Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Candidate and Causes

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

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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Comment from: Denise, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

On New Year's Day 2010 I was involved in a car crash. Within days I was suffering extreme pain to the left knee and mild pain in the right knee. 9 Months later I had an arthroscopy and the knee cartridge that had been torn in half, was repaired. Pain did not ease therefore, on New Year's Day 2012, I was in hospital recovering from a total left knee replacement. 12 weeks on and I can walk again, almost pain free and without walking aids. I expect to be back to my busy job within the next four weeks.

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Comment from: ohnurse, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I am about to have TKR done within the next month, on my right knee. I have had endoscopic surgery done on it four times already for torn meniscus, water retention. I struggle to get down stairs and up, I can't walk far as the pain gets too much to bear. I am very nervous about this surgery. I have heard and read good and bad things about it. I feel I have a good surgeon and hope that this isn't the wrong choice for me.

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Comment from: wagga-ite, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I had a total knee replacement, mid 2010, because of osteoarthritis. I have been extremely happy with my surgery. I need to have the left knee done as well, but am just putting it off as long as I can, as there are always improvements. I have had both hips replaced about 10 years ago as well. Unfortunately, because I have ulcerative colitis, I cannot take anti-inflammatory, so just try and keep off my feet as much as possible. It didn't take too long to fully recover the last knee surgery, and I have great bend with it. Very happy, although I do know that I really had to push myself to do the exercises, but know that that is necessary for total recovery. Very happy.

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