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Rich Neusse

Dallas, TX

#83 Mar 25, 2011
I too have the clunking and popping. Sounds like popcorn in the MW sometimes. Has anyone heard anything from DePuy on this issue? Will this not damage the plastic surface eventually?

Somedays the TKR makes more snapping sounds than other days. Occasionally while sitting back in the den will my leg on an ottoman the knee seems to lock in a position and hurts to undo the position.
clifton

AOL

#84 Mar 27, 2011
I had a bi lateral tkr on Dec 2 2010, great deal of pain for the first 4 weeks. I pushed myself hard during the rehab. I'm 48 and went back to work with no restrictions other than wearing knee pads when I crawl under houses. I'm a Building Inspector, Ive been climbing ladders, crawling and stairs. I do hear sounds coming from the new joints but I have no pain in the joints. I.m still working on strengthening my legs so I get muscle pain which is part of the healing process. I know that I will have to have them replaced in the future, but for now I walk without limping and I don't have to take any medication for pain. It was tuff for the first 6 weeks. I'm glad I had them done.
Philip Elder

Derby, KS

#85 Mar 31, 2011
I got a Stryker Triathalon 9 weeks ago. I do hear some noise occasionally, but it improves with muscle recovery. I am an old jock and am happy to have a "new" knee that works. I think there are some things with a new knee that we all have to work through, and as someone else said, it is not easy, but I can say unequivocally, it is worth it. Wow, what would any of us done 60 years ago??
I had mine done at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Co. and I would highly recommend them...pde
Robert Johnson

Lacey, WA

#86 Apr 1, 2011
Clifton, I find your story to be quite unbelievable. Really!

Philip, evaluating your results at this point in your recovery is sort of like evaluating a climb to the top of Mt Everest while you're still in the parking lot.
Don K

Philadelphia, PA

#87 May 8, 2011
Am now in my 7th week of PT and it has helped because my knee angle and my straightness is better. But my sleeping is not normal,I sometimes cannot get to sleep and if I do I only sleep a short time then wake up again. When I am awake I will have an obvious clicking in my knee joint and some pain. This happens either sitting still and moving my knee or walking, each step is a noise and a pain. I have tried to explain it to my doctor but it goes in one ear and out the other with no reasonable explanation. True, there is less pain since the knee was replaced but the clicking and the pain from that is very uncomfortable.
meniscus tear symptoms

Guangzhou, China

#88 May 27, 2011
Is it your injury convertible to meniscus tear ?

meniscus tear symptoms as follows:
1、Swelling of the knee joint.
2、Moderate pain,especially pain heavily when swelling.
3、Have discordance on range of motion,the symptom is unable bend or straight the leg completely.
4、Weakness of the knee joint,the symptom is difficult in straighting out and lifting the knee.
5、There is “poping” sound when get injury,and there is “click” sound when unbend and bend the knee joint,which is the most common meniscus tear symptom.

look for more about meniscus tear symptoms:http://www.meniscuste ars.org/meniscus-tear-symptoms -help/
Barb

Chattanooga, TN

#89 May 30, 2011
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
My husband's new knee just started popping and he said it feels loose, slipping, and it's clicking. He had the TKR surgery (with the Biomet knee system) in December 2010 and these problems just started about 3 weeks ago. I was walking next to him yesterday, May 30, 2011, and I could hear his knee popping. Horrible sound. His TKR has been going well for him until 3 weeks ago then the new knee started slipping on him and making noises. My husband went to see his DR. and he did an x-ray, but said he couldn't see anything. The Dr. mentioned that my husband may need to have another surgery called a Revision to replace the upper portion of the knee. Has anyone else out there had any problems with the Biomet knee system?
kim

Cincinnati, OH

#90 Jun 9, 2011
JiMackey wrote:
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!
I had both of my knees replaced and they both make noise and they both still hurt. The first one was done last December and it just does not want to heal. Neve again will I have something replaced.
Rebecca

Ashland, OR

#91 Jun 11, 2011
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
Response: I'm sure you are well past this by now, since it's now 2011. But this is plaguing me and your comments above are almost exactly the same statement I made yesterday about mechanics and wear and tear. I'm very active, healthy, do yoga, ride bikes and motorcycles, etc. and after 2 unicondylars that failed, I had an emergency TKR...I have the Smith and Nephew Oxinium. My recovery was off the chart too...full range of motion normal in 3 wks, full embracing of PT outpatient program and home PT program. My PT finally said he wouldn't work with me until I saw my surgeon again because the knee was too loose and too loud. He said you sound like you NEED a new knee, not like you just got one.

Though I am back to work FT, and have been very active, it's very unnerving, somewhat painful, still warm, and swelling has gone down mostly, but it swells after I spend time on it. I can sit in a chair and move it/clunk it so loud that people stare. My surgeon was sorta shocked, but then basically says nothing's wrong, the xrays look fine. He says I'm impatient cuz I'm so active, but this is ridiculous. I cannot accept this is the permanent condition. If my car, motorcycle, or mixer were this clunky it would be evident that something is seriously out of round, or wearing badly till it implodes.

I don't know where to turn since the docs seem to be unwilling to comment on another's work. When I shared the PT's commetns, the surgeon told me to get a new PT. Seriously.
Jerry in Bakersfield

United States

#92 Jun 12, 2011
larry wrote:
i had a tkr, rotating platform, on feb 23 2009...i did pop and click for about 3 months..i did and continue to do a very vigorous rehab..it has disappeared. i am now playing doubles tennis and golf..w/tennis i am running better than i did five years ago..happy w/operation...i feel that the continued rehab..including biking and wt. training is the key...larry
You didn't state your age or general physical condition. For a reasonable comparison of sorts that would be helpful. What you say is encouraging, and I have suspected the same ... exercise and conditioning!! I (age 67) had a full replacement about ten weeks ago on my left knee. The clunking and sound has actually become worse in the last month. Thanks for posting.
dave in missouri

Scott City, MO

#93 Jul 2, 2011
Reppoc wrote:
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.
hello....ive had 2 knee replacements..1 on jan 25 2011 the other on mar 9 2011..i have popping noise in both knees..i can hear them when i walk ,so can other people..to be honest it woories me...the left knee is pain free...the right isnt..i have low pain when it pops lying in bed or sitting in chair when i flex my knee..also feels like gravel under knee cap when i bend it...i go get seconfffd opinion july 5th at va hospital. My regular surgeon says im not healed yet...thats his answer for everything..i will see what other doc has to say
Kent

Grand Prairie, TX

#94 Jul 26, 2011
I'm sixty-seven and four months post surgery to replace my left knee. I've had a pretty easy recovery based on what I have heard from others. This is probably because my wife, a nurse, talked me into doing exercises beforehand to strengthen my leg muscles. I actually stopped hating my surgeon after just three weeks. He has said that most of his patients hate him for at least six weeks. I have a popping sound and feeling in my knee when I walk too. But the more I walk, the less noticeable it is. And, as the swelling has gone down, the stiffness and popping has diminished. I now have no real pain to speak of, only mild discomfort when inactive. My advice -- keep moving and use ice at the end of the day before bed to combat swelling.
jenny

Anonymous Proxy

#95 Aug 12, 2011
The sounds you described may or may not go away with time. As long as you don’t feel any pain or any discomfort other than the sounds, your device may be working well. It is important that you have a regular check-up with your doctor to monitor your condition and that in the event that complications arise, it can be detected earlier and be managed accordingly. Complications may arise but we all want to avoid that. I found a link about complications of orthopedic devices, you might find this helpful. http://www.hiprecalllaw.com
lance tyler tx

Athens, TX

#96 Aug 24, 2011
I am post-op since nov. 2010 had lots of pain more than not, i tried doing some of my side work and fell on right knee x 2 in a month , this is my knee replacement leg, now it sounds like rice krispies when you add milk and if i sit for over 45 min or early in a.m.. I am going to see my surgeon in the morning i do not like taking so much pain meds, my sister is a nurse of 32 years and she states i take to much, i will give update before weekend if all goes well. Lance . Tyler ,Tx.
One legged lover

Mississauga, Canada

#97 Aug 25, 2011
So hi everyone. I am an above knee amputee. I had cancer about 33 years ago. So my right knee has been doing double duty for 33 years. 12 weeks ago I had a TKR done. So there I was with literally no leg to stand on !HAHA. Well I just wanted to let you know that my physio said that I was a poster child for knee replacement, because I had no choice but to use it. I am still using Tylenol 4 for pain and voltaren for inflammation, but hope to put those behind me soon. I too experience the popping, it is very unusual sensation, but I also feel that it is tendon/ligament related. Waiting for things to settle. I only saw my physio once and haven't seen the surgeon since discharge. How often are you all seeing a surgeon or PT? Thanks for listening, and keep moving! If you don't use it you lose it! LOL
Libby

Kinston, NC

#98 Aug 25, 2011
My new knee pops and cracks too. Had surgery 11 weeks ago. They say it does that until its fully set in and healed.
Martin

Manchester, UK

#99 Aug 27, 2011
Stan wrote:
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?
Hi Stan,
I had the Zimmer NexGen CR Flex fitted two and a half years ago, right from the beginning I knew that something was wrong it felt very loose and made a loud clunking noise, if I lift my foot off the ground and waggle my lower leg it makes a sound like castanet's.
I still get a lot of pain in the joint especially if I try to walk fast or put my foot down heavily or if I stand for too long or twist my leg.
The Zimmer NexGen CR Flex is now becoming very famous for early failures and loosening, the hospital that did my knee (In the UK) no longer use the Zimmer implant????? Go figure!!!!! But x-rays and a CT scan show no loosening in mine and the surgeon says that it all looks good. I go to see him again in 6 weeks if he can't give me a reason for the pain and/or a definite cause of action to stop the pain I will look for a second opinion.
I hope your implant has settled down and you are happy with it.
Cheers
DEE

Clearwater, FL

#100 Sep 30, 2011
I had bilateral knee relacements 8 weeks ago. Right from the start i heard 3 identical thumps from each knee when I walk. Stryker replacements were used. Dr. didn't seem to know what I was talking about, tho he has done hundreds of replacements. Everyone, therapists, etc. tell me that I am progressing extremely rapidly and well. Have good balance and movement, etc. But the sounds are still with me. I feel they are permanent since they haven't changed since day 1. fortunately, there is no pain at this time. Any one else experiencing this?
jerry6665

Winnetka, CA

#101 Oct 3, 2011
bill wrote:
<quoted text>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
''pain in the back of the knee can be a 'bakers' cyst' or muscles, etc., getting used to the therapy & exercise.
ask your doc
j
Kathyann

Carlisle, PA

#102 Oct 6, 2011
I had a knee replacement in Oct. 2008. My only problem after surgery was swelling for months which is not uncommon. I have had no problems since then until recently. I was sitting in a diner and barely moved my knee and my knee cracked so loudly it sounded like someone hit a hard ball with a baseball bat. (It turned many heads, it was that loud) I had instant pain on the outer part of my knee cap. This has happen two more times in the past week and is not the common crackles. I have an appointment with my ortho. next week.

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