Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Recovery

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

Comment from: Don P, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 17

I had total knee replacement on 2/18/2015, on week 3 I went from 50 to 77 degrees. I am doing exercise and therapy and I am going backward on my degrees. I am doing my icing with leg elevated. Knee feels hot to touch and at night I get maybe 2 to 4 hours of sleep. It is painful but not on the knee itself, but calf and thigh muscle. Doctors say it is ok.

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Comment from: pattypms, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I had a total knee replacement (TKR) on Jan 19, 2015 and doing well after 12 days. I have physiotherapy 3 times per week, 1st week was the worst but I am gaining strength every time. I am still getting up several times at night because my knee gets stiff and burns, but I ice it and go back to sleep. Extension of leg is still not where it needs to be but am forcing myself to stretch as far as possible. I am walking with cane only, but other knee needs done in 3 months.

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Comment from: Ray, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 27

I had total knee replacement surgery of left knee six weeks ago. At 3 weeks I was riding the stationary bike with full range of motion. At 4 weeks I was back in the pool doing water aerobics and today I was on the ladder taking down Christmas lights. I have zero pain and nearly full motion. For the 6 months leading up to surgery I rode a stationary bike, did elliptical machine and water aerobics. I was as active as I could possibly be, and I'm sure it helped with my quick recovery. For the first three weeks I kept an ice machine on my knee for 12 hours per day, which I believe helped a lot too. I used a walker for a week and a cane for a week. No pain no gain. I ride the stationary bike (Schwinn Airdyne) several times per day to keep as limber as possible. Looking forward to spring time. I had severe anxiety leading up to surgery, and am amazed it went as easily as it did. Advice: prepare for the surgery and hit the physiotherapy hard after. My new knee and now my hip both click, but I'm told that is normal. I am very happy with how everything went.

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Comment from: Pete, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

I had my total knee replacement surgery (TKR) 7days ago, and was out in 4 days. The worst thing is the swelling and bruising which makes it difficult to bend knee for the exercising I have been told to do every 2 hours. I am finding it hard to push to the limit as the pain is quite severe, however I know it must be done regularly. My other knee was done in 2011 and I adhered to all the physiotherapist's instructions and have had no problems since. It quite simply is mind over matter, easy to say I know, but in the end I know it is for the best. No pain no gain as they say. Hope this helps.

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Comment from: Grandmasworld, Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I had knee replacement 3 months ago. I did exactly what I was told and there was only one bump in the road. At 6 weeks my knee got infected with MRSA virus and had to take heavy antibiotics. It worked and then healing was back on track. At 10 weeks I was finished with physiotherapy and graduated to a 123 degrees. I saw the doctor at 11 weeks and he said I was doing great. I am doing everything I did before surgery, only better and I have very little pain if any. I am trying not to overdo but I lead a busy ranch life. I am 73 years old female. No limping except when my other leg gets tired. I had accident with that one 6 years ago.

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Comment from: The Virginian, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

I had total knee replacement on 11/11/14 and I had no pain while in the hospital. I came home in 4 days with home health and physical therapy for 2 weeks and went to out-patient therapy. I have had burning on the inside of the knee but no pain where the incision is. I felt so good with the pain medication and I was on my leg too long! The swelling started and I had to elevate and ice down often. Follow instructions from your doctor! It has been 4 weeks since my surgery and in 4 weeks' time I have 120 bend in the knee. Therapy will continue for 2 more weeks. I should have had the surgery 3 years ago. Use your walker and cane.

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Comment from: Jim, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 12

I had surgery during high school (sport injury) which deteriorated until my knee started locking up. I put surgery off for 2 years. I read and heard too many horror stories. Surgery was on 11/19, and I was released the next day. I started therapy the day after. It will be 3 weeks post operation tomorrow, I am off pain medications, and back to work (educator). I do home exercise each day, and therapy 3 times a week. Range of motion is better than I had in years, and my strength is increasing each day. I should have done this earlier.

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