Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: hermie66, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I am 8 weeks post total knee replacement today! I finally feel like I have turned the corner. I was able to sleep last 2 nights with little to no medicines other than Tylenol (no tramadol). I have read so many posts on here that sound like horrible experiences, I too could have written something similar up until now. I have range from -1 to 128 degrees. I am getting strength and muscle definition back in my quadriceps. The swelling is almost all gone. Some days now my foot and quadriceps actually hurt worse than the knee. I was doing physiotherapy (PT) visits on day 5 and at week 4 I started going to the gym and working out (as best I could). Even last week I had some horrible nights but now I can see the light. My extensor lag went from 20 degrees post up to 5 degrees now and improving. My advice, keep working, do PT, and stay on the medicines as long as you need to. Stay optimistic even though every day (or night) seems like agony. It does get better.

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

I had a total left knee replacement just over 12 months ago. It has been really good, and recovery wasn't too bad. I got most of my movement back. The last week or so I am having problems with my knee giving way again and have developed severe pain behind the knee and calf. I am about to see my doctor today. Hoping they don't tell me I need to go back into hospital.

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Comment from: Tom F, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I am 77 and had total knee replacement on 3/29. I am now 6 weeks out. I am very glad to find this website as I was beginning to worry something was wrong with me. I have had physiotherapy three days a week since three days after the operation and now at 108 percent and going very slowly and painfully on stationary bike. I go forward one day and back the next. The operative area is still painful and swollen after therapy. One thing my doctor suggested and it works to reduce swelling is to walk slowly or tread water (not swim) in a pool for a half hour. Based on reports of some of my friends I thought I would be playing tennis and golf by now. Not. It is helpful to know my slow progress is not unusual.

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Comment from: Chipshot, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

It's been two and a half weeks since total left knee replacement. I feel I'm doing well but still require pain medicines. However, I have reduced from 10 mg of oxycodone to taking 5 mg every four hours. I still have pain if I try and get off the medicines. The constipation from the medicines is brutal, even when taking stool softeners and laxatives. I had five days of in-home physiotherapy (PT) and am now in second week of outside PT. I'm doing three exercises at home three times per day as instructed by PT and riding stationary bike for only ten minutes. He advised to be careful and to go slow in recovery even if I feel I could do more. The oxycodone messes with me mentally. I'm somewhat depressed with constipation, coupled with cabin fever. As I'm prepared to enter week three, I thought I would have been feeling better. I'm using the walker, even though I can walk without. My PT advised to continue to use the walker. I guess it just varies patient to patient regarding recovery time.

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Comment from: Bruce, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 05

I had a total knee replacement surgery on my left knee on 2/18/16. I am back to work in pain but moving better every day. It appears that every person who has this procedure deals with pain differently. My pain has eased up but it is still there. Now that I have had it done, I would not do it again. I still remember the pain and sleepless nights. If you want to get better you have to do physiotherapy (PT), it is the only way to truly recover, so off to PT I go.

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Comment from: theNewMe, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

I had bilateral total knee replacement 02/23/16. Pain was terrible for a couple of days then not bad. I was moving around my hospital room 1 hour after surgery. I spent 56 hours in hospital, then off to rehabilitation for 8 days. I had no one to help at home so it was needed. I am 9 weeks post operation now. I have no pain, some swelling, but not a lot. I am ready for work, can walk 3 miles easily, and going to the gym. Glad I had it done, best I've felt in years.

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Comment from: Roger, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

I had total knee replacement 5 days ago and I was in the hospital a day and a half. No pain killers of any kind after day 2. Walking and stairs are no problem. I think the key to my rapid recovery is that I did outpatient and in home physical therapy (PT) for almost 4 months prior to surgery and have continued exercising since the surgery. I'm not really an exercise fanatic, but I think PT is critical both before and after surgery.

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