Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

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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Comment from: BW, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

I had total knee replacement on October 20 2015. I could not be happier. I lived with bone on bone pain for years. I still take the medicines at night so I can sleep, and still have pain during the day but I wondered if I would snowboard ever again. Nine weeks out of surgery I spent Christmas week at Lake Tahoe and snowboarded 3 days. I could hardly walk after but it was worth every minute. I had a day off and then was back on the hill. Do research find the best doctor, it works! Good luck.

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Comment from: Don, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

I have had both knees done. Total replacements in 2006 and 2009. My recovery was longer than normal due to nature of my job (worked 9 hours a day in a minus 25 degree freezer on a concrete floor doing heavy lifting and a lot of hurried walking). The replacements were the best thing I had ever had done. After initial recovery I began sleeping through the night and could walk and climb trails anywhere. Six years post-operation I have no issues with my knees and am pain free!

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Comment from: Deb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

In March 2013 I had my left knee replaced. It was great. I had full movement by 2 weeks, walking around the block with the walker also. Minimal pain you would expect a few weeks out. But it never improved after that. I still have good range, and can walk but I have severe pain below the knee, and it clicks when I walk. I tried to see a new doctor as the one who did this retired right after, but no one wants to fix it since someone else did it. I can live with the clicking if I have too, but this pain 2 years out is nuts.

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Comment from: Crabgirl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

My right knee was replaced 7 weeks ago. First 3 weeks were awful. After 5 weeks I did well except for sleeping. I had good bend and could walk a mile at a time. Then I had the left knee replaced. It has been 4 weeks and slower recovery. The surgeon says it is because the left was the workhorse for the right. The knee is doing great but leg muscles and tendons are very painful and I am not getting much sleep. I still use ice packs and that helps. Both knees feel tight and clunky but not painful. Massage helps the muscles somewhat but I would like to find something more effective.

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Comment from: Ohio, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

I had a partial knee replacement on 10/12/15. Prior to my surgery, I was physically very active. Since my surgery my knee is weak and the pain is awful 24/7. Icing helps momentarily and Tylenol gives me no relief. I cannot sleep because of the tossing/turning due to the pain. My range of motion is good, though my knee swells on one side, I have burning sensation behind the knee and it is very hot to the touch. Stairs (going down) are an issue since my knee is weak. I faithfully followed instructions of my physician and physiotherapist. I've been told it will take time. I have to return to work in one week after being off for two months. I'm worse off than before I had my surgery. The surgery has affected my life and not in a good way.

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