Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: SandyC, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I have now had both knees replaced, the first on my left knee in 1999 (16 years ago). I was in the hospital for four days, then physical therapy at home for two weeks, then physical therapy (PT) at a rehabilitation place for 20 visits. This knee works perfectly with no pain. One month ago, 8/12/15, I had my right knee replaced. I spent one night in the hospital, and was released to my home. That same day, the in-home physical therapist came and a wheeled walker was delivered along with the best ever machine that exercises that leg. I had the in-home PT for two weeks, then went to the big time physical therapy using the heavy duty machines. I am one month from surgery date. I am walking with almost zero pain in my knee. I am driving my car and going to the store. What I want to say after knee replacement is that, yes, it does hurt and with the exercises and physical therapy that you will have to do after surgery, it hurts even more. But, if you want to get back to living your life with little or no pain in your knees, you must do every exercise that your physician and your physical therapists tell you to do, and they hurt. It is not fun, but do it. If you say it hurts too much so you don't do these exercises, then you will not enjoy the success of the replacement, and you will still be related to experiencing the inability to enjoy your life.

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Comment from: Suzie54, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I am 11 weeks post total replacement of right knee. I am at 136 degrees bend. Still going to physical therapy as I am having balance issues. I still have pain above and below the knee cap. I don't follow up for another 3 weeks with the surgeon. I would like to get off the pain pills. I would really like to have an alternative to alleviate pain sitting, standing, walking, and sleeping. I have also developed severe insomnia since the surgery and was given Ambien which has not helped at all. I am sleeping 3 to 4 hours a night.

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Comment from: Butterfly2015, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

Had my total knee replacement in June of 2014 and am scheduled to have other knee done next month. I endured severe pain for over 10 years and finally found a doctor that would (despite my being overweight) do the surgery. It was the best thing I have ever had done. I was pain free from day one after surgery. I did several months of rehabilitation and my knee after being on my feet for a time still stiffens a little, but not having that pain was and is worth it. The hospital where I went does not use the CPM (continuous passive motion) machine right after surgery, which I think is a mistake. The muscles in that leg stiffened up and were so very tight after the replacement, but that worked itself out after months of rehab. I think that machine would have helped make that recovery a lot shorter. Do your homework and get a great surgeon. I am so happy I got this done and am looking forward to hopefully somewhere down the line not having to use a cane, walker or anything else to be able to move. Having the surgery was a great move, and living without that terrible pain, priceless.

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Comment from: Bookgirl64, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I had a right total knee replacement July 8, 2015. I only took hydrocodone for about a week, then nothing for pain. Day two after procedure, hospital physiotherapist made me walk up and down three stairs, and I did okay. I used a walker for about three weeks then switched to a cane. I am doing physiotherapy (PT) twice a week but doing the PT exercises on my own three times a day. I am getting there slowly. My knee still balloons up when I've been on my feet too long, but the upside is before my surgery I couldn't stand for three minutes without agonizing pain. Now I can stand for 20 or 30 minutes pain-free and hopefully longer. I will say my knee was very bad. The kneecap was cracked badly and chunks were falling off. One word of advice; take it easy on yourself. Everyone is different and heals differently. It took me seven weeks to realize that. I know that in the long run I will be better off for having it done. And trust me, I will be getting the other knee done as soon as this one is totally healed.

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Comment from: Shines, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I had a right total knee replacement on June 30, 2015. I am now close to 8 weeks out. Probably the worst for me has been the lack of good rest. I have not had more than 3 hours of sleep a night total since operation. Pain medications don't work for me so just dealing with it now. I am pushing myself more every day to walk more, ride stationary bike more every day in addition to physiotherapy (PT) exercises. My PT has gone well and I have been told knee was way far ahead of most at same stage. However, the inability to be active for long of time is not my thing. I am a goer and doer and don't like being held back. I know this is temporary but if I could get good rest it would help immensely. I hope my other knee lasts a long time because it will be a long time before I will ever want to do this again!

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Comment from: larry, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 25

I had total knee replacement 8 1/2 weeks ago. Range of motion is very limited. I am doing exercises every day but progress is extremely slow. I feel as if I plateaued after 4 weeks and then stopped progressing. Very sharp pain in the knee cap prevents me from flexing as far as I think I should be able to, given all the work I have put in. It is depressing. Surgeon suggests a nerve block and then a forced flex to break up the scar tissue. I am not sure what to do. Oxycodone helps with general pain but not the sharp knee pain. After exercising, the knee is inflamed and feels as if a strap is being pulled tight around it.

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