Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: MaryK, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I had total right knee replacement on Feb 18th. I knew it would be painful but had no choice. I had pushed the envelope for years of being bone on bone and it was time. I was in hospital 4 days, up the first day for a walk, physiotherapy (PT) in the hospital, then at home for two weeks and just finishing up outpatient PT now. I drove after 4 weeks and things seemed to be going pretty well. I am still using a cane when doing stairs because of the opposite knee being bad still along with opposite ankle. Now I seem to have a lot of pain again on the inside of knee cap area. I feel like I'm backsliding and plan on contacting my orthopedic doctor this week. I plan on going back to work at end of month but now I'm a bit worried!

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: lac206, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I am 51 and had a total knee replacement of my right knee on February 20, 2015. I also have fibromyalgia. I am a little over six weeks out from surgery and pain and swelling are a huge problem. I saw my surgeon and he said to stop therapy for 2 weeks to get the leg to calm down. I elevate my leg, use ice and take Motrin for swelling and Norco for pain. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to endure but am not giving up.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: TracyWGTF, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I am 6 months out from having total knee replacement on my right knee. I still have lots of swelling, daily pain and stiffness. I have full flexibility and no walking aid is needed. I was hoping by now that the pain would not be a daily occurrence. It gets very stiff when I sit for more than 20 minutes at a time. I work at a desk, ugh! I am hoping time and use will deplete the pain and swelling.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: aneuen, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 24

I had a total knee replacement on December 22, 2014. First month and a half was hard. I was off all pain medicines. I went to the gym and worked on strengthening the leg, but still stiff in the mornings and after sitting. On March 29th I was back on the mountain snowboarding few runs a day. I am back up on the mountain riding like before surgery. Having the knee done was the best thing I ever did. My wife says that she has her husband back.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: jtisme1958, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I had my first total knee replacement (TKR) in March 2013. It took me a full 6 week of recovery but almost 2 years later my knee felt so good I decided to have the left one done, which had degenerated (arthritis) so badly I could barely walk. I had second TKR on January 13, 2015 and I must say, aside from some pain and stiffness in the side and back of my knee if sitting too long, I am totally happy. The pain I feel isn't the debilitating pain I once felt, I can work through the stiffness by walking which is something I couldn't do before! I take 2 tramadol and 3 Advil in the morning just to loosen the stiffness of sleeping but otherwise I am good to go with moderate walking throughout the day, stationary biking and the post rehabilitation exercises, as well. Ice packs are still my best friend sometimes, I always have one handy at home and at work. I think I am right on track at 8 weeks out!

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Almost gimpnomore, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I had my total knee replacement on July 4, and it is now March 16. I have about 120 degrees of flex, and am at between 1 percent and 5 percent extension. (I started at 30 percent.) I still have some occasional pain, and stiffness but it has significantly decreased in the last few weeks now that I am not walking my dog over uneven snow and ice. It clicks a lot and there are definitely good and bad days still. I want to encourage those of you who are regretting your surgery, it will get better, but it just takes way more time than they tell you. I am giving it a full year to heal. Keep doing the straightening and stretching, especially the hamstring. Walk as much as you can to get your muscle tone back and try to keep a positive attitude. It will get better. At 4 to 6 months I was still cursing my surgeon, and finally now at 9 months I am starting to think everything is going to be great.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Penny NYC, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I had double knee replacement July 2014. I had physical therapy for 3 months and I exercise at home faithfully everyday as well as walk as much as I can. I went back to work after 3 months. It has now been 7 months, my knees are still very sore with tingling pain and numbness on the side. I have done everything the doctor says to do, to no avail. He keeps saying time will heal. I had this surgery because I was experiencing pain going down the stairs, hills or ramps. Now it is worse. I truly regret this surgery, the worst mistake of my life!

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Total Knee Replacement - Candidate and Causes Question: What was the cause of you needing a total knee replacement?
Total Knee Replacement - Recovery Question: Please share your experience with recovery following a total knee replacement surgery.
Total Knee Replacement - Exercises and Physical-Therapy Question: Please share your experience with exercises and physical-therapy following a total knee replacement surgery.

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors