Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Recovery

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

Comment from: Linda, Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I had a total left knee replacement eight weeks ago. I'm not going to lie, the pain is awful, worse than they say, but when you see what they have to do, you can see why it is so painful. But do what they tell you to do, take pain relief that suits you, do your exercises little and often, and don't give up I. put my music on, it helps to exercise. Join a class if you can so you get help. Sleeping is not easy but it gets better. I have to have my right knee replaced next year, it's bone on bone so it's got to be done. I'm not looking forward to it but I'm glad there is something that can be done even if it's painful, I've been told it takes two years to fully recover so keep positive, and good luck.

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Comment from: (Patient) Published: December 01

I am a 53 year old female. I had a total left knee replacement on 10-14-14. I am really pleased with the surgery. I have stiffness in the morning. As soon as I do the exercises and start moving around it goes away. I stopped the pain pills 2 weeks ago. I do take tramadol which I was on prior, due to arthritis. I walk without any cane or crutch. I do have minimum muscle ache at times. I am very pleased with my surgery and doctor.

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Comment from: Leu, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I had total knee replacement surgery on November 3, 2014. Two weeks after surgery, I had bruising/swelling all the way down my leg. My foot and ankle is what is giving me the problem. Sometimes it is to the point where I can't walk. But they said this was normal. I don't think it is. This makes it even harder for me because of the swelling. Ice packs are not helping.

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Comment from: sandy, (Patient) Published: November 04

I had surgery on May 29th, 2014 and at first I was doing great. Then I got infection and was in great pain. I took strong antibiotics and did well for a month and now I am in pain again and the swelling is not going down and they do not have any answers for me. I am very frustrated and some days wish I had not had it done.

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Comment from: sunnybrookboy, Male (Patient) Published: October 22

I had my total knee replacement (TKR) on October15, 2014. It seems to have gone well, and I was home on the 4th day walking with canes. On the 3rd day I flexed my knee 95 deg. However my knee is very puffy and I seem to have gained 14 lb., wonder if it could be the fluid buildup. I am trying to ice and elevate the leg before doing physiotherapy and am also trying to find the right dosage of pain control especially with my knee being so stiff and swollen, to get through the flex exercise.

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Comment from: Mercy me, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I am three weeks out of total knee replacement (TKR) and I started off well. The pain was terrible but with the medicines it was manageable. I worked very hard to get my knee to bend 120 and harder to straighten. I felt energized then but lately, I feel weak and frail. I still do 20 different exercises twice a day aggressively, but am wiped out after that. My knee seems to seize up an hour after the exercises and that wears me out. I'm on pain pills for my exercise routines but keep them to a minimum for any other time. Bowels are terrible and I thought of going to the emergency room (ER) for bowel cleansing but managed to pass everything. I am getting less enthusiastic about my recovery and worried that it's eluding me.

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Comment from: MickeyO, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had a total knee replacement (TKR) on August 19, 2014. That was a Tuesday, I was up by that evening walking with assistance. I was out of hospital on Friday, and came home to therapist visiting 2 times a week, to check my Coumadin level, and therapy. I am now 5 weeks out, and am still going to physical therapy. I can't say totally wow yet, but I am improving every day. My flex is at 130 degrees and my straight is 100. I have had some minor setbacks, I got the flu and that dragged me down and my energy level is not back to where I want to be. But so far I love my knee. My advice is to work hard and push yourself, cry through the pain and you will love your new knee.

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Comment from: C,B., 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 23

Ten years ago today I slowly 'walked' into the hospital. I had totally destroyed my left knee (2 ACLs 2 cartilage and a Baker's cyst) then osteoarthritis. I am a recovering addict so used limited pain medications. Two days later I walked out on crutches after a total knee replacement. I was on blood thinners for a month. I used a cane for three months. Now, I use my chainsaw and do anything I wish. It's the smartest thing I have done, listened to my doctor, did twice the exercises, and physical therapy I was told to do. I hiked 1.5 m rough terrain today.

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