Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: Pattycake, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I have had three knee replacement surgeries on my left knee. I had physical therapy every time. I needed surgery to remove scar tissue. My knee is still stiff and painful. I am very depressed about it.

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Comment from: Big D, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 10

I had total knee replacement on May the 13th of 2013. Surgery went well. I was in the Hospital for 2 days. Was walking on the leg the 1st day. Problems I encountered was pain medication did not work to well for me and kept me from sleeping for several weeks. Made my Blood Pressure go extremely high so I refused to take it any more other than tramadol. Pain medication prescribed was Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. If this would have worked my recovery would have been much better. I am 27 days past surgery now and still in some pain. Only pain medication I can take is tramadol and only early morning or cannot sleep. I was constipated for 8 days. I have been on the leg extension machine everyday and am at 120 degree but when they measure me only shows 100 degree. I am told that I am doing very well. The truth of the matter is recovery time is different for everyone. some people do it 1 month and other take 6. I got depressed when I could not sleep and had to go to my PCP to get some help. The surgeon would not prescribe anything for me since he felt the surgery went well. They gave me a drug to call me down and it has helped tremendously and actually have slept 4-5 hours the last few nights.

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Comment from: Candy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I had both left and right TKR's done within 3 months of each other. After almost 1 year, the pain in my left knee is still there. My doctor also said that people heal differently. My right knee is popping and feels out of sorts, which my doctor said that it is a possibility there is scar tissue around the artificial knee, which could mean I will have to have another surgery. Looking back on the surgeries, I would have waited 6 months in between surgeries and I would have waited 2 years. The one thing the doctors should include in the pre-op papers they give their patients is, the patients immune system can go haywire. Every patient should go online and watch the video which shows the actual surgical procedure. I guess I am glad to have had the surgery but there are things that I would change. With all of the therapy, exercising and tons of walking, the pain is still in my left knee and the right knee is not right.

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Comment from: caz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

This is my second knee replacement. I had one 16 months ago and the second one six weeks ago. I feel for everyone in pain. I'm 56 years old. I can't believe the work – I have to go to physical therapy three times a week. I really work it, too. I'm trying so hard, but to be at 110 or 118 when therapist stretches it gets frustrating. I still use a cane for long periods of walking. It's not so easy – some people are lucky with theirs.

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Comment from: Allen, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 28

I had my left knee replaced three months ago, due to osteoarthritis. I had tried cortisone, gel injections, and braces. None of them gave me any relief. I am now three months out from surgery and am very pleased with the results. I did my exercises faithfully and can straighten my leg and bend it to 120 degrees. My knee is still swollen, but apparently that is normal. I am pain free except for a small jolt once in a while from a nerve. The nerves take longer to heal, apparently. I still have some numbness on the outside of the knee, which could take up to one year to recover. I can walk up and down stairs, do my shopping and drive. This was one of the best decisions I made, and will have the right knee done in September. The healing process is long, but the benefits more than make up for it. I can't wait to get the other knee done and get back to normal. I hope this helps someone. I would definitely do it again.

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Comment from: Marion, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I had a total left knee replacement in September of 2012. It was a very bad knee, as I waited too long to have it done. Anyway, I still have lots of swelling in the knee and in the lower calf of my leg, along with a sore ankle bone. There seems to be so much fluid accumulated in that leg. It is very sore when the weather turns cold. Also, my left leg is not straight; it turns outwards, and it is nearly one centimeter longer than the right leg. I wonder why this is. I am walking with a cane mostly all the time for balance. I'd like to know if others have had a similar problem.

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Comment from: Tglassmeyer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I had a TKR eight weeks ago. I am a trainer at a fitness club and am 49 years old. I have had pain in my right knee as a result of a knee injury playing volleyball at the age of 12. I continued to play volleyball, as well as other sports, but I always had knee pain as a result. Eight weeks after my surgery, I continue to improve. It was more painful than I expected. As a trainer, I tried to build the muscles around my knee before my surgery, but it didn't help. My muscles shut down. My doctor said that because I had the muscles, it made it harder to do the physical therapy. I still don't understand why. Eventually, my muscles "restarted" and have been working fine. I stumbled on my stairs at week four and now have to wear a brace. I was at 125 degrees but after wearing the brace, I am back to 120. I know that 120-125 is good, but I want to know how to get it farther. I'm not satisfied with 120 or 125.

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