Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Candidate and Causes

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

Comment from: dgoes, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I had TKR back in 2010 because of bad arthritis. This was actually my second surgery. I had the knee cap replaced in April 2010 but it did not take. Anyway, I did the therapy and I do home exercise. Until lately, things have been going so, so. I have pain on the outer side of my knee and I keep getting told it's just my nerves and muscle adjusting but I'm not sure. About two days ago, after sitting with my knee bent, I went to get up and couldn't straighten knee right away. Walked around a little bit and still couldn't straighten knee totally.

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Comment from: julian, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 25

I had my left knee replaced three months ago. I still cannot bend properly after manipulation. Physical therapy forces it to 70 degrees, and then it just swells and stiffens. I can't be on it too long; it swells three times bigger. I keep being told it will get better, but I am seeing people 15 years older than me walking after eight days. I'm getting worse instead of better; not good.

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Comment from: gordon, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 25

I am a 72-year-old. I am in excellent health. I am super active, and I had a total left knee replacement earlier this year. I was in the hospital for four days. I started some light therapy the next day when I was out. I haven't slept in my bed yet, four weeks later. I sleep in my recliner. I take two oxycodone pills right before bed. I take them all day as required, although, as usual, I have to have laxitives. I can't drive yet; my wife takes me to therapy.

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Comment from: 1Snovy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I had a total replacement of my right knee on May 25th. I was told the surgery went well and was in the hospital for four days and sent home, as I have no insurance. Upon visiting me two days later, a VNA nurse visited and was very concerned about the appearance of my leg. She suggested I go to the Emergency Room. It was determined that the incision was infected. I was given Keflex, 500 mg., four times a day. After two full weeks of antibiotics, they were reduced to twice a day and the staples removed four days ago. Today, I began to notice increased pain and swelling and by the evening discovered the leg to be red in color once again, in addition to increased swelling and a low grade temperature. I will be calling the hospital's orthopedic clinic in the morning to advise them of the situation. Frustrating that over two weeks of antibiotics has not resolved the situation.

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Comment from: doing well after sur, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I had total knee replacement six months ago. I will say that is a pain no one wants but the pain is gone. I walk without a cane or walker. I cannot stand for long but I am doing fine. Sometimes my knee will stiffen up but I am always moving it up and down. I am doing good my physical therapist only came 11 visits, he said I had the equipment to do my therapy.

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Comment from: KALA, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 23

I had a ligament tear a few years back due to a minor fall from a 2 wheeler...It went unnoticed and after 3 years it was diagnosed when I went to a doctor for a checkup due to severe pain. The doctors told me that the delayed reaction caused severe arthritis. I immediately went for ACL reconstruction in the right knee. The pain never went away and aggravated. Now doctors are telling me to go for TKR.

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Comment from: marj, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I have had both knees replaced, two years apart; the first in 2005, the second in 2007. Shortly after I found a “lump" in my groin above the right replacement. Also, swelling below the replacement in the same leg. Several doctors later I find the cause /I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I feel my body rejected a foreign substance being placed in my body, causing this type of cancer. Of course, the orthopedic doctors won't confirm this. I also have lymphedema in same leg. Whole leg is painful.

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