Knee Replacement problems
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Dennis P

Regina, Canada

#1 Aug 28, 2011
Wondering if anyone has experience similar to what I'm going through, and might have some words of encouragement. I went into right knee TKR early April/11 at age 62 and very physically fit/active. I knew within a couple days we had a problem because I couldn't bend my knee more than a few degrees. After six weeks of physio, my surgeon decided to try to manipulate the knee while I was under anesthetic. He could't move it and we had to operate again.

He and another surgeon I consulted referred to it as a 'bad luck' they had never seen before.... a considerable portion of my quad muscle had fused against the femur bone. He released that in the 2nd surgery in late June /11, and cut out a lot of scar tissue that had built up in the kneecap area.

I have been working really hard on rehab for 2 months now. I can bend my leg to about 80 degrees on my own, and we can get to about 93/94 when the physio uses his hands to push on the knee (major pain). I still have a ton of swelling (scar tissue) and a lot of pain. Making some very slow progress... can walk a bit better now than a month ago but pain/swelling are really limiting my recovery. My physio still thinks I can get a functional knee out of this but I'm worried now.

Any similar stories out there that eventually became a good working knee?
Brenda

AOL

#2 Aug 29, 2011
I think you will find more people that doesn't do good than does. I am in my fixing to go into my 13 month and still having problems. By the help and grace of God I want have the other one done.Most doctors lie thur their teeth just to get to do the sugery for the money.
Leslee H California

Placentia, CA

#3 Sep 8, 2011
Dennis, sorry to hear your story. I had mine done 8/5/ll. I could bend it 110 degrees at 2 weeks, however, I have a popping and it feels like the implant is catching on something. My physical therapist thinks it is catching the top of my calf muscle. Every step I take it catches and hurts. By the end of the day my leg is so sore from this. I go to my 6 week check up on the 14th. Anyone else heard of this?
Dennis, hope you have much improvement this time around. Contrary to what Brenda said, I have heard many good things about this operation. My Mom had it done 8 years ago and said her knee has never felt this good. Everyone hang in there and force yourself to do the therapy.
Marie

Calabasas, CA

#4 Sep 12, 2011
I had a total knee revision 6 weeks ago. Once I start walking, I feel pretty good. It's the first getting up after sitting pain that sends me over the edge. Has anyone had the problem with severe pain when first getting up and putting weight on the knee?
Carol

Ithaca, NY

#5 Oct 22, 2011
I had a total knee replacement November 2009 and I still have pain every time I bend and flex it pops and I have jumped and lost my balance, lucky I caught myself before I fell.It is very painful when it pops and I find myself avoiding bending my knee. I have had several x rays and my Doctor can't see anything wrong. My Doctor said he could open it up again and see what is going on but said if I could live with it I would most likely be better off because he knew of other people who have got bad infections when they reopened the knee.
Liz

United States

#6 Nov 8, 2011
Ive had both of my knees done this year one in Feb. the other in Sept. I have alot of popping in my right knee the first one I had done, pain and sweeling in my left. My Doctor told me the popping was from my knee cap he did not replace. As a result I may have to have my knee cap replaced. Frustrated yep. Worth the pain yes i can play with my grandkids and can walk without the limp. Still having pain but I would do it over again.
gpj

United States

#7 Nov 16, 2011
I have had both knees replaced. One 2 years ago and the other this year. Rehab is tough, but absolutely necessary. Don't skimp on it. A little pain there saves you so much later. My first knee is great. I am 11 weeks out on my 2nd knee. It feels good but feels a little unstable. It actually feels like it pops out and then pops back in with lateral movement. My surgeon insists that I get the muscles even stronger. Muscle strength stabilizes the knee. Sleep gets better after about 8 weeks. I only have trouble with restless legs at night. It is nice to have the bone on bone pain gone. So off to the gym I go. After 12 PT sessions with each knee, I think I know what I have to do.
gpj

United States

#8 Nov 16, 2011
OH YEAH. With my second knee I had full flexion and extension at 3 weeks thanks to CPM and moving around.
Daniel

United States

#9 Dec 18, 2011
I had TKR on my right knee in april 2008. Worst decision of my life. I would never do it again. So much pain and pain to this day. Never again. So unsatisfied with the results. I would rather blow my leg off with a shotgun than to go thru that again. I was a mountain climber before now i am a cripple. I should of got more opinions before I let the Doctor butcher me.
Good luck if you are thinking about having it done.
Paul from Denver

Castle Rock, CO

#10 Dec 21, 2011
Dennis P wrote:
Wondering if anyone has experience similar to what I'm going through, and might have some words of encouragement. I went into right knee TKR early April/11 at age 62 and very physically fit/active. I knew within a couple days we had a problem because I couldn't bend my knee more than a few degrees. After six weeks of physio, my surgeon decided to try to manipulate the knee while I was under anesthetic. He could't move it and we had to operate again.
He and another surgeon I consulted referred to it as a 'bad luck' they had never seen before.... a considerable portion of my quad muscle had fused against the femur bone. He released that in the 2nd surgery in late June /11, and cut out a lot of scar tissue that had built up in the kneecap area.
I have been working really hard on rehab for 2 months now. I can bend my leg to about 80 degrees on my own, and we can get to about 93/94 when the physio uses his hands to push on the knee (major pain). I still have a ton of swelling (scar tissue) and a lot of pain. Making some very slow progress... can walk a bit better now than a month ago but pain/swelling are really limiting my recovery. My physio still thinks I can get a functional knee out of this but I'm worried now.
Any similar stories out there that eventually became a good working knee?
Just hang in there, my knee was also killing me becouse of limited movement... I just kept pushing it until the scar tissue broke up... I had 4 scopes before the replacement so there was a lot of scar tissue.. also try the electrical stuff, I have a machine and it helps a lot after a good workout, then ice it down.. good luck, and keep pushing it...
Elizabeth

New York, NY

#12 Jan 6, 2012
On knee replacement problems, you should immediately consult a medical professional because your replacement device may be defective. Know that several cases have been sprouting regarding these defective products such as the DePuy hip replacement of Johnson and Johnson. Also, know that hip pain can have many causes. The hip joint is a complex joint with a number of supporting tendons, ligaments and muscles. A weakness in any of the supporting structures can cause pain. See http://www.depuyhipreplacementlawsuit.com/hip... .
JEANETTE R

Rugby, UK

#13 Jan 27, 2012
Had my knee replacement 18mnths ago at age of 52 after yrs of pain and treatment, best decision even though still have a little pain it is different am able to do much more even got back to riding my beloved horse just light hacking but more then i was able todo before. physio is a must after surgery i have always been active so i think this helped.
Antonio Aguisanda

Park City, UT

#14 Jan 30, 2012
The upsurge of the demand of knee replacement and its failure is very alarming. It made me wonder the kind of action our government is doing. http://www.hiprecalllaw.com/symptoms/
Bob NY

West Chazy, NY

#15 Feb 22, 2012
Dennis P wrote:
Wondering if anyone has experience similar to what I'm going through, and might have some words of encouragement. I went into right knee TKR early April/11 at age 62 and very physically fit/active. I knew within a couple days we had a problem because I couldn't bend my knee more than a few degrees. After six weeks of physio, my surgeon decided to try to manipulate the knee while I was under anesthetic. He could't move it and we had to operate again.
He and another surgeon I consulted referred to it as a 'bad luck' they had never seen before.... a considerable portion of my quad muscle had fused against the femur bone. He released that in the 2nd surgery in late June /11, and cut out a lot of scar tissue that had built up in the kneecap area.
I have been working really hard on rehab for 2 months now. I can bend my leg to about 80 degrees on my own, and we can get to about 93/94 when the physio uses his hands to push on the knee (major pain). I still have a ton of swelling (scar tissue) and a lot of pain. Making some very slow progress... can walk a bit better now than a month ago but pain/swelling are really limiting my recovery. My physio still thinks I can get a functional knee out of this but I'm worried now.
Any similar stories out there that eventually became a good working knee?
I had my TKR late Oct, 2011 so its been nearly 16 weeks post op. I'm a physically active 60 yr old male who's made a point of hitting the PT very aggressively. Still though, having alot of stiffness and difficulty with stairs. seems the QUAD is taking alot long than I anticipated to regain full strength. Getting pain in the ligaments on the outside of the knee. For me, I'm measuring improvement not by weeks but months. I hope this gets better with more time post op. Still walking with a limp (not always)and wonder when this new knee (Stryker Triathalon) will feel more like a NORMAL knee.
Allen

Uriah, AL

#16 Apr 13, 2012
I had TKR Dec 2010 in June of 2011 i woke up my whole body was swelled up all joints it was like gout since then i will have different joints swell and be very tender very painful at this doctors dont have a clue what the problem is any one else had similar problems its like my body is rejecting the knee.
Bruce

Mcminnville, OR

#17 Apr 13, 2012
Bob NY wrote:
<quoted text>I had my TKR late Oct, 2011 so its been nearly 16 weeks post op. I'm a physically active 60 yr old male who's made a point of hitting the PT very aggressively. Still though, having alot of stiffness and difficulty with stairs. seems the QUAD is taking alot long than I anticipated to regain full strength. Getting pain in the ligaments on the outside of the knee. For me, I'm measuring improvement not by weeks but months. I hope this gets better with more time post op. Still walking with a limp (not always)and wonder when this new knee (Stryker Triathalon) will feel more like a NORMAL knee.
In my opinion, your new knee will never feel exactly 'normal'. I have the Stryker Triathlon in both knees and after almost one year can do flexion in the 140s and have no pain. My quad also took forever. My surgeon said to give it a year before your implant becomes as good as it will get. Therapist said not to expect a 20 yr old's knee but it will be far better than what you had. Your glitches are the same as I experienced and they will go away. Aggressive PT really helps. I'm 78 yrs old.
Isobel Ebner

Gallatin, TN

#18 Apr 15, 2012
I had my knee replaced Dec. 2010' still have pain and on pain meds. Some days I swear I taste metal, some days I feel like I drank a bottle of vinaigrette. I am an occupational therapist and have to work all day. I see many that recover well, huh why me! My knee is still swollen is it because I went back to work after 6 weeks or that I went swimming after 2 weeks. Is it because I fell shortly after i got home, who knows. I don't walk with a limp and I can bend it to about 125 degrees. But it still hurts some times, most times so bad I have to take pain pills. I never took pills in my life, but that is how I can work, on my feet all day. I'm 60 and have to work 5 more as my husband doesn't have work. I can at least swim my 2.5 miles daily. I'm thinking of trading the legs for a fin. Trouble is it makes my hip hurt too. That was resurfaced tthe year before without any painful side effects. It just sucks and I don't know what to do even if I am a therapist
susan valerie davis eaton

Enfield, UK

#19 May 11, 2012
I had total knee replacement right leg 31st march 2012 im still using both crutches as my left also has arthritis but not as bad as the right one. I dont get any discomfort walking only when i first get up its a bit stiff. The trouble is my knee feels like a tight band around it and feels numb also when i try to bend knee it feels sore on scar site. Will this get any better im wishing i never had it done now..
IM 61YRS OLD.
Knee replacement

Montréal, Canada

#20 May 13, 2012
susan valerie davis eaton wrote:
I had total knee replacement right leg 31st march 2012 im still using both crutches as my left also has arthritis but not as bad as the right one. I dont get any discomfort walking only when i first get up its a bit stiff. The trouble is my knee feels like a tight band around it and feels numb also when i try to bend knee it feels sore on scar site. Will this get any better im wishing i never had it done now..
IM 61YRS OLD.
Hi Susan, how you are feeling now? Are you able to walk ? Well pain for first few month is quite a common thing and I would not worry so much about it! Rather I will follow rehab plan and see if it works or not.
Hope it helps, Numbness on surgical site is quite common. Please check this out. It might answer your question:
http://www.knee-replacement-explained.com/Kne...
janine

Maroubra, Australia

#21 Jun 7, 2012
I had a TKR on right knee 3rd February, 2011. Recovery was normal and Doctor was very pleased with result. November 2011 i started getting pain again and had a treatments with my physio. That worked but since early February i am in pain when weight bearing and it is getting more painful each day. I can ride my stationary bike 50 minutes a day with no pain but as soon as i walk I am in alot of pain. i feel that the pain is coming from my knee cap. Would cut my leg off if i could. When i turn over in bed i am in alot of pain as well. Can anyone suggest anything that could help? I am 59 yrs old.

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