Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Candidate and Causes

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

Comment from: Laci, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I had total knee replacement on 12/14/16. I had a tibia plateau fracture in 2002. In November we first had to remove screws, plates, etc., from knee to prepare for replacement. This is the worst surgery I have ever had and would do it again. The pain is unbearable. I just had hip replacement in July of this year on the same side and it was a piece of cake. I do physiotherapy twice a week and work every day at home. My range is only 95 but I did not have much before because of the previous break. There is no way you can be sufficiently prepared for the hardships of this surgery. My doctor says my healing will take longer because of the previous injury. I only have 5 mg of pain medications and they are useless. I have yet to sleep a full night in bed and feel exhausted. I do walk without a cane or crutches.

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Comment from: Bone on bone, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I had my total knee replacement on April 19th due to being bone on bone from arthritis and a torn lateral meniscus. I am 10 weeks out from surgery and still have unpredictable pain. My surgery scar is sore and sensitive and often pains out of the clear blue sky. My leg is still not fully straight and it feels stiff and stuck in the position it is in (2 to 5 percent from straight). The physiotherapist says that I have massive muscle tension in the muscles above my knee and behind my knee and every effort seems to be to release those knots so that I can straighten my leg. The massages and ultrasound treatments feel good while they are being done, but afterwards my leg/knee goes right back to feeling stiff and heavy. I cannot walk very far without getting extremely tired and developing back and hip pain. I felt like I had no choice but to consent to the surgery, but I'm having a really hard time and my quality of life has not improved.

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Comment from: kavita, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

My friend met with a road accident in which his leg muscles ruptured and doctors suggested rod insertion in leg. When they operated the same day his hemoglobin which was 10.4 reduced to 6 and then 3 due to internal bleeding which led to brain stroke. Artificial pumping and ventilation has made him alive but after 27 days he is still on ventilation, not passing urine and has blood loss. Every alternate day the doctors are giving 1 or 2 units of blood which raises his hemoglobin to 9.4 but it reduces to 7.4 in 2 days. This is the scene from last 27 days. By CT scan they found that a very small hole was left during the operation of the leg.

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Comment from: loulou, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I had a total knee replacement 3 months ago due to arthritis. I'm still in pain. Some days aren't too bad but at times, even now, is unbearable. I was in hospital for 3 1/2 days. After 2 weeks I was referred to the physiotherapy (PT). First appointment was about measurements and general wellbeing. Four weeks in, I was referred to the hydrotherapy PT for 6 weeks. During this time I was in constant pain. Both my doctor and the physiotherapist told me to use ice packs and massage my leg and knee. I exercise and walk a lot but my knee swells up. I don't know what to do. The medical staff tells me I'm doing well and to give it time. Pain killers don't really help anymore.

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Comment from: Shirley, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 16

While I was taking chemotherapy for breast cancer, I awakened one morning with severe swelling in my right leg. I called my oncologist and he ordered a Doppler and a CT scan. Both tests showed many blood clots. I was prescribed Xarelto for deep vein thrombosis and told to go home and elevate my leg and wrap it in hot, wet towels. I was referred to a vascular surgeon who performed a venogram. The surgeon told me that I had a totally blocked inferior vena cava, and there was nothing he could do for me. That was 3 months ago, and my leg is still swollen, sore, itchy, red, etc. I am very disheartened that I may have to live the rest of my life in this condition. I have a problem believing that nothing can be done to alleviate my condition. I hope to get another opinion.

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