Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: CJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I had a total knee replacement 6 weeks ago. After reading this site I feel incredibly blessed to be having the experience I am having. I did a lot of work prior to surgery. My diet was very clean and full of raw foods, I did a lot of calf and feet exercises along with yoga stretching. I used natural products on my knee in preparation. I have 135 degree bend, full extension and you can hardly see my scar! (I made an essential oil, vitamin E, and coconut oil salve). My issue is I need the other knee done and have scheduled for late June. Not really excited to do this again but I want my life back.

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Comment from: Jayne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I am 9 weeks post-surgery for total knee replacement. I use no walker or cane, my range of motion is at 121, and I can walk for about a half hour. I stopped prescription pain medicines after 10 days, but I have to take 2 arthritis strength acetaminophen and 2 ibuprofen every 6 hours. I still have severe pain in the evenings and wake up crying in my sleep. But I'm mostly ok during the day. I wish I had researched the time it would take to recover, I think I would have done both knees. Physiotherapist told me I won't feel 100 percent like myself for about a year. Who knew!

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Comment from: Fedup, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had total knee replacement at the end of January. A few weeks after I noticed my knee was jolting so I told my surgeon and physiotherapist who both said I need to strengthen my muscles. Trying to do some of the exercises was so painful. Twelve weeks later the surgeon decided to x-ray the knee, and this showed that my knee cap had moved substantially to the right. I was told this had probably happened because the stitches had dissolved before the knee had healed. I go back into hospital tomorrow to have it put back in place. My regret is I should have insisted on somebody listening to me and doing an x-ray sooner.

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Comment from: hermie66, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I am 8 weeks post total knee replacement today! I finally feel like I have turned the corner. I was able to sleep last 2 nights with little to no medicines other than Tylenol (no tramadol). I have read so many posts on here that sound like horrible experiences, I too could have written something similar up until now. I have range from -1 to 128 degrees. I am getting strength and muscle definition back in my quadriceps. The swelling is almost all gone. Some days now my foot and quadriceps actually hurt worse than the knee. I was doing physiotherapy (PT) visits on day 5 and at week 4 I started going to the gym and working out (as best I could). Even last week I had some horrible nights but now I can see the light. My extensor lag went from 20 degrees post up to 5 degrees now and improving. My advice, keep working, do PT, and stay on the medicines as long as you need to. Stay optimistic even though every day (or night) seems like agony. It does get better.

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Comment from: Kazza, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had a total left knee replacement just over 12 months ago. It has been really good, and recovery wasn't too bad. I got most of my movement back. The last week or so I am having problems with my knee giving way again and have developed severe pain behind the knee and calf. I am about to see my doctor today. Hoping they don't tell me I need to go back into hospital.

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Comment from: Tom F, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I am 77 and had total knee replacement on 3/29. I am now 6 weeks out. I am very glad to find this website as I was beginning to worry something was wrong with me. I have had physiotherapy three days a week since three days after the operation and now at 108 percent and going very slowly and painfully on stationary bike. I go forward one day and back the next. The operative area is still painful and swollen after therapy. One thing my doctor suggested and it works to reduce swelling is to walk slowly or tread water (not swim) in a pool for a half hour. Based on reports of some of my friends I thought I would be playing tennis and golf by now. Not. It is helpful to know my slow progress is not unusual.

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