Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I had total knee replacement on July 11, 2014, and wish I had never had it done. I'm at almost 5 months and still have severe pain, can't walk without a cane, have pitted edema with extreme heat round my knee. I have seen the doctor twice, who is stating that it is normal for a knee replacement. My knee felt better before the surgery, I had mild pain, and was able to walk without a cane. I can't believe people think this was the greatest thing they have ever done. Walk a day in my shoes and I bet you will change your mind.

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Comment from: Cathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I had a total knee replacement on August 20, 2014. It went well, but I still have pain above the kneecap, and a lot of stiffness which makes it a bit hard to walk. I explained it to my doctor but he seems to think I should have no pain and looks at me like I'm crazy. He also cleared me to go back to work but I can't walk but a few yards and have to sit because of the pain above the knee.

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Comment from: Jobart, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had bilateral knee replacement six weeks ago. I was in hospital 3 days and rehabilitation 10 days. I still have a lot of stiffness and pain. The quadriceps muscles tighten up so much. I am in physical therapy and am doing great according to them. I don't feel great though. I tire very easily. I am no longer on a walker and am driving. My husband thinks I should be further along and doing more. He has never had surgery and can't possibly know how it feels. He likens it now to sore muscles. Whenever I walk very far or do too much I'm in pain.

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Comment from: princess, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I had total knee replacement on 10/14/14. I was in recovery the entire first day due to vomiting of morphine and high blood pressure. Doctor later gave me shots of Dilaudid which worked very well but, unfortunately, you cannot be discharged home with it. The hospital gave me oxycodone and long acting OxyContin. However, due to my asthma it made breathing very difficult so I had to stop those medicines. I now find relief with muscle relaxers, Percocet, and a little Tylenol. I am now 6 days out and walk very well with a walker and can even walk without it. You have to exercise or you get very stiff and develop scar tissue. Luckily I have a good health insurance which allows me a home physical therapist 5 times a week. This operation is definitely not for the timid. It is a lot of hard work but I know it will be worth it. I am 61 years old and look forward to getting my life back.

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Comment from: Lilly Pad, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I am two months post total knee replacement (TKR). I started home physical therapy (PT), right after hospital discharge. I have been doing outpatient PT, three times a week for the past month. No strong pain medicines, for the last month. I was ready to get off that horrible stuff. I still have daily stiffness/pain level 1, especially after exercise. I am stuck on range of movement of about 110. Can't seem to get better. I used a walker first two weeks and cane until 8 weeks. I still take it with me on long walks. I've been driving since week 7.

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Comment from: tennis1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I had my right knee replaced on May 21, 2014 and the left on September 11, 2014. Both times I spent just one day in the hospital, almost no pain. I had a spinal so there was no sickness or sore throat. I didn't even have to lay flat after. I only took Tylenol or tramadol for about 2 weeks after. I returned to my reception job in 3 weeks along with all my normal activities in the home. My flex is up to 128, probably the limit for now. I feel great and have my life back. My doctor is a miracle man. He's young (38) and used all the new methods.

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Comment from: kenzo35, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

I am 53 years old and had total knee replacement (TKR) surgery on August 21, 2014. I was in the hospital for only 2 days. I have had no pain and no trouble sleeping since leaving the hospital. I discarded the walker immediately and seldom used the cane. I leaned on a cart while shopping. I do get fatigued after a while and the knee swells up, but still, no pain. If I am standing for more than twenty minutes, my back gets sore, then when I sit I get weird lower back muscle spasms that aren't painful, just weird feeling. I was mowing the lawn and doing yard work just 3 weeks after surgery (physiotherapist and my surgeon would have frowned on that). Overall my experience has been a positive one. The staff were first rate not to mention, living in Canada, this procedure cost me exactly $0.00. Loving the new knee!

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