pain after partial knee replacement

pain after partial knee replacement

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Painterswife

Cincinnati, OH

#1 Aug 6, 2010
I had my partial done at the end of May, still taking pain meds but down to 1/2 @2 times a day. But really nervous about still having to take the meds and wondering how much longer. Can anyone give me an idea of how long they had to take pain meds after a partial? Keep thinking I should be done with them by now... I realize everyone is different but would like to know if this is fairly common.
Thanks! Any reponse would be greatly appreciated!!!
cooper

Los Gatos, CA

#2 Aug 7, 2010
I'm 53, was very active,thin. replacement. I'm crying while I'm writing this... Here is my story. I'm 6weeks post partial Knee replacement.Felt great until I hit the 4th week. Lots of pain if I walk more than a block. Started to hurt under my kneecap and a feeling on instablity. I had/have a varus thrust that makes my knee kick out a bit to the outside of my right knee (an extra movement, than straightens back in line. I started hearing popping and clicking the same time my addition pain started.
My orginal injury was in 2005, a COMPLETE KNEE dislocation (yup, all 4 at one) while falling down a blk diamond run with one ski that didn't release. 4 surgeries followed in 4 years. I was never not in pain and decided to have a TRK against my doc's advice (Dr Dillingham). My ALC is hardly intact as with my plc.My MCL and LCL looked pretty good. I'm wondering if the conduction of my ACL is too weak for a partial replacement> I was told I needed an ALC to do a partial. And do they make a replacement that would work with this vargus thrust I have. The replacement brand is a Zimmer.. I really don't knee my knee to heal from 2 surgeries this year yet I'm aware walking, wieght bearing is very important.My flexion and extension is perfect. Can anyone help with summery situations or just mental support. THX
cooper

Los Gatos, CA

#3 Aug 7, 2010
oops..I meant I need my knee to heal from the past 2 surgeries I had this year. One a ACL screw that was into my soft tissue ( dr dilingham thought that might end my pain) and the PKR.
yvonne amos

United States

#4 Sep 4, 2010
Hello fellow surfferes: starting in 2006, I have had 2 arthocopic surgeries on each knee and ended up with a partial on the left knee on May 18th 2010. I'm still having pain below the kneecap to the right. It's a stabbing kind of pain, I need to know if this is happening to anyone else. I have to have neck surgery on my c4&5, and c5&6 to replace a previous surgery in 2000, after witch my knee Dr. Dr. Nebergall says I need ANOTHER scope on my right knee. I'm becoming so discouraged about ever walking normally again. I'm only 53 and I've been pretty active before this, now just going to the mail box is somewhat of an effort and it truley worries me. Some positive feedback would be great.
Bill

Shalimar, FL

#5 Sep 4, 2010
yvonne amos wrote:
Hello fellow surfferes: starting in 2006, I have had 2 arthocopic surgeries on each knee and ended up with a partial on the left knee on May 18th 2010. I'm still having pain below the kneecap to the right. It's a stabbing kind of pain, I need to know if this is happening to anyone else. I have to have neck surgery on my c4&5, and c5&6 to replace a previous surgery in 2000, after witch my knee Dr. Dr. Nebergall says I need ANOTHER scope on my right knee. I'm becoming so discouraged about ever walking normally again. I'm only 53 and I've been pretty active before this, now just going to the mail box is somewhat of an effort and it truley worries me. Some positive feedback would be great.
I also had partial on left knee on June 7. Did very well first four weeks, then began experiencing pain very similiar to what you describe ( under right side of kneecap stabbing down my leg). Dr said I was pushing too hard and it would get better soon. Now after three months and lots of x-rays doc has decided that the appliance has failed (too much pressure because I'm somewhat bow-legged) and now says I must have this removed and a total replacement. Not happy but really would like to walk again. Sorry no good news, what does your doc say? I'm 64, thin and very active lifestyle.
yvonne amos

United States

#6 Sep 5, 2010
Hello Bill, I'm sorry to hear that. I hadn't even thought about the device failing. My Dr. only mentioned it possibally shifting, I truley hope that's not the case but it dose make since. I am so tire of surgeries. You know what's wierd? When I go swimming my knee feels better, even for a while after I've gotten out. But then the pain comes back. It's worse in the mornings. Again thanks for your input, I'll be sure and ask my Dr. Good Luck to you.
rick

Koloa, HI

#7 Nov 1, 2010
Iam Rick , 41 years old live in Hawaii. I had a partial 11 months ago, and the back of my knee has never stopped hurting. The doc says it is my poplateal tendon. does anyone have any similar problem? Thanks
Rachel

Chattanooga, TN

#8 Jan 29, 2011
I'm 55, scheduled for partial in few weeks. Active until last 1-2 yrs w/ meniscus tear. Never had much pain til recently if do too much. We're hoping that having partial will forestall need for total? Am really scared after reading these comments But then thought: the successes won't be reading these, they'll be out doing what we used to do, right? My surgeon is world-class/renowned, does all the sports stars. Any advice or comments?
Michaelle

Colorado Springs, CO

#9 Feb 5, 2011
I have had 2 athroscopic surgeries on my right knee, one in December of 2006, another in September of 2007, later towards the end of 2007 I was diagnosed with osteonecrosis of the knee and in June 2010 underwent a partial knee replacement. It is now February of 2011 I am still experiencing pain, to make matters worse my left knee is now giving me trouble and it feels like I need a scope on that knee. I am only 45 years of age, I use to work out religiously, haven't did that in four going on five years. this injury was a work comp injury and of course you have to fight them to get anything done. I read up on partial knee replacements and found out that I am not a very good candidate for one. I'm under 55, overweight, not sedentary, the only thing they got right is my ACL lig is intact.
dawnphin

Portland, OR

#10 Mar 17, 2011
it was 2009 when i was 42 and got both of my knees done as partials. one did good the other i am still having problems as in swelling,numbness of feet,buckling when walking,pain in and below my knee and when i step on it sometimes i will have very sharp pains. so yes i still have many issues with the knee.

Since: Mar 11

Chicago, IL

#11 Mar 18, 2011
why is there such thing as partial knee replacement by the way? a patient should not be getting another surgery... and for what is that? another pain? another medical expense. I've heard this too about Zimmer. Hope you guys are aware of this>>> the Zimmer NexGen Knee Replacement Recall. You can visit this site too. http://www.zimmernexgenkneerecall.com/
midwaybill

Lewes, DE

#12 Apr 23, 2011
I am 55 , had partial done nov.2010. Did 6 weeks P.T. Still in more pain now than ever!(it's now 6 months post op).Dr.said it may have to be converted to a total.By the way,did I mention it is a DePuy? Any how,I continue to workout with bike,eliptical, light weights,etc.Am looking foward to pool season for more rehab.Thanks everybody for listening.
SuzanneS

Dallas, TX

#13 May 5, 2011
I am six weeks out of a total knee replacement (surgery 3/17/11). I have developed severe pain approx. midway between knee and ankle. I'm unable to ascertain whether the pain is muscular or skeletal. It is severe enough to keep me awake at night. Has anyone experienced this? I will appreciate any input. Thanks in advance! Suzanne
trish

Ireland

#17 Jun 10, 2011
i had knee replacement 13 weeks ago still in pain any have answer
trish

Ireland

#18 Jun 10, 2011
i had knee replacement 13 weeks ago and still in pain now my other knee is starting
Donna

Chicago, IL

#19 Jun 13, 2011
I hurt my knee in 2008 had orthoscopy in June of 2009 then Partial knee replacement in March 2010 and another orthoscopy in Dec 20120. I It is my left knee. The questions is the inside of my knee gets very sharp paines when I do sudden stops or turns. My Dr. just told me there is nothing there. I know I'm not the only one. I want to have something done to stop this pain. Has anyone every been through this? They say full replacement will give me the same afffect. I would appreciate anything, any kind of help or out puts. Cant stand the pain any more

Since: Feb 11

Richmond, VA

#20 Jun 16, 2011
Hi Gang:

I had a Conformis PKR (Medial Rt Leg) 0n 1-19-11. I am 63 and have played Tournament Racquetball for 35 years. The replacement was a lot harder than I anticipated. 9 weeks of 3X a week therapy finally restored close to full range of motion....BUT....at times, I have as much pain as the "bone on bone that caused me to seek the operation in the first place. The Doctors have told me it may take 6-12 months before my knee feels "more like a normal knee". We shall see.
I am pain free at night and at rest. After sitting for as little as 30 minutes, I look like Chester from Gunsmoke when I get up and hobble around. After 10-20 steps, I can pretty much walk pain free. Going up steps is still problematic. Going down is easier. Overall, I would say the jury is still out on how this is going to ultimately turn out.

I would advise anyone who is anticipating surgery to pick your surgeon first, but also pick your physical therapist. Then get a "before" evaluation. I didn't do this and the therapist would have liked to see a "before" knee so he could better guage the rehab progress.

Getting older ain't for Sissies!

Good luck to all.

Qwacker
Richmond, Va
GiGi from Leesburg

Leesburg, VA

#21 Jun 26, 2011
I had a partial left medial knee replacement March 2011. Had 6 weeks of PT (first 4 weeks had PT 3x a week then went to 2x a week for 2 weeks). I did very well the first 6 weeks and then gradually I started to limp. Just like Qwacker from Richmond, VA, I have trouble "getting going" from a sitting position. I have pain when I put weight on the knee where the replacement is when I get up and start to walk after sitting for awhile. Then after taking several steps I walk ok. Actually, I have to make a concerted effort to walk properly "heel/toe". I saw my physician and he said 2% of people get what is called "start up" pain. I just turned 65 and would describe myself as active and not overweight. I am enrolled in a water fitness class 2 days a week and ride a stationary bike and lift leg weights to keep my quads conditioned. I have to admit that I don't do the exercises daily but more like 4-5 times a week. I really think some of my problem is that I have not been consistent with a home exercise program. I found that when I follow the home exercises the PT gave me I feel better and my knees feel stronger. I have not needed to take pain meds only a tylenol or NSAID. I am still very pleased that I had the surgery. I was using a cane and not able to be active prior to the surgery. I am determined to continue to be active and practice walking and doing my home exercises. Good luck to everyone and keep moving!!!
Jessie from Streetsboro

Northfield, OH

#22 Jul 6, 2011
I had a torn ACL/ miniscus an due to workers comp I walked around for a yr with a brace. I finally had surgery 2-11 for ACL replacement removal of miniscus and partial knee replacement and due to the long time I had to wait. I was in PT for 12 weeks and Workers comp cut it off, now I am back in the brace, knee is unstable and the pain sucks. CHILD BIRTH WAS NOTHING my youngest child was (9 lbs 13 oz )compared to this. I went for a MRI to see if there was something wrong and they couldnt do it the MRI was unreadable. So here I go again waiting on Workers comp to approve a CAT scan. I cant walk more then 30 minutes if I do I cry I cant sit more then 30 minutes if I do i cry. The swelling is so bad I look like I have a basketball for a knee. Any advice.
Sharon from Mankato

Mankato, MN

#23 Jul 23, 2011
My feiend Ranae had double knee replacement a year ago in June. She did very well until as you are all saying 4 - 6 weeks later. She is in a lot of pain in both knees. Had Doctors examine, they did not come up with anything. She is very concerned about her quality of life and doesn't understand why the Doctors can't help her figure out why she is in so much pain. She has had braces made to help a little, but they prevent her from having a normal life also with the hot weather and considering all that she went through to get rid of the original pain before the knee replacement. Have any of you had full knee replacement and suffered as severely as my friend Ranae? I want to help her get some answers from someone who actually cares and understands. What can she do to relieve this pain and get her life back.
very concerned friend
Sharon

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