post knee replacement problems
savtaf

Omaha, NE

#102 Jun 19, 2008
It's been 10 mon. since I had my rt knee done. Very slow healing but it is healing. I went thru many months with very little progress and then this spring I started to improve. Did use comfrey root poultice in the spring for deep healing. Don't know if it helped or if it was just a coincidence. Am walking better and can stand a little longer. Have pain next to my pattela on inside of knee. Dr thinks it must be scar tissue.Still some swelling. We all must hang in.
kennewick washington

Kennewick, WA

#103 Jun 21, 2008
I had a total knee replacement in march of 2008 and i am having very servere pain in the back of my kneeand on the right side .If i turn wrong or bend it to far the pain is so great that it locks or cramps up and i cant open my leg back up till its through about 3 to 5 minutes.I fell this week as the pain was so great i could not stand. the dr said it may be scare tissue in the back and when i bend it to far or turn wrong it may be hitting a nerve ,i am working hard with physical therpy as i am not wanting to go back to the hospital and have it manipulaided . I have no warning when it happens . Please let me know if any one has this problem and if there may be a way i can do someting differant to get it to go away.
Thanks for Lisitening
Sorry

London, KY

#104 Jun 22, 2008
I had TKA April 21, 2008. I am so sorry I did this. I am 51yrs female and prior to I was very active. Developed infection 3 days post op. Taken back to surg for polyliner replacement and flushing out of infection 8 days post op. IV antibiotics (Vancomycin 1 gram twice a day, for 6 weeks. Here I am June 21 and I can not bend my knee nor am I able to drive. I can be up on a cane for very short periods of time then the swelling and pain start. It hurts at night so bad I can't sleep. My ortho says in about 3 months he wants to try and manipulate this knee. When we first discussed TKA I was told I would be in the hospital 3-5 days and able to return to work in 6 weeks.
I am so sorry I had this done I believe I could have lived with the pain of arthritis rather than
become what I have now.
knee

San Francisco, CA

#105 Jun 22, 2008
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
Haven't had the surgery yet..still dealing with the shock! But, my doctor said I will be able to resume hiking, long walking..no running or skiing..don't advise marathons, unless its biking or swimming only!
knee

San Francisco, CA

#106 Jun 22, 2008
Try again here...haven't had the surgery yet. But my doctor said I could and would be able to resume hiking and my long walking and biking, but no running or skiing.
Robin in New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

#107 Jun 23, 2008
I had a TKR in May 07 and then had pad in joint replaced Sept 07, After a series of skin infections and muliple stints in hospitals and antibiotics have had a major bone and knee infection which has resulted in TKR having to be removed in May 08 to fight infection and am awaiting a scheduled operation to have TKR replaced. this has also impacted on my family as the resulting time off work is creeping up, I also suffer pain and swelling and as a truck driver this also impacts on the quality of life, this while having 4 children at home limits life's good times, I also have had 1 hip replaced 4 times so at 44 I dont forsee a long future working.
Kai Erickson -Sarasota

Pittsburgh, PA

#108 Jun 23, 2008
TKR on Feb 11 - 08, 4 days in hospital, 10 days in recovery unit and 4 weeks of out patient therapy. Four months later no swellig, but feels like things are moving in the knee when I turn over in bed, and there is a click at each step, my knee feels weak when walking down stairs. I do not feel I can run on it I'm 78 years old and now play golf on it but am hesitant to walk through woods, and hesitant to make a twisting action. The knee feeels like there is a tight bandage around it at times. No pain butfeel insecure.
Kermit

United States

#109 Jul 7, 2008
I am 4 months out of TKR and the surgery has healed but I have multiple clunks with each step. The surgeon doesn't seem to have an answer.(Multiple GUESS'S) My foot and ankle swell, not the knee. The clunks impede my gait and it is very tiring to walk any distance. I work with cattle on my place and strength isn't a problem but my quality of life is so much less than prior to the surgery.
Muldrow, Oklahoma
Edward La Quinta CA

Cathedral City, CA

#110 Jul 9, 2008
78 years young. TKR October 11, 2007. Absolutely no pain. Flexion of 130 degrees, extension -1. Can be on my feet for extended periods with no pain. Do not use a cane. Can walk until tired. No problem with stationary bike or climbing machine. Did extensive pre-op exercises and really worked at the post-op rehab exercises. Can walk up and down stairs with no difficulty. Knee a little stiff first thing in the morning or if I sit for awhile. My biggest problem was weaning myself from the Vicodin pain meds. Took about four months. I've been told I may walk, hike, ski conservatively, square dance, ball room dance and golf. Knee life is definitely better than before surgery. If you are planning TKR please DO the pre-op exercises and bite the bullet and work hard in the post-op rehab.
Mindy

Tucson, AZ

#111 Jul 9, 2008
I'm 7 months out of TKR on rt knee. I was really depressed for the first several months because the results were not nearly what I had expected and I was much worse than before the operation. Before I could get around with pain, after the operation I couldn't get around period. Turns out though recovery from TKR is long, much longer than I ever imagined (my doctor said I'd feel better at one year and even better at two years but I didn't listen). In the last 2 months I've gotten significantly better: I'm walking more every day and faster and I'm feeling stronger, almost like my old self. I'm starting to understand the process and feeling optimistic about recovery. So please please try not to get depressed with the results at 4 months or 6 months. Things can get better, even significantly better.
Annabeth in WA

AOL

#112 Jul 10, 2008
I am 7 weeks post op with replacement left knee and a clean up on right knee. I have been doing very well and was released from physical therapy on this past Monday. I can bend to 112 degrees and the only problem I was having at all was they hoped to get my knee a bit more straight. Therapist was able to apply pressure and get me to 0 degrees.

I started a new exercise of lying on tummy and putting a rolled up towel under my knee just above the knee itself, adding a 1 pound weight to the ankle then basically letting that leg hang over the bed. This was to straighten my leg more.

Now I can hardly walk at all. I have also gone to 1 5-325 percocet every 8 hours. I don't know if the sudden onset of pain is due to the new exercise or reduction in med.

Any comments are welcome as I am hurting so bad.

Thanks,
Annabeth
Annabeth in WA

AOL

#113 Jul 10, 2008
Edward La Quinta CA wrote:
78 years young. TKR October 11, 2007. Absolutely no pain. Flexion of 130 degrees, extension -1. Can be on my feet for extended periods with no pain. Do not use a cane. Can walk until tired. No problem with stationary bike or climbing machine. Did extensive pre-op exercises and really worked at the post-op rehab exercises. Can walk up and down stairs with no difficulty. Knee a little stiff first thing in the morning or if I sit for awhile. My biggest problem was weaning myself from the Vicodin pain meds. Took about four months. I've been told I may walk, hike, ski conservatively, square dance, ball room dance and golf. Knee life is definitely better than before surgery. If you are planning TKR please DO the pre-op exercises and bite the bullet and work hard in the post-op rehab.
Hello--Thanks for the encouragement. Could you read post 112 by Annabeth? I am wondering f coming of the percocet is causing my problems? I have been very optomistic until yesterday when I could hardly walk.

Thanks, Annabeth

Thanks, Annabeth
judy

United States

#114 Jul 15, 2008
i had tkr 7 months ago and I still have terrible pain up and down the left side of my leg. I do exercises 2 times a week at the gym and swim aroebeks 2 times a week. The worst time for my pain is in bed at night and when I get up from sitting and of course exercising. If I keep walking or do things around the house, it doesn't seem to bad. I keep looking at the big picture but I am getting discouraged----any ideas what to do-----thank you!!
Judy
Holster Maker

Pittsburgh, PA

#115 Jul 20, 2008
I'm 65 and scheduled for l/k TKR on 10-30. After reading this forum, I think I'm not ready......LOL...really!
I sleep like a baby, walk slow, climb stairs slower, sta/cycle, etc. However, I can't get down on my knee, work on the floor with my cars, etc. I have bone on bone from '74 surgery and it locks up sometimes, but I don't do the things to lock it anymore, like getting down on my knees or back (on the ground). Last time it locked up was getting x-rays for this surgery on June 23rd. When it locks up, I can't straighten the leg and has severe pain until I malilate it, somehow it unlocks and I'm good.
The best knee doc (Thomas Coon) on the planet is near-by, people come world wide to him. However, I can't use him, worker's comp deal! Coon uses the "Zimmer" knee with Mini incision sur (mis), about 4" and I know people respond very well with his surgery, in-fact very well!
Well anyway, I think I'll cancel and lose some weigh, I'm over about 50 lbs, that can't be good for bone on bone! My plan is to continue my diet and see if it helps and by 09-30 make-up my mind about cancelling.
I even thought about using my own ins and go w/Coon later, like when I can't stand it any longer.
Any suggestions....comments?
Sheila

Lawrenceburg, IN

#116 Jul 20, 2008
Did you in fact get the surgery? Similar situation, 54 and active and fear the worst about post tkr surgery... any testimoneies appreciated.
gary in wisc

United States

#117 Jul 21, 2008
I had tkr Jan 2007. Total disaster.Severe pain and stiffness since. 3 therapists said I should have had it manipulated but the Dr. refused. Went for other opinions in 2008. Had more surgery in May of 2008 to clean out some scar tissue. It's been a little better, but still have pain and stiffness. Have talked to a lot of people that had it done. It seems to be good for some and bad for others. I Should have my other knee done, but no way.
Susan Kahon

Russellville, AR

#118 Jul 27, 2008
DONALD MEYER wrote:
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???
Minenever did,,itsbeen five years its just the soft tissue I still have swelling also..just live with it..HA
julia

Dagenham, UK

#119 Jul 29, 2008
total knee replacement July 06 bleeding into knee March 08. Pain awful when bleed, needing morfine to try to get on top of pain. doctors not much help, why is this happening.
Bob

Honeoye Falls, NY

#120 Aug 1, 2008
I had one of my knees replaced about 12 weeks ago. I am still going through therapy, according to my physical therapist there is problem that is not normal. The problem being there is some slippage while walking. The sensation is like stepping on a round object and your foot rolls forward causing a loss of balance. In this situation, your foot did not move, the movement is within the joint. Has anyone experience a similiar problem?
Valerie

Clinton, MO

#121 Aug 1, 2008
I had TKR in sept of 2006. I had a closed manipulation in jan of 2007 to breakup adhesions. It is very tiring to walk. I have very tight elastic band feeling around my knee and down the outside of my leg. When I step, the back of my leg feels like it swivels out. If I balance on that foot my whole body rotates to the right. My left knee was the one replaced. If I am on uneven ground, it causes me to lose my balance. It is a lot of work to walk. I use my cane for stabilitly. Anyone know anything like this?

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