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May I share my success story on my single knee TKR?

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Since: Aug 10

Allentown, PA

#1 Aug 13, 2010
This post is not an effort to boast, but to give others hope that a TKR can go well and restore the knee to what everyone hopes will be the outcome of being pain-free. Prior to my surgery I cruised this forum and actually thought about not going through it. Seems there is SO MUCH that could go wrong with a TKR, so many posts of complications. I am 60 years, 5'9" and 190 lbs. Unremarkable. I go to the gym every morning before work, light aerobic and free weights, enough to drink beer at night. I've done this for 35 years. I am not athletic, only active. 3 weeks before surgery on a gym teacher's advice I did leg lifts, leg pulls and leg extensions on the cybex equipment. I could never do them before, as the pain was not worth the effort. I was bone-on-bone, and had a fractured tibia from masking the pain via 12 Aleve per day. I went on crutches for 6 weeks to heal the fracture so I could have the surgery. I could not walk more than 200 feet nor stand without severe pain. I actually considered quitting work. Surgery was 5/18, then I started inhome light rehab 3 days later. I took percocet every 4 hours, night and day. At 4 weeks I was able to drive to offsite rehab, did that for 3 weeks. Now I was on 6 Aleve and 6 Tylenol per day. My ROM was 136 degrees, I can't explain why, maybe my doctor's method or brand of implant? In the midst of this at 5 weeks, I went back to work after early morning rehab sessions-I fix copiers so it was a bit uncomfortable for 2 weeks. At 7 weeks, I seemed to turn a corner, stamina was up, pain was down and I felt pretty good. Sleeping was getting better also. I just had my 3 month checkup and XRay fest, and I don't go back for another year. I am painfree and actually forget that I had the surgery at 3 months. I take 2 Aleve per day in the morning as a precaution prior to the gym visit. I am functioning better than I have been for over 3 years. My final ROM is 143, better than my good knee. Again, I'm only posting this to give others hope and reaffirm their choice to go ahead with the surgery and get their life back! When someone asks me why it went so well, I tell them the key is to go into surgery having exercised your legs prior to it. I believe that is the only difference between me and others. I followed all the doctor's advice, both pre and post-op. I took the iron pills, quit the vitamins and everything else they prescribed before surgery.
I thank God and my family for seeing me through this and restoring me. I wish the same for anyone reading this. Best of Luck!
Sarah from Phila

Fairfax, VA

#2 Aug 16, 2010
best of luck 63...
Heatseeker

Canada

#3 Sep 8, 2010
It is good to hear success stories.
I am approaching my third month after surgery.
My surgeon about one month ago was not satisfied with my ROM. My physiotherapist told me to ignore the surgeon on the basis that I was doing all the exercises as well as using the pool. Sure enough,
the ROM improved. It takes time. ROM and pain problems differ from individual to individual.
I used a tape on the floor to see my improved bending. It went inch by inch - not feet by feet!!
I did not like being put on oxycontin for pain, but
I needed my sleep. So have heart, folks. I will
have my second done a.s.a.p.
Sarah

Fairfax, VA

#4 Sep 9, 2010
Heatseeker wrote:
It is good to hear success stories.
I am approaching my third month after surgery.
My surgeon about one month ago was not satisfied with my ROM. My physiotherapist told me to ignore the surgeon on the basis that I was doing all the exercises as well as using the pool. Sure enough,
the ROM improved. It takes time. ROM and pain problems differ from individual to individual.
I used a tape on the floor to see my improved bending. It went inch by inch - not feet by feet!!
I did not like being put on oxycontin for pain, but
I needed my sleep. So have heart, folks. I will
have my second done a.s.a.p.
your doing good heatseeker..I am 6.5 months out and have bending issues..i excercise at home and at the gym..it takes time but I'll get there. can u tell me how you used tape to measure your bending ..i am done with physcial therapy so it would be great to keep track before going back to surgeon..good luck to u
Melinda

Whittier, CA

#5 Sep 16, 2010
It's great to hear someone with not so much negativity regarding their surgery. I'm just a month post op and pain and stamina is an issue (duh...)I think people need to realize this is not just an easy fix. It DOES hurt, and to think it'll just go away is just plain silly.

Since: Jul 10

Stoughton, Ma.

#6 Sep 16, 2010
1 year post TKR today. Just released from my Dr.'s care.
Full range of motion.
2 bowling leagues a week back to back nights.
no problems really.
This is great.

Since: Aug 10

Allentown, PA

#7 Sep 16, 2010
It's great to hear some more positive outcomes! I'm at 4 months now, still painfree. Steps no problem, ROM still painfree and great. I can also straighten to the same degree as my good knee. Rarely do I feel warmth anymore and if so maybe only a couple degrees after exercise. MY ONLY quirk is night sweats which are diminishing, but I remember them as more severe last year when I was getting cortisone shots in the bad knee.
I do cybex leg machines 20 reps light weight every other day, and 20 minutes either on the eliptical or recumbent bike, or a combination. I tried to increase weights but it was not worth the discomfort.
Again, my thoughts and well-wishes go out to those with difficulty, I hope your full recovery comes swiftly.
John
Suzie

Malden, MA

#8 Sep 17, 2010
I am one week out and just getting the pain med adjusted is a pain in the neck.. But I think I have it as of today. Went 3 days without pain meds and thought I would die. Did anyone else get put on Valium? My therapist just had the DR fill a prescription for that.. she said for sleeping and for muscle relaxation. She said that I've been unbelievably tense. MY range of motion with out pain meds for 3 days today was 91. She seemed pretty impressed with that and she asked me to march in place and walk with one crutch on the other side. both I could do. I'm 45 year old woman that had traumatic injuries in High school that lead to no ACL and bone on bone for years.. I am so happy to read all of your success's. Last night I was cursing my husband for "making" me do this.. Today with the right pain meds I am happier and very up lifted for this thread.. Where were other people at my stage? I love being able to see a light at the end of the tunnel.. thank you for starting this!!!
Harry

United States

#9 Dec 7, 2010
Suzie wrote:
I am one week out and just getting the pain med adjusted is a pain in the neck.. But I think I have it as of today. Went 3 days without pain meds and thought I would die. Did anyone else get put on Valium? My therapist just had the DR fill a prescription for that.. she said for sleeping and for muscle relaxation. She said that I've been unbelievably tense. MY range of motion with out pain meds for 3 days today was 91. She seemed pretty impressed with that and she asked me to march in place and walk with one crutch on the other side. both I could do. I'm 45 year old woman that had traumatic injuries in High school that lead to no ACL and bone on bone for years.. I am so happy to read all of your success's. Last night I was cursing my husband for "making" me do this.. Today with the right pain meds I am happier and very up lifted for this thread.. Where were other people at my stage? I love being able to see a light at the end of the tunnel.. thank you for starting this!!!
I wanted to add my success story. I think we should all be aware that most people with successful surgeries feel no need to read these forums. I am 61, 6'5" former athlete and have had a LTKR and a LTHR. Both are working out well for me! My knee replacement would not have been as long of a rehab had I had a Minimally Replacement Surgery like with my hip. I am 3 wks post op on the hip and only have trouble with the quad muscle which was a result of the Aug 09 knee surgery. I came to this forum to encourage others to research MIS surgery and answer questions for others. I am free of pain from the replaced jointsfor the first time in years. I will be having a RTKR with the MIS surgery as soon as my doctor will do it. Then all my bad joints will have been replaced.
Dwell on what you have left, instead of what you have lost and your mind will be more at ease.
Harry
Dave

San Jose, CA

#10 Nov 25, 2011
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Bruce

Mcminnville, OR

#11 May 9, 2012
I am 9 months (left) and 1 year (right) post op with Stryker Triathlon implants. First weeks post op were pure hell with pain meds vs constipation and getting proper flexion. Had an excellent therapist - this is the most important part of your recovery. Flexion is 140 degrees plus in both knees ( get the iphone goniometer app) and no pain.
I'm still working on balance and going down stairs without watching where my feet go. Took a spill and did a tuck and roll with no damage.
Best of all, I can be on my feet all day if I choose, and I've almost forgotten I have the new knees.
This surgery is tough, but it's worth doing!
Sheila

Wurtsboro, NY

#12 May 9, 2012
Thanks for this forum. I am 3 weeks post-op for TKR left knee. I was told that in patient rehab is no longer paid for by Medicare unless there are other complications. I had severe constipation the first day I was home, took laxatives, and had such severe diarrhea that I was in Depends for days, along with an anal fissure. I severely regret not paying for inpatient rehab myself. I had trouble getting in home PT started, had just two visits, and then was finally healed enough rectally to go out to PT just last week. Have had only 3 outside PT sessions thus far, and am in quite a bit of pain. I guess that's pretty normal, and I am hopeful it will get better. But I sure could have used more help with the constipation and getting the pain and iron meds right so I could start PT sooner. BTW, I did quite a bit of exercise ahead of the surgery, both legs and arms, and think it has helped a great deal. Good luck everyone!
Knee replacement

Montréal, Canada

#13 May 9, 2012
Harry wrote:
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I wanted to add my success story. I think we should all be aware that most people with successful surgeries feel no need to read these forums. I am 61, 6'5" former athlete and have had a LTKR and a LTHR. Both are working out well for me! My knee replacement would not have been as long of a rehab had I had a Minimally Replacement Surgery like with my hip. I am 3 wks post op on the hip and only have trouble with the quad muscle which was a result of the Aug 09 knee surgery. I came to this forum to encourage others to research MIS surgery and answer questions for others. I am free of pain from the replaced jointsfor the first time in years. I will be having a RTKR with the MIS surgery as soon as my doctor will do it. Then all my bad joints will have been replaced.
Dwell on what you have left, instead of what you have lost and your mind will be more at ease.
Harry
Hi Harry, Congrats on your recovery and your efforts to cheer up others. You are very true that majority of people who undergo surgery are recovered very well , they do not bother to visit the forums and share their joy and experiences.
Also to all the people Knee replacement has got great success rate and would change life for sure. Because I have seen many patient whose life has changed.
I would not think twice if my mom has to go for surgery because I have seen so many great results.
Have faith guys.
And meanwhile Harry if you can share your experience with my website which is www.kneereplacementexplained.com it would be great.
Bye
Knee replacement

Montréal, Canada

#14 May 9, 2012
Sheila wrote:
Thanks for this forum. I am 3 weeks post-op for TKR left knee. I was told that in patient rehab is no longer paid for by Medicare unless there are other complications. I had severe constipation the first day I was home, took laxatives, and had such severe diarrhea that I was in Depends for days, along with an anal fissure. I severely regret not paying for inpatient rehab myself. I had trouble getting in home PT started, had just two visits, and then was finally healed enough rectally to go out to PT just last week. Have had only 3 outside PT sessions thus far, and am in quite a bit of pain. I guess that's pretty normal, and I am hopeful it will get better. But I sure could have used more help with the constipation and getting the pain and iron meds right so I could start PT sooner. BTW, I did quite a bit of exercise ahead of the surgery, both legs and arms, and think it has helped a great deal. Good luck everyone!
Hi Sheila, I hope you are feeling better now. I am a therapist and would like to tell you that your entire knee replacement recovery will depend on your post operative knee replacement rehab.Make sure you make most out of first few months of your time because during this time only you will be able to gain maximum movement and max confidence.
Just 2 cents from me.
Ankur Desai
www.kneereplacementexplained.com
b lawrie

UK

#15 Jul 14, 2012
I am 67 and had left knee replaced in march my sticks were gone within 3 weeks the relief is unbelievable Absolutely.no.pain now at all.and am waiting to have other leg done in august with.same wonderful surgeon who did first one. For everybody.who complains about n.h.s. we are extremely lucky and Thank god for it and our marvelously talented hospital surgeons .
tap dance kid

Salem, MA

#16 Mar 15, 2013
Hi to all -- I am two weeks post-op. Suffered from avascular necrosis -- bone death -- in my right knee. Was dancing, walking, exercising, but had momentary but intense pain when I walked up stairs. Started to become risk-aversive, avoiding stairs and calculating trips based on where there were stairs. Finally, after nearly a year and a half, I had had enough and decided to go with a TKR, which is really the only option for this condition, as well as a scope for my left knee which had debris in it from a healed meniscus tear. I went into the surgery physically strong since my pain was not constant and I was active, refused narcotics because I have allergies, and had a great surgeon. I was up and walking two hours after the surgery and was able to bend my knee to sit normally in a chair. I started with a walker and when I left the hospital three days later I was using a cane and could do stairs. I have cranked it on the PT....yes, it hurts and pain meds (there are good non-narcotic alternatives) are a must. My biggest problem has been knowing when to stop and put the legs up and rest. Swelling is gone, therapy is getting easier. Staples and sutures are out and I have been able to take short walks outside and told to ditch the cane when I'm at home. I have to say that I had two serious breaks in my arm and the therapy for those was so much more painful that this is easier for me. I should be starting outpatient PT next week and can probably drive in two weeks. All I can say is that a lot of the recovery depends on pain control, motivation, and patience -- PT brings small incremental results daily, which then turn into real advances weekly. This is major surgery, so there are no miracles, but attitude and diligence with the PT are key. Having had other serious injuries and surgeries, I was prepared for what I would have to deal with and am pleasantly surprised that it is not as bad as I'd expected. It is good to see other success stories, because I also had been reading sites prior to my surgery and was getting a little freaked out from all the problems. Best wishes to all --
Jane Wheeler

UK

#17 Aug 23, 2013
tap dance kid wrote:
Hi to all -- I am two weeks post-op. Suffered from avascular necrosis -- bone death -- in my right knee. Was dancing, walking, exercising, but had momentary but intense pain when I walked up stairs. Started to become risk-aversive, avoiding stairs and calculating trips based on where there were stairs. Finally, after nearly a year and a half, I had had enough and decided to go with a TKR, which is really the only option for this condition, as well as a scope for my left knee which had debris in it from a healed meniscus tear. I went into the surgery physically strong since my pain was not constant and I was active, refused narcotics because I have allergies, and had a great surgeon. I was up and walking two hours after the surgery and was able to bend my knee to sit normally in a chair. I started with a walker and when I left the hospital three days later I was using a cane and could do stairs. I have cranked it on the PT....yes, it hurts and pain meds (there are good non-narcotic alternatives) are a must. My biggest problem has been knowing when to stop and put the legs up and rest. Swelling is gone, therapy is getting easier. Staples and sutures are out and I have been able to take short walks outside and told to ditch the cane when I'm at home. I have to say that I had two serious breaks in my arm and the therapy for those was so much more painful that this is easier for me. I should be starting outpatient PT next week and can probably drive in two weeks. All I can say is that a lot of the recovery depends on pain control, motivation, and patience -- PT brings small incremental results daily, which then turn into real advances weekly. This is major surgery, so there are no miracles, but attitude and diligence with the PT are key. Having had other serious injuries and surgeries, I was prepared for what I would have to deal with and am pleasantly surprised that it is not as bad as I'd expected. It is good to see other success stories, because I also had been reading sites prior to my surgery and was getting a little freaked out from all the problems. Best wishes to all --
Thank you for this encouragement, I am currently waiting for a date for a knee replacement on my left knee which I am hoping is going to be this side of Christmas. No cartlidge and bone on bone plus out of alignment so walking on the side of my left foot which is beginning to ache like mad! I have looked at all sorts of forums, trying to ignore the negative comments! I am 59, soon to be 60, relatively fit, enjoy walking, do obedience dog training and have been with my PT now for three months undergoing exercises in readiness for the op. The thought of the op terrifies me, not good with pain (who is!) but determined to do all the exercises asked for me if it means I will walk again properly, be able to enjoy my dogs and training again, and NOT feel like an old woman before my time! Currently also started doing Pilates and Aqua Zumba (which I have to say is probably a bit hard on the knee and difficult to so some of the movements and can feel bone on bone. Very lucky though as not in too much pain as such, just can't straighten knee properly and walking very awkwardly because of the alignment issue. Just want my life back again!
Biker lady

United States

#18 Aug 23, 2013
Had TKR in 2001, great success after therapy. Can kneel on it, so good I forgot I actually had it done. About 3 months ago, the knee started swelling and at times is warmer to the touch. Now there is pain in the knee, especially when I sit on bed then bring my legs up to climb into bed. Feels like just the weight of my lower leg is pulling it apart. Sharp instant pain. What would the symptoms of a worn out TKR?
Jane Wheeler

UK

#19 Aug 28, 2013
63gretsch wrote:
This post is not an effort to boast, but to give others hope that a TKR can go well and restore the knee to what everyone hopes will be the outcome of being pain-free. Prior to my surgery I cruised this forum and actually thought about not going through it. Seems there is SO MUCH that could go wrong with a TKR, so many posts of complications. I am 60 years, 5'9" and 190 lbs. Unremarkable. I go to the gym every morning before work, light aerobic and free weights, enough to drink beer at night. I've done this for 35 years. I am not athletic, only active. 3 weeks before surgery on a gym teacher's advice I did leg lifts, leg pulls and leg extensions on the cybex equipment. I could never do them before, as the pain was not worth the effort. I was bone-on-bone, and had a fractured tibia from masking the pain via 12 Aleve per day. I went on crutches for 6 weeks to heal the fracture so I could have the surgery. I could not walk more than 200 feet nor stand without severe pain. I actually considered quitting work. Surgery was 5/18, then I started inhome light rehab 3 days later. I took percocet every 4 hours, night and day. At 4 weeks I was able to drive to offsite rehab, did that for 3 weeks. Now I was on 6 Aleve and 6 Tylenol per day. My ROM was 136 degrees, I can't explain why, maybe my doctor's method or brand of implant? In the midst of this at 5 weeks, I went back to work after early morning rehab sessions-I fix copiers so it was a bit uncomfortable for 2 weeks. At 7 weeks, I seemed to turn a corner, stamina was up, pain was down and I felt pretty good. Sleeping was getting better also. I just had my 3 month checkup and XRay fest, and I don't go back for another year. I am painfree and actually forget that I had the surgery at 3 months. I take 2 Aleve per day in the morning as a precaution prior to the gym visit. I am functioning better than I have been for over 3 years. My final ROM is 143, better than my good knee. Again, I'm only posting this to give others hope and reaffirm their choice to go ahead with the surgery and get their life back! When someone asks me why it went so well, I tell them the key is to go into surgery having exercised your legs prior to it. I believe that is the only difference between me and others. I followed all the doctor's advice, both pre and post-op. I took the iron pills, quit the vitamins and everything else they prescribed before surgery.
I thank God and my family for seeing me through this and restoring me. I wish the same for anyone reading this. Best of Luck!
Of all the comments I have read I think yours helps the most. I have done 3 months of pre-op physio now, along with Aqua Zumba and Pilates and my PT told me yesterday I was as ready as I could be and probably more fit than before my knee problem. I see my surgeon on the 24 September, so things are beginning to move forward. Hope to have the op done before Christmas but the thought terrifies me. I'm 60 years old and fit apart from the knee being bone on bone and out of alignment. Despite my fear I am determined to get through this and do all the exercises required to get full movement back. How are you now a couple of years down the line?
Ecollard12

Ridgefield Park, NJ

#20 Oct 14, 2013
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Which implant did you get. No one ever seems to put that in their post. I'm one month out and hoping I am getting the right manufacturer.

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