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Tina in Little Rock

Little Rock, AR

#1109 May 21, 2011
I am 59 years old and am scheduled for TKR on my right knee next month and my left 6 wks after that. I am 100 lbs overweight and am told that I can lose this weight after my replacements. Does anyone have experience with a replacement while you were morbidly obese?
Gail

Houston, TX

#1110 May 22, 2011
Tina in Little Rock wrote:
I am 59 years old and am scheduled for TKR on my right knee next month and my left 6 wks after that. I am 100 lbs overweight and am told that I can lose this weight after my replacements. Does anyone have experience with a replacement while you were morbidly obese?
I'm also overweight (40lbs). I've read somewhere for each pound you take off, it relieves so much pressure off your knees. Just makes common sense. You might find that after you lose the weight, your knees won't hurt so badly. I hate to see anyone our ages (I'm almost 58) go through this horrible surgery. Watch a video of it before you have it done. I wish I'd NEVER had it done. Still in pain-had surgery in 05. Lose weight-then see-hope this helps you--good luck--you CAN DO IT!!!
phyllo

Marion, IN

#1111 May 22, 2011
I had right knee replacements February 23, 2010. I was looking forward to a new "good" knee. I went to a surgeon that many people had used and were extremely pleased. I have a new "Signature" knee replacement which was supposed to be more efficient and less painful and quicker recovery. However, that isn't what happened to me. I was not informed of the amount of pain I would be having through this process. It has been very discouraging when I see others in therapy and they are back to work in 3-5 weeks with no pain.

Until a week ago I was still on pain pills every 4-6 hours because I could not cope with the pain. I have one more week of therapy to try to get the leg to straighten the same as my left. Also, even with therapy all this time my right leg will still not bend nearly as well as my left. My therapist said it may never change. Not very encouraging.

I still have very little stamina or energy. I finally drove the car to the grocery twice but it wore me out. Sitting in one position or standing very long are next to impossible. My tolerance level is very low and tears seem to come way too often. Trying to sleep in a comfortable position is difficult and I am often awake throughout the night. Obviously, this does not help cope during the daytime hours.

To say I am disappointed and discouraged is to put it lightly. I feel for all of you who are still struggling with pain. I thought all would be well--but I was wrong.

My left knee will eventually need replaced but at this point I cannot even conceive of undergoing this again.
Virginia Rizzuto

York, PA

#1112 May 28, 2011
I had my knee replaced 10 months ago. I went through extensive rehab and I am back in rehab again. Having alot of trouble going up and down the stairs with pain. I have alot of pain at night time and it makes it very difficult to sleep without taking pain pills.
My other knee is bad and now it has thrown my hip out and I am going through hip problems too. If I would have known this was going to be so painful and so many problems, I would have never had it done. The doctors do not prepare you for this kind of pain and the long recuperation.

I am seeing my surgeon this week, and I am not sure what he will recommend to eliminate my problem. I hope I will not need surgery again, but something is definitely wrong.

Good luck to the ones that are thinking about "Total Knee Replacment". Ask alot of questions and make sure you are ready for this kind of surgery. I would have never know, I was going to go through anything like this in my lifetime.
Celine

Altadena, CA

#1113 May 28, 2011
I had TKR on my left knee April 25, 2011. I am 80 lbs overweight. My Dr. wanted me to lose 50 lbs prior to my surgery but I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism which made it impossible to lose the weight. I am 56 years old with severe OA in both knees. We went ahead with the surgery and all went well, thank God. As painful as people have told me the process would be, I had no idea how painful it really was, especially the Physical Therapy. Maybe it is more painful, the heavier you are? IDK.....You've got to push through it as the PT will get you the range of motion you need. I left the hospital at 90 degrees and am now at 120 degrees. I am at the end of week 5 and am finally off of the pain meds. I am on ibuprofen three times a day. My problem is my right knee is so bad, that I am having a difficult time transitioning to a cane from the walker. I am suppose to have my right knee done in 3 months....I'm not looking forward to it but know it has to be done.....that's my story
txhann

San Angelo, TX

#1114 May 29, 2011
TKR 24 months ago great Dr. lots of references and my knee still hurts I did rehab extra months I faithfully did my rehab at home it still hurts 2 years later. He took xray 7 months ago showed me all looks good but it sure doesnt feel good. Knee hurts and a ligiment or something really hurts in the back of my knee, foot cramps, hurts to bend stairs make me want to cry. sigh I'm only 48 my Dr. didnt want to replace because I am young but after 2 orthoscoptic surgeries he said it was time. Other knee will follow along soon hurts all the time but so does my replaced one. Now lost job so lost insurance but I am lucky (so to speak) I am a disabled vet as of Nov this year so going to VA hospital for xray and bone scan in a few weeks. Scared to hear the answer.
biker

Chandler, AZ

#1115 May 29, 2011
I had right knee replaced 7 months ago. Have had pain ever since. Sometimes so severe it is impossible to sleep. I used to walk 2-3 miles every day; now can't walk around the block without pain. Orthopod has X-rayed and says there isn't any problem with the knee.
Bonnie

United States

#1116 May 30, 2011
DALE wrote:
I,M 37YRS OLD AND BEEN POST OP FOR 6 MONTHS. MY LEG HURTS FROM THE TENDENTS IN THE BACK OF MY KNEE ALL THE WAY DOWN THE OUTSIDE OF MY LEG TO MY ANKLE. IT STILL SWELLS UP AND CLICKS LAD ENOUGH FOR SOMEONE TO HEAR WALKING NEXT TO ME. ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREAT. SLEEP IS HORRIABLE ANYMORE. THANKS
Dale,
I am in constant pain,swelling is constant,I can hear and feel my knee click, and I have pain that shoots down my shin to my foot. My surgery was four years ago!
Bonnie

United States

#1117 May 30, 2011
txhann wrote:
TKR 24 months ago great Dr. lots of references and my knee still hurts I did rehab extra months I faithfully did my rehab at home it still hurts 2 years later. He took xray 7 months ago showed me all looks good but it sure doesnt feel good. Knee hurts and a ligiment or something really hurts in the back of my knee, foot cramps, hurts to bend stairs make me want to cry. sigh I'm only 48 my Dr. didnt want to replace because I am young but after 2 orthoscoptic surgeries he said it was time. Other knee will follow along soon hurts all the time but so does my replaced one. Now lost job so lost insurance but I am lucky (so to speak) I am a disabled vet as of Nov this year so going to VA hospital for xray and bone scan in a few weeks. Scared to hear the answer.
I had my surgery 4 years ago and the pain never stops, I was 47 at the time and orthoscopic tests concurred that the knee was full of arthritis. I wake in the middle of the night with stabbing pains in my knee, shin, ankle, and hip. All my x-rays show replacement is good. Doctors just keep recommending physical therapy but I ended worse after session, I swear they are trying to kill me! I can only walk a mile with my dogs each day and then I sit with my ice pack on for an hour until it goes numb. Damn the doctor to hell. Now I found out I have the Zimmer Next Gen that has people have made numerous law suits against the company for faulty prosthetic. The best part since I am young I can look forward to having it replaced in 11 years or so!! Yippee feel like I won the lottery
txhann

San Angelo, TX

#1118 May 31, 2011
I had my TLNR 2 years ago and I did therapy for at least three months mon-fri and at home 2-3 times a day and over weekends 2-3 times a day. I am no expert but even when I missed a day (which was rare) my knees seemed stiffer. So to me long breaks between therapy wouldnt help at all. Do you do your therapy at home as well? It might help. I am 48 and my knee still hurts with every step. My right knee is going bad as well (sigh) good luck.
ksc

Dayton, OH

#1119 May 31, 2011
I had a TKR Jan 2011 My pain is worse than before I had it done. Swells sometimes so bad I have no ext. at all. Is this normal ??
Mike

South Africa

#1120 Jun 1, 2011
well i am one month short of a year on having both knees done and was dreading winter as heard the cold contracts the metal and causes pain but no pain at all praise God!And all seems to be as it should be.
Antoinette

Auckland, New Zealand

#1121 Jun 1, 2011
I had my total knee replacement seven weeks ago
and am still on long-acting morphine morning and
night to take the edge off my pain.
However, I walk without crutches or stick most
of the time because I want my brain to accept
this foreign device is here to stay and to stop
fighting it.
My gaol is to be back on my horse on my 70th
birthday which is three months away.
Meanwhile, I force myself to do the horrible
exercises and even use a borrowed exercycle
to complete the torture and apply icepacks
when the swelling gets too gross.
In spite of the ugly appearance and mind-blowing
pain, I am improving little by little each day.

It really is a case of NO PAIN NO GAIN, so don't
let it beat you folks.
Desperate for Pain Relief

Crossville, TN

#1122 Jun 2, 2011
I have now had seven surgeries to my left knee following many years of delaying total knee replacement surgery after several severe knee and leg injuries just below my knee. The doctor told me in advance that the knee replacement surgery may take away my pain completely, end up with less pain, the same level of pain or even more severe pain. I expected the pain to be worse following surgery and during therapy; however, my last surgery (total knee replacement) was completed in October 2007, and now almost four years later I take 10 mg of oxycodone four times daily and I still have severe pain. Now my left hip hurts, but less severe than knee; however, my right shoulder is giving me much more discomfort because I am using the cane so much. I am also afraid that favoring my left leg is wearing out my right leg. My left leg has a fourth the strength of my left leg. In the morning it will extend to about 3 to 4 degrees and at night when swollen and tired, only 5 to 6 degrees. It flexes to about 90 degrees in morning and only between 100 and 105 degrees in the evening. Now they did an intra-epidermal nerve fiber density test and found that I have severely decreased intra-epidermal nerve fiber density and severe morphologic degenerative changes, meaning I have advanced small fiber neuropathy. But shouldn’t this mean I would have less pain instead of more? Does anyone have the answer?
Steve

Seattle, WA

#1123 Jun 2, 2011
muna wrote:
i am 7 months post left knee replacement surgery. i still have pain when standing or walking. i underwent partial patelloctomy a month ago with no improvement in my condition. i am still doing therapy which hurts a lot. it seems that once your knee replacement does not work nothing will help.
Have your Dr. do a bone scan. Joint could be loosening.
Steve

Seattle, WA

#1124 Jun 2, 2011
Have your doctor do a bone scan. It could be loosening.
suzi in minneapolis

Madison, WI

#1125 Jun 6, 2011
I have had both knees replaced. One in 2005 and one in 08. The past several months deep aching pain in the thigh near the knee of the 05 replacement has been waking me at night...Like a toothache quality, deep and very painful. I have a high tolerance for pain...Since this is a new development, has anyone else experienced this complication?
Melody

United States

#1126 Jun 6, 2011
Tina in little rock- I had my first knee replacement in 97 at 49 yrs old and was 130 llbs over wieght. I am also an RN (trauma at that) My knne replacement was the best thing that ever happened and it last 11 years and that is with me working minimum of 40 hrs a week sometimes doing as much as 70 hrs a week, I had the polyethylene parts removed replaced Dec of 08 and was up and Christmes shopping using a walker week 2. still obese. However in feb 10 i got a group B strep infection in the knee just days from getting to go back to work and that my friend has almost killed me. I got over the infection but then had to have the entire knee replaced again due to osteolysis of the bone from the infrction which caused loosening of the components wieght was down 48 lbs before this 3rd surgery but still obese. I have NOT been the same since. Have not been able to go back to work since Dec 08 and the knee and leg pain is HORRIBLE! I am not trying to scare you just giving you my story. My first time around and the second I can tell you I would do it again in a heartbeat!! You need to try and lose as much weight as you can before surgery and then do EVERYTHING they tell you and have a positive attitude! Make sure and have a good physical and by all means make sure your DENTAL ISSUES are taken care of BEFORE yo uhave surgery. My infection turned out to be the result of a failed root canal!!! and reallly was kind of a fluke thing but it can happen!! Get that leg fixed girl be determined and have faith!! Just because you may be overwieght you still have a life and you deserve to live it to the fullest. I can tell ya, I am over wieght but most of the people who worked with me can tell ya, I could out work most of those who were string beans ASK questions and if you are not satisfied with the answer ASK IT AGAIN!! YOU MUST BE IN CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH CARE!! Wishing you all the best !! and will be praying for you!
Melody

United States

#1127 Jun 6, 2011
yfinn wrote:
I'm 40yo and had a total knee replacement on Jan 2011. I was off three months and since Ihave been back to work, the pain never lets up. I am a nurse and I am on my feet 12hr days. The knee swells teribly and at times reduces my extension and flexion. I have a lot of pain medially and poteriorally to the knee. I mentioned this mant time to the dr and to the physical therapist and was told give it a year......Am I expecting too much too soon
i am an RN as well and my first tkr age 39 but it took me 2 yrs to completely heal went back to work aftr a yr. Going back to work after 3 months? You go girl I thought I was tuff but you got me beat! You might wanna think about doing some light duty! I was working as a level 1 trauma nurse so you know how busy that is. My knee lasted 11 yrs though and was only suppose to last 10 in a young person. I beat the odds but I was also told by my Dr that younger people take longer to heal becasue typically their was and acute issue not unlike folks in their 60's and older.
Melody

United States

#1128 Jun 6, 2011
frank wrote:
<quoted text>sorry melody about your pain but my complaints fall on deaf ears !!!!!!! after they operate they are done with you 10 yrs with pain and they have no answers and i as well are fustrated
I hear ya Frank. First time I wrote I was 14 weeks out now I am 9 months out!! Still no change knee joint itself is getting worse! My Dr sent me to the pain clinic after the infectious disease dr made the gesture it could be RSD, so off to the pain clinic I go. I told them from the git go NO NARCOTICS!! You are not gonna stuff me full of pain killers just to make me feel better, get hooked and keep me coming back so you can make money off my insurance!!! Find out the darn problem cause I am telling y'all I know my knee and something isn't right!! So 2 sympathetic nerve blockes, Miacalcin nasal spray I am still in the same boat!! I have seen 3 different people in the pain clinic and they all say 3 different thigns! First NP says possible neuropathy nerve conduction stufy inconclusive but what could be done says no nerve damage ( neurologist says tibial neuropathy0 Actual Dr says CPRS ( don't call it RSD cause the name has been changed!!) then saw his PA and she says probably my back or prosthesis ( had mri right before going to pain clinic and was told by NP back was not any worse then the last mri I had) LOL So no I had a bone scan last Friday, back to pain Dr tomorrow. WOnder what they will tell me this time? Guess we will see tomorrow. in the mean time my ortho that I had all the faith in the world in has not scheduled me to return but has not released me yet! All I know is that this dang leg KILLS me and I can;t tolerate more than an hour of being on it and then I am done for the rest of the day!! GEEZZZ!! I wonder if there are any ortho's out there reading any of this. Oh and BTW my knee I just found out is NOT a zimmer it is a Depuy!

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