knee pain after a knee revision
Judy in CA

Eureka, CA

#22 Sep 3, 2011
OMG Gayle..that is just terrible. I would be concerned that the knee was o.k but is now hot, swollen and painful. Hope you have contacted the doctor as it could be that an infection has set in and needs attention, i.e. antibiotics, etc. I am not a doctor but better safe than sorry. My knee still swells after a year since my revision, which I had to have 2 years after my replacement, but that is usually after being on my feet all day, walking the dog, housework, etc. The whole thing gets very discouraging and it is sometimes difficult to keep one's spirits up, especially when the surgeon says, "everything looks GREAT on the x-rays". Keep us posted on what the doctor says. Good luck.
Debbie F

Albany, NY

#23 Oct 23, 2011
I can understand all the pain you all are having. On nov 16th 2010 I had a knee replacement.went to pt for a couple of weeks and the pain was killing me.Went back to my dr. found out my quad muscle came unattached. on dec 28th i was back in the hospital geting my quad re attach. My knee was still in a lot of pain. My incision was not healing my dr send me to a different dr and i found out i had an infection in my knee. so on may 6 i went back in to have my knee removed and a spacier put in. the spacer went easy. then on August 11th I went back in had a knee revision done. my incesion healed well put the pain is awful I canot sleep it hurts to do anything. i went back to my dr he took an xray and he said it looked fine. He said to cancel Pt.He gave me a brace t wear on my knee. then he said It is what it is. Beside all that I got foot drop on my food and have to wear a afo brace so my foot can touch the floor. I do not mind the brace it the pain that is killing me. I would love to sleep at night. I take percocet and muscle relaxer. So I know what you all are going through.

Since: Oct 11

Albany, NY

#24 Oct 23, 2011
Just wanted to let everyone know Debbie F is me spiderbite i had a hard time signing up. thank you
Paul

Saint Helier, Jersey

#25 Oct 30, 2011
Gayle wrote:
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.
Hi Gayle,
I had a revision done on 2nd September. Everything was going well up to five weeks. Swelling had gone right down and I had good strength and range. However, since then I seem to be going backwards. My knee area is feeling weaker by the day. The pain level is up to 7/10, even on 400mg a day of Tramadol. The swelling comes back now whenever I do ant physical exercise/walking. I am confined to bed about 20 hours a day. Like you, I feel frustrated at having progressed well to start going backwards. I am going to give a few more weeks. If no improvement I am going back to my surgeon.
One thing I am not sure about is if the physio is causing more harm than good. I go three times a week. I may give it a rest for a week or two and see if that helps.
I hope you progress well and wish you good luck and wrote this to let you know that you are not alone in your situation.
Paul
:-)
Jack

Libertyville, IL

#26 Nov 5, 2011
Gayle wrote:
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.
Have had similiar problem. Post 11 months,still in pain. Surgeons have not been helpful on future tratment. Not sure sure if they don't know or are afraid liabity?
Tracy-Bedfordshi re UK

Milton Keynes, UK

#27 Nov 7, 2011
Hello to all you lovely people...i'm gobsmacked that we are all in the same boat!like so many of you i'm taken pain killers every day & night the pain is 11/10 and more had a surgery on my right knee 09/09 it's now 2011 and still not sorted.
July 2010 had uni-compartmental right knee relacement done this was not a sussex!i have worked all my life never claimed benefit now expected to live on £67.50 a week!!!!!what a joke eh!then went in to hospital on 5/5/11 to have a total right knee revision..god the pain is un-real i wish to god i had never gone under the knife!
i take daily..Venlafaxine for depression...oral solution morphine 2-3hrs...MST 30mg every twelve hours..Diclofenac 75mg twice daily....Dihydrocodine 30mg 4-6hrs..ice packs..heat packs..walking with sticks in house & been on dam crutches for 15mths now hence really bad lower pelvic pain..arm's hurt from the crutches..can't drive anymore...life turned upside down..lost my job due to all of this...went to my GP ask to be moved to another hospital..as my Consultant said the same..X RAY LOOKS GOOD!!!!!and this 3yrs ongoing..i have lost everything due to the operations i have had...my heart goes out to all of you..god bless you all we need a miracle take care.
Tracy
Tracy-Bedfordshi re UK

Milton Keynes, UK

#28 Nov 7, 2011
Tracy said..Tell me how on earth can we all have the same symptoms...same pain..same swelling & heat..leg will not straighten..terrible night pain..broken sleep..standing pain...and yet nobody is held accountable!!
Well i for one will not take this lying down..i will make sure i get a scan done at a refferd hospital..this was the advice my medical solititors told me to do..to start the ball rolling..also i have kept all the paperwork from my GP & Consultant & My letters of god knows how many complaints i have writtern over the 3years saying the same thing over & over again.
PAIN,PAIN,LONG TERM SUFFERING.
After all what have we got to loose!
In my book we have lost so much already take care all sorry for going on so glad i'm not alone


Judy in CA

La Quinta, CA

#29 Nov 7, 2011
Tracy-Bedfordshire UK wrote:
Tracy said..Tell me how on earth can we all have the same symptoms...same pain..same swelling & heat..leg will not straighten..terrible night pain..broken sleep..standing pain...and yet nobody is held accountable!!
Well i for one will not take this lying down..i will make sure i get a scan done at a refferd hospital..this was the advice my medical solititors told me to do..to start the ball rolling..also i have kept all the paperwork from my GP & Consultant & My letters of god knows how many complaints i have writtern over the 3years saying the same thing over & over again.
PAIN,PAIN,LONG TERM SUFFERING.
After all what have we got to loose!
In my book we have lost so much already take care all sorry for going on so glad i'm not alone
Oh my gosh...what a pickle we have all gotten ourselves into! I think it is an excellent habit to save all paperwork and have copies of all surgical reports, tests, scans, etc. and keep them in a file or notebook. Doctors do stick together as, I think, we have all found out. My surgeon has now sent me to a "pain" specialist. I guess that is what they do when they have no solution for a less than successful outcome! Good luck Tracy!
Tracy

Milton Keynes, UK

#30 Nov 8, 2011
hello Judy...i am glad i have saved all the paperwork as it's all in black & white for those to read...i hate my life so much the depression is getting worst along with the pain!i'm 54yrs i'm not ready for all of this...like all of us we have so much to live for..but why should we be expected to live with all this pain & discomfort..makes me so very angry when your told by your consultant who's meant to know whats wrong!!!i still can not take it in that we are all in the same boat all over the world...i pray for us all best of luck to all of us.
Diane - Castle Rock CO

Aurora, CO

#31 Nov 20, 2011
I am 4 weeks post op. I had a TKR revision after having a small stress fracture in tibia that made my uni loosen. I am doing everything I am told, I do my PT everyday and rest most of the day. My knee is still stiff and swollen. I woke up this morning and I felt so good and I was so excited. I then took the dog outside and got the paper ( it was cold outside) and by the time I came back in, I was stiff and sore again. When will I start to feel normal again? My pain seems to be located on below the knee on the outside and travels down my leg to my ankle and foot. Does anyway else have this type of pain?
margaret

Craigavon, UK

#32 Nov 21, 2011
i had a tkr on 30th of september bt still have alot of pain especially at night. is this quite normal ? also my knee still feels very tight. i just wondered how long before you stop limping. i just wish the pain would go away and feel for everybody who is going through the same pain.
Diane - Castle Rock CO

Aurora, CO

#33 Nov 21, 2011
I had mine done on Oct 17th. I still have the tight feeling, like I have a band wrapped around my knee. I am also still limping, but I am getting better every day. I was told that somewhere between 2 and 4 month I would start feeling normal. I can't wait.
sallyb

Lynn, MA

#34 Dec 2, 2011
How are you doing now after your revision?
Diane - Castle Rock CO

Aurora, CO

#35 Dec 3, 2011
I am doing so much better. I am almost at 7 weeks out now and this past week I really turned a corner. This morning when I got up my knee was almost straight and no more limping. At PT last week I could bend my knee to 125 without any assistance. I also saw my Dr last week and he said I was doing to better than he ever expected. I still get tired, and my leg hurts at night, but so much better. I have even been decorating the house for Christmas. Everyone hang in there it does get better
Diane - Castle Rock CO

Aurora, CO

#36 Dec 6, 2011
I had my total knee revision 7 weeks ago and I keep losing weight. So far I have lost 21 lbs. Has anyone else had weight loss after surgery?
Judy in CA

United States

#37 Dec 6, 2011
Diane - Castle Rock CO wrote:
I had my total knee revision 7 weeks ago and I ke
ep losing weight. So far I have lost 21 lbs. Has anyone else had weight loss after surgery?
Gosh Diane...what are you doing that you have lost weight? I weigh more every time I get on the scale, although I have had one course of prednisone and 2 prednisone injections in my back for the sciatic pain that has developed since my knee revision. I keep thinking that I am getting older, plus the prednisone adds weight, but this does NOT make me happy. Am going back to my surgeon next week to try to see if there is nerve damage in my thigh since the revision. Isn't life grand???? Merry Christmas everyone.
sallyb

Lynn, MA

#38 Dec 7, 2011
Gayle who was your surgeon at the Baptist. I am 6 months post op and now after two second opinions I think I need a revision but fear the result will be worse. I had my surgery done at the Baptist with Dr. bono the first time. Thanks Sally
Diane - Castle Rock CO

Aurora, CO

#39 Dec 8, 2011
Judy in CA wrote:
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Gosh Diane...what are you doing that you have lost weight? I weigh more every time I get on the scale, although I have had one course of prednisone and 2 prednisone injections in my back for the sciatic pain that has developed since my knee revision. I keep thinking that I am getting older, plus the prednisone adds weight, but this does NOT make me happy. Am going back to my surgeon next week to try to see if there is nerve damage in my thigh since the revision. Isn't life grand???? Merry Christmas everyone.
I don't know what I am doing. That is why I was wondering if it was normal. I didn't have an appetite for the first few weeks and I guess my stomach shrunk, and my husband says I am eating less than I used to. I also wonder if my PT is helping. Prior to my revision I was pretty much a couch potato and now I am doing my excercises every day. I am sorry to hear about your back and thigh. Hopefully you will feel better soon. Merry Christmas
sallyb

Lynn, MA

#41 Dec 8, 2011
Hi Diane, I also lost about 20 lbs after the surgery, I had no appetite and forced myself to eat. I think it was the dilaudid I was taking. Anyway I put 8 pounds back on and hope to keep it at that. What was your flexion before the revision and how long after your first surgery did you do revision. Your results are so encouraging to hear. Did they just replace part of your knee implant?
Diane - Castle Rock CO

Aurora, CO

#42 Dec 9, 2011
Sally,
I recovered really well with my partial and had normal flex/ext. I started having having pain after having to wear a boot on my right foot for a stress fracture ( my partial was on my left), which made me walk off balance and I fell. I had a fracture on the top of my tibia and it caused the partial to loosen. I was on crutches for a month trying to let the fracture heal, but it wouldn't and a small piece of the bone under the partial chipped off. I had a nuclear medicine bone scan to check on my bones, and they were fine, but showed the partial was loose. It was only 1 1/2 years that I had my partial replaced with a total. Today my flex is 128 deg and the pain is so much better. I was glad to hear about your weight loss, I was beginning to get worried about mine.

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