pain after knee replacement
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gill 57

Diss, UK

#1 Apr 5, 2012
i had my right knee replaced nov 2010 and still having problems.Knee didnt bend from start went through painful physio only got worse knee swelling pain got worse swimming helped but physio said it wasn't good for knee.Got reffered elsewhere better care and a weekly knee clinic the more work knee got the bigger and more painful it got. Kept tripping while out walking leg got so swollen knee wouldn't bend froze up had to get it manipulated dec 2011 and key hole surgery for biopsey to test for infection all clear but scar tissue has caused tendons to shrink and my knee cap is at bottom of knee and surgeon against further surgery and no more physio still only get 75% bend on good day but still on pain killers get constant pain cant do very much was a very active person before surgery. Think doctors should be more truthful about complications after surgery.
Verna

United States

#2 Jun 24, 2012
I had my first knee replacement August 9,2011. I will be honest it was the most painful surgery i could ever imagine...however you need to know i had a scope in February of 2011. Nothing got better. Infact i got to the point where i would basically drag my leg around and scream from the pain. No one would look at my knee. I mean no one!! The doctor who did the scope gave ne stronger meds. Finally he told me ge fixed it abd was going to put me on long term morphine!!! Not kidding!!! Needless to say i went and got a new doctor. Before the surgery in august i got cert sick. I was in hospital and as i said no one would look at my knee. When my new doctor operated on me, my knee was so full of infection that i was tested for cancer abd wgen they came back negative my bones were scrubbed down and i was put on a ton of antibiotics and pain killers. Recovery was off the charts painful!!! Cant even tell you how bad it hurt.
By december of 2011 my left knee decided it was bad. I said i would nevet go through that again, but i did. I am here to tell you a normal knee replacement ispainful but nothing like i went through on first replacement. My advice is to get it done early and if your in pain and your doctor wont do anything...find a new doctor!!! Im stiff abd working on that everyday, but the pain is minimal and i am glad i got them done.
gill 57

Norwich, UK

#3 Jun 24, 2012
Verna wrote:
I had my first knee replacement August 9,2011. I will be honest it was the most painful surgery i could ever imagine...however you need to know i had a scope in February of 2011. Nothing got better. Infact i got to the point where i would basically drag my leg around and scream from the pain. No one would look at my knee. I mean no one!! The doctor who did the scope gave ne stronger meds. Finally he told me ge fixed it abd was going to put me on long term morphine!!! Not kidding!!! Needless to say i went and got a new doctor. Before the surgery in august i got cert sick. I was in hospital and as i said no one would look at my knee. When my new doctor operated on me, my knee was so full of infection that i was tested for cancer abd wgen they came back negative my bones were scrubbed down and i was put on a ton of antibiotics and pain killers. Recovery was off the charts painful!!! Cant even tell you how bad it hurt.
By december of 2011 my left knee decided it was bad. I said i would nevet go through that again, but i did. I am here to tell you a normal knee replacement ispainful but nothing like i went through on first replacement. My advice is to get it done early and if your in pain and your doctor wont do anything...find a new doctor!!! Im stiff abd working on that everyday, but the pain is minimal and i am glad i got them done.
Thanks there seems to be lot's of people who have on going problems after surgery your right about pain after surgery problem is i'm coming up on two years after surgery and things not getting any better on realy strong painkillers. I'm same as you having to drag leg along it swells as day goes on more i try to do worse it gets if it wasn't for constant pain wouldn't feel like it belonged to me my GP won't listen just tells me to keep taking pain killers feel like cutting it off. thanks it helps to know i'm not alone Gill xxx take care
Nancy

San Diego, CA

#4 Aug 8, 2012
Had left knee totally replaced in Dec 2010 about 18 years after horseback riding accident and 2 knee scopes. Had trouble from the start. Still hurts about 65% of the time. Still need to ice it often. Doctor had excellent biography; I checked. I'm condering going to another doctor for opinion. Definitely would NOT recommend this surgery to anyone.
Dick from Australia

Hobart, Australia

#5 Sep 9, 2012
Hello,
I have reading the comments on this forum and there are some scary comments. I had my knee replacement done 10 days ago, and came home 3 days ago, I use crutches and a walking frame, the pain is severe no doubt there, I use a pain killing tablet called Endone it really helps alot, the physio was onto me from the second day to bend a stretch the knee, I go through these excersises 3-4 times every day. The ice really helps afterwards the swelling is still present and I can bend the knee about 40degrees, I can stand up ok but can not walk with out the walker or crutches, along road ahead thats for sure. At this stage only being 10 days I can only say I seem to be moving ok but the full flexability of the knee is yet to be seen and only time will tell. So I will post a note in about a week if any body is interested on how I am progressing or if there has been no improvement at all.
Dick
gill 57

Leominster, UK

#6 Sep 10, 2012
Hi Dick hope you have more luck with your knee replacement than myself and others have had. i am still taking strong pain killers almost two years on i had agresive phisio for eighteen months only made knee worse. My knee only bends 75% the more i try to do the worse leg gets knee and leg swells as day goes on cant stand for long walk with a stick. I had five horses and was a very active person before op now i cant even do my shopping on my own.But no op 100% wish i had seen forum before i had op but you know what they say about hind sight keep your chin up and do your bending exercises as many times a day as you can.I know someone who had both knees done at same time and he was back at work in four weeks playing golf a few months later with no probs. Take dare Gill
Martin

London, UK

#7 Sep 10, 2012
Dick from Australia wrote:
Hello,
I have reading the comments on this forum and there are some scary comments. I had my knee replacement done 10 days ago, and came home 3 days ago, I use crutches and a walking frame, the pain is severe no doubt there, I use a pain killing tablet called Endone it really helps alot, the physio was onto me from the second day to bend a stretch the knee, I go through these excersises 3-4 times every day. The ice really helps afterwards the swelling is still present and I can bend the knee about 40degrees, I can stand up ok but can not walk with out the walker or crutches, along road ahead thats for sure. At this stage only being 10 days I can only say I seem to be moving ok but the full flexability of the knee is yet to be seen and only time will tell. So I will post a note in about a week if any body is interested on how I am progressing or if there has been no improvement at all.
Dick
Hi Dick,
10 days is really too early to tell anything, you probably still have the staples in and your knee will be very, very, very swollen because the OS did a lot of work in there, he has damaged and repaired a lot of soft tissue, muscles, ligaments and skin, so they will need a few months to repair themselves, that is why bending it is so difficult. Don’t try to rush your recovery, we all fall into the same trap we work hard at pushing the physio, do too much then suffer for the next few days. Listen to your body, if you think “Ah, I can do another 5 leg raises or knee bends“, stop, you have probably done enough already and the extra 5 might push you over the edge.
You will start to feel better in a couple of months, you already know that it is going to be a long tough journey so don’t make it any tougher, take your time, try walking a few steps in your house using a cane then relax and put the ice on.
The other thing I should say is: People heal and recover differently some quicker than others so don’t worry if your flex/bend isn’t 120 degrees at 2 months, it can take some people 12-18 months before they feel 100%
Good luck I hope it all goes well for you.
Cheers, Martin
Martin

London, UK

#8 Sep 10, 2012
gill 57 wrote:
Hi Dick hope you have more luck with your knee replacement than myself and others have had. i am still taking strong pain killers almost two years on i had agresive phisio for eighteen months only made knee worse. My knee only bends 75% the more i try to do the worse leg gets knee and leg swells as day goes on cant stand for long walk with a stick. I had five horses and was a very active person before op now i cant even do my shopping on my own.But no op 100% wish i had seen forum before i had op but you know what they say about hind sight keep your chin up and do your bending exercises as many times a day as you can.I know someone who had both knees done at same time and he was back at work in four weeks playing golf a few months later with no probs. Take dare Gill
Hi Gill 57,

I am so sorry to read your story, 75 degrees is not very good and to still be in pain after 2 years is horrible.
Have you talked to your doctor or surgeon about it? If so what did they say?
You might have some scar tissue that has built up, if that is the case they can remove it, it means more surgery but it is better than suffering. They can also do a MUA, Manipulation Under Anaesthetic which is non-surgical, the surgeon will bend your leg as far as he thinks it should go whilst you are anaesthetised so you will not feel . It might be worth a try.
I hope that you find an answer.
Cheers, Martin
shannon

Salt Lake City, UT

#9 Sep 18, 2012
I had a partial knee replacement back in December 2011, basically femur, patella and tibia was replaced. Now I have constant pain and occasional buckling of knee. Swelling is still an issue. I've had a few more cortizone shots in the area that is still swollen.

Has this happened to anyone else, where the area they didn't replace is worse than before? Dr's options are: continue shots, PT or scope. Wish this would just heal.
gill 57

Lowestoft, UK

#10 Sep 20, 2012
Hi Martin i have had knee manipulated twice yes i have scar tissue my knee is huge. I now see a different consultant his first thoughts after taking xrays were that original surgeon put in to large piece in lower leg theres an overlap if he presses on knee at outside if feels like someone is jabbing me with a knife. the tendon has now shrunk and my patella is lower down than it should be. i did all my exercises as many times as i could every day it was difficult as i couldnt lift operated leg up had no control of it i had to use other foot underneeth it to get in and out of bed.sat on edge of bed few times a day trying to lift it after about six weeks managed to lift heel then eventually got foot off ground couple of inches when phisio held it up and told me to hold it there when he let go it just crashed down painful!. i kept doing exercises thought pain would go and it would get easier but it hasn't.i have an appointment for a pain clinic next month so will see how that goes consultant says i could end up worse with another op so will see what pain clinic comes up with.
gill 57

Lowestoft, UK

#11 Sep 20, 2012
Hi Shannon sorry your having problems to.My knee sometimes buckles to have to be very careful use walking stick all the time as as ive had a few near misses with knee buckling almost fell a few times stick saved me knee surgery does take time to heal be aware your not trying to do to much and cause further complications i had a scope with one of the manipulations and it made a difference helped with movement and for first time since op took away feeling of tight bandage round knee pity it took over year for that though. My gp tells me to just keep taking pain killers to but i want my life back this op has taken away my independance. But i know people who have had both knees done at same time total replacements and they had no probs one of them was back at work in four weeks amazing.Hpoe it works out keep using ice for swelling.keep your chin up Gill xxx
gill 57

Newtownards, UK

#12 Oct 18, 2012
Hi folks update i was in hospital yesterday doctor inserted needle in groin area into nerve put a current through it to stimulate nerve felt bit wierd. But last night i had best sleep ive had for two years since knee replacement wow !!! leg feels bit strange but pain much better might have to get it done a few times but am hopeful with difference hope it lasts. by for now hope u getting on better dick
Ryan 49

Orillia, Canada

#13 Oct 21, 2012
I had an Oxford knee replacement done in April of 2012 on my left knee. everything seemed O.K until I started physio Therapy. At each session I received about 10 Minutes of ultrasound therapy directly on the replaced joint. The pain set in after the first session and it became worse with every susequent session until I could no longer leave my Bed. My doctor prescribed the strongest pain medication possible. A few weeks later it got somewhat better and i told my Surgeon about the extreme Pain. He advised me to be patient.
Now,after 6 month of agonizing pain, he finally ordered new x-rays and told me that the lower part of the insert has come loose and that he needs to operate again to repair this condition.(He did not rule out the possibility that the ultrasound treatment caused this problem). I am scheduled for surgery beginning of november.
sue44

London, UK

#14 Oct 21, 2012
Hiya I am 13 days after a total knee replacement at the age of 44. I originally went in hospital for a partial knee replacement but in theatre my surgeon decided that my knee was so bad that I would have been back in less than a year. I was totally not prepared and the pain has been horrendous. I was given tramadol pain relief along with paracetamol and ibruprofen. I was out of bed the same day as my op and physio the next day. Its probably the hardest thing I have ever had to endure. I came home on day 3 and I have kept up with exercises,icing, and making myself move around and sleeping when tired. When I had physio last week my knee flexion was at 90 which I was really pleased about. Today I drove myself to the supermarket ( I have an automatic car, which I bought before surgery). Feel totally exhausted now but it was progress.I plan to do a staggered return to work next week since I have a desk job but I will see how it all goes. Staples come out weds. Still have a long recovery a head to hopefully get back to some normality like walking my 3 dogs, general house jobs and everyday things we take for granted. I hope everyone who has had problems finds some resolution as I can only imagine what you have gone through.
Jean

Derby, UK

#15 Nov 25, 2012
I had surgery 7th nov 2012 .... The pain is so bad . Never thought it would be like this . Like everyone else . I was active . But now struggle to walk & do physio ... Because when I've done these things , my knee swells & gets stiff & is so painfull .. Night time is the worse & because I can't take strong medication have to rely on paracetamol which even doesn't take the edge of it . Of I had looked at this forum before I would not had done .
gill 57

London, UK

#16 Nov 26, 2012
Hi Joan sorry you hving so much pain i'm two yars on taking morphene at moment going to have to have further surgery consultant thinks theyre going to hve to redo whole knee again not looking forward to it just hope i have beter outcome this time. Keep using ice pack after doing phisio to try and keep swelling down. If i had done research into knee first and found this site i wouldn't have had op either but hindsite is a marvelous thing. i know a few people who have no probs with knew knee at all a man in village had both knees done at same time he was back at work in a month.The consultant i now see agres they not great ops they don't seem to know why some dont work. My prob seems to be to large an implant was put in lower leg and its been catching tendons. I just hope new consultant can sort all damage done.Keep your chin up your not alone i think it's time doctors told patients the truth about what can happen and the pain to expect i had pain in knee before op but nothing like pain i have suffered since. take care Gill xxx
Jean

Derby, UK

#17 Nov 26, 2012
Hi Gil .. I know other ppl who've had this op & Been fine .. Was them that said have it done .. No one mention the pain after. Had they done so I'd have thought twice . Just glad I'm living at my sons . Could never have managed on my own.Never felt pain like it . I hope as the date go On it will get better . But at the moment no improvement .
Sue44

Dartford, UK

#18 Nov 27, 2012
I am now 7 weeks after my op, i have 135 degrees flexion now and back at work but i must admit the pain i am now getting is horrendous and it really does knock you for six.. i am coping with everything else but really praying for the pain to ease soon.
shannon

Salt Lake City, UT

#19 Nov 27, 2012
shannon wrote:
I had a partial knee replacement back in December 2011, basically femur, patella and tibia was replaced. Now I have constant pain and occasional buckling of knee. Swelling is still an issue. I've had a few more cortizone shots in the area that is still swollen.
Has this happened to anyone else, where the area they didn't replace is worse than before? Dr's options are: continue shots, PT or scope. Wish this would just heal.
It's now been almost a year and I still have pain and swelling. The original issue is still there with pain on left side of knee (where is was to begin with). Swelling is getting worse and continues down calf and to my ankle. I am to the point of wanting to see another physician.

Anyone out there that can suggest any options?
Julie Lake Forest

Lake Forest, CA

#20 Nov 27, 2012
It's been 6 weeks since I had a TKR. The pain has been so awful there aren't words to correctly describe the Hell I have been feeling in my right leg. I can only flex 50 degrees so I have to go back into the hospital for manipulation. I wish I had never done the surgery. I had four children naturally and labor is nothing compared to the pain I have experienced from the TKR.

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