Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: MaryK, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I had total right knee replacement on Feb 18th. I knew it would be painful but had no choice. I had pushed the envelope for years of being bone on bone and it was time. I was in hospital 4 days, up the first day for a walk, physiotherapy (PT) in the hospital, then at home for two weeks and just finishing up outpatient PT now. I drove after 4 weeks and things seemed to be going pretty well. I am still using a cane when doing stairs because of the opposite knee being bad still along with opposite ankle. Now I seem to have a lot of pain again on the inside of knee cap area. I feel like I'm backsliding and plan on contacting my orthopedic doctor this week. I plan on going back to work at end of month but now I'm a bit worried!

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Comment from: lac206, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I am 51 and had a total knee replacement of my right knee on February 20, 2015. I also have fibromyalgia. I am a little over six weeks out from surgery and pain and swelling are a huge problem. I saw my surgeon and he said to stop therapy for 2 weeks to get the leg to calm down. I elevate my leg, use ice and take Motrin for swelling and Norco for pain. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to endure but am not giving up.

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Comment from: TracyWGTF, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I am 6 months out from having total knee replacement on my right knee. I still have lots of swelling, daily pain and stiffness. I have full flexibility and no walking aid is needed. I was hoping by now that the pain would not be a daily occurrence. It gets very stiff when I sit for more than 20 minutes at a time. I work at a desk, ugh! I am hoping time and use will deplete the pain and swelling.

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Comment from: aneuen, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 24

I had a total knee replacement on December 22, 2014. First month and a half was hard. I was off all pain medicines. I went to the gym and worked on strengthening the leg, but still stiff in the mornings and after sitting. On March 29th I was back on the mountain snowboarding few runs a day. I am back up on the mountain riding like before surgery. Having the knee done was the best thing I ever did. My wife says that she has her husband back.

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Comment from: jtisme1958, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I had my first total knee replacement (TKR) in March 2013. It took me a full 6 week of recovery but almost 2 years later my knee felt so good I decided to have the left one done, which had degenerated (arthritis) so badly I could barely walk. I had second TKR on January 13, 2015 and I must say, aside from some pain and stiffness in the side and back of my knee if sitting too long, I am totally happy. The pain I feel isn't the debilitating pain I once felt, I can work through the stiffness by walking which is something I couldn't do before! I take 2 tramadol and 3 Advil in the morning just to loosen the stiffness of sleeping but otherwise I am good to go with moderate walking throughout the day, stationary biking and the post rehabilitation exercises, as well. Ice packs are still my best friend sometimes, I always have one handy at home and at work. I think I am right on track at 8 weeks out!

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Comment from: Almost gimpnomore, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I had my total knee replacement on July 4, and it is now March 16. I have about 120 degrees of flex, and am at between 1 percent and 5 percent extension. (I started at 30 percent.) I still have some occasional pain, and stiffness but it has significantly decreased in the last few weeks now that I am not walking my dog over uneven snow and ice. It clicks a lot and there are definitely good and bad days still. I want to encourage those of you who are regretting your surgery, it will get better, but it just takes way more time than they tell you. I am giving it a full year to heal. Keep doing the straightening and stretching, especially the hamstring. Walk as much as you can to get your muscle tone back and try to keep a positive attitude. It will get better. At 4 to 6 months I was still cursing my surgeon, and finally now at 9 months I am starting to think everything is going to be great.

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Comment from: Penny NYC, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I had double knee replacement July 2014. I had physical therapy for 3 months and I exercise at home faithfully everyday as well as walk as much as I can. I went back to work after 3 months. It has now been 7 months, my knees are still very sore with tingling pain and numbness on the side. I have done everything the doctor says to do, to no avail. He keeps saying time will heal. I had this surgery because I was experiencing pain going down the stairs, hills or ramps. Now it is worse. I truly regret this surgery, the worst mistake of my life!

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