post knee replacement problems

post knee replacement problems

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jamie

London, UK

#1 Apr 19, 2006
i would like some advise pleasefor my mom, she under went tkr surgery in feb 2006 and everthing went ok, until one mnth ago when she was admitted to hospital with high temperature,swelling on the knee and blisters had formed around the scar area.She was prescribed Augementin for 14 days and discharged and the hospital said that the blisters which were now even bigger were infact Ecezma!!!and there was nothing more they needed to do.
Now 1 mnth on and she is no better and these crusts/blisters are preventing her from bending her leg but no one will tell her whats wrong they seem to think everything is ok. The blisters look like mould growing on the scar so someone please advise please.
gona

Scottsdale, AZ

#2 Jul 26, 2007
Retry: I am 11 weeks out and suffering chronic swelling and inflamation. My knee swells to two to three times my other knee. I ice 3-4 times a day. I elevate above my heart. All of this provides temporary relief. As soon as I put any weight on it, it swells. The swelling makes my knee unstable and restricts movement significantly. The only relief is a pressure stocking. If anyone has had similar problems and found a way to cure them, please advise.
vito

United States

#3 Jul 29, 2007
Sorry gona no answers I am 9 weeks out and mine still swells all the time, always hot and after I am up on it for more than 10 minutes, it is hard to bend at all. I am not going to give up. I am told the more I use the muscles around the knee, the sooner the welling will go down. maybe some day I will actually get some real sleep too. Keep me informed if you find any answers. Keep working it.
rhia

Mansfield, TX

#4 Aug 2, 2007
I am 4 weeks post op and still have morning stiffness. My Doctor and therapist said this is normal for at least 6 months. I am able to bend my knee to around 106 degrees, and I am -5 degrees in straightening. Aggressive therapy at home is the main key to having success. I go to outpatient therapy 3 times a week, but I push my own therapy at home several times during the day. I have just about graduated from crutches to a cane, and can stand and walk several steps without the use of anything. At 47, I was in fear of not completely getting use back after surgery, especially since I have degenerative joint disease and face other joints having to be replaced in the future. I still have pain that requires medication, and there are nights I have difficulty sleeping and have to get up and get on the sofa. My suggestion to everyone is not to give up. You have to push yourself to get over the surgery, and try and maintain a positive attitude. I had heard wonderful stories before surgery and thought it would not be as difficult to recover, but after this first surgery I realized this is a long recovery situation, and you must continue to keep your motivation high, and have your family around which helps to give you strength and hope.
Jean

Schaumburg, IL

#5 Aug 6, 2007
I am contemplating haveing my knee replaced and have been putting it off for years. I am 52 and quite active. My fear is losing the ability to continue biking, skiing, hiking, jogging, etc.
I am wondering if anyone can tell me if they are able to jog at all after a replacement? Want to do a small triathalon next summer that ends with a 3 mile run. just hoping.

Thanks
rhia

Mansfield, TX

#6 Aug 8, 2007
Hi Jean,

I believe you may be able to do a jog like that after replacement. I know they do warn avid joggers against daily running due to the wear and tear of the parts that replace your knee. It can shorten the life span and cause a possibility of having to have another replacement in the future. I would definitely ask the doctor about jogging. As far as being well and up to speed to do the triathalon you should feel wonderful and have total healing well before next Summer depending on when you plan to do the replacement. Take care and good luck!

Rhia
Ken

United States

#7 Aug 11, 2007
I found that a heating pad on a pillow (facing the TRK) between both knees very helpful in allowing me to sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time.(The heating pad I used has a built in timer that shuts off the heating after a period of time.) I have subsequently moved on and no longer need the heating pad.
However, at nine months out after surgery, I still have swelling, stiffness, and pain; especially after sitting for any length of time. I never expected recovery to take so long and would have waited a lot longer before the TRK, have had I known for what I was in for.

I have recently used a passive exerciser devise that allows you to lie on your back and rest your ankles on the machine while it laterally moves your legs back and forth at 120 times per minute. The manufacturer stated that there should not be any problem for TRK alumni as long as you don't over do it. I would appreciate any knowledgeable pros and cons on using this kind of device.
Judy

De Forest, WI

#8 Aug 13, 2007
Jean wrote:
I am contemplating haveing my knee replaced and have been putting it off for years. I am 52 and quite active. My fear is losing the ability to continue biking, skiing, hiking, jogging, etc.
I am wondering if anyone can tell me if they are able to jog at all after a replacement? Want to do a small triathalon next summer that ends with a 3 mile run. just hoping.
Thanks
I would suggest you have a heart to heart talk with your physican who is in the best position to answer that question. I have read that jogging is a no-no but as there has been so many advances being made that that may be obsolete now.
Whether or not you can jog shouldn't be the deciding factor. I have had both knees replaced and before I had the 2nd one replaced enough of the bone had ground off to the point I no longer had dependable balance and when I began falling and hurting myself I was only interested in getting it done to get my life back again.
The key to success following the replacement is plent of outpatient physical therapy and faithfully doing the home exercises. I did and I have full range of motion (135 degrees on each) and I am able to do everything I want to without difficulties. I even bike 1 hour a day and go to curves 3 times a week and workout 1 hour.
Ruth

United States

#9 Sep 11, 2007
I had both knees replaced at the same time. I definitely would never advise anyone to do that. It is now 10 months and although one knee is doing well, the other one is swollen and it hurts to put a lot of pressure on it. I have been tested and there is no sign of infection but I never thought it would be so hard to get up and down and walk for any length of time. I am trying to take a short walk every day in the auditorium.
Karen in Denver

Aurora, CO

#10 Sep 13, 2007
Jean wrote:
I am contemplating haveing my knee replaced and have been putting it off for years. I am 52 and quite active. My fear is losing the ability to continue biking, skiing, hiking, jogging, etc.
I am wondering if anyone can tell me if they are able to jog at all after a replacement? Want to do a small triathalon next summer that ends with a 3 mile run. just hoping.
Thanks
I too was quite active (running 3-5 miles/day) but the knee replacement was the worst thing I could have done. Now, I can't even walk for exercise. Just my thoughts, but I would never do it again.
Lori

AOL

#11 Sep 21, 2007
I think you should take painkiller medicine instead of knee replacement. I heard that knee replacement - can't do jogging and running. I am suppose to have one knee replacement on left knee but I delay until I get old. I am only 42 years old. I keep Taekwondo - not full contact sparring. I keep painkiller medicine for almost rest of my life.
tzr

Powder Springs, GA

#12 Oct 7, 2007
I had my second TKR 6 mos ago and I fired my ortho and plan on finding an ortho that can help me. I manage to keep swelling down w/ice and anti-inflammatories. My knee bends about 90 degrees. I'm 73 work at a sed job and should exercise but I do not. Beware of the cane, once you have one TKR you will have another if you use the cane (use the walker). The cane has caused me to now have a foot problem (other foot. I think I have some loosening of the hardware as if I hang my leg over the edge of the bed I am in severe pain at the inside of my knee. I have read the discussions and wish I could help. If you have any suggestions for this "not so old gal." I would appreciate it.
Lori

AOL

#13 Oct 11, 2007
tzr wrote:
I had my second TKR 6 mos ago and I fired my ortho and plan on finding an ortho that can help me. I manage to keep swelling down w/ice and anti-inflammatories. My knee bends about 90 degrees. I'm 73 work at a sed job and should exercise but I do not. Beware of the cane, once you have one TKR you will have another if you use the cane (use the walker). The cane has caused me to now have a foot problem (other foot. I think I have some loosening of the hardware as if I hang my leg over the edge of the bed I am in severe pain at the inside of my knee. I have read the discussions and wish I could help. If you have any suggestions for this "not so old gal." I would appreciate it.
You should look for 2 or 3 opinions if you hear from doctor said will loose or fail then forget it then look other. I have experienced with knee surgery but not TKR that my surgeon messed up my knee. They said I should take TKR. I look for professional stryker surgeon. Not general ones - not good. You can look other professional ones.
Flagday

Southold, NY

#14 Oct 15, 2007
Karen in Denver wrote:
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I too was quite active (running 3-5 miles/day) but the knee replacement was the worst thing I could have done. Now, I can't even walk for exercise. Just my thoughts, but I would never do it again.
Karen: I was active too and now, more than 16 months after my TKR I can hardly walk either....I had avascular necrosis in femur bone which indicated only way out was a replacement but I would NEVER do it again. I even had to go back in for partial revision surgery this summer and am STILL suffering and walking like an old lady. This surgery is a crap shoot....some people praise it; others, like you and me, curse it.
Carole, LI, NY
Lori

AOL

#15 Oct 16, 2007
Check out www.Stryker.com That's professional ones. Can fit women size.

I will have knee surgery - implant, not TKR.

Anyone want to running that's bad idea. Swimming and Walking is best.

Check out www.usms.org There have Masters Swimming that you can join near your home.
Ruth E

Huntingtown, MD

#16 Oct 26, 2007
I had TKR July 2007, was having problems with range of motion. Had a manual manulip Aug 30 however this really didn't help. Ended up having another one Oct 9th with botox injections in the thigh in hopes that while having PT this would help stretch the muscules. Unfortunately the ITB Band became inflamed. The physical therapist where only able to stretch my knee in an upright position due to the pain caused by laying on my stomach. At this point I am very frustrated even though I can bend my knee to 90 degrees I still can't get the flexion I need. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Joon

Fort Myers, FL

#17 Oct 26, 2007
Ruth, you poor thing, how much abuse can you take!
Lots of people are at the same place you are in your recovery. For heaven's sake stop trying to fix this injury and let it heal. Naturally after botox you would inflame the ITB band. You do understand that the tox part of botox is TOXIN, which makes the area/muscle immobile. And, two manipulations at one month, and then three months!!!! This is madness. You have a serious trauma, and it needs to recover. Stop worrying about your flexibility, and concentrate on allowing those muscles to recover and strengthen. Everything you have described indicates you are continuously damaging your tissue/muscles and recovery time. Give yourself a break, and let the injury repair. Just keep it moving. Good luck. Joon.
DONALD MEYER

Cincinnati, OH

#18 Nov 6, 2007
I HAD TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT ON 8/8/2007. MY KNEE CRUNCHES WHEN I WALK. IT IS STIFF ALSO. MY DOCTOR SAYS THIS WILL PASS. I AM CONCERNED BECAUSE THE CRUNCHING IS GETTING WORSE AND IT SEEMS SOMETHING IS WRONG. HAS ANYONE HAD THIS PROBLEM & DOES IT GO AWAY AFTER TIME???
Diane in AZ

AOL

#19 Nov 12, 2007
I also live in Scottsdale, AZ. I know of no one persoanlly that has had a knee replacement. I would really appreciate the name of your ortho surgeon and if you recommend him/her. Thanks, Diane
Carolyn in FL

Atlanta, GA

#20 Nov 14, 2007
I had TKR 6 months ago. When ever I move my leg, day or night, it seems to catch on something. Most of the time the catch doesn't hurt, if I don't uncatch it, my leg hurts. Sometimes it catches and I can see my the lower part of my leg move. When I am in bed and I go to turn over my knee will hurt. If I have a pillow between my knees, the pain is not as bad. I have been back to the Dr. and asked if an MRI would show what it is catching on, he says wait for 2 more months.
Why the wait...I don't know. I told him of this catch 3 weeks after the surgery...he said it would go away with time...it' gotten worse.
Has anyone else had this problem and if so how did you correct it.

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