Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your total knee replacement experience.

Comment from: Helen P, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I am 51 and after 15 years and multiple scopes, treatments, etc., I had a bilateral knee replacement on February 21, 2017. I am now just over 6 months post-surgery. I did inpatient rehabilitation for 10 days due to having 2 knees done at the same time and then when I was discharged home, I went immediately to outpatient physiotherapy (PT) 3 times a week as I feel home health PT isn't as aggressive. My surgeon said I was doing stellar. I had no complications and got to 120 and 0 by 4 months. I was mowing my lawn at 3 months and can climb up and down the ladder and stairs. I am not pain free yet. I take tramadol and ibuprofen 800 mg for pain and am finally sleeping better at night. I live where summers are brutal and walking outside became too much in the heat. This caused a set back and I realized that not being as active has caused more pain. I am now going to the gym, using the elliptical trainers and hoping with increased activity, I will be pain free by 12 months. I am optimistic and hope I am right. Tired of hurting every day.

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Comment from: vwgirl1948, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I have had arthritis in my right knee now for about five years. It just became more painful. I was diagnosed with bone on bone and therefore I had total knee replacement. I have been having severe tightness and warmth in my knee after total replacement. It has been 9 weeks since the surgery. I can walk up and down steps. I do house cleaning, cooking and walking at least 2 to 3 blocks. I am wondering why I feel like I have a tight band that won't give. It is a strange feeling and it does hurt, especially a few hours after physiotherapy (PT). I do my exercises at home in between the PT so I can be limber. I go back to the surgeon in a month from now and that will be my 16 week checkup. Using ice helps and also pain patches after icing. I hope that I don't have to get another operation on this knee.

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Comment from: Marg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I have had a total knee replacement four weeks ago. This was post traumatic from a tibial plateau fracture 29 years ago. I was able to start walking within a week of surgery but was on oxycodone for pain. I am now four weeks in and have cut out those medicines. I have a good pain tolerance during the day, and after doing all of my prescribed exercises. I ice three to four times a day with an ice machine. It is at night, that I cannot get comfortable or lie on either side, and cannot sleep. The pain is deep in the joint and calf muscle. I am concerned about taking pain medicines. I wonder if I should consider sleep medicines instead.

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Comment from: Cheryl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I had my right knee replaced on August 29, 2016. It is now early August 2017 and I still have much swelling and severe pain in the knee and left back. I have had 5 rounds of knee therapy and 2 rounds of back therapy. While the most recent set of therapies was happening, things improved significantly, even though I still needed to use my cane. I could walk some distance (like through a museum) with minimal or no pain. I also have been going for water aerobics 3 times a week, working out on the bike and other machines 3 to 5 times per week and continuing to do the exercises recommended by the last therapist. Since the therapy ended, I have gotten worse. The knee is stiff and very painful and swollen, red and warm to the touch. Of course, I cannot get an appointment with the surgeon until October.

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Comment from: bonitakale, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

Six months after total knee replacement, my knee felt great! No pain, no limp. A year after, it started to hurt again. Now, at 1.5 years, I'm in a fair amount of pain on standing up and walking. It's made worse by my stomach. The doctor's wish for me is not to use naproxen sodium any more. The knee is apparently a bit loose, but I don't want to go through more surgery without some clear statistics on how likely it is to work. I'm trying to figure out how much exercise does any good, within the limits of what I can make myself do. I should lose weight, but I've done it before, and each time, end up in a couple of years fatter than I was before; not good for the knee either.

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