Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Candidate and Causes

What was the cause of you needing a total knee replacement?

Comment from: Ghris, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I am considering knee replacement surgery. I feel that I have no choice. I have had several series of injections in my left knee. The orthopedic surgeon mentioned to me a few years ago that I needed knee surgery and it was available when I was ready. At that time, I refused. Now I am more than ready. Every time that I go out, I have to hold tight to my husband's arm. I have fallen several times. The knee gives away when I least expect it. So, when I see the doctor next week, hopefully he will get me scheduled for the knee surgery. I can't wait to be able to walk again without depending on my husband to lead me around; and for the most part be pain free.

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Comment from: Rick, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

I had my second scope surgery on my right knee 5 years ago. My knee was worse than before, so I decided to go with the TKR (total knee replacement). Prior to TKR, I had cortisone shots, which did help temporarily. I also had 4 Hyalgan shots and they did not work. My only option now was TKR and decided on a doctor that uses a procedure called, minimal invasive surgery or MIS. In this procedure, the muscles are not cut during surgery, hence a quicker recovery. I had my surgery last week and after 7 days, it does get better and better as far as pain.

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Comment from: Rita, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I had a total knee replacement two months ago in my left knee. I've suffered with both knees for the past three years and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and torn meniscus. I'm female and 57 years old. Prior to the knee replacement I had arthroscopic surgery on both knees to repair torn meniscus and to try to clean up the arthritis. I had numerous cortisone shots and at one point had a series of injections for 5 weeks in a row. My knees just continually got worse and I was losing my quality of life along with it. I could no longer walk a grocery store to buy groceries among many other simple things that I had always taken for granted. It's been two months since my TKR and although it's still pretty sore I can tell a world of difference in it. If my right knee wasn't hurting so bad I would be one happy person for sure. I am still using a cane but I think it's mainly because of the right knee and my doctor doesn't want me to take a chance of falling. Next month I'll be having the right knee done. My doctor thinks I may only need a partial knee replacement in the right knee since it doesn't seem as bad as what the left was but I won't know for sure until the end of this month when he does some more x-rays. I am looking so forward to walking normal again.

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Comment from: Wants2bfreeofpain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

It's been 3 years since my full knee replacement in my left leg. The first operation I went with a bi-partial knee replacement with reoccurring chronic knee pain, dealt with it for 2 years, after the instruments came loose. Now after my full knee replacement, I can almost swear that my left knee is longer than my right, but the doctor swears it isn't. Meanwhile my body feels out of position and out of balance when walking or standing. I can sometimes feel the left knee causes undue pain and pressure to my right good knee. I told the doctor about it and he suggests I wear another insole in my right shoe, but to no avail.

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Comment from: Joe, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 08

I needed total knee replacement because of fluid in the knee. It is 9 weeks post operation.

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Comment from: TKRat58, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had two total knee replacements due to arthritis 3 months apart. I walked into my surgeon's office without assistance, no cane or walker for my first follow up appointment which surprised even them. I had only a moderate amount of pain at that point which was ten days out from surgery. I also had very good range of motion and I deal with pain very well. After a couple of months the pain at the operation site started getting worse until I could not walk without gritting my teeth. The surgeon said it was just the healing process but finally, after about a year, sent me for follow up pictures which showed a problem with my left knee, even though both of them were hurting. He thought it might be a loose replacement and I had a third operation.

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Comment from: Beverley, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I am female, 54, and had my left knee totally replaced on March 11, 2013. I believe I required the operation because I've been an equestrian all my life and a professional horse trainer/jockey for 20 years. When you mount a horse from the ground you bend your left knee almost to your waist, place the left foot in the stirrup and then pull yourself up. As a professional, I may do this 12 times a day, five days a week, and then ride my own horses on the weekends. That can't be good on a knee.

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