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Popping and clunking sounds coming from new knee

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“Better now since my operation!”

Since: Jun 07

Toronto

#1 Jul 5, 2007
Hello All:

Well, it's been just over 6 weeks now on my right TKR and like the subject line says, my knee pops, clicks, clunks and makes a variety of other sounds as well.

To be honest, there is some pain associated with the noises but I've had knee problems since the age of 9 and now I'm 41 and this was my 6th surgery so the pain is nothing new.
What I do find disturbing is the fact that my Dr. says that it is not uncommon for these "prosthetics" to make some noise. The x-rays are fine.

Okay, so I am not an expert on TKR but I am a General Contractor by trade and I do know that if something pops and clicks, that usually means that it is not wearing properly and the life expectancy of the said item is usually reduced. Someone correct me if I'm wrong please but like I said, I do know my mechanics.

I was under the impression that after the procedure, the noises would stop but at times at home, my wife actually asks me if the noise that she hears is my knee and when I say yes, she cringes just at the thought of it.

Can someone comment on this as to if this is something I should be worried about or is this as common as my Dr, says it is and will not affect the life expectancy of my knee...

Yours Truly
Mike V

Since: Apr 07

Lake Worth, FL

#2 Jul 8, 2007
Hey Mike:

I've heard about these 'sounds' post TKR, in another forum and from my limited knowledge, they may be associated with what they term a 'rotating platform' or 'mobile bearing' knee which actually has the polyurethane insert on the tibial tray that swivels a bit to simulate the natural knee movement. This hardware or prosthetic is by DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Do you know what type of knee you received?

I would imagine this is a possibilty in any artificial knee though. I just had both knees done(Bi-lateral)total replacements using this hardware on June 25th, 2007 and have not heard any of these sounds yet.

Truth be told, if they don't hurt, who cares about an occasional slight noise, for years, the knees have creaked and cracked for obvious reasons, but yes, anything unusual, such as these noises should be reported to our surgeons promptly as a safeguard. Good luck!
lynn

Gardnerville, NV

#3 Jul 9, 2007
Mike from Toronto wrote:
Hello All:
Well, it's been just over 6 weeks now on my right TKR and like the subject line says, my knee pops, clicks, clunks and makes a variety of other sounds as well.
To be honest, there is some pain associated with the noises but I've had knee problems since the age of 9 and now I'm 41 and this was my 6th surgery so the pain is nothing new.
What I do find disturbing is the fact that my Dr. says that it is not uncommon for these "prosthetics" to make some noise. The x-rays are fine.
Okay, so I am not an expert on TKR but I am a General Contractor by trade and I do know that if something pops and clicks, that usually means that it is not wearing properly and the life expectancy of the said item is usually reduced. Someone correct me if I'm wrong please but like I said, I do know my mechanics.
I was under the impression that after the procedure, the noises would stop but at times at home, my wife actually asks me if the noise that she hears is my knee and when I say yes, she cringes just at the thought of it.
Can someone comment on this as to if this is something I should be worried about or is this as common as my Dr, says it is and will not affect the life expectancy of my knee...
Yours Truly
Mike V
Hi Mike: I have written before about the very loud popping sounds after a total right knee replacement April 9th. I am now 3 months from surgery and the loud popping is still there, whether I walk up and down stairs or across the room, or move in the bed.

I had the popping immediately following the surgery in the hospital and reported it then. I reported it during PT and again at 2 week and 6 week check-ups.

My doctor still insists it is normal...by the way I too have the rotating platform knee. He said sometimes it goes away, and sometimes, not. It there is any consolation, I have begun to get used to how it feels when it pops and what it sounds like. I finally have little pain after a very rough first 8 weeks.

I do know that you must keep moving....the exercises help (even though they are torture), and if I don't move, I still get very stiff.
Good luck and hope this gives you some encouragement....I am 61.

“Better now since my operation!”

Since: Jun 07

Toronto

#4 Jul 10, 2007
Thank you both for your comments and words of encouragement.......
I believe that the hardware I had installed was from Biomet but I will have to re-verify that with my Dr. but regardless to the brand-name of it, you have described it to the T.
My Dr, also says that it is normal and may (or may not) go away with time.
Like I've said before, I know that if something pops, clicks and grinds, it usually means that it is wearing quicker than if it did not make noise but I too have a limited knowledge of such things as this when push comes to shove.

I once again thank you both for replying and I wish you both (and myself too) the best of recovery and lives with the new knee(s)
eileen colorado

Mount Juliet, TN

#6 Aug 11, 2007
4months post op tnk Not much pain
Still can't sleep or stay asleep.
Ambient is the only relief. Any bodyelse
using this product. Haven't noticed
any side effects.
bill

United States

#7 Dec 4, 2007
Mike from Toronto wrote:
Hello All:
Well, it's been just over 6 weeks now on my right TKR and like the subject line says, my knee pops, clicks, clunks and makes a variety of other sounds as well.
To be honest, there is some pain associated with the noises but I've had knee problems since the age of 9 and now I'm 41 and this was my 6th surgery so the pain is nothing new.
What I do find disturbing is the fact that my Dr. says that it is not uncommon for these "prosthetics" to make some noise. The x-rays are fine.
Okay, so I am not an expert on TKR but I am a General Contractor by trade and I do know that if something pops and clicks, that usually means that it is not wearing properly and the life expectancy of the said item is usually reduced. Someone correct me if I'm wrong please but like I said, I do know my mechanics.
I was under the impression that after the procedure, the noises would stop but at times at home, my wife actually asks me if the noise that she hears is my knee and when I say yes, she cringes just at the thought of it.
Can someone comment on this as to if this is something I should be worried about or is this as common as my Dr, says it is and will not affect the life expectancy of my knee...
Yours Truly
Mike V
3 months post op from tkr pretty good clunk in the knee os says dont worry also have a pain in very back of knee i wonder what the cause is? biomet vanguard

“268th Attack Hel Bn”

Since: May 07

AH-1S Cobra

#8 Dec 6, 2007
Hi Guys,
TKR Oct2 I find that I can feel tendon/ligament pops, and if I hold and flex certain muscles, it feels like it moves a bit and clunks, My surgeon said that this was a function of the ligaments and tendons adjusting to new dimensions. I am so happy with it I just can't say. hope you all have a happy holiday.
Libbey from Waterloo Ont

Canada

#9 Sep 24, 2008
Left TKR done at Toronto Holland Orthopaedic and Arthritic Centre July 10/08. Am 56 yrs old, and very happy with the results-except for the increasing noises of now 3 or 4 clunking knee sounds as my left foot lifts off from after taking a step forward, or turning in bed or just slightly swaying my lower left foot from side to side. Being really dilligent in doing my exercises and using a stationary bicycle has been the best thing to regain and become totally independent again. Persistence, working through the pain, and the surgery has taken me from needing a wheel chair to realising I have my mobility and my life back. I read on a website that during the surgery sufficient space is left inside the knee to allow for greater flex and bend afterwards and that if not enough room is left, the new knee won't bend enough and can cause increased wear of the new parts, synovialitis to occur which in turn will cause more pain and swelling. It could also be a sign of the patella having been misaligned. Will discuss this situation with my surgeon before my Oct 21st surgery for my Right TKR.
CHESTER 56 YRS OLD

United States

#10 Sep 25, 2008
Your poping sounds somewhat like mine , but I have very good flexation and range . I had the dupey rotating platform knee installed . I think my popping is that the lower base plate is not seated properly and the bone has not grown around ot properly . the Dr. has told me everything looks fine and the popping is the peice of plastic behind the knee cap . I will see on 10/06/08 and if i am not happy , i will see another Dr.
res00

Stow, OH

#11 Sep 30, 2008
I'm an orthopedic surgeon it's common to hear some noise but it shouldn't be painful or unstable or very loud.
lanelocust48

Eddyville, KY

#12 Oct 1, 2008
I am postop 6 weeks for a TKR right knee. I too have the depuy rotating platform knee. I also experience the popping sound.

The orthopod reassured me that everything is ok. That until the knee heals, that it will do that.

Mine though, doesn't happen all the time and it's really not heard by anyone but myself.

I know it's annoying but I am so grateful that I finally have a chance to regain my life over again. This is just a minor thing compared with the arthritis I was living with.
Libbey from Waterloo Ont

Canada

#13 Oct 1, 2008
I did speak to the surgeon assisting in my surgery -comments in #9 above and he stated there should be no noise or clinking or clunking whatsoever and that something is not right inside. He said to talk to my surgeon, who tells me he will assess the situation when I come in Oct 21 for my other TKR. The Xrays taken look fine he informs. So, I'm not sure what to think, however it is still clunking and bumping around inside on both sides of knee and under the patella.
Sarah

Gurley, AL

#14 Oct 9, 2008
Mike from Toronto wrote:
Hello All:
Well, it's been just over 6 weeks now on my right TKR and like the subject line says, my knee pops, clicks, clunks and makes a variety of other sounds as well.
To be honest, there is some pain associated with the noises but I've had knee problems since the age of 9 and now I'm 41 and this was my 6th surgery so the pain is nothing new.
What I do find disturbing is the fact that my Dr. says that it is not uncommon for these "prosthetics" to make some noise. The x-rays are fine.
Okay, so I am not an expert on TKR but I am a General Contractor by trade and I do know that if something pops and clicks, that usually means that it is not wearing properly and the life expectancy of the said item is usually reduced. Someone correct me if I'm wrong please but like I said, I do know my mechanics.
I was under the impression that after the procedure, the noises would stop but at times at home, my wife actually asks me if the noise that she hears is my knee and when I say yes, she cringes just at the thought of it.
Can someone comment on this as to if this is something I should be worried about or is this as common as my Dr, says it is and will not affect the life expectancy of my knee...
Yours Truly
Mike V
Mike,
I'm like you. I feel like the snap, crackle, and pop kids. I had a TKR the last of Feb. 2008 and I was going crazy with all the sounds. I feel better now because others can hear them now and I thought it was just me. Now my lower leg and ankle are hurting. I also hurt above the knee to the hip. I'm in my mid 60's, so I know the body starts to fall apart. I told the doctor about the sounds and he told me to research the internet about knee replacement. This is my first and I'm sure not my last research on TKR. Good luck and the doctor told me everything was fine on the X-rays.
Sarah
Stan

Van Alstyne, TX

#15 Jan 2, 2009
I had a TKR July 15 2008 and the popping started immediately. My surgeon continued to say the popping would go away until 3 1/2 months post, then changed to say that it may never go away and suggested I get another surgeon's opinion. I did and the second surgeon said that it wouldn't go away so try to get used to it. The only other option is another replacement. It's a Zimmer knee and I can tell you that I'm not very happy at this time! Surely this isn't right, is it?
connie

AOL

#16 Jan 18, 2009
I partical on 1/8/08 NO POPPING until last week when I bend my and then straight back out it pops and pain so bad it brings tears and then throbs, Ice heat nothing eases it. My surgeons assist says possible loose knee component. MORE Surgery OH JOY
Kathryn

San Diego, CA

#17 Jan 23, 2009
How old do you have to be for a successful partial knee replacement? I lost my lateral meniscuc at age 10 to an osteochondroma. I ended up with severe lateral compartment OA and down to subchondral bone. I clunk with each step. The rest of my knee is perfect. I have 25% knockknee angle and walking let alone running is PURE HELL. My OS wants to correct it with a partial but other OS say "Total Knee Replacement" or "Do Nothing" I am glad I read theprfevious posts. But I do not know what to do. I am upset. I won't be 50 for 5 more years. Any suggestions?
Marshall

Troy, MI

#18 Jan 24, 2009
I had mine done 15 months ago. Mine is a styker triathalon. I get a little clunking noise, but the stronger the muscles get the less I notice it. It is rare I even feel it now.
star

Greenwood, IN

#19 Feb 7, 2009
Kathryn wrote:
How old do you have to be for a successful partial knee replacement? I lost my lateral meniscuc at age 10 to an osteochondroma. I ended up with severe lateral compartment OA and down to subchondral bone. I clunk with each step. The rest of my knee is perfect. I have 25% knockknee angle and walking let alone running is PURE HELL. My OS wants to correct it with a partial but other OS say "Total Knee Replacement" or "Do Nothing" I am glad I read theprfevious posts. But I do not know what to do. I am upset. I won't be 50 for 5 more years. Any suggestions?
I was 44 when I had my first knee replacement and by time I was 45 I had both knees replaced due to RA, my suggestion is to find a ortho at a sports med facility,in my opinion they seem to have more knowledge and better judgement on knee replacment reguardless of age. Good Luck
Reppoc

Chickasha, OK

#20 Feb 12, 2009
I am 10 weeks post op, and I too am having the clicking. It was very painful at 5 weeks, and felt like it would actually catch, and then release. It no longer catches, but the popping and cracking makes it seem a bit slow to release when I walk. It of course concerns me, as I don't want this to be a lifelong problem. Did anyone have it and it went away? I have the Stryker Triathlon.
Jen

Norwalk, CT

#21 Feb 15, 2009
eileen colorado wrote:
4months post op tnk Not much pain
Still can't sleep or stay asleep.
Ambient is the only relief. Any bodyelse
using this product. Haven't noticed
any side effects.
just strange dreams!!!!!!!!!!

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