post knee replacement problems
Anna

Westwood, NJ

#2535 Jul 18, 2011
I had my TKR 9 months ago and my knee remains very warm and quite swollen all the time. Sometimes my foot is so swollen I can't get my shoe on. Walking is always painful some days worse than others. After surgery I did fantastic in PT. No Range of Motion problems at all and still have none. I have lupus and my Rheumatologist wanted me to see the surgeon but my husband lost his job along with our insurance. Just wanted to know if this is unusual or should I just ride this out?
creeker2

Gilbert, WV

#2536 Jul 18, 2011
Anna wrote:
I had my TKR 9 months ago and my knee remains very warm and quite swollen all the time. Sometimes my foot is so swollen I can't get my shoe on. Walking is always painful some days worse than others. After surgery I did fantastic in PT. No Range of Motion problems at all and still have none. I have lupus and my Rheumatologist wanted me to see the surgeon but my husband lost his job along with our insurance. Just wanted to know if this is unusual or should I just ride this out?
I would think you really need to see your surgeon. I am only close to 3 months after my Left TKR and I have very little swelling and only some mild pain after a lot of walking.

Good luck and hope all gets better for you soon
Anna

Poughkeepsie, NY

#2537 Jul 18, 2011
creeker2 wrote:
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I would think you really need to see your surgeon. I am only close to 3 months after my Left TKR and I have very little swelling and only some mild pain after a lot of walking.
Good luck and hope all gets better for you soon
Thanks. That is my plan but I am waiting for my husband to get a job so I can pay the Medicare coinsurance.
Kay

New Plymouth, New Zealand

#2538 Jul 25, 2011
Adding to the post of roughly two weeks ago - a session of acupuncture has removed the last of the swelling and a the hellerworker and physio have discovered that the long term pain on the inside of my knee is not from the surgery etc, but the way I walk and is coming from the arch of my foot.(called the Q spot - and please don't get the wrong alphabet letter!!) Arch supports have solved it. If you have problems see a good physio and get your walk investigated. It may cost - but the results are worth it.
Nancy

Danbury, CT

#2539 Jul 28, 2011
Hello.. I had total knee replacement 7 months ago... I still have stiffness, swelling, and numbness... sometimes achy pain on outer right side of knee.. and limp when I get up from sitting too long at my desk at work... can only bend to about 120 degrees.... hard to sleep at night, as well, very frustrated at recovery... any words of wisdom out there for me?????
farooq shah kashmir

Srinagar, India

#2540 Jul 28, 2011
Dear nancy the comments u have posted r compeletly resembling with me as i was also operated for T K R both knees 4 monthes back. now i wash daily my knees and calf muscles with warmwater(salt added) at bed time,thus giving me a good relief .Try it
Nancy

Danbury, CT

#2541 Jul 29, 2011
Joan wrote:
Had RTKR 6 weeks ago. Feels like a tight band across my knee cap. Anyone familial with this??
When can I drive, since its my right knee, no one has commented about starting to drive post op.
Have several areas of numbness on right side of incision that my PT says is from the nerve being "nicked" in surgery. ANY advise is apppreciated.
Joan,

I had RTKR 7 months ago and I still feel a tight band across my knee.. it is very stiff and I can only bend to about 120 degrees.. I still have a purple scar..(doctor says I am "Blessed" with scar tissue and it will take awhile... I'm frustrated to say the least.... I started driving about 2 1/2 months after my surgery.. other people started about 4 - 6 weeks after.. everyone is different... the only thing they tell me is to hang in there.. it will get better.. the jury is still out on that one..... Hoe you are still doing PT I wish I was....
Charley in NC

Matthews, NC

#2542 Aug 2, 2011
Nancy,

I've had both knees replaced 1 year apart, with the most recent done in Oct. 2009. Some weakness, pain, and swelling will occur for 6 months or more. It's best to try to use it as much as possible and do either daily chores or the rehab exercises every day that you can until it doesn't give trouble anymore. I try to bend both knees as far as they will go while I'm sitting, and try to squat down as far as possible (slowly and carefully)several times a day so that I strengthen my leg muscles. I still can't squat to the point that my heels and but touch each other, but doing this exercise has given me the ability to sit on a 12" stool and stand back up without any assistance. You have to use your knees as much as you can. Find your limits and then use them to those limits. Gradually those limits will move, giving you more and more ability. It's a slow process and you may never reach the range that you had before surgery, but it should be enough for you to have a pretty normal life again.

I'm having complications with the second (left) knee and may need to have it re-done. It is very loose when bent to 60 deg and more, giving me pain in the side ligament when walking on un-even ground. I've now seen 3 different surgeons about it. Unfortunately, they disagree about what should be done to correct it. My right knee (first replacement) is almost as good as the original knee was when I was young. The second knee may never be that good. I'm 69 and retired, but still maintain a home and 3 acres and I lead as active a life as possible. I still have some pain, but it isn't severe enough to make me slow down or take pain pills.
Sheryl

Temecula, CA

#2543 Aug 7, 2011
I had TKR in June 2011, I too experience pain, swelling, and cannot sit for any length of time before the pain and stiffness sets in. My therapist can get my knee to bend but we have not been able to get it straight, only -5. I can't sleep at night either, with or without a pillow between my knee, laying on my back I can barely turn over without manipulating the knee to move with my hands. I am so frustrated and wish I never did get the knee replacement. It feels like my knee weights a 100 pounds and the skin is so tight and swollen. After 10 minutes of being up and around it is red swollen and painful. Early morning and night time is the worse. I can't go to dinner with the family and sit at the table without the inability to get up from a sitting position. I can't sit at the computer desk more than 5-10 minutes, so I can't return to my regular job in an office setting, because most of my job is on the computer and phone. I am only 48 and feel like I am 90. I know the recovery period is a year, but shouldn't I be able to do more than I am now. I am on painkillers 24/7 and it's getting old. I want to just be able to live a normal life, is this the new normal? If so I wish I would of waited for some miracle other than TKR. I did the surgery because I thought it would get me out of the pain I was experiencing before the surgery, now the pain is worse and I don't see it getting any better. I do all the home exercises, go to therapy 3 times a week, swim, and still no relief of pain. When will the madness end, will I always require medications for pain, will I ever be able to sleep through the night? If there are others out there who went through similar circumstances and you finally found relief please let me know there is still hope for me.
Charley in NC

Matthews, NC

#2544 Aug 8, 2011
Sheryl,

Your problems sound about normal to me, including the level of frustration. I was on pain pills steady for about 5 weeks for each knee and then began tapering off after that. Swelling and pain will continue, however, to a gradually lesser degree over the next several months. I lived in a recliner 24/7 for the first 6 weeks, and then spent many nights in it afterward, as sleeping flat in a bed was not possible. It will be 2 years in October since my second TKR and I still spend some nights in the recliner. My last surgery was on Oct 20 and on Thanksgiving I was not able to travel 10 miles to my son's home for dinner, but was able to go there (still using a cane)on Christmas. Keep the faith. You are almost through the worst part. It's very important that you continue trying to use it and doing the exercises. It's painful, but very necessary.

Charley
Isobel

Australia

#2545 Aug 9, 2011
Well Sheryl it is still pretty early days.... only a couple of months..... so I do think you have to give it time.....Sounds as though you are really trying..... I remember the first few months post op were really hard.... I stil limp 11 months after surgery.... but I think my hip has gone..... but the knee pain is not there anymore although it still feels "heavy".... Good luck..... Don't lose heart.....best regards..... Isobel .
Sheryl wrote:
I had TKR in June 2011, I too experience pain, swelling, and cannot sit for any length of time before the pain and stiffness sets in. My therapist can get my knee to bend but we have not been able to get it straight, only -5. I can't sleep at night either, with or without a pillow between my knee, laying on my back I can barely turn over without manipulating the knee to move with my hands. I am so frustrated and wish I never did get the knee replacement. It feels like my knee weights a 100 pounds and the skin is so tight and swollen. After 10 minutes of being up and around it is red swollen and painful. Early morning and night time is the worse. I can't go to dinner with the family and sit at the table without the inability to get up from a sitting position. I can't sit at the computer desk more than 5-10 minutes, so I can't return to my regular job in an office setting, because most of my job is on the computer and phone. I am only 48 and feel like I am 90. I know the recovery period is a year, but shouldn't I be able to do more than I am now. I am on painkillers 24/7 and it's getting old. I want to just be able to live a normal life, is this the new normal? If so I wish I would of waited for some miracle other than TKR. I did the surgery because I thought it would get me out of the pain I was experiencing before the surgery, now the pain is worse and I don't see it getting any better. I do all the home exercises, go to therapy 3 times a week, swim, and still no relief of pain. When will the madness end, will I always require medications for pain, will I ever be able to sleep through the night? If there are others out there who went through similar circumstances and you finally found relief please let me know there is still hope for me.
Nancy

Danbury, CT

#2546 Aug 9, 2011
Me again.... 7 months after right knee replacement, my scar is still purple and my knee is still numb, and I feel like a rubber band is around it 24/7 and sometimes it feels the size of a bowling ball. I'm very frustrated!!!
Charley in NC

Matthews, NC

#2547 Aug 9, 2011
Nancy wrote:
Me again.... 7 months after right knee replacement, my scar is still purple and my knee is still numb, and I feel like a rubber band is around it 24/7 and sometimes it feels the size of a bowling ball. I'm very frustrated!!!
Nancy,

My second TKR was done almost 2 years ago and it's still partially numb, but slowly improving. My purple scar didn't turn totally white for over a year. Swelling and strange feelings like the rubber band and bowling ball are also normal, but will gradually go away. Be patient, this was a major surgery that takes a long time to completely recover from. My first TKR was done almost 3 years ago and except for the rattle, it feels and works like my original knee before I damaged it. Be patient, recovery from this takes a long while.

Charley
John

San Jose, CA

#2548 Aug 19, 2011
Hello Jamie. Iím sorry to hear about your mother. She may have developed an infection on the affected area. For you to control the infection, you need to keep the area clean and wash it every day with soap and water to get rid of unwanted particles. Also, advise your mother to elevate her leg from time to time to ensure proper circulation on the injured area. If the infection subsides, have your doctor check on your motherís leg and implant just to make sure that it is functioning properly. I hope your mother gets well soon. http://www.hiprecalllaw.com
Maggie cambridgeshire

Saint Neots, UK

#2549 Aug 23, 2011
Hi I had my TKR done in Nov 2010, no one told me how horendous the post op was going to be! I still have pain although i have managed to come off the pain killers. some days are better than others. I have been told that although my knee muscles have become stronger my hamstring muscles have really become very weak and that i need to have both muscles strong as they need to be able to complement one another, so I havent much bend, although I do have 90% which they want you to achieve! i constantly catch my toe on the ground if there is uneveness, which is very worrying as I am constantly aware I could fall over. I am 59 and/was very active for my age. I do at this moment in time regret having my op, I might feel different a year down the line , but at this moment I have as much pain and less mobility in the leg as i had before.
Kerry Azzariti

Denver, CO

#2550 Aug 23, 2011
Is crunching the same as clicking when you walk, I had tkr 4 1/2 months ago. and I can hear a clicking from the new knee. i am still pretty swollen and walking with a slight limp. I lost my balance going down a slight incline and couldn't get the new knee to stop me, So down I went right on that knee. OUCH! I also find transitioning from sitting to standing can be very painful. is anyone else having these problems?
Kerry
Nancy

Danbury, CT

#2551 Aug 24, 2011
Kerry Azzariti wrote:
Is crunching the same as clicking when you walk, I had tkr 4 1/2 months ago. and I can hear a clicking from the new knee. i am still pretty swollen and walking with a slight limp. I lost my balance going down a slight incline and couldn't get the new knee to stop me, So down I went right on that knee. OUCH! I also find transitioning from sitting to standing can be very painful. is anyone else having these problems?
Kerry
Kerry, clicking is very common they tell me... I had my Right knee done in Jan 2011.. I had clicking all the time.. but now just once in a while.. depends on how tired I get... I am still swollen and tight too... I can bend to about 120.. sitting too long stiffens me up and I limp when I first get up.. again they say its normal... it is quite frustrating... hang in there they say it will get better.... the jury is still out on that verdict...
Ron

Westernville, NY

#2552 Aug 24, 2011
Don wrote:
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I think jogging and skiing will be out of the question. I'm 57 and used to mow the lawn by hand, golf 18 holes on a par 3 golf course and walk 3 miles in the evening with my wife. Now, 10 months after knee replacement, my knee is always swollen and I'm lucky if I can do two of the three activities that I mentioned above. I ice my knee for 45 minutes to an hour every night. I cannot jog or even begin to run. My doctor says I'm too active and need to slow down. He told me before the surgery that I would have as much if not more mobility and activity as before the surgery. That has not proven to be the case. They had me quit therapy and walking to see if that would reduce the swelling. So far, it has not. Maybe everyone is different. I have talked with others in therapy and none of them can jog or walk or even get on a treadmill. Hope that helps you out with your decision.
Sorry for your problems Don and I am feeling your pain. TKR 3/29/10 and was told I cold continue to ref collegiate ice hockey and bicycle 4k per year w/o a problem. I bleed into my knee, have dabilitating swelling and horible foot pain and have had a second surgery in April, 2011 without improvement, all at a whopping 50 years of age. I have a second Doc now and they are thinking that I have an infection. Time will tell but it sounds like I'm in for a 3rd cutting. My advise to all that are younger than traditional TKR recips is to get all the answers even if it takes a 2nd and 3rd opinion. These doc's just want to cut because that's where the big money is. Other than preop and ICU visits, I have only seen my doc 1 time post Op, the rest of the time I see the PA's and they just push off all the questions until your next visit.
eva

Birmingham, UK

#2553 Aug 27, 2011
Ken wrote:
It has been almost a year since I had TKR on my left knee. I still have swelling and stiffness. I also have some pain, especially after sitting for a long period of time. The doctor thinks that it is being caused by scar tissue and I am scheduled for arthroscopic surgery in a couple of weeks to remove the scar tissue. Has anyone gone through scar tissue removal and has it helped?
Hi ken

I don't know when you posted this and if you have now had your surgery.
I also had this done 11 months after a total knee replacement. Initially it was great, but within weeks I am back at the same stage as before.-swelling,pain and not much flexibility. This is despite endless excercising and cycling.
I despair.
Teacher2die4

United States

#2554 Aug 27, 2011
I am a 54 year old Special Ed. Teacher.. I recently had my second total Knee Revision, after another orth. surgeon put the replacements in crooked... The first revision has gone well.. But, I had my surgery on July 18... I have been through physical therapy...At one point, I was having chills and experiencing EXTREME fatigue.. After going through various test with my PCP, I decided to see an Infectious Disease Dr. who determined that inflammation was causing the chills & fatigue... Over time, the chills have subsided, as well as the fatigue.. But, I continue to have this discomfort in the buttocks area, as well as sharp pains in the inner knee area when pressure is applied. At my initial Orth. Surgeon visit, the surgeon looked at the knee and was extremely surprised at the range in the knee, but did not seem to be alarmed at the discomfort that I told him that I was experiencing in the buttocks area... I am at a lost.... I am not sure where to turn.. I had a kidney removed in January prior to the surgery.. Wonder if I need to see my Urologist??.... Not sure what to do anymore... The Specialist all just seems to specialize in one area but have no clues beyond their specialty...

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