Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: JB, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 25

I had my left knee replaced 4 years ago, at the age of 54. At the time of my operation, I was unable to run, walking was difficult and painful, and my movement from seated or kneeling to standing was difficult. My post operation treatment was a 5 day stay at a rehabilitation followed by 2 times a week physiotherapy for 6 weeks. My new knee was ok at first but has degenerated since. I can't kneel on it at all. My walking is painful and I have a limp that I didn't have pre operation. My surgeon blames the problems on my weight, 265 lb. But I was about 10 lb. heavier before my operation and he never mentioned that the weight could/would/may affect me. At this point I rue the day I decided to have the surgery. My pain and mobility were better pre operation.

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Comment from: Bif60, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 22

I had total knee replacement on 1/4/16. I came home 1/6 and started therapy 1/8. I was not prepared for the initial pain of therapy. I started out with ROM of 71 degrees. Two weeks later I have 106 degrees in bend and 5 in straight. Incision has healed ok. I am off hydrocodone and now taking Tylenol. So far so good.

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Comment from: Catamax, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I had my first total knee replacement (TKR) 6 years ago and it has been very successful. I had my right TKR on 12/15/2015. It is now 5 weeks post operation. I still take Endone and sleeping tablet at night. Knee flexion is about 130 degrees. The surgeon expected this to be good as flexion was good pre-operation. I have been swimming and exercising in the very calm warm ocean near where I live 3 times, but only for 15 minutes a time. I have just started driving. As an ex physiotherapist exercise is very important, particularly leg straightening and bending but make sure you do all the other exercises too. However make sure you rest with your leg up at least 3 hours a day. In my view you can also overdo the walking in the first month or so. Specific exercise is more important. My leg is functioning better than pre-operation but still a long way to go but I am very optimistic it will be as good as my left knee.

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Comment from: Ginger, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I went for my second knee cortisone injection yesterday. I have had a bad headache, overall yucky feeling and this morning my face and chest are flushed bright red.

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Comment from: Snoodle, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I'm 12 weeks out of total knee replacement and seem to be doing reasonably well. I did eight weeks of physiotherapy and left with 115 degrees of bend and very straight leg. I took oxycodone for about 4 weeks and then went to tramadol. I'm still taking tramadol at night to allow me to sleep without the pain, tightness and gnawing feeling. I still have swelling, but occasionally have good days which give me encouragement. This is the second knee replacement. Other one was ten years ago and is fine. I think it was about a five or six month recovery with that one. I feel better after reading these reports. It gets scary with such a long recovery time. Thank you.

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Comment from: bdawg, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 12

After total knee replacement on both knees on July 31, 2015, physical therapy went well. After 4 weeks, I was walking a mile a day, driving, and progressing ahead of schedule according to doctors and physiotherapists. Now after 5 months, I am still experiencing popping and tightness, but my main concern is an area of hardness above both knees. I have taken meloxicam for inflammation, but I am wondering if it is actually swelling since it doesn't feel puffy but hard, and if that is normal.

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Comment from: dlboxerdog, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

My surgeon had to cut my IT (iliotibial) band for my second total knee replacement. I was told my bone was soggy and much more had to be removed than usual. My first total knee replacement was a piece of cake and I was back to work (as a surgical registered nurse) just one month after surgery. But, the second knee was really a painful recovery and took two months before I could return to work. Orthopedics is not my surgical specialty as an operation room nurse, so I am wondering what might be the causes for my surgeon to need to cut the IT band.

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