Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: Jan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I am 67, and had both knees replaced 3 weeks ago. The first few days were pretty rough, but I am so happy that I made the decision to have both done together. After working hard on physiotherapy, I now have 100 plus in both knees and my surgeon is very satisfied with my progress. The pain is manageable and I have cut right down on analgesics. I am now walking with two canes for balance but can confidently walk short distances without as well, and can do stairs. No regrets from me; best thing I have ever done for myself!

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Comment from: tutor, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I had a total knee replacement on July 21 2012. I have done wonderful and the therapy went great. I notice now that I still have numbness on the right side of the knee and a heaviness also, maybe some swelling behind the knee at times. I have heard that sometimes they have to go back in and treat it and am wondering if anyone has encountered this problem.

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Comment from: Raymond, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 05

I had knee replacement surgery two years ago. It just did not work for me. I thought I would be climbing stairs without holding on to the handrail. But I can't. The only difference is a slightly different type of pain. My quality of life is not good, and I get something similar to the restless leg syndrome, but with the knee. Was it worth it? I'm afraid not in my case.

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Comment from: 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I had total knee total knee replacement in 9-14. I had two months physiotherapy. I do knee exercises daily. I have difficulty bending my knee. My knee is still very painful. I can only walk 10 minutes and must sit down as the pain is so bad. Prior to onset of knee pain I walked two miles each day. I miss my walking each day.

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Comment from: Cathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

After suffering much pain I had my total knee replacement (TKR) in November 2014. The operation went well and I went home after 4 days. I felt I was doing well although the wound wasn't healing and kept oozing. I went regularly to physiotherapy and my bend was improving. I also had my clips removed and attended for dressing changes, as the wound continued to ooze. During the 4th week the oozing became much worse and smelly and I started to feel very ill with a high temperature and vomiting. I was admitted back into hospital where the joint was washed out. The result was a very serious life threatening infection which needed antibiotic treatment and a 6 week stay in hospital. Fortunately the antibiotics did the trick and the infection cleared. It is 6 months today since my operation and I'm going back to work tomorrow. The whole experience has been awful and I have lost so much confidence that I wish I hadn't had it done. On the plus side the knee is pain free but I am struggling with the bend and hope that it will improve. Think very carefully before having a TKR. I am constantly being told I was unlucky, and I walk and move around much better now. Don't be blinded by the pain, listen to the risks.

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Comment from: Schmeenie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I had my left knee replaced on 4/13/15 and just got back from my first post-operation appointment. I got great positive reinforcement from the surgical team which was so needed! As stated previously, pain control is my biggest issue since I can't take many narcotic agents due to allergies. Tramadol gave me the dry heaves! Please stick with it, it will get better. I'm not patient but have forced myself to make sure I measure my progress in weeks and not in days. Hang in there!

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Comment from: Nickel53, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I had my first double knee replacement 9 years ago. I had to have the right one redone 3 years ago. I have never been without pain. It has gotten worse over the years. I have seen several doctors and they say nothing is wrong with my knees. My body just doesn't like them. So I had allergy test and all negative. Worst thing I have ever done and I wish I would have never done the replacement. I wish I good find some help.

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