Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: Jim9999, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 18

I had a left total knee replacement done on May 31, 2017. The first ten days were an absolute nightmare between the swelling, pain and heat peaking around day 8. I wasn't prepared for my leg being essentially paralyzed after the surgery and the hard work needed to rebuild muscle tone. Now some 7 weeks later, I'm walking somewhat ok but with a very tight band and feeling of constriction around the knee. Hopefully this will fade with time, but for now progress day to day isn't noticeable. If I walk too much during the day my knee swells up at night and gets incredibly stiff. The feeling of exhaustion also persists. This was a major assault to the body and I suspect it will take months to regain my strength.

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Comment from: Kahuna, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 11

I had total knee replacement back in October of this year. It has gone pretty good. I still have pain at times though. One thing that is really bugging me is that I can't kneel down on that knee at all without shooting pain. Lately, last couple of months I have a water ball of inflammation on the side of my knee. The doctors just play it off as it being normal. I wonder when I will be able to kneel down and do things normally again.

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Comment from: WelpeWL, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 06

I am a 64 year old man. In November of 2015 I had a total replacement of my right knee. I was prescribed 10 mg Oxycontin at 6 hour intervals at first and was able to walk 50 yards the second day. When I left the hospital, to inpatient physiotherapy, I was on Tylenol and tramadol at 4 hour intervals. I completed the 2 weeks of physiotherapy and was released to home and outpatient physiotherapy. In March 2016 I had my left knee total replacement. This time I was released from inpatient physiotherapy after 3 days to home and outpatient physiotherapy. I was able to walk without aids almost immediately, but I have continuing pain and fluid buildup to this day. After 6 weeks I was in significant pain and my doctor took 40 ml of fluid off my left knee. A week and a half ago my doctor took 60 ml of fluid off my right knee and sent it for culturing. I have yet to hear about the results (predicted for 2 to 3 weeks out). The only time I have been pain free was during a period of prescribed prednisone 10 mg 4 times a day decreasing dose. I am trying to find out what is causing the fluid buildup, in both knees.

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Comment from: Lucky, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 05

I had total knee replacement of left knee on 5/15/17. I had 9 physiotherapy sessions at home starting on the second week, very little pain. I danced at 4.5 weeks, and played golf at 5.5 weeks. I'm going to have total replacement on my right knee in August, hope it goes as well.

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Comment from: Marianne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I had total knee replacement in 2014. After 5 days in the hospital, I still was not able to bend my knee. It could not touch the floor. I went to outpatient physiotherapy (PT) and they hurt me so bad I screamed while they were manipulating me knee. They also scared me into thinking I had to go back into the hospital and have manipulation under anesthesia. I stopped going completely. I went back to my doctor who told me to just ride the elliptical bike at my gym. That proved to be the best for me. Now on 6/26/17 I had my other knee done at a different hospital by a different younger doctor with a different technique. I was walking 3 hours after surgery. There is stiffness and tightness of course but a wonderful completely successful operation this time. In home physiotherapist said my knee is so good, I most likely won't have to go for outpatient PT.

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Comment from: Bella, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I am 6 weeks from total knee replacement and just starting to get lower back pain while walking. My knee is still a little stiff and I am wondering if my back is adjusting to the new knee or if it is from the spinal from surgery. I thought I was doing well till I went grocery shopping and the pain in my back was awful!

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Comment from: Mary-Ellen , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I had bilateral knee replacement March, 2017. I was in the surgical hospital for 3 days and transferred to a rehabilitation hospital for 14 days. Physiotherapy (PT) at rehab was twice a day, 6 days a week. Then I was sent home (using a walker) had 2 weeks PT at home. This was followed by one month (3 times a week) at PT Center. It's now 13 weeks post surgery and I am back at work. The pain in the beginning was bad. Not being able to do things for my self was even worse. I was given pain medications and they would wear off in 3 hours and had to be supplemented with Tylenol, which didn't work. Pain patches didn't either. Remember to take your stool softeners as opioids constipate big time. I no longer go to PT, but have joined the gym to continue to build up the quadriceps. I have no pain now, but my knees are still sensitive to blankets and are stiff. I am walking with no assistance (cane or walker). Would I do it again? But of course not!

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