Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: jeg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had a total knee replacement (TKR) on 8/7/14. Medicines and ice machine (a great invention!) took care of the pain pretty well. I was up and walking the next day. I used the walker for 4 days, a cane for the remainder of the week. Then I was walking with no assistance on day 8. I'm at 7 1/2 weeks now. I still have some pain but it's tolerable and the strength is continuing to improve. I can reach an angle of 120 degrees and I'm going for more. There is some swelling in my ankle after a long day at work but usually gone again by morning. I'm planning on having the other knee done 12/4. Hopefully it will go as well and I'll be good as new next year.

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Comment from: John, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I had total knee replacement (TKR) of my right knee in 2008 and I don't even know it's a replacement. I had my second TKR in my left knee 19 days ago. First week was very painful but I forced myself to do exercises 4 times per day, 30 minutes per session. I am now walking without any aid and knee is bending quite well. With Knee replacements, the worst thing you can do is to ignore your exercises due to pain, you have to go through the pain barrier. I still have slight pain behind the knee but not in the knee. Stay positive and work hard to gain very best results, it's worth it.

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Comment from: Sandra B., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I had suffered with pain in my right knee for 30 years. Over the years, I had 3 knee surgeries to repair torn ligaments, tendons and a shredded meniscus. Apparently, the bones under my knee caps were deformed, which caused my knee cap to slip and tear things. My right knee was in very bad shape, but the left one had a lateral release done at the first surgery, which helped it hold out all these years. I knew I needed a total knee replacement but after moving to a different state and getting a job with medical insurance that was far too expensive, I finally got affordable medical insurance. I had my total knee replacement (TKR) on 7/30/14. My knee had had a permanent bend to it since my last surgery 10 years prior. With physical therapy, we finally got it perfectly straight at my last physiotherapy (PT). I never thought I'd see that day! Yes, it is painful, and I referred to therapy as torture, but it's necessary, and it is crucial to recovery. I can walk short distances without a cane, but still need it now and then. I'm also very overweight, so I'm sure my recovery may take longer. I have been on pain medication for many years, so I was told that I may experience more pain than usual because of my tolerance to the medications. Yes, they were right. But I'm slowly improving and I look forward to the day when I can walk and hike again, like I did when I was young. The left one will be done eventually, but I'm in no hurry to go through all that again. It's a long recovery, with a lot of work, and I'm hoping that it will be worth it all. It's still early to tell, but so far, progress has been made.

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Comment from: Kathy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I had total knee replacement (TKR) on my right knee on March 10th 2014. I'm six months out and I can just now say it was worth it. I'm still not back to work but I stand all day at my job. I'll go back in a month; I hope all goes well. I still have pressure in my knee but the pain is finally gone.

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Comment from: MalteseMom2, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I had a total knee replacement (TKR) in May 2014 and it has to be the worst pain I have ever had. Agonizing, deep pain that only pain medications could quiet. I should have had it done a year sooner but we went through cortisone shots, brace, arthroscopy, and viscous shot, and finally I couldn't walk any more. Nerve block did not take so I woke up feeling like a machete cut my leg open. It is four month now and it's getting better with tramadol twice a day to help with pain. Today I walk 1.7 miles and hope tomorrow I don't pay for it. It took 3 months for the incision to close because I had a blood blister the size of a quarter. A wound care specialist should have looked at it but the doctor never suggested it after 8 weeks of oozing junk. My knee is still warm and I use ice at night. I take pain medications at night but when they wear off around 2 am the pain wakes me up from knee being so stiff. I feel I'm going to be one of those who will suffer for a year before I can say I'm glad I did this. I did bowl two games and that definitely felt better than last year when I had to give that up. I just have to be patient and wait it out.

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Comment from: cour58, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 05

I injured my knee in 1981 and had knee surgery to repair the damage. Over the next 34 years my knee just deteriorated, I was on hydrocodone for the last 4 years to manage the pain. I had total knee replacement (TKR) on 07/08/14. Surgeon said he had to do a lot of scaling (removing deformed and damaged tissue) the pain was beyond description. I spent 3 weeks in the hospital, I'm in week 9 now, walking without aid. Motion is still an issue, I can't straighten my knee all the way, I can bend it about 90 degrees. I'm weaning myself off the hydrocodone, and going to gym 5 days a week doing 300 leg presses allowing the knee to bend until the pain is too great. Surgeon has me in a leg brace because the joint is loose and he wants scar tissue to fill in and tighten the joint. I am working hard to make this TKR successful but having doubts, I'm still experiencing significant pain in the evening after being up and around all day.

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