Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

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Comment from: Lucky, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 05

I had total knee replacement of left knee on 5/15/17. I had 9 physiotherapy sessions at home starting on the second week, very little pain. I danced at 4.5 weeks, and played golf at 5.5 weeks. I'm going to have total replacement on my right knee in August, hope it goes as well.

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Comment from: Marianne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I had total knee replacement in 2014. After 5 days in the hospital, I still was not able to bend my knee. It could not touch the floor. I went to outpatient physiotherapy (PT) and they hurt me so bad I screamed while they were manipulating me knee. They also scared me into thinking I had to go back into the hospital and have manipulation under anesthesia. I stopped going completely. I went back to my doctor who told me to just ride the elliptical bike at my gym. That proved to be the best for me. Now on 6/26/17 I had my other knee done at a different hospital by a different younger doctor with a different technique. I was walking 3 hours after surgery. There is stiffness and tightness of course but a wonderful completely successful operation this time. In home physiotherapist said my knee is so good, I most likely won't have to go for outpatient PT.

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Comment from: Bella, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I am 6 weeks from total knee replacement and just starting to get lower back pain while walking. My knee is still a little stiff and I am wondering if my back is adjusting to the new knee or if it is from the spinal from surgery. I thought I was doing well till I went grocery shopping and the pain in my back was awful!

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Comment from: Mary-Ellen , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I had bilateral knee replacement March, 2017. I was in the surgical hospital for 3 days and transferred to a rehabilitation hospital for 14 days. Physiotherapy (PT) at rehab was twice a day, 6 days a week. Then I was sent home (using a walker) had 2 weeks PT at home. This was followed by one month (3 times a week) at PT Center. It's now 13 weeks post surgery and I am back at work. The pain in the beginning was bad. Not being able to do things for my self was even worse. I was given pain medications and they would wear off in 3 hours and had to be supplemented with Tylenol, which didn't work. Pain patches didn't either. Remember to take your stool softeners as opioids constipate big time. I no longer go to PT, but have joined the gym to continue to build up the quadriceps. I have no pain now, but my knees are still sensitive to blankets and are stiff. I am walking with no assistance (cane or walker). Would I do it again? But of course not!

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Comment from: dianeb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

I am going on the 10th week after total knee replacement of the right leg. It still has swelling and I am in extreme pain. I see the doctor next Wednesday. When I saw him a week ago he said my tissue may be rejecting the appliances that he put in. I don't know what can be done next. I had do much pain last night, never went to sleep.

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Comment from: Becky, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

I had a total knee replacement on 4/5/17. I guess I am not the normal patient, for after 2 weeks in therapy I was walking without a cane or assistance. I have had some issues with swelling and getting the kneecap to stabilize. I am working on that. I am having some weird pain but the nerves are healing. I am having some problems with sleeping at night. The area around the scar is still very tender. I can walk now where I couldn't before so I am happy with that. I am working on my balance as I have walked with a bent leg for so long. My range of flex is at 135 and it will go completely straight if I keep doing the exercises. With the knee being fixed now the hip is giving me problems but my doctor already told me that would need to be replaced in time.

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Comment from: Grams6charms , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I had total knee replacement (TKR) back in March 2016. I had the worst pain ever for 5 or 6 months after. Physiotherapy was done, my knee continued to fail and I insisted on MRI to figure out reason for the swelling, horrible pain, and inability to sleep due to pain. I finally got test done only to hear I needed to see a revision specialist to fix my knee. I had to undergo yet another knee surgery to replace a part, add more cushion due to knee instability and had my knee drained of fluid. I ended up with blood clots behind my calf and was put on Coumadin for 3 months. I'm 4 months out from my 2nd surgery and still experiencing brutal pain, swelling and muscle spasms. Given a choice now, I can honestly say I'd never go through this ordeal ever again. I'm so frustrated and angry with these 2 knee surgeries which has left me in worse shape. I also know many people who've had the TKR and have done amazing. I just cannot believe mine went so wrong.

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