pain after partial knee replacement
Mari from Finksburg

Cockeysville, MD

#64 May 23, 2012
Thank all of you for your posts. I am post op partial knee replacement going on my 4th week. Today I went to the kitchen, scooped the kitty box and folded clothes from the dryer, but was in so much pain afterwards i had to ice my knee again. It is a sharp pain I have no experienced before. Sleeping days is fine, but at night it is awful. I am worried I wil not be able to function at work in 2 weeks. Mari
Magster

Monterey, CA

#65 May 29, 2012
I had conformis partial knee replacement on May 10, 2012. Doing well except for at night. Wake up stiff and in pain every morning. Am starting PT tomorrow. Have been walking the hills and doing isometrics on the quad and this seems to help. Sleep is the only problem due to stiffness in the middle of the night. Does this get better?
JAK II Michigan

Chicago, IL

#66 May 29, 2012
I had a Conformis knee done in October of last year. It never got better (see previous post). It turns out I had an infection in my knee. 6 weeks ago I had my partial knee removed and an antibiotic spacer put in. I have been on IV antibiotics for the past 6 weeks and feel better than I have in over a year. I am off pain meds, etc. I do still have pain, but not like before. I go in for another knee replacement in a couple of weeks. Dr. is hoping I will get a partial but a total is not out of line. This will be my 7th knee surgery and I am only 31 so I pray it gets better.
Kim

Montgomery, AL

#67 Jun 22, 2012
My husband had a partial on his left knee in December 2010. We have returned numerous times to the Dr. because of swelling and stabbing sharp pains on inside of knee, it is also unstable. It has been a year and a half of disappointment! He has even had nerve injections ( which didn't help). We just don't know what the next step is. His Dr. is one of the best in the business ( we made sure of that before having it done). He says this is new territory for him, not had this happen in his 20 yrs. if anyone has any suggestions that would be great thanks!
JAK II Michigan

United States

#68 Jun 22, 2012
Kim wrote:
My husband had a partial on his left knee in December 2010. We have returned numerous times to the Dr. because of swelling and stabbing sharp pains on inside of knee, it is also unstable. It has been a year and a half of disappointment! He has even had nerve injections ( which didn't help). We just don't know what the next step is. His Dr. is one of the best in the business ( we made sure of that before having it done). He says this is new territory for him, not had this happen in his 20 yrs. if anyone has any suggestions that would be great thanks!
I have done a few posts about the issues I have experienced with my knee. I had a partial done in October of 2011 and it never quite felt right. Because of my age (31) and nature of my injury I saw a minimum of 12 different orthopedic surgeons in a 150 mile range of my home. The one I choose to do the partial in October was extremely well respected, well known and considered an expert in his field. I had all sorts of issues and went back numerous times and he never had an answer to what was the problem. I started researching and seeing new doctors to figure out what the problem was. I found different doctors to visit because now that I had a replacement done, more doctors were willing to look at me because it didn't matter my age, I had already gone through the "initial" procedure and needed more help. It turns out my knee was infected. Here is the key issue: The infection was never "diagnosed" through bloodwork and scans. I had elevated levels but nothing that definitely confirmed an infection. It took a doctor with years of experience listening to what was going on and just looking at my knee to be 100% sure it was infected. We started treatment before lab results came back because he knew exactly what the issue was. He removed my initial implant and put in a temporary antibiotic spacer. I also went on a heavy dose of constant (24/7) IV antibiotics (Vancomycin). After 6 weeks the infection had gone away and just last week I had the temporary implant removed and a new (and different brand) knee replacement done. I am a week out of surgery and while I am still in pain and recovering I do know I am dealing with surgical pain and issues rather than the typical knee issues. I would recommend getting at least 2 other opinions on the knee and see what people think. Dealing with an infection and having a total of 3 knee replacements in 8 months is not what I expected or wanted, however I am confident that this will rectify my issue. 6 months post op from the initial replacement I still had substantial pain, swelling, popping and it did give out at times. When a knee gets infected the components loosen so you are fighting an infection as well as loose components so you have a lot working against you. I hope this helps.
Nflmom

West Jordan, UT

#69 Jun 29, 2012
dawnphin wrote:
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.
Do you know the name of the partoal knee replacement your Dr used?
mommy57

Aarhus, Denmark

#70 Jun 29, 2012
Hi. I am from Denmark and have the same problems as you with a knee from Zimmer, mine is made of chrom, kobolt and epoxy and I have an allergyreaction on all 3 komponents in the knee, and I also have problems with the bonecement SmartMix cemvac with gentamicin they have used it it from the firm DePuy. I have still a lot of pain and can nearly not walk anymore I got my knee in 2009.
MickeyD

New Berlin, WI

#71 Jul 1, 2012
Donna wrote:
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
Donna,
My injury was a total kneecap dislocation (left) in Feb '09, then arthroscopey in April '09. Doc told me that my knee was a "wreck" and no more running for me (was a major concern because I really loved running up until my injury). Went through four monthes of PT, then was allowed to return to work. By Sept '10, my knee was in incredible pain and would lock in place at least to 20 times a day (very painful to unlock). I was given a work disability (was a work place accident), and went back to my doc to ask about relief.
We had talked about a PKR several times during the process of my injury and recovery. My doc was up front and honest about the risks of doing the surgery and being young (was 39 when I started this adventure). I elected to do the surgery, and had it done in Feb '11.
Since the first day I have been in incredible pain. I think I have tried almost every type of prescription pain med (narcotic and non narcotic), tried PT twice, exercise programs (bike riding) and such with the only mild relief coming from the narcotic meds. I have asked my doc for options, and he keeps saying that there isn't any. I have asked for another scope (no, risk of infection versus actually finding anything), MRI (can't do with an implant) and such.
In the mean time, my wife thinks I'm an addict and needs to get help. I'm so tired of this I could scream. I am at a week with no narcotics, and that is great I guess, but I'm in incredible pain.
I am with you, and wish I had more to offer...
Dick from Texas

Killeen, TX

#72 Jul 22, 2012
I had a partial knee replacment on the medial side of my left knee 7 years ago. I have never been pain free since the operation; the pain has actually gotten worse in the past year and I usually wear a brace and walk with a cane. I am a 74 year old male and exercise 4 times per week, recumbent bicycle and light weights to build the muscles in my legs. I play golf a lot. I am in excellent shape except for my knees (the right has OA also) which I find extremely limiting for my active lifestyle. I anyone has any good ideas or solutions please let me know. Would be interested in hearing any and all.
mudratz

Ocean Springs, MS

#73 Aug 13, 2012
I had makoplasty done 8 months ago. I went thru two scopes before this surgery. My knee has never stopped hurting. Its not the same hurt as before the surgery but still hurts. I sit for say 10 minutes, when I stand and start to walk it hurts bad. Right at the joint where the medal was implanted. It hurts to walk, I had the scan done for the bones and tissue, he tells me it looks good. Why does it still hurt? It almost feels like where the medal meets one on top of the other piece. Its so sore when I walk.. I limp , cant help it. It should have been well months ago according to my doc. He has xrayed and did all he can. So what the heck? Anybody have this?
Qwacker

Richmond, VA

#74 Aug 15, 2012
mudratz wrote:
I had makoplasty done 8 months ago. I went thru two scopes before this surgery. My knee has never stopped hurting. Its not the same hurt as before the surgery but still hurts. I sit for say 10 minutes, when I stand and start to walk it hurts bad. Right at the joint where the medal was implanted. It hurts to walk, I had the scan done for the bones and tissue, he tells me it looks good. Why does it still hurt? It almost feels like where the medal meets one on top of the other piece. Its so sore when I walk.. I limp , cant help it. It should have been well months ago according to my doc. He has xrayed and did all he can. So what the heck? Anybody have this?
Sorry to hear about your pain.....I had a Conformis PKR in Jan 2011...19 months later, it still hurts to walk....Lots of stiffness when I get up after sitting for even 10 minutes or so....After riding in the car on a trip, I hobble at a Rest stop
for 10-20 steps just to get going....So, yeah, others have it, too.....

Wish I had a solution, too.....

Qwacker
Richmond, Va
Kathy from Chicago

Saint Charles, IL

#75 Aug 21, 2012
I had a partial replacement in Oct 2011. I am in so much pain, much more now than before. Doctor doesn't know why, either. 4-6 weeks out was much better than now. Have a horrendous amount of swelling, in front and behind the knee. Looks like a bowling ball... Its' been 10 months. I thought I would be getting my life back. Pain meds don't even dent the pain. The other knee isn't great, either, but, OMG I can't take this much longer. Is anybody still out there? I notice the posts are all old.
Kathy
Kathy from Chicago

Saint Charles, IL

#76 Aug 21, 2012
Why the heck do so many people say, "Gee I wish I had it done years ago! Don't know why I waited so long!" They must be nuts.

BTW I am only 57, I was only 56 when I had it done. I was a runner for years. I haven't been able to run in 15 years, but hell, I can't even walk a block now.
Christina

Columbus, OH

#77 Aug 28, 2012
I had a Mako six weeks ago and I am in so much pain I could scream. I wish I had never done this to myself.
Don't do it!!!
Patricia

Saint Paul, MN

#78 Sep 10, 2012
Lyn wrote:
Oh dear. I should not have read these posts!! I had a Uni compartmental on my right knee nine days ago. Did not have severe pain before, my knee was just restricting my daily activities. Spent four days in hospital..the worst part was the nausea from the narcotics so I stopped them. Am now only on panadol and anti inflammatory tablets. Can walk unaided, can do steps. The pain at night is terrible so I have resorted to a sleeping tablet which allows some broken sleep. Doing exercises religiously and my physio yesterday said I was doing great. How long does this night pain last?? I am 62, average weight and was very active. I am hoping for a great outcome but reading on here I am now very nervous! Good luck to all.
See a massage therapist to remove scar tissue and get the knots out. My surgery was 3 months ago and ROM is 140. PT did not help that much. Decided to go to personal trainer and massage therapist.
Patricia

Saint Paul, MN

#79 Sep 10, 2012
BTW, knee is much better. Just trying to work out the stiffness I get after sitting. I am 47. Before I went to the massage therapist (which is a friend) it hurt to walk - felt like I had a bar behind my knee. After one day with personal trainer and therapist, I felt 75% better. Sometimes I walk with a 5lb weight attached to the ankle. The trainer says you need to engage the muscles. I belive most people have problems with muscle and scar tissue and don't realize it. The bone has been repaired so it's fine but those ligaments and tendons sure take a beating.
debbie from Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK

#80 Sep 19, 2012
I just had a scope done on my right knee,dr didnt find anything wrong but said the bone was worn out a little that i would probally have to have a partical knee replacement soon out, of all the comments i read its not looking good.Does anybody know how long I would be down before I could get up on my own?
Mike

San Antonio, TX

#81 Sep 19, 2012
Patricia wrote:
BTW, knee is much better. Just trying to work out the stiffness I get after sitting. I am 47. Before I went to the massage therapist (which is a friend) it hurt to walk - felt like I had a bar behind my knee. After one day with personal trainer and therapist, I felt 75% better. Sometimes I walk with a 5lb weight attached to the ankle. The trainer says you need to engage the muscles. I belive most people have problems with muscle and scar tissue and don't realize it. The bone has been repaired so it's fine but those ligaments and tendons sure take a beating.
Patricia, what kind of personal trainer and massage therapist did you use? Where did you find them...yellow pages, doctor? I am happy for you that this worked so well. Thanks for sharing the info.
Patricia

Saint Paul, MN

#82 Sep 19, 2012
Trainer - I had gone to him about a year before - basic working out - he does this out of his home. You could do this at home once someone shows you how to due the exercises correctly. Going to him just makes me keep up with it. I do lots and lots of squats and side step ups. Rebuilding the quads and hamstrings is key.

The massage therapist is a friend and I feel the most important. You need to find one that does deep massaging - work that scar tissue and knots out. If you don't - your knee will lock and give you terrible pain and restrict ROM. I am sure you can find one in the yellow pages. This is a not feel good massage - it does hurt - no pain no gain.

I still have some pain at the implant site (MCL area). I went to the doc yesterday for checkup. He agreed that it will just take some time for this area to calm down - I rub a piece of ice on area and it feels better for awhile. ROM is 140!

Good luck!
bobbie

Ypsilanti, MI

#83 Oct 18, 2012
Dad had two replaced at the same time. Had pain for 6 weeks and he's done fine for 10 years.

I had a partial 3 months ago and still have pain, but it's improving gradually. I did tear the inner incision and had a lot of bleeding 2 months out and had to have the blood drained with a big needle. Ouch! Pain from that almost gone, but still have swelling from the tear. I was told it takes one year for all the pain to leave after a partial. I HAVE PAIN DOWN MY LEG, TOO, LIKE SOMEONE ELSE WHO POSTED...Can't see their name. My doc said it's because the leg muscles have to adjust. Also have pain behind the knee.

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