Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: Mrshonesty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I had total knee replacement 2 months ago and have had a hard recovery. I am a lupus patient so that's probably why. I was starting to feel better and less pain but leg was swollen including knee and ankle. Today I decided to do a little housework and I had a sharp tearing like weird pain that only lasted a short time and I looked down at knee and it started blowing up like a balloon. I called the doctor and they gave me appointment for Monday and told me to elevate and keep ice on it. I can't walk without my crutches now. I can't put weight on it.

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Comment from: Elsie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had a total knee replacement (TKR) in March 15. I have been extremely happy with the result. I have great flexion and no pain. Then in August I had TKR on my other knee. This has been a different journey; a lot more pain and nerve pain. The surgeon explained that there had been a lot of soft tissue damage as he removed a number of bone spurs. Physiotherapy has been tough and there has been slow improvement. My flexion is just 100 degrees at 8 weeks. I am having physiotherapy twice a week and I try to get to the pool at least 3 times a week. Walking, once I get going is great; no pain but I still find stairs a challenge. I am hopeful things will improve in time.

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Comment from: Barbara, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I had a total knee replacement in May, 2015. Four months later, I am still in pain. I can walk, which I couldn't do before surgery. I have been religious about physiotherapy. But the knee is sore to the touch; I can't wear long pants yet. It is still swollen. But the worst are the 'electric shocks' that I get, nerve pain. More medicines have not worked. I am heading to a pain specialist.

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Comment from: SandyC, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I have now had both knees replaced, the first on my left knee in 1999 (16 years ago). I was in the hospital for four days, then physical therapy at home for two weeks, then physical therapy (PT) at a rehabilitation place for 20 visits. This knee works perfectly with no pain. One month ago, 8/12/15, I had my right knee replaced. I spent one night in the hospital, and was released to my home. That same day, the in-home physical therapist came and a wheeled walker was delivered along with the best ever machine that exercises that leg. I had the in-home PT for two weeks, then went to the big time physical therapy using the heavy duty machines. I am one month from surgery date. I am walking with almost zero pain in my knee. I am driving my car and going to the store. What I want to say after knee replacement is that, yes, it does hurt and with the exercises and physical therapy that you will have to do after surgery, it hurts even more. But, if you want to get back to living your life with little or no pain in your knees, you must do every exercise that your physician and your physical therapists tell you to do, and they hurt. It is not fun, but do it. If you say it hurts too much so you don't do these exercises, then you will not enjoy the success of the replacement, and you will still be related to experiencing the inability to enjoy your life.

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Comment from: Suzie54, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I am 11 weeks post total replacement of right knee. I am at 136 degrees bend. Still going to physical therapy as I am having balance issues. I still have pain above and below the knee cap. I don't follow up for another 3 weeks with the surgeon. I would like to get off the pain pills. I would really like to have an alternative to alleviate pain sitting, standing, walking, and sleeping. I have also developed severe insomnia since the surgery and was given Ambien which has not helped at all. I am sleeping 3 to 4 hours a night.

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Comment from: Butterfly2015, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

Had my total knee replacement in June of 2014 and am scheduled to have other knee done next month. I endured severe pain for over 10 years and finally found a doctor that would (despite my being overweight) do the surgery. It was the best thing I have ever had done. I was pain free from day one after surgery. I did several months of rehabilitation and my knee after being on my feet for a time still stiffens a little, but not having that pain was and is worth it. The hospital where I went does not use the CPM (continuous passive motion) machine right after surgery, which I think is a mistake. The muscles in that leg stiffened up and were so very tight after the replacement, but that worked itself out after months of rehab. I think that machine would have helped make that recovery a lot shorter. Do your homework and get a great surgeon. I am so happy I got this done and am looking forward to hopefully somewhere down the line not having to use a cane, walker or anything else to be able to move. Having the surgery was a great move, and living without that terrible pain, priceless.

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