Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

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Comment from: jtisme1958, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I had my first total knee replacement (TKR) in March 2013. It took me a full 6 week of recovery but almost 2 years later my knee felt so good I decided to have the left one done, which had degenerated (arthritis) so badly I could barely walk. I had second TKR on January 13, 2015 and I must say, aside from some pain and stiffness in the side and back of my knee if sitting too long, I am totally happy. The pain I feel isn't the debilitating pain I once felt, I can work through the stiffness by walking which is something I couldn't do before! I take 2 tramadol and 3 Advil in the morning just to loosen the stiffness of sleeping but otherwise I am good to go with moderate walking throughout the day, stationary biking and the post rehabilitation exercises, as well. Ice packs are still my best friend sometimes, I always have one handy at home and at work. I think I am right on track at 8 weeks out!

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Comment from: Almost gimpnomore, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I had my total knee replacement on July 4, and it is now March 16. I have about 120 degrees of flex, and am at between 1 percent and 5 percent extension. (I started at 30 percent.) I still have some occasional pain, and stiffness but it has significantly decreased in the last few weeks now that I am not walking my dog over uneven snow and ice. It clicks a lot and there are definitely good and bad days still. I want to encourage those of you who are regretting your surgery, it will get better, but it just takes way more time than they tell you. I am giving it a full year to heal. Keep doing the straightening and stretching, especially the hamstring. Walk as much as you can to get your muscle tone back and try to keep a positive attitude. It will get better. At 4 to 6 months I was still cursing my surgeon, and finally now at 9 months I am starting to think everything is going to be great.

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Comment from: Penny NYC, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I had double knee replacement July 2014. I had physical therapy for 3 months and I exercise at home faithfully everyday as well as walk as much as I can. I went back to work after 3 months. It has now been 7 months, my knees are still very sore with tingling pain and numbness on the side. I have done everything the doctor says to do, to no avail. He keeps saying time will heal. I had this surgery because I was experiencing pain going down the stairs, hills or ramps. Now it is worse. I truly regret this surgery, the worst mistake of my life!

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Comment from: Ninny, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I had my first total knee replacement (TKR) done on 10/22/2013. I stayed in the hospital for 3 days. Pain was horrific but I made it. After three weeks of physical therapy (PT) my range of motion was at my target of 110. My favorite things about PT was my motion machine. I had my 2nd TKR on 8/22/14. It was a little different as far as recovery. PT was great but spasm and cramps like to kill me. I am seven months out and still have so much pain and swelling. I don't know if this is normal or not but if I had had my left knee done 1st and had the results I had, I never would have had the right one done. I am starting with a pain center in two weeks to try and get the pain under control. I don't know if anyone has experienced this but I told my surgeon that it felt like something is sticking in my knee.

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Comment from: Katy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I had a total knee replacement (TKR) on 2/5/15. Four days after surgery I was walking with no pain and no walker for short distances. I visited the physical therapist for the first time and was able to bend my knee with no help to 92 degrees. Then the therapist decided he was going to see how far he could push it. He jammed my knee to 96 degrees and I literally saw stars. After going through other exercises for an hour with my knee burning red hot from his push, he pushed one more time to 102 degrees. I walked out on walker and am just now getting off the walker 2 weeks later. I started another therapist who does not force my knee. She lets me do it. The pain from his pushing hurt more than surgery. The incision never hurt. I have been taking Tylenol most of the time after 2nd week. Four days after surgery my knee had swelled to 23 inches around. Today it is 18 inches. I still have swelling in leg to ankles probably from not propping my foot up. Do not go to a therapist who forces your leg or arm. It has taken me longer to get over that than the surgery.

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Comment from: wcc, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 05

I had total knee replacement on 2-2-15. Pain was really bad and narcotic pain relievers did not help as much as I anticipated. I have had Norco for pain before and may have developed tolerance. I was at 112 bending at 3 weeks and have been moving around with a cane after two weeks. I have started cooking simple meals and moving around the house but it really gets painful in the evening. I sleep well but take a sleep aid. Ice, elevation, and pain medicines help during worst pain times. I finished home physiotherapy (PT) last week and start out patient PT on 3-5-15. I did not expect pain to be this bad at this point but my range of motion is great and I walk well during day and pain hits in the evening.

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