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Rosemarie

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#105
May 3, 2008
 
I am a 48 years old and had partial knee replacement surgery in mid March. My bend is up to 120 but has stayed there for the past two weeks. I was told I could walk for exercise with this bend, however, I have extreme tightness in the IT bands above the knee that prevent me from walking without a limp and discomfort and swelling. I am very frustrated as I was an extremely active person - walked more than 15 miles per week and did exercise classes. I am still in PT. It feels really good after they work on me with massage and heat for about 10 minutes and then the muscles just want to tighten up again. I feel like I have a band around my leg, just about the knee that prevents it from moving properly. I am ready for this to be over already!
Rosemarie

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#106
May 3, 2008
 
Cathy New Jersey wrote:
I'm 56, have severe degenerative osteo arthritis and had double TKR on February 1st. My surgeon (a drill sargeant type) did an incredible job and I'm the proud owner of a completely straight right leg and have regained the 2 " in height I lost due to joint collapse!!! Thanks to my wonderful PTs, I can completely straighten both legs and have range of 135 in right leg and 127 in left leg.
My expectations for the surgery were simple...just want to do normal things like walk without a cane (as I have for 10 years) and climb stairs one foot after the other without holding on. Within the past 2 weeks I've achieved both of these goals.
Yes, I have discomfort ....but nothing like the excruciating chronic pain I've suffered with for the past 18 years!!! I'm so grateful to be getting my life back!
By the way, about 5 years ago I joined Weight Watchers and lost 58 pounds. The weight loss enabled me to push the surgery out for a couple of years ... both surgeon and PTs have stated it has also contributed to the success of my recovery.
I guess my point to all of you is don't give up!! I don't think this surgery is designed to work miracles....but it can relieve pain and certainly restore quality of life!
How long did it take you to get to the 135 bend in your one knee? I had 136 prior to surgery and cannot get past 120 after 7 weeks?
Anne Glasgow

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May 10, 2008
 
Cheryl Ohio wrote:
Hi,
I had a partial knee replacemnet in Mar, 07. It failed shortly after it was done (unknown to me) and I walked around for 7 months with micro fractures of the tibia and the cement had loosened. I told the doc that it hurt and was hot and was also swollen...he asured me that it was all part of the healing process. By October 07, I was waking up in the middle of the night in severe pain...at least three times a night. Called doc, ordered a bone scan, found out what was wrong. Had to do a TKR in November 07...so now going on 5 months later...still swollen, lower knee area to mid calf hurts so bad at night I cannot sleep!!! Today was my last day of PT-my wonderful insurance only allows 30 visits per calender year-applied for an extention and they denied it...nice huh? They don't have to live with it...the doc has me on a muscle relaxer and a painkiller called hydromorphone (generic name). I have been on vicodin, vicoprophen, a drug that they prescribe to fibromyalgia patients (I can't remember the name). Nothing subdues the pain...it hurts and I just don't know how to convey this to the doc...I just turned 50 years old. I thought I made the right choice by having the surgery...I am wondering.
Thanks for listening...my husband listens to me but I don't think he hears me, so thanks for listening.
YOU POOR THING!!!
i AM AMAZED JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE HAVING PROBLEMS AFTER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME AFTER TKR. YOU GET TO THE STAGE YOU FEEL NO-ONE BELIEVES YOU AND WISH...JUST FOR ONE NIGHT...THE SURGEON COULD EXPERIENCE THE PAIN AND DISCOMFORT FOR HIMSELF AND THEN I AM SURE HE WOULD LOOK AT THINGS IN A DIFFRENT LIGHT!
Edward La Quinta CA

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#108
Jul 14, 2008
 
Al Smith wrote:
I am 9 weeks TKR post-op. Although mostly pain-free now, I was literally agony for the first week. The pain was not in my knee, but on the outside of my upper leg between the knee and my hip. I had the same pain on outside of my lower leg between my knee and my ankle. Have others had severe pain on the outside of the leg extending from the hip to the ankle?
I endured the same pain. It results from the fact that a hydraulic tourniquet is applied to the upper thigh during surgery to prevent 'bleed out'. You should be able to feel a 'groove' in the outer thigh tendon where it was applied. It took six months for mine to completely heal and for the pain to stop.
Edward La Quinta CA

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Jul 14, 2008
 
Rosemarie wrote:
I am a 48 years old and had partial knee replacement surgery in mid March. My bend is up to 120 but has stayed there for the past two weeks. I was told I could walk for exercise with this bend, however, I have extreme tightness in the IT bands above the knee that prevent me from walking without a limp and discomfort and swelling. I am very frustrated as I was an extremely active person - walked more than 15 miles per week and did exercise classes.

I am still in PT. It feels really good after they work on me with massage and heat for about 10 minutes and then the muscles just want to tighten up again. I feel like I have a band around my leg, just about the knee that prevents it from moving properly. I am ready for this to be over already!
PATIENCE Rosemarie. I am 78 and had TKR last October. My PT therapists got me to 130 degrees by January of this year. YES it's stiff when I get up in the morning or after sitting for awhile. Realistically you need to think in terms of one year for the knee to feel anything close to normal. Hang in there...it gets better every day.
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Aug 1, 2008
 
Cheryl Ohio wrote:
Hi,
I had a partial knee replacemnet in Mar, 07. It failed shortly after it was done (unknown to me) and I walked around for 7 months with micro fractures of the tibia and the cement had loosened. I told the doc that it hurt and was hot and was also swollen...he asured me that it was all part of the healing process. By October 07, I was waking up in the middle of the night in severe pain...at least three times a night. Called doc, ordered a bone scan, found out what was wrong. Had to do a TKR in November 07...so now going on 5 months later...still swollen, lower knee area to mid calf hurts so bad at night I cannot sleep!!! Today was my last day of PT-my wonderful insurance only allows 30 visits per calender year-applied for an extention and they denied it...nice huh? They don't have to live with it...the doc has me on a muscle relaxer and a painkiller called hydromorphone (generic name). I have been on vicodin, vicoprophen, a drug that they prescribe to fibromyalgia patients (I can't remember the name). Nothing subdues the pain...it hurts and I just don't know how to convey this to the doc...I just turned 50 years old. I thought I made the right choice by having the surgery...I am wondering.
Thanks for listening...my husband listens to me but I don't think he hears me, so thanks for listening.
I know EXACTLY what you mean about the pain you are experiencing. My TKR was in April 07 and I am worse off than I was before I had the surgery which I did not think possible. I am still on elbow crutches and do not sleep at night with the pain, so am tired all day. My life has been turned upside down and I want my life back. I know how frustrating it can be and how annoyed you sound about your Insurance not paying for extended Physio but in Scotland we have the NHS which is free for all, sounds great but I was given excersises to do by the Physio I saw 3 times, and left to get on with it! That is me just last month(14 months on) NOW having a CT Scan, I get the results in another 3 weeks.
Just be glad they are trying to help, I feel as if I have been abandoned and know what you mean about the pain, sometimes I wonder if an amputation from above the knee might be the only answer. I never imagined even thinking that as I have been an eternal optomist up til now. Good luck!!
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#111
Aug 26, 2008
 
I'm 38 and I've had TKR on both of my knees within a year. My right leg does not extend all of the way yet. I was alarmed when you said you put a pillow under your knee for comfort. This will not help your extention. My doc said if it hurts...then your doing something right. Revise your method of releiving pain, because your extention will only get worse. Thanx for listening
John-NY wrote:
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I had TKR 7 weeks ago and am doing fairly well. Pain walking ,sitting in car etc is gone ,BUT I still have the pain you speak of about an hour after going to sleep. My humble theory is that because I have not achieved FULL extension (straightening) of the knee, the joint "sags" when you are totally relaxed and extends further than it wants to. The o nly help I have come up with is a pillow behind the joint to keep it slightly bent. FWIW..good luck
Lalitha

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#112
Sep 6, 2008
 
I had total knee replacements for both my knees done about three weeks ago, because of Rheumatoid Arthritis, from which I have been suffering for over 18 years. I was in constant pain before the surgery, but post surgery, I feel much better, but have the following:(i) a burning sensation around the knee caps and sides (ii)both knees are warm/hot occasionally (continuation of RA?) and (iii) pain from time to time. I was wondering whether it is possible for the RA to recur in the knee area after TKR, whether the burning sensation is a common post-op feature and how long it will take for the pain to go away and whether I can ever stop taking pain killers
Joon

Toronto, Canada

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#113
Sep 7, 2008
 
Lalitha,
Burning sensation is common after TKR. Your wounds are still very fresh and the heat you feel is inflammation. Be patient! This too will pass. Your pain tolerance will dictate when you can stop taking meds, but you should try to get off them as soon as possible. All the best, Joon
Lalitha

Singapore, Singapore

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#114
Sep 11, 2008
 
thank Joon for your encouraging words

warm regards

lalitha
Kathy

Altus, OK

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#115
Sep 20, 2008
 
I have really enjoyed reading the posts on this site. I have not read all of them, but plan to read a bit every day.

I am almost 3 weeks post op from having TKR on my left knee. I got my staples out Wednesday and my surgeon said I was doing great. Mr ROM is 104/0. I feel like my extension is getting worse and straightening my leg is giving me trouble. I had ACL reconstruction 3 years ago and had no problem with ROM. In some respects this is much easier...

I have a couple of questions... On the outside of my thigh where the tourniquet was (there was a huge bruise there and it was more painful than the knee) I have a lump in my leg. Is that bruising that just needs to be absorbed by my body or is it anything to worry about?

Next question..the most pain I have is from the outside of my knee...very tight, and it's most painful when working on extension...and after.
At PT my therapist pushes it to straighten, puts weight on it and has me lay on my tummy and lets it hang over the edge of the table, applies e-stim and ice while straightening it. It's all very painful and I think my body works against it. I have a tendency to anticipate the pain and I can't relax. Are there any tricks?? I have a TENS unit at home and have been doing the estim and ice at home and taking alot of time. Not sure if the lack of aggression is a good thing or not, but my PT is aggressive for sure.

It all takes time. Joon...I very much have enjoyed reading your posts. I love your no-nonsense, approach with a healthy dose of humor. I don't know how I would be able to manage this without being able to laugh. Have a great day and I appreciate in advance any information anyone could share with me. Kathy
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#116
Sep 20, 2008
 
Lalitha-

Your knees will be warm/hot for months to come. Your body rushes blood to the surgery site to help it heal. I can take an ice pack off of my knee and it will still feel warm. No need to worry. It will go away as your knee gets better.
Kat
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#117
Oct 2, 2008
 
I am 18 months out today. And I went back to the drs today because the last few months Ive had alot of pain. It is to the top of my knee on the inside. He said i might half to go back in for surgery, to shave and shape the tendons. Has anyone ever heard of this?????? I have read all the post yet but I will. Im a 38 year old woman. My knee was crashed when I fell from a burning building. I was a firefighter.
Rick

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#118
Oct 31, 2008
 
I am a 51 year old male very simliar to yourself that loves to golf. I underwent tkr in Oct 2007 with extreme problems starting right from the onset. I've always had good range of motion but with extreme pain. I was off work for 9 months. The knee still swells and hurts most of the time especially after exercise, standing and first thing in the morning. I've had bone scans/gallium scans, cortisone shots in 2 different areas of the ligament area on the knee. I've undergone accupunture, deep massauage with essentially very limited success. Currently I'm waiting to have my surgeion do exploritory surgery to see the cause of the inflamation and pain.
Geoman wrote:
I am a 50 year old male and former athlete who still loves to walk, gold and work out. I had TKR over a year ago. I have good range of motion but but my problem is that my knee still swells and hurts much of the time. I have trouble standing for long periods of time and my first attempt at golf after TKR left me with much pain while playing. My workout regimen is limited to an elliptical trainer which doesn't hurt during exercise but hurts later.
I brought these concerns up w/my surgeon at my 1 year check up and his response was to give my an elastic sleeve to wear which gives me no support. I am frustrated and tempted to contact another surgeon. Any advise?
kat flanagan

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#119
Feb 19, 2009
 
Julie wrote:
HI, on April 9th I had a TRK IVe been doing PT here at my home the flexion is only at about 60 2 weeks out of surgery???
I did not come home with a
CPM machine to help with the Flexion but this surgeon doesnt believe in a
CPM machine. When do they determine whether they are gonna do a manipulation surgery. I can alsoput my thumb print on the right knee and it leaves a huge indentation like theres fluid. Do you have any answers?? Julie Hanson / shanene@mchsi.com
I HAD MY TKR 1-28-09 AND I WAS PUT ON THE CPM MACHINE RIGHT OUT OF SURGERY. ANYONE I HAVE TALKED TO HAD TOLD ME THAT IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO BE ON THE PASSIVE MACHINE FOR FLEXSION. IAM SORRY TO HEAR THAT YOU WERE NOT PUT ON THE MACHINE. MY FLEXION IS 120 BUT IT WAS NOT EASY TO GET THERE EITHER. AS FOR THE THUMB PRINT THAT IS LEFT ON YOUR KNEE SOUNDS LIKE FLUID, EVEN THOUGH IAM NOT A DR IAM GOING ON MY PAST EXPERIENCES. MY PROBLEM IAM HAVING IS STIFFNESS THAT SEEMS TO GET TIGHTER NO MATTER WHAT IAM DOING EXCEPT LYING DOWN IN THE BED WITH MY LEG STRETCHED OUT. I HOPE SOMEONE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE PUTS YOU ON THE CPM SO YOU ARE ABLE TO GET YOUR FLEXION BACK. GOOD LUCK TO YOU
KAT
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#120
Feb 23, 2009
 
This: "Joint Advance is a unique advanced formula especially created with you in mind. There are many joint supplements on the market today." is nonsense. There are many on the market and they are all junk! After years of glucosamine and other so-called remedies I had a knee replacement. Two years later I can work out hard in the gym and walk and ride my bike for miles. I am 70 years old and feel as if I've been blessed with a 2nd. chance. I had big pain for a year, and after that I started to feel better. Keep working it and give it time. If anything I did too much rehab too soon: squats, biking, walking. But now I am delighted. I do have "end of stem" pain at times, but nothing like before. I wonder how many people who are complaining about pain are overweight? I suspect that most people weigh more than the knee can tolerate confortable.
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#121
Mar 5, 2009
 
Scott Manor wrote:
<quoted text> I am a PT and it is quite common to experience night pain for up to but not excluding 12-15 weeks. be patient.
Had TKR 1 yr. 8 mos. ago. I'm worse now than I was before. Like you, my knee started to feel better, but I took the chance. I am in constant pain, can't bend my knee past 90 degrees on a good day. It bent all the way back before surgery. This TKR has worsened my back problems. If you are still able to walk with little pain, then keep your bow-legs. I guess it depends on your age. If you're under 70 and are active, then the bow-legs will probably be a problem. If you are elderly, why worry about it. Wish someone would have talked me out of it; but I kept hearing all the success stories and still hearing how good everyone's doing. I'm extremely disappointed, and I can't walk. GOOD LUCK TO YOU!
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Mar 5, 2009
 

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Hi darlasmom1,
I am one of the ones who has regretted this surgery since I woke up in my room at the hospital & that was 5 months ago. I wasnt walking before the surgery & Im not walking now, I cant even take a step. My range of motion isnt much. The pain is unbearable, the doc wont give me anything strong enough to do any good---he is happy that it hasnt broken---well I guess not Im not walking on it so how is it going to break. I spend all & yes I mean all my time in a recliner 24/7. I cant get into the tub so getting a bath is not happening. I have so much trouble getting in & out of the shower that I limit them & the sad truth is that I dont care how bad I smell, its not worth the pain to me. Im 48 years old & I cant even use my potty chair that is less than 1 foot from where I sit without help. Its like Ive reverted back to being a 4-5 year old that needs help. It is beyond getting to me as I have been this way for 582 days. I got my surgery on day 429 & it has been the nightmare from hell ever since. I begged & begged my doc to take my leg so that there would be a chance that I could have a life because what Ive been going through for the past 582 days is not a life. Atleast if he wouldve taken my leg I would be able to use the bathroom & not the potty chair & that would be fantastic. I wish you all the best & hope to hear from you soon. Janet
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#123
Mar 20, 2009
 
I had a TKR mar 5 and so far everything about it has been pure hell. Mine envolved a long pin running down my lower leg and it feels like someone took a bat to my shin bone. They never give you enough pain meds. Sleep is a joke and PT well if you been there you know what i'm saying. I can't imagine anyone getting both done at the same time. My wife did and she was like a turtle for a month. I hate not being active. I always thought I was tough. But this has been a real experince fo me. I dont know which was worse, draging around the old knee. or the new one with the pain.
nanny

Rochester, NY

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#124
Jul 12, 2009
 
Pam L wrote:
Hey! I had my TKR redone 3 weeks ago. Unbelieveable! I am walking on it just fine. What a difference in doctors and knees! This one is a piece of cake compared to the last one. This is a revision of the one I had done in May on my left knee. Come to find out, the other one had fallen apart inside the joint!!! Hope so much that some of you are feeling success!!
Pam how are you doing now with the revised knee? I did mine a year ago and it hurts more than pre surgery.

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