Fluid on knee ten months of TKR

Fluid on knee ten months of TKR

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Ian Fischer

Ringwood, Australia

#1 Oct 5, 2011
About three months ago, I started accumulating fluid on my left knee following TKR ten months ago.

My surgeon withdrew a hundred "heaps" of yellow looking fluid with a needle and though this provided relief for a few days, the fluid came back almost immediately.

I have had X-rays, Bone scans and nuclear medicine blood sampling and scans to preclude infections.

Everything came back 100% but I have a seriously swollen knee, considerable stiffness and a fair amount of difficulty bending the knee and putting on a shoe or crossing my leg is far from easy.

It appears there is no answer to this problem as I can't keep getting a needle rammed every week for the rest of my life ........

The surgeon tells me there is nothing else he can do and I am just one of those people who tends to accumulate fluid.

To be honest, if this is true I would never have had the op in the first place, the present pain and inconvenience is worse that the old knee ever was!

I have taken courses of anti inflammatory tablets but they have had no effect.

What now? Doomed to a stiff, swollen and occasionally painful knee for another twenty or so years?

Any idea appreciated!
Brenda

AOL

#2 Oct 6, 2011
Ian Fischer wrote:
About three months ago, I started accumulating fluid on my left knee following TKR ten months ago.
My surgeon withdrew a hundred "heaps" of yellow looking fluid with a needle and though this provided relief for a few days, the fluid came back almost immediately.
I have had X-rays, Bone scans and nuclear medicine blood sampling and scans to preclude infections.
Everything came back 100% but I have a seriously swollen knee, considerable stiffness and a fair amount of difficulty bending the knee and putting on a shoe or crossing my leg is far from easy.
It appears there is no answer to this problem as I can't keep getting a needle rammed every week for the rest of my life ........
The surgeon tells me there is nothing else he can do and I am just one of those people who tends to accumulate fluid.
To be honest, if this is true I would never have had the op in the first place, the present pain and inconvenience is worse that the old knee ever was!
I have taken courses of anti inflammatory tablets but they have had no effect.
What now? Doomed to a stiff, swollen and occasionally painful knee for another twenty or so years?
Any idea appreciated!
I had my TKR July 26th 2010. I have had nothing but problems. When the doc. can't give an ans., he starts saying its in your back. DUH! When I went back on the 4th of this month. He kind of implyed in your head. I wish he had this. He took my foot and sorta twisted my knee. That helped. It made if not feel so tight. A lady in the waiting room was saying that her mother or grandmother had a knee replacement. The other one hurt really bad so she took vasaline and rubbed her knee and put warm towels on it. I have been doing bothe of my knees plus going for warm water therapy. It seems to be helping. Pray a whole lots and depend on God. The doctors want do it.
Florida Girl

Crawfordville, FL

#3 Oct 9, 2011
Hi Brenda>

I am now at the 11 month mark of bilateral TKR. Everything was fine until it hit about the 5th month then I started accumulating fluid on the left knee. Dr stated not to bother it at that time. I was discharged from therapy and continued in home exercises.

I am sorry about this being so long but I have massaged both knees and wore a knee support on the left one but it has not helped all that much. My next drs. appt. is on 12/5/11.

Any ideas - this is a nightmare.

Thanks for your reply
davesutt59

Cleveland, TN

#4 Jan 22, 2012
Hi, my #3 knee TKR is been a bit rough.you all have to remember your health has a LARG part of healling.my first 2 tkr I was late 20s and 30. And fit like a tenacious bull ;) loll at 40 had heartattack and lots of heart meds, I now Can't heal good.

I also was asking about adding to a very swelling knee with fluid on :the knee cortisone after removing gross thick yellow fluids. Doc said he would never do that only to add to infections, and yes had MERSA. don't need that again. A pick line in your arm for 6 weeks you feel at the very lowest. Well I know I have a lot of goof Christian family and friends and my faith is strong with the lord. Well God bless you all stay healthy.
Michelle

York, PA

#5 Jan 26, 2012
I am a 45 year old female and 9 months post TKR. I am still having severe swelling and pain. I can not straighten or bend my knee and walking is a total disaster. I walk worse then my 85 year old grandmother. The doctor did blood work to rule out infection. And there was none. He then tried to remove the "fluid" from my knee and there was none. I have been on medicine for 4 weeks now to reduce the swelling (which is not working)and reassured me that when the swelling goes down I will regain the bending and straightening which will allow me to walk correctly again. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Also, does anyone know if it possible to be allergic to the Knee replacement itself?
Andrew

Bothell, WA

#6 May 2, 2012
I had my knee done at 32yrs old,I'm going on my 12 year with the TKR. My knee started swelling about a year ago, but kept on working throught the pain and swelling. 2012 had a bone scan done and they think the parts my becoming loose or a infection, just had my knee drained ( over 100cc of fluid,yellow)and blood work done, but after the draining was done, the pain was a little higher than normal, but had a little more movement. By the night time the knee is swollen backup and have a weird feeling in my knee. Test will be in next week, hoping no infections, because if so they will take the knee out for 6 weeks to clear the infection, then put new knee in!!
Jason Meyer

Idaho Falls, ID

#7 May 4, 2012
I have read a lot about TKR ill effects. some people experienced it as early as 5 months from the time of operation. certainly its a nightmare. The signs speaks of serious infection going on. this is incorrigible.
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Liz McDonald Glasgow

Truro, UK

#8 May 18, 2012
I had a tkr on the 16th Jan. 2012 18 weeks later i am still limping really badly and i am in more pain now than i was before op. On the 2nd day after surgery my legs were still numb from spinal but physio made me get on my feet with zimmer but legs gave way and knees bent back the way causing the wound to burst open and pour with blood. I am convinced this has caused damage. I have had an ultrasound scan and it has showed an infusion so waiting to see consultant and he will decide what to do. Anyone any ideas.
Michelle

York, PA

#9 May 24, 2012
Andrew wrote:
I had my knee done at 32yrs old,I'm going on my 12 year with the TKR. My knee started swelling about a year ago, but kept on working throught the pain and swelling. 2012 had a bone scan done and they think the parts my becoming loose or a infection, just had my knee drained ( over 100cc of fluid,yellow)and blood work done, but after the draining was done, the pain was a little higher than normal, but had a little more movement. By the night time the knee is swollen backup and have a weird feeling in my knee. Test will be in next week, hoping no infections, because if so they will take the knee out for 6 weeks to clear the infection, then put new knee in!!
I am going through that right now. Knee has been removed and getting daily IV therapy for another 37 days but who is counting. I am! I am going nuts sitting here but I can tell you I feel so much better now that the knee is out of me. The medicine does make me sick but even so I feel so much better. The pain in my knee is even gone. I can straighten and bend my knee much further then I could a month ago. The swelling is also gone. Never thought I would have a "normal" life again until I left the original doctor who blew me off for 11 month and found someone who took the time to talk to me and find out what was going on. From the first visit with the new doc to surgery date was only 16 days. What a life saver and also a sanity saver. Please take control of your health and find someone who will listen to you. Don't wait. That will only make it worse. Best of luck to you.
john frink

West Chester, PA

#10 Dec 19, 2012
TKR was done almost three years ago. Everything works OK; I can play tennis and almost jog. But I can't kneel; knee too sore. Can't squat for more than 30 seconds. The reason I'm posting here is fluid running down to the ankle. Been there ever since recovery. Not a real big problem; it stops at the top of the sock and bulges out. Haven't been to the surgeon about it, butI tend to doubt now that it's ever going to cease.
Jrgs

Ellesmere Port, UK

#11 Jan 10, 2013
I had a right TKR in May 2011. All examinations and xrays since then have been OK although the swelling on the knee has never really gone down that much. About 10 days ago I started with severe pain on walking, straightening my leg and the knee started to feel a little warm.
An xray last Friday showed that the tibial spacer is not visible and my doctor has commmented that the extreme pain is due to metal on metal when moving. My original surgeo has retired and so I know await referral to someone for what she thinks will be a revision.

Has anyone else had similar eperiences with this suddently happennig?
Robert f

Scranton, PA

#12 Jan 30, 2013
I'm at 6 mts post op. I have fluid on the new left knee. Rt one was scoped also has fluid.. Same as the rest the 1st dr is blowing me off, the old some take over a year..the new dr I love but now have a rash on rt leg 5 more days on Iv , still no one knew what it was..beware some doctors like that fast50,000then forget your name.depression,you name it I'm going thru it.is their others like me
Larry-Oklahoma

Ardmore, OK

#13 Jan 31, 2013
I had a TKR on the right knee in 2007 left knee 2008 I had a laterial release done on both at the time of replacemeny. Fluid started froming on right after about 5 months. I had both knee caps replaced and another laterial release on right to cure the fluid and pain. Went to Dr. today 1-31-13 no answers yet. Pulled thick yellow fluid off right and red water type fluid off left.
joe pain

United States

#14 Feb 2, 2013
Ian Fischer wrote:
About three months ago, I started accumulating fluid on my left knee following TKR ten months ago.
My surgeon withdrew a hundred "heaps" of yellow looking fluid with a needle and though this provided relief for a few days, the fluid came back almost immediately.
I have had X-rays, Bone scans and nuclear medicine blood sampling and scans to preclude infections.
Everything came back 100% but I have a seriously swollen knee, considerable stiffness and a fair amount of difficulty bending the knee and putting on a shoe or crossing my leg is far from easy.
It appears there is no answer to this problem as I can't keep getting a needle rammed every week for the rest of my life ........
The surgeon tells me there is nothing else he can do and I am just one of those people who tends to accumulate fluid.
To be honest, if this is true I would never have had the op in the first place, the present pain and inconvenience is worse that the old knee ever was!
I have taken courses of anti inflammatory tablets but they have had no effect.
What now? Doomed to a stiff, swollen and occasionally painful knee for another twenty or so years?
Any idea appreciated!
wow im siting here in a hospital damn close to tears from pain x-rays were done they shot me with steroids and nothing,,,,a orthopedic doctor walks by asks wats wrong what are my symtoms,,,and so he sticks a needle in my knee "OUTCH"pulls out this yellow liquid comes back 5 mins later says yup infectd,,hour later antibiotics threw iv,,,,,good as new in two weeks,,,crazy.but lucky ,,,,sorry about ur bro take care of it dont let it infect your bone,,,,,,,,,
R-m-f

Scranton, PA

#15 Feb 18, 2013
Larry-Oklahoma wrote:
I had a TKR on the right knee in 2007 left knee 2008 I had a laterial release done on both at the time of replacemeny. Fluid started froming on right after about 5 months. I had both knee caps replaced and another laterial release on right to cure the fluid and pain. Went to Dr. today 1-31-13 no answers yet. Pulled thick yellow fluid off right and red water type fluid off left.
,it's the one above you n the post, I've had them drain mine twice, red clear fluid, they ha d it tested and thanks god no infection..but I cannot see the light at the end,people had tkrs months after me are walking without canes etc.im ready to give up.and just swallow this is. Goin be my life,please keep in touch
Michelle

York, PA

#16 Feb 21, 2013
Ian Fischer wrote:
About three months ago, I started accumulating fluid on my left knee following TKR ten months ago.
My surgeon withdrew a hundred "heaps" of yellow looking fluid with a needle and though this provided relief for a few days, the fluid came back almost immediately.
I have had X-rays, Bone scans and nuclear medicine blood sampling and scans to preclude infections.
Everything came back 100% but I have a seriously swollen knee, considerable stiffness and a fair amount of difficulty bending the knee and putting on a shoe or crossing my leg is far from easy.
It appears there is no answer to this problem as I can't keep getting a needle rammed every week for the rest of my life ........
The surgeon tells me there is nothing else he can do and I am just one of those people who tends to accumulate fluid.
To be honest, if this is true I would never have had the op in the first place, the present pain and inconvenience is worse that the old knee ever was!
I have taken courses of anti inflammatory tablets but they have had no effect.
What now? Doomed to a stiff, swollen and occasionally painful knee for another twenty or so years?
Any idea appreciated!
I had the same thing. My doc basically said it was in my head. i found another doc and he knew as soon as he drained some of the fluid that it was infected. Within 10 days of meeting him, he had me into a infectious disease doc and into surgery removing the knee and the infection. Man did I feel better almost instantly. I was on crutches for 10 weeks and daily pic line antibiotic therapy. Then had a new knee put in. I did so well after that. I was released from therapy before I was released from the surgeon. Good luck.
RmF

Scranton, PA

#17 Feb 22, 2013
It's almost 9 mts post op, and I still walk with 2 canes.they drained my left knee ( the new one)) twice, both times red watery fluid came out.. It come back in 3 days, no one will give me an answer.did anyone have this problem???i ride my recumbent bike every day over a mile which is a great start.i just feel like its lnever come close to the same and ill be using a cane forever!please if anyone had symptoms like these let me know Thanks 399
Freda Willacy

Bristol, UK

#18 Feb 24, 2013
I had a knee replacemen nearly 4 yrs ago and it is still swollen and painful. i did everything they told me to do exercises etc but it is still very painful. I sit with cold flannels on and althought it eases it, still very painful. The hospital have no answers moreorless say there's nothing more they can do.
Robert f

Scranton, PA

#19 Feb 25, 2013
Freda Willacy wrote:
I had a knee replacemen nearly 4 yrs ago and it is still swollen and painful. i did everything they told me to do exercises etc but it is still very painful. I sit with cold flannels on and althought it eases it, still very painful. The hospital have no answers moreorless say there's nothing more they can do.
do g
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Yourself a favor and another opinion,look and find the best
In your state,and go to him they made need to chage it,let me know how you make out..
Robert f

Scranton, PA

#20 Mar 3, 2013
I saw my Dr. Thurs. the 28th if you read my above comments , what I felt from beginning was right march 28th,7 mts post op I'm having a left knee revision and a right TKR.so like I was saying find a dr who listens and is good and hopefully next time I writeim doin better. I'd do it now if I could !

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