Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: Lilly Pad, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I am two months post total knee replacement (TKR). I started home physical therapy (PT), right after hospital discharge. I have been doing outpatient PT, three times a week for the past month. No strong pain medicines, for the last month. I was ready to get off that horrible stuff. I still have daily stiffness/pain level 1, especially after exercise. I am stuck on range of movement of about 110. Can't seem to get better. I used a walker first two weeks and cane until 8 weeks. I still take it with me on long walks. I've been driving since week 7.

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Comment from: tennis1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I had my right knee replaced on May 21, 2014 and the left on September 11, 2014. Both times I spent just one day in the hospital, almost no pain. I had a spinal so there was no sickness or sore throat. I didn't even have to lay flat after. I only took Tylenol or tramadol for about 2 weeks after. I returned to my reception job in 3 weeks along with all my normal activities in the home. My flex is up to 128, probably the limit for now. I feel great and have my life back. My doctor is a miracle man. He's young (38) and used all the new methods.

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Comment from: kenzo35, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

I am 53 years old and had total knee replacement (TKR) surgery on August 21, 2014. I was in the hospital for only 2 days. I have had no pain and no trouble sleeping since leaving the hospital. I discarded the walker immediately and seldom used the cane. I leaned on a cart while shopping. I do get fatigued after a while and the knee swells up, but still, no pain. If I am standing for more than twenty minutes, my back gets sore, then when I sit I get weird lower back muscle spasms that aren't painful, just weird feeling. I was mowing the lawn and doing yard work just 3 weeks after surgery (physiotherapist and my surgeon would have frowned on that). Overall my experience has been a positive one. The staff were first rate not to mention, living in Canada, this procedure cost me exactly $0.00. Loving the new knee!

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Comment from: jeg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had a total knee replacement (TKR) on 8/7/14. Medicines and ice machine (a great invention!) took care of the pain pretty well. I was up and walking the next day. I used the walker for 4 days, a cane for the remainder of the week. Then I was walking with no assistance on day 8. I'm at 7 1/2 weeks now. I still have some pain but it's tolerable and the strength is continuing to improve. I can reach an angle of 120 degrees and I'm going for more. There is some swelling in my ankle after a long day at work but usually gone again by morning. I'm planning on having the other knee done 12/4. Hopefully it will go as well and I'll be good as new next year.

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Comment from: John, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I had total knee replacement (TKR) of my right knee in 2008 and I don't even know it's a replacement. I had my second TKR in my left knee 19 days ago. First week was very painful but I forced myself to do exercises 4 times per day, 30 minutes per session. I am now walking without any aid and knee is bending quite well. With Knee replacements, the worst thing you can do is to ignore your exercises due to pain, you have to go through the pain barrier. I still have slight pain behind the knee but not in the knee. Stay positive and work hard to gain very best results, it's worth it.

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Comment from: Sandra B., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I had suffered with pain in my right knee for 30 years. Over the years, I had 3 knee surgeries to repair torn ligaments, tendons and a shredded meniscus. Apparently, the bones under my knee caps were deformed, which caused my knee cap to slip and tear things. My right knee was in very bad shape, but the left one had a lateral release done at the first surgery, which helped it hold out all these years. I knew I needed a total knee replacement but after moving to a different state and getting a job with medical insurance that was far too expensive, I finally got affordable medical insurance. I had my total knee replacement (TKR) on 7/30/14. My knee had had a permanent bend to it since my last surgery 10 years prior. With physical therapy, we finally got it perfectly straight at my last physiotherapy (PT). I never thought I'd see that day! Yes, it is painful, and I referred to therapy as torture, but it's necessary, and it is crucial to recovery. I can walk short distances without a cane, but still need it now and then. I'm also very overweight, so I'm sure my recovery may take longer. I have been on pain medication for many years, so I was told that I may experience more pain than usual because of my tolerance to the medications. Yes, they were right. But I'm slowly improving and I look forward to the day when I can walk and hike again, like I did when I was young. The left one will be done eventually, but I'm in no hurry to go through all that again. It's a long recovery, with a lot of work, and I'm hoping that it will be worth it all. It's still early to tell, but so far, progress has been made.

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