Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: Mom, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I am 78 and had a total right knee replacement on May 17, 2016. I am not overweight and was in good physical condition. I did just wonderful for 6 weeks to 2 months then pain started. I did rehabilitation after surgery, then 2 rounds of physiotherapy, as well as home exercises. My hamstring is so tight I cannot straighten my leg. I slept in a brace, trying to stretch the hamstring, for several months. The pain and stiffness is worse than before I had the replacement and just seems to be getting worse. If I walk a block I am in excruciating pain. I wish I had never had this replacement. By the way, my doctor seems to think if he can't see a problem. On an x-ray then there's no problem.

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Comment from: PETER H, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 21

I had a total knee replacement on 14/12/2016. Usual severe pain first 2 weeks, then it greatly reduced as swelling decreased. I found tramadol best at night, especially 150 mg slow release. Now I am walking freely, cycling on exercise bike as I now have approximately 100 degrees range of motion from 90 pre-operation. I did specific physiotherapy for 4 months prior and hard work since has paid off. I iced 5 or 6 times per day first 4 weeks.

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Comment from: Bob, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

I am 8 weeks into my recovery of total knee replacement. It looks great. The doctor did a great job. I have 135 range of motion. It aches at night from about 3 am onward; hard to sleep. I blew off physiotherapy (PT) at 3 weeks because we were just re-injuring my knee every other day. My recovery accelerated after I stopped PT. I am back to my normal routine with caution. Getting to 95 percent recovery is going to take 6 months or so I think. I was icing every night for 1 hour before bed the first 6 weeks. Drink high protein drinks with vitamins until you are recovered. Moderate exercise is very good of course.

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Comment from: fpvdb64, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I am a 52 year old female. I had total knee replacement on my right knee 13 weeks ago. I am having hot flushes and then cold flushes. I am not sure what is causing this, maybe the Tramazac 50 mg. I am also experiencing lower back pain on the right side.

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Comment from: Cindy A, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I had my left knee total replacement on October 21, 2016. I had had 3 other surgeries for torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and meniscus over the years. I am 53 years old. Surgery went well, pain was high, and the only thing that finally worked was Dilaudid with Flexeril. I am now at my 4 months mark. I am back to work, where I sit too much. They released me from physical therapy (PT) to do exercises on my own. I hate to admit but I have been horrible about doing exercises. I do ride a stationary bike and bought a mini one that fits under my desk. But I am experiencing so much more pain now, standing up or sitting down and walking. There is some clicking that I feel when I move my leg. I was told some is normal. I wonder if I am getting more pain because of not exercising enough. My flexibility got to about 115 when last pushed at PT.

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Comment from: mssox, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I had total knee replacement on my right knee on January 5th, so far so good. It is still painful but bearable; Norco did wonders but now I have to cut back so much it does not help. I need my left knee done and I'm curious as to why pain in left seems so much worse.

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Comment from: Turtle, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 15

My husband had total knee replacement (TKR) 24/10/17. His flexion is at 121 degrees now. He was having good days but nights were restless. I told his physiotherapist (PT) when I had an appointment and my hubby had never told him that his knee is like an alarm clock that wakes him at 3:30 am every night. The PT 'flossed' his leg at his next visit and gave him an exercise to do on his own. This has helped tremendously and he is able to rest well and is back sharing our bed after months of sleeping in the spare room so he wouldn't disturb me. Google nerve flossing, it just might be the answer to some of you having sleeping issues.

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