Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: Alan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 14

I had a left knee replacement 5 years ago. I have now less bend on the knee and the pain is more severe. I have had a checkup and found ligament is now too short. I had 105 degree of movement after operation, now only have 70 degrees. I can only take stairs 1 at a time up and down. I am going back in May 2016. I am now taking tramadol and co-codamol, and only getting a few hours' sleep a night. I have lost 10 stone after operation now 16 stone, but no relief from pain and quality of life is poor.

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Comment from: setab, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

I had my left knee replaced in February 2015. Everything went very well, surgery recovery and physiotherapy (PT), and I was back to work in 7 weeks. I had right knee replaced in May 2015. Again all went well, great PT experience both times. Back to work in 7 weeks. Right knee is still a bit sore but range of motion for both knees is equal to pre-operation. Going down stairs is still a bit of a struggle. No pain when walking. I walk 1 to 3 miles daily.

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Comment from: TEST4ECHOMAN, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 24

I had total knee replacement on August 24th 2015. My first 2 weeks of physiotherapy (PT) was a joke, to be nice about it. Prior to the surgery I was in the gym 4 times a week doing cardio for 5 years, recumbent bike, heavy weights for upper body, and a pre-knee-replacement leg regimen. I knew recovery wasn't going to be easy. Today 89 days post-operation, I struggle to get to 120 degrees of ROM (range of motion), my leg buckles, is always about a 6 to 8 out of 10. I wake up all night with pain, my knee is always 'pooling', swelling above, below and on the sides; looks like Jabba the Hutt's baby. Doctors, surgeons and PT folks all say it's normal; this isn't normal!

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Comment from: Linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

Two years ago, I had a total knee replacement. Post-surgery, the pain I now have is much worse than pre-surgery. I've been living with this for 2 years! The doctor admits he used a replacement that is too big for me. Now, I am having trouble with my other knee, probably because I have to baby the bad leg.

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Comment from: susiebella, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I could barely walk when I decided to have my total knee replacement. I had a total knee replacement on 8/31/15. The first two weeks the pain was pretty bad, and I didn't sleep much at all but by the third week I was doing very well. I had very little swelling. I took oxycodone for pain. I did not have general anesthesia I had a block with Versed. Either I was very lucky or my doctor was amazing. Today 11-17-15. I am a new person; pain free!

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Comment from: Cindy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I am so disappointed after almost 5 months with total right knee replacement surgery. It has hurt daily since surgery. Surgery, post-surgery, and therapy went very well according to the surgeon, but I never got better. X-rays show no problem and doctor has no idea what is wrong. Can't really tell if I am running a fever or not because I take 800 mg Motrin every eight hours to help with the swelling and the throbbing. Yes it is still swollen. I am terrified it will not get better and I hope every day that it will get better!

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Comment from: BJ8118, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I had total knee replacement (TKR) in October of 2015, I am 6 weeks out and still in pain. I can manage it somewhat with Ibuprofen, but it is still quite painful and swollen. My doctor and physiotherapist say I am ahead of where I should be on exercise and motion. I am religious about doing the drill. I ice but then I am really cold and I seem to be cold since the surgery. No one says what normal is, or even what the relative expectations are. The only information I get is that everyone is different. Even a ball park figure would be helpful.

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Comment from: JRJ, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 16

Well, I had my total knee replacement on August 20th. One hour after being put in my room I was up and walking the halls. I went home 27 hours after surgery. Pain was insane, not the right medications to be sent home with. I called after 2 days of pain and trouble sleeping, so now I'm at that knee popping point that everyone says, oh it is ok, it's normal. I am still having pain when I get up from sitting, and I have to have other knee done in January. This is all from the pounding on my knee from my job, I drove a truck and was a delivery guy; jumping in and out of truck carrying heavy loads all day, and running up down stairs with those loads; 25 years' worth of it.

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