Knee Swelling and Fluid on my Knee
millersequine

Aiken, SC

#102 Oct 2, 2011
Ruth wrote:
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Hi
I read all your post. I hope the new knee is working just find. I am having my Knee revision on 9/2/11, My TKR keeps spinning out and dislocating. I have to push it back in-place. If I flex my leg more than 30 degrees it pops out of place. My Doctor called me three day ago to inform me that my white blood cell count of (6.5), is possible a low grade infection and I will have to under go the same treatment as you with the antibotic spacer,
Did you have any rehab exercise?, How did you get around? Did antibotics cause other problems?. I am scared to death! I am on a daily maintance drug to prevent bladder infection. my r+evision will be the Smith & Nephew Legion TKR system which was tested 30 year durability. My original TKR was a Depuy lcs,. Any Info will help from anybody who has these problems. My knee aspiration fluids showed high totals for infection, but nothing grew in the culture. The FDA.com had lots of people who filed against Depuy.
...I am now finally doing fine....I had the new 2nd knee put in June 14th.....I am now up to 121 degrees range of motion and they figured I would be lucky to hit 110 after all I went through...The biggest prolem I am having is the back muscles that were not used while in bed for 8 weeks with the cement anti biotic spacer....I am having to build my muscles back and get them to fire again....alot of pain but getting there...the knee works great but I do now have a screw into a ligament attached to bone and there are days it causes some pain...once the ligament adheres tightly back to bone the screw doesn't matter.......My NEW knee now looks like a knee and leg...before for three years it was grossly deformed with a large elongated bump on side of leg that they said was filled with synovial junk....I could have lost my leg due to infection....instead with a good Doc I am back walking right now no walker, no cane, but slowly as the back muscles start to work....I am thrilled to have caught the infection and get my knee back...I have a Depuy....the previous one was a Zimmer Titanium....Good Luck.....
sdiane

Commerce, GA

#103 Oct 4, 2011
My mother is 75 years old and had a total knee replacement surgery in March 2011. It is now October 2011. Her knee is constantly draining fluid every day and night since the surgery. She has had staff infection twice and cleared up with antibiotics and a drain pump but the drainage just keeps on pouring out. The doctor said her knee x-rays were fine and he can not figure out where the fluid is coming from. Has anyone else had this problem? Does it ever heal? Wonder if the doc's have any clue?
millersequine

Aiken, SC

#104 Oct 4, 2011
sdiane wrote:
My mother is 75 years old and had a total knee replacement surgery in March 2011. It is now October 2011. Her knee is constantly draining fluid every day and night since the surgery. She has had staff infection twice and cleared up with antibiotics and a drain pump but the drainage just keeps on pouring out. The doctor said her knee x-rays were fine and he can not figure out where the fluid is coming from. Has anyone else had this problem? Does it ever heal? Wonder if the doc's have any clue?
Get a second opinion pronto....This is not normal and I don't care what he says.....My x-rays were fine too....but I had staff for three years and nearly lost my leg.....Good Luck, let us know how it goes...be aggressive with this...
sdiane

Bucyrus, OH

#105 Oct 4, 2011
Maybe its that mersa infection. I heard those can be really hard to get under controll. Don't panic, but I would see another doctor, just to get that valuable second opinion!!!
Pamela

Dover, DE

#106 Oct 16, 2011
Well I finally had my knee surgery done, and there findings were that I had a piece of torn cartlidge flapping back and forth and also some body tissue floating around in my knee. Within two days I was back at my doctor's having the bandages removed, and now I'm also walking on my leg with the help of my crutches.. I am to see my doctor within two weeks and then the stitches will be removed..
Brit

South Glens Falls, NY

#107 Oct 17, 2011
my knee has been swollen for 3 weeks. I play volleyball and hav to dive to dig balls. It hurts to kneel on it and when I walk sometimes I feel like its gonna just give out. I'v been icing it every night, and taking Advil,and it goes down an stops hurting a little bit, but I Have volleyball every day, an every time I dive on it, it hurts really bad again. Idk what to do:(my mom an grandpa both hav knee probs an I don't want my knee to b messed up. I'm only 15, and I live for sports!! How can I fix my knee?? HELP!
same problem

Santa Barbara, CA

#108 Oct 17, 2011
GRATEFUL wrote:
BACK IN APRIL MY KNEE STARTED TO SWELL AND I WS WORRIED BECAUSE IT HAS NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE. MY GRANDPARENTS SAID THAT HE COULD HAVE COME FROM DANCING THE NIGHT BEFROE AND I DANCED ALL THAT DAY AND THEY SAID THAT I PROBABLY CAUGHT AND INFECTION SINCE IT WAS COLD OUTSIDE AND IT WAS HOTT WHEN I WAS DANCING AND THE GROUND WAS UNEVEN THAT I WAS DANCING ON. BUT THE DOCTOR PUT ME ON SOME NAPROXEN AND THAT HELP CALM IT DOWN. I COULDN'T WEAR HILLS FOR A WHILE BUT WHEN MY KNEE/FEET WENT DOWN I TRIED TO GET IN SOME BUT IT DIDN'T WORK THEY KNEE STARTED TO HURT AGAIN. SO I WONDER IF IT REALLY DID COME FROM DANCING BUT IT SEEM LIKE IT SHOULDN'T LASTED THAT LONG. I RECENTLY START BACK HAVING PROBLEM WITH MY KNEE. WHEN I'M ON MY KNEE AND ROCKING BACK AND FORTH MY KNEE MAKES THAT POPPING SOUND AND IT DON'T WOUND GOOD AT ALL. BUT MY KNEES POP ALL THE TIME. FROM APRIL TO MAY/JUNE I HAD TO WEAR A KNEE BRACLET. ITS OK FOR RIGHT NOW BUT IT FLARS UP FROM TIME TO TIME.
ANYONE WITH A SIMILAR SITUATION OR REPSONDS TO WHAT I'VE BEEN THERE. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP FOR ANY ONE. GOD BLESS YOU.
That has happened to me and I was told it was uric acid so I am now taking medicine for that. You should check with your doctor to get an analysis done or something.
millersequine

Aiken, SC

#109 Oct 18, 2011
same problem wrote:
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That has happened to me and I was told it was uric acid so I am now taking medicine for that. You should check with your doctor to get an analysis done or something.
regarding heels....I wore them for years working real estate......My suggestion....forget the heels...gel nice looking low shoes...heels put your knee in an abnormal position..They hurt your knee......
millersequine

Aiken, SC

#110 Oct 18, 2011
millersequine wrote:
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...I am now finally doing fine....I had the new 2nd knee put in June 14th.....I am now up to 121 degrees range of motion and they figured I would be lucky to hit 110 after all I went through...The biggest prolem I am having is the back muscles that were not used while in bed for 8 weeks with the cement anti biotic spacer....I am having to build my muscles back and get them to fire again....alot of pain but getting there...the knee works great but I do now have a screw into a ligament attached to bone and there are days it causes some pain...once the ligament adheres tightly back to bone the screw doesn't matter.......My NEW knee now looks like a knee and leg...before for three years it was grossly deformed with a large elongated bump on side of leg that they said was filled with synovial junk....I could have lost my leg due to infection....instead with a good Doc I am back walking right now no walker, no cane, but slowly as the back muscles start to work....I am thrilled to have caught the infection and get my knee back...I have a Depuy....the previous one was a Zimmer Titanium....Good Luck.....
You will be fine......My biggest problem is and I am still working at it...muscles that atrophy while immobile.....I have been in PT since June 14th my second surgery date for installation of new knee..which is a Dupuy rotating platform....my zimmer titanium is gone....Antibiotics are tough...I can't relieve your anxiety there...I had hypostatic hypertension...whether from IV and oral antibiotics and spacer I don't know....could have been from two back to back surgeries....but my electorlytes went bezerk also....so monitor yourself and let your Dr. know where you are at..My infection showed up also but they could not type it either so they gave me half a dozen different types of antibiotics.....They believed it was slow growing staff...I believe from original surgery.....however mercer did show up on onr of 50 swabs or biopsies taken while leg was open during 2nd insertion.....back on antibiotics...HOWEVER...I am here to tell you
this knee looks better than the other one ever did in three years...I am walking..I have been taught how to put my back in place through self adjustments while my muscles return to normal...they are firing now....I also take Qigong...for inner core strength...but only just started after four months of PT....I was scared to pieces also....it is normal...You have no options..you go through it with a positive outlook...you will make it...Hollar if I can help further...my prayers are with you. Look forward to hearing your progress....
Tina

Clarkson, Australia

#111 Oct 31, 2011
Well, don't take this as gold but a very common and similar issue can be caused by a split in your meniscus.

Your meniscus acts like a cushion in your knee joint and is made of cartilage so once torn, it has very limited blood supplies and wont repair itself.

This could be the reason for the recurring inflammations. Certain movements can cause the 'flap' of the meniscus to interfere with the knee's motion and can also aggravate or extend the split, causing quite intense pain initially which then swells, eventually calming down to a level somewhat close to, but never quite, the level of wellness before any injury (there is often a persistent 'niggle'). Physio also doesn't seem to help unless there is a simultaneous strain, although it does keep the knee in otherwise, good shape.

Often the injury is recurring but can be kept in check (if still minor) if you stick to only certain motions (such as straight line only). Alternatively, quite a simple operation (usually keyhole) can be performed by an orthopaedic surgeon to 'shave' off the overhanging split on the meniscus.

Hope this may help someone!:D
Tina

Clarkson, Australia

#112 Oct 31, 2011
I forgot... :D A split in the meniscus can also cause popping noises and yes, even loud popping noises with certain movements.
Tina

Clarkson, Australia

#113 Oct 31, 2011
...Maybe ask for an MIR...
Bkane

Hickory, NC

#114 Nov 1, 2011
Joe wrote:
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I am 2 years post TKR. I did really well for 10 months after TKR & then the swelling began. I had my knee aspirated 6 times so far, the fluid shows no infection. Anywhere from 40cc to 80cc of fluid has been taken from the knee. I have been sent to Penn State's Hershey Medical Center to see a specialist & they are confused. It really limits my mobility & have taken a few falls, no injury to the TKR, but did a job on my nose,lip & chin. So frustrating to deal with.
Who aspirated your operated knee? An orthopedic surgeon? Did they use CT to guide the needle?
sdiane

United States

#115 Nov 2, 2011
Just wanted everyone to know, my mother went back to the doctor and was put on another antibiotic called (amox trk cov) 3 times daily and her knee finally quit draining! It has taken so long for it to heal, so maybe if your having the same problem, they need to keep trying the antibiotics. They are keeping her on this for another 4 weeks. There is no swelling and it looks like she has finally made it. I pray that all of you will continue to heal and thank you for your concern and comments.
Diane

Benton, AR

#116 Nov 7, 2011
Judy wrote:
My husband had a total knee replacement a year and a half ago. Swelling continues with lots of fluid. No pain but limited mobility due to fluid accumulation. No infection and x-rays show no loosening of the knee. Have tried everything from oral antiinflamatory meds to knee injection of steroid. Nothing worked. We are getting a second opinion.
Hi I had a total left knee replacement AYG.15 2011 and my knee still gives me nothing but problems it is swelling hurts all the time. It's hurts not like it did when i first had surgrey but still hurt. I had ir drain a couple of time and had injections nothing is helping my knee pops all the time. even if i move it just alittle i am so upset i ready thought having a knee replacement was going to make me pain free boy was i wrong. Good luck with the second opinion keep us in touch Diane
Mary from Camden OHIO

Bucyrus, OH

#117 Nov 7, 2011
Diane:
Its only been three months, it actually takes a full year to get completely healed! Be patient! Good Luck
Deborah montgomery

Port Orchard, WA

#118 Nov 13, 2011
I had a total knee replacement at 49 yrs old and am now 51.since my surgery i have had to have two other surgerys . my knee continues to fill with fluid, swells and is very painful. my sedrate level is elevated and i tested negative for lupas and ostearthritis. the dr. says it,s a mystery to him . i wish i had answers as i,m tired of the constant pain.
carol wunny

Grimsby, UK

#119 Nov 15, 2011
its2years3months now sincetnr and have been in agony every day sincemy knee is very swollen, i had it drained once and i felt so much better but after 3 months it returned i also have nerve damage or something which is liken to lightning shooting from back of the knee, my surgeon just wants to get rid of me each time i have to wait 12 weeks to see him but nothing changes i have this forever i think and am totaly depressed, and am on antidepresion drugs now as well carol
Nerizza

New York, NY

#120 Dec 9, 2011
Unfortunately for some, complications hit them hard after replacement surgeries particularly that in the knees and hips. For those who had undergone hip replacement surgeries using the DePuy ASR hip systems, ongoing post-operation pain is a big concern because it could mean that you are one of those unlucky enough to get the defective DePuy implant. Immediately have your doctor conduct a blood test to check if there's high levels of metal chromium and cobalt in your body as caused by the metal-on-metal ASR implant. Check out this website http://www.depuyhipreplacementlawsuit.com/sym... .
Dolores Mallard

New Rochelle, NY

#121 Dec 9, 2011
Alicia wrote:
I have the same exact problem with my knee once it locked up and i couldn't move it. When it went back to normal my knee swelled up and i was put on some medication to bring down swelling but it didnt work so I had a knee brace. My knee started to pop occasionaly now it is swollen again with fluid in my knee, but I dont know the cause.
I had an Acl/mcl and a grafe on my right knee, never any swelling, nor fluid from surgery, no infection, only took three pain pills during the three months i was home,I was in pt one week after surgery, during great. wish the best for you.

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