of my knee hurts as well. My flexion was 138 in less than a month, but normal NSAIDs don't alleviate the pain. I refuse to take opioids. I went to physical therapy for eight weeks but I'm working out at home now five days a week which I used to do before the surgery. I had hope to be back playing tennis by the fall. I have a doctorate in holistic medicine and I used to teach yoga, but nothing I've done gives any long term relief. I just had replacement done on the other knee last week. I'm hoping for better results. I truly believe my problem was exacerbated by taking statins.

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Comment from: ginger, (Patient) Published: May 31

I had a total knee replacement on January 20, 2016. Sometimes I can't walk, some days I can bend it and other days I can't. When I walk or go to bed at night it burns, my shin burns and I cannot go back to work. I had my right knee done years ago and never had a problem. I have tried to bike to get my leg less stiff but it doesn't help. I do hope there is help out there for it.

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Comment from: Mel, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I had my second knee replacement December 17th 2015. I am still in so much pain, and my ankle is swelling up. I walk every day, and do my exercises but the pain is intolerable. I am anti-pills; I don't know if this excruciating pain should last 6 months.

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