Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

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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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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