knee pain after a knee revision

knee pain after a knee revision

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Sally

Darien, IL

#1 Jun 28, 2010
My Dr. says the x-rays show everything is as it should be but I continue to have problems after 14 months.
scott

Williamstown, NJ

#2 Jan 1, 2011
has anyone had problems after a knee revision , i have had my knee drained 2x
Beth A

Columbia, SC

#3 Jan 1, 2011
I had TKR Nov 1, and had blood drained the other day. Now I have to wear a compression band for 2 weeks. The knee is so weak that I can barely use a cane! I'm very frustrated!
Joan

Evansville, IN

#4 Jan 3, 2011
Sally wrote:
My Dr. says the x-rays show everything is as it should be but I continue to have problems after 14 months.
My Dr. kept telling me the same thing "a textbook perfect x-ray" well I ending up going to another doctor and to make a really long story short my knee replacement did not seal to my leg bone because I was allergy to the metal in the parts. I lost an inch and one half of bone because the bone was to soft and destroyed. The new doctor could put his thumb print in my bone that's how soft the bone had become. Don't let the doctor tell you the x-rays look perfect, mine looked perfect too! My leg is screwed up and will never be right.
Beth A

Columbia, SC

#5 Jan 6, 2011
So....now scheduled for a revision on Tuesday. Is revision as hard to recover from as replacement??
Joan

Evansville, IN

#6 Jan 6, 2011
Beth A wrote:
So....now scheduled for a revision on Tuesday. Is revision as hard to recover from as replacement??
The recover is pretty much the same.
Becky

Bloomer, WI

#7 Jan 15, 2011
Sally wrote:
My Dr. says the x-rays show everything is as it should be but I continue to have problems after 14 months.
I had several X-rays on my first knee so I went to a different doctor as I was still having pain. This doctor says an X-ray doesn't show everything. They did a bone scan which showed my first knee did NOT attach with the cement. X-ray did not show that.
richard

West Milford, NJ

#8 Feb 17, 2011
Ihad a revison done and it was hell the 2nd time around and now that loosen up i don`t know if there ever going to get it right. very pain ful
richard

West Milford, NJ

#9 Feb 17, 2011
they say the knee is the most painful replacement sugery and i agree, i had a revision sugery done and that was even worse. So that makes two knee replacements on one leg, and now i need a third the revision loosen up. i don`t think i can go through this again. very hard recovery. and whats next what are they going to tell me sorry this didn`t work. we have to remove your leg. very scary stuff. somebody at fault and it`s not the doctor it`s the people who make these knee`s there not even going through the FDA there just putting them in our legs.

Since: Mar 11

Chicago, IL

#10 Mar 18, 2011
Hey Richard, you're not supposed to have another surgery or a revision in the first place. The problem might be with the type of knee replacement device implanted in your knee. Have you heard about Zimmer NexGen Knee Recall? If not, you can visit this site.
http://www.zimmernexgenkneerecall.com/updates... .
Debbie

Cincinnati, OH

#11 Mar 24, 2011
I had a wreck in 1978. Lived with knee pain for 20+ years (and 3 kids) and got pushed in a pool in 1997. X-rays showed pieces of bone in my knee. The doctor did orthoscopic surgery to remove them. Did that again in 1998 when the pain wouldn't stop and the knee wouldn't hold me. In 1999 I had a TKR. In 2005, after visiting the Cleveland Clinic and finding out that my original replacement was LOOSE, I had a Total Knee Revision. It was horrible. I am still in pain ALL the time. I am on pain killers constantly and can't seem to get the pain to quit waking me up in the middle of the night. Now it seems to be getting worse and I am have trouble walking. I don't recommend either surgery to anyone unless they have no other options.
sarah downing

Walnut, CA

#12 Mar 28, 2011
Hi Debbie, your knee replacement device should supposedly last for 15-20 years beyond. there must be something wrong with the device or the invasive surgical techniques used. There have been issues on knee replacement recall because of the loosening of the knee and the need to revise such. For more updates.. check this out. http://www.zimmernexgenkneerecall.com/updates...
Nail

Gillespie, IL

#13 Mar 28, 2011
sarah downing wrote:
Hi Debbie, your knee replacement device should supposedly last for 15-20 years beyond. there must be something wrong with the device or the invasive surgical techniques used. There have been issues on knee replacement recall because of the loosening of the knee and the need to revise such. For more updates.. check this out. http://www.zimmernexgenkneerecall.com/updates...
Sarah, it's getting kinda old with you on every forum subject with your Zimmer postings. You sure have an ax to grind, are you a lawyer in a class action suit for this???.......Nail
Brenda

AOL

#14 Mar 30, 2011
Joan wrote:
<quoted text>My Dr. kept telling me the same thing "a textbook perfect x-ray" well I ending up going to another doctor and to make a really long story short my knee replacement did not seal to my leg bone because I was allergy to the metal in the parts. I lost an inch and one half of bone because the bone was to soft and destroyed. The new doctor could put his thumb print in my bone that's how soft the bone had become. Don't let the doctor tell you the x-rays look perfect, mine looked perfect too! My leg is screwed up and will never be right.
Most of the doctors are not up front with their patients. I think they are mostly interested in the money. The one I have acts like he doesn't care. My other knee is bothering me but I wouldn't let him touch my knee because he has not been up front about anything. I am afraid they don't have my knee lined up just right. I can't sleep , I am sick all day long. I don't understand some of these doctors. The one that did mine was supposed to be one on the top doctors but I don't rate him that highly.
Gimpie

Chicago, IL

#15 Apr 1, 2011
SarahDowning wrote:
Hey Richard, you're not supposed to have another surgery or a revision in the first place. The problem might be with the type of knee replacement device implanted in your knee. Have you heard about Zimmer NexGen Knee Recall? If not, you can visit this site.
http://www.zimmernexgenkneerecall.com/updates... .
Sarah, you are absolutely right,the failure of the knee, is either the Dr's technique,and or the knee product!! I'm getting a revision, and I need to something to get my life back!! I read all these posts, and it makes me scared to have it done again! I trust this Dr., well known, but I have to take that chance he will fix this knee, he has had success stories, hope im one of them!
Judy in CA

San Leandro, CA

#17 May 29, 2011
richard wrote:
Ihad a revison done and it was hell the 2nd time around and now that loosen up i don`t know if there ever going to get it right. very pain ful
I also had a knee revision after 2 years of second opinions and therapy that got me nowhere. My x-rays also looked fine except for a very small degree of offset of the components. I had a revision 8 months ago. Again, the surgeons says "looks perfect" but I have thigh pain whenever I walk. I limp, cannot do stairs normally and am just about ready to scream at someone, anyone! I have read that some surgeons advise cane use FOREVER after revisions. When I saw the length of the new femoral component, I almost fainted. I am beginning to think that I will be like this forever. If so, I think I could tolerate using a cane, but not the pain. Vicodin does nothing...I use ice constantly. My therapist says that one thing he has learned is that knee replacements are not a cakewalk!
Joyce in MA

Brockton, MA

#18 Jul 17, 2011
I had a knee revision in late Jan. Stil in discomfort. Feels tight and heavy when walking. They say "I'm fine, but it takes a year to heal." That's what they tld me the first time. Had a new top deoc the second timne. said knee had loosened. Had first doc. investigated but got no where. I want to feel better. Now dealing with cataract surgery. It never ends.
Carole L

Glen Ellyn, IL

#19 Jul 17, 2011
I am blown away at how "not alone" I am. Thank you for sharing your experiences on this awful ordeal. It's been 14 months since my TKR and I did everything exactly as they told me to do and was as fit as I have ever been going in to the surgery and yet I'm still in constant discomfort. Standing and walking is the worst. I'm 58 and dying to play some kind of sport again but everything hurts except biking. At least my doctor was honest, before the replacement he said to wait until it was the last resort because... "There's nothing like the knee God gave you." I wish I'd taken that statement more literally and never had it done. All I did is trade one kind of pain for another.
Annmarie

Ellenville, NY

#20 Aug 21, 2011
I had tar on july21 2010,then a manipulation under anesthesia oct.2010.then a revision on june 7 2011. It is now aug. 2011 and stll can't straighten my leg or bend completely ,i am in so much pain all the time am on pain meds everyday and still go to therapy 3 days a week they say I'm doing well but is very concerned about the stiffness he Afraid my scar tissue came back.if anyone told me I would be going thru this for a year and a half I would have passed this sucks I am 48. And miserable, can't do much with my grandchildren I just want to be ok,wish the pain would go I could handel the leg not straitening or bending I use a cane it's just the pain well I'm glad there's others with the same problem I'm not alone.I hope all of us get better
Gayle

Framingham, MA

#21 Sep 3, 2011
I had a TKR on April 9, 2009 because of pain/osteoarthritis and bone on bone. I was flexing at 130 in no time, but my knee just wasn't right. It was locking up, pain going downstairs, not up. Until now I had cortisone injections to no avail.
Aug 4, 2011, I had a total knee revision (same incision). The liner was replaced with a thicker one. I was supposed to be on crutches 4 weeks. I was walking outside without crutches in 8 days. Saw my doctor for the 4 week follow up and everything was great.
In the past week, the pain in my knee is about an 8. It is hot, swollen, and I'm having sharp pain in different areas. How could I go from feeling great to this? I am so tired of being in pain, walking with a limping,going up and down stairs one at a time. I'm on Oxycodone which doesn't help. I will give it a couple of days then back to the N.E. Baptist Hospital in Boston to see my surgeon. I too have replaced osteo pain with another pain which are equal at an 8. I know I'm only 4 weeks post revision, but instead of getting better, it's getting worse. Anyone else have the same problem. Thank everyone and I wish all our pain away for good.

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