Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: drv126, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I am 2 weeks post operation with a right knee joint replacement. I am 51 years old, but after 18 months of steroids every 3 months, and bone on bone pain, I opted for surgery on June 2, 2014. My surgeon did not use the CPM (continuous passive motion) machine for me, don't know why. I have been doing the physiotherapy exercises from my home visits, and using crutches. I'm getting my staples out in the morning. Worst pain is waking up with a knee jerk, kind of like falling in a dream and jerking suddenly. Boy is it painful! I am taking Percocet, aspirin and stool softener. This is a lot more painful than I thought.

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Comment from: pat in Wisconsin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I had total knee replacement on March 26 2014. I did great in therapy and have great range of motion. I had to work hard but it was worth it. I started doing too much lawn and other work and am slowing down a bit due to more pain. Doctor says I am overdoing it. It's hard to be patient. I'm just so glad to have nice straight leg that I want to have active old life back. I have some burning and tingling in lower leg and foot. Others say it goes away. Overall I'm very happy I did it. It is not for the faint of heart but I would do it again.

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Comment from: Gordon N Z, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

May 2008 introduced my first total knee replacement (TKR); free of support after approximately 8 weeks. My second TKR was effected in September 2008 with similar results to the first replacement, but an infection two years later created the need to open the second TKR, but this knee did not heal with full functionality for approximately two years. April 2014 demanded the replacement of my left hip joint and I am currently at the point of self-support after six weeks following the operation. All pain has not declined and the thigh above the TKR still displays bruise coloring and minor swelling. Personal option of this medical technology is an amazing relief of the arthritic pain I suffered for a number of years. Now I am looking forward to the second hip joint replacement.

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Comment from: dawnhudson67, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

Yesterday was 3 weeks since my total knee replacement. I"m doing pretty good. I was able to go upstairs to my bedroom on day 4. Pain has been manageable with medication. I was off walker on day 7 and off cane today. Staples came out today. I am bending at 107 with the goal of 120 minimum before therapy ends. I am going back to work half days starting next week for 1 week, then full time (I have moderate walking/standing at work). I still have some ankle and knee/lower thigh swelling. It really is my biggest annoyance at this point. Looking forward to getting the other one done and getting my life back. It has been a long 2 years since my knees went bad!

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Comment from: L Bleu, 55-64 (Patient) Published: May 30

I am 55 years of age and had total knee replacement surgery on 03-31-2014. I saw where others mentioned burning (which I also had found; ice wrap was best help). My doctor told me that burning (on the inside of knee) was because the ligaments that did need cutting (to place new device) are in recovery mode and I should see improvement bit by bit, week by week (which I have seen, a lessening of burn sensation). As for stiffness, in a word he told me; exercise! There is just no way around it, and I too can only sleep 2 to 3 hours then my knee wakes me up! I miss being able to sleep through the night, and look forward to when (if?) ever I can again. I mostly do deep breathing, and just go with the flow, get up and walk the leg as needed each night. I TRY to remind myself that this too will pass. Now I am looking at 2nd knee getting done soon (in mid-June) and am both happy to get it over with and nervous about how that recovery will go, as well as continue with 1st leg. I know it is wait and see and that a lot will depend on me... making myself do my "homework" (exercises) as I only have half of this year's physical therapy to use for 2nd surgery (due to insurance.). Speedy Recovery to us all!

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Comment from: OldHouseGirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I had bilateral knee replacement on March 4, 2014. Hospital stay was 5 days. As someone else said, this is not for the faint at heart. For the first couple of weeks I thought I had made a serious mistake. The worst part was the reaction to the pain medications. They made me so light-headed that I fainted in the hospital. Quit taking anything but Tylenol by the end of the 2nd week. The pain was tough but it got a lot better by the end of the 3rd week. Personally, for me the physical therapy (PT) was the easy part. None of the exercises were hard or any more painful than anything else. I iced my knees after PT and never really had any problems with swelling. At week 5 I was driving and back at work by week 6. At nearly 3 months out I"m doing great. The arthritis in my knees was extensive and extremely painful. While my knees are still somewhat stiff and sore, they continue to get better every day and I"m not taking anything for pain. I continue to do the PT exercises, ride the exercise bike and walk as much as I can. I really think my success is due to the surgeon. He did a fantastic job. I had 0-95 degrees range of motion before I even left the hospital.

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