Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: clew37, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I had one total knee replacement a year ago, and the other 5 months ago. The second went much better, as I pressured myself to drink more fluids when the pain medicines made me ill. I was in hospital an average 3 days. Physical therapy after is really a must, as scar tissue buildup limits range of motion. The pain was bad, but livable. I used lots of ice bags and massaged my scar to keep blood from building up in the ridges. I'm back to work, almost pain free, and walk about 3 miles a day. I found it all to be well worth it.

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Comment from: Utah Dave, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

I had a right total knee replacement in July, 2015, 11 months ago. I am walking 2 miles 2 or 3 times per week, but am still having pain. I cannot kneel on that knee without pain. The knee still swells up at random times, and after my walks. It still aches at night, but is controllable with ibuprofen or diclofenac. It gets stiff and sore if I sit for more than 20 minutes or so. The recovery the first few months was amazing. I was on pain pills for 11 days, and back to work in 2 weeks. Now, it has been about the same for the past 6 months. The doctor says all this is normal.

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Comment from: Dmcclean, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

It is 6 weeks after surgery. My knee was in very bad shape. Surgery took almost 3 hours. I started therapy after 6 days. At first I could only get 60 degree range of motion (ROM). I have been going to therapy 5 days per week. It is very painful and almost to the point of tears. Now I'm at 106 degrees ROM unassisted. I can get to 115 with therapist pushing. I'm doing my exercises at home but I need to be more diligent at home. I try the steam room twice per week. I get a good bend once my knee warms up. I am still on medicines three times per day. Not good when I skip it. I still haven't broken the code on a good night's sleep. This is a slow and painful process. I'm looking forward to some more progress.

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Comment from: Kelly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I am 45 and had a full knee replacement and knee cap button on the 15th April just under 6 weeks ago. I now walk mostly unaided but wasn't given any physiotherapy for two and a half weeks after my operation other than exercise sheet that I tried to do three times a day. My leg was so swollen that I had to cut the legs of tracksuit bottoms as they were too tight. The first day I went for physiotherapy my scar split open so was again only able to do more gentle exercise until it healed. The pain has been really bad. I am taking Tramadol during the day and morphine at night, it is now 2 am I still can't sleep very well due to pain. I have physiotherapy twice a week but still haven't quite managed to go round on a bike yet. My straight leg is perfect but my bend is only 85 degrees. I saw my surgeon this week and have permission to drive but due to my setbacks he feels I am two to three weeks behind but is still happy and has signed me off. Due to the nature of my job I am signed off at the moment till towards the end of July but might be able to return after 10 weeks. At the moment I don't feel I can do this as can't sit or stand still for very long. I feel better if constantly moving although I swell up. I am worried as to the future and whether I will be able to keep my job having to be the bread winner in my household. I just hope that as time goes by the pain and stiffness will improve, although I have already had 6 operations on this leg including having it broken realigned, K-wires in it and a microfracture surgery. My therapist feels, as I have been told since the age of 27, that a knee replacement would be required in the future, and that although they left it till the age of 45 he feels I will never be pain free and my recovery might only get to about 80 percent. This does worry me at my age but I'm hoping this will not be the case. I am staying strong but not intending to get the other one done for a long time yet.

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Comment from: CJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I had a total knee replacement 6 weeks ago. After reading this site I feel incredibly blessed to be having the experience I am having. I did a lot of work prior to surgery. My diet was very clean and full of raw foods, I did a lot of calf and feet exercises along with yoga stretching. I used natural products on my knee in preparation. I have 135 degree bend, full extension and you can hardly see my scar! (I made an essential oil, vitamin E, and coconut oil salve). My issue is I need the other knee done and have scheduled for late June. Not really excited to do this again but I want my life back.

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Comment from: Jayne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I am 9 weeks post-surgery for total knee replacement. I use no walker or cane, my range of motion is at 121, and I can walk for about a half hour. I stopped prescription pain medicines after 10 days, but I have to take 2 arthritis strength acetaminophen and 2 ibuprofen every 6 hours. I still have severe pain in the evenings and wake up crying in my sleep. But I'm mostly ok during the day. I wish I had researched the time it would take to recover, I think I would have done both knees. Physiotherapist told me I won't feel 100 percent like myself for about a year. Who knew!

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