Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

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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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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