Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Knee Replacement experience.

Comment from: alyce, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I had a total left knee replacement on 01/17/17 and I am now 9 weeks post-surgery. This is my 3rd week at outpatient physiotherapy (had in-home PT) and although they say I am doing well. I know I am behind where most others are. I have a problem with my ankle and we knew it would slow my recovery. I used oxycodone religiously for the first 4 weeks and then slowly weaned off. I have not taken anything except an occasional Tylenol in these last two weeks. Sometimes at night I feel like I could use something to sleep. I am lucky in the fact that I don't work so had no deadline to meet. I am sure, if I were working, I would just now be thinking about going back. My problem now is range of motion and even though they can get me to 120 it is not like that on a regular basis. I am also having a hard time straightening my knee since I slept with a pillow under it for 4 years. I have been working hard doing my exercises and am beginning to see it payoff a bit although the exercises are painful. I would not have my other knee done. My advice to anyone considering knee replacement is to meet ahead of time with a physical therapist so you can understand what will lie ahead. I think I was unrealistic. Good luck.

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Comment from: Mom, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I am 78 and had a total right knee replacement on May 17, 2016. I am not overweight and was in good physical condition. I did just wonderful for 6 weeks to 2 months then pain started. I did rehabilitation after surgery, then 2 rounds of physiotherapy, as well as home exercises. My hamstring is so tight I cannot straighten my leg. I slept in a brace, trying to stretch the hamstring, for several months. The pain and stiffness is worse than before I had the replacement and just seems to be getting worse. If I walk a block I am in excruciating pain. I wish I had never had this replacement. By the way, my doctor seems to think if he can't see a problem. On an x-ray then there's no problem.

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Comment from: PETER H, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 21

I had a total knee replacement on 14/12/2016. Usual severe pain first 2 weeks, then it greatly reduced as swelling decreased. I found tramadol best at night, especially 150 mg slow release. Now I am walking freely, cycling on exercise bike as I now have approximately 100 degrees range of motion from 90 pre-operation. I did specific physiotherapy for 4 months prior and hard work since has paid off. I iced 5 or 6 times per day first 4 weeks.

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Comment from: Bob, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

I am 8 weeks into my recovery of total knee replacement. It looks great. The doctor did a great job. I have 135 range of motion. It aches at night from about 3 am onward; hard to sleep. I blew off physiotherapy (PT) at 3 weeks because we were just re-injuring my knee every other day. My recovery accelerated after I stopped PT. I am back to my normal routine with caution. Getting to 95 percent recovery is going to take 6 months or so I think. I was icing every night for 1 hour before bed the first 6 weeks. Drink high protein drinks with vitamins until you are recovered. Moderate exercise is very good of course.

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Comment from: fpvdb64, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I am a 52 year old female. I had total knee replacement on my right knee 13 weeks ago. I am having hot flushes and then cold flushes. I am not sure what is causing this, maybe the Tramazac 50 mg. I am also experiencing lower back pain on the right side.

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Comment from: Cindy A, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I had my left knee total replacement on October 21, 2016. I had had 3 other surgeries for torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and meniscus over the years. I am 53 years old. Surgery went well, pain was high, and the only thing that finally worked was Dilaudid with Flexeril. I am now at my 4 months mark. I am back to work, where I sit too much. They released me from physical therapy (PT) to do exercises on my own. I hate to admit but I have been horrible about doing exercises. I do ride a stationary bike and bought a mini one that fits under my desk. But I am experiencing so much more pain now, standing up or sitting down and walking. There is some clicking that I feel when I move my leg. I was told some is normal. I wonder if I am getting more pain because of not exercising enough. My flexibility got to about 115 when last pushed at PT.

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