Knee Joint Replacement

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Please describe any side effects you had after your knee joint replacement. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Rob in AZ, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 05

I had a complete knee joint replacement 2.5 years ago. Since then, my pain has been pretty bad. It was bad for 27 years before the surgery, so I’m kind of used to it. It’s bad enough that I often sweat from it and I can’t do many or most normal things. I’ve had it checked and the surgeon always says it’s perfect. Before the surgery he said recovery is “a couple weeks.” After the surgery he said “2 years minimum before it’s good.” That irritated me a lot. I lost most of my range of motion.

Comment from: Lett54, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I had a total knee replacement 5 months ago. I was doing well, then a few days ago, I heard a loud pop from my knee. I have been in pain since, mostly on the side of my knee. I am calling the doctor tomorrow.

Comment from: Love my new knee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I’m almost two years post knee joint replacement and my knee feels great. No more swelling or pain. I can lift weights, do spin classes, and some squats. But the limitation with the squats is the knee that wasn’t replaced. I still have some tingling in the skin at certain spots, but that’s nothing compared to the pain pre-surgery. I don’t get on the floor that often only because of the tenderness of the skin.

Comment from: Cynthia , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

During my knee join replacement surgery my nerve was damaged (verified by neurologist). I'm in constant pain and my calf stays numb. The pain radiates to my torso and into my groin. My leg feels twisted and my knee pops. I've completed 3 rounds of physical therapy (PT) and have recently started another. The pain seems to be getting worse. My knee stays swollen and appears to be a different shade. My total knee replacement was on 9/9/2019 at age 65. A walker is a must.

Comment from: Libby, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I had knee joint replacement 3 months ago. I am so happy with the result. I am pain free. Lots and lots of rehabilitation is the solution. Get in the water as soon as possible.

Comment from: Rita, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I’m always feeling chilly after my knee joint replacement.

Comment from: Chris, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I feel a sharp pain, like a stabbing pain in my thigh area. I wonder if this is nerve, or things going back in the place. This is my third week after my total knee joint replacement surgery.

Comment from: Sharon, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had total knee joint replacement 3 years ago and the knee never has felt much better. Not so much pain, but seems almost from my knee down, it is numb. It is always slightly swollen. At times I feel a stinging, burning sensations hitting the knee area. It actually feels like my knee weighs 10 lb. The last time the surgeon checked it, he said the x-rays showed all was well and he didn't know why it still hurt me and felt the way it did. I wonder if it is caused by scar tissue. I would like to know.

Comment from: DW, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 11

Pain greater than before the knee joint replacement surgery began immediately. Almost 8 years later it remains at the high pain level, 9-10 that I had immediately in the hospital. It affects every aspect of my life and I can only function on high doses of oxycodone.

Comment from: Marie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I had bilateral knee joint replacements 3 years ago. Since then I cannot kneel at all on my knees. Feels like broken glass at the bottom of my knee. So I can’t get up if I fall, and I cannot take a bath because I cannot get up off the bottom of the tub.

Comment from: Speck, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I had my knee replacement 5 weeks ago and got an infection immediately. I was put on antibiotics. I do physiotherapy 3 times a day and I still have a lot of pain on the inner part of my knee making it very difficult to bend it. Also after stretching, it goes back immediately to being stiff again. I have gotten the bend to 117 according to my physiotherapist. But I can’t seem to get there myself. Wonder if this is normal because of the infection I encountered.

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Comment from: Alma, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I had total knee joint replacement 3 months ago. I am 82 but in excellent health, weight, etc. I had planned this surgery for 2 years. I was in hospital 3 days and 1 week at rehabilitation. I was far ahead on healing. Two days after I went home I stepped on that foot crooked and twisted or sprained my knee. I didn’t fall and could walk. I had x-ray in one week and no injury to new joint. My physiotherapist appointment for the 5 weeks showed little improvement of range of motion, about 106. I would never recommend knee surgery to anyone. Do everything you can before.

Comment from: Terence, 75 or over (Patient) Published: December 26

My knee clicks all the time when I walk and in a sitting poison it makes a noise if I shake my knee side to side. It's about 14 months since my knee joint replacement.

Comment from: Patty, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I’m 66. I have issues of anxiety. I walked the first day of my knee joint replacement surgery. I was having back pain and restless leg syndrome (RLS). After 3 weeks my RLS was getting worse and I wasn’t getting any sleep. I finally went to my regular doctor and was prescribed a medicine for my RLS. Because of my anxiety I dreaded going to physiotherapy because of the pain. The stretches would bother my back so I did not push the stretching. It’s 5 weeks and I’m still on pain medicines. I started going to the gym and ride the bike. I can walk 1/2 block.

Comment from: Right TKR, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

Four weeks post-surgery for knee joint replacement and my main complaint is not being able to sleep at night due to a constant discomfort in the knee that wakes me up. The skin around the excision is so sensitive at night that I can’t even let the covers brush against it. Wakes me every time. But I don’t feel this during the day. Lately I have been getting up and walking around, and then try to get back to sleep. Hope this gets better before I have to go back to work.

Comment from: E southern, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I had a double knee replacement done in 2014. I have stiffness and pain in my knees ever since. The swelling is really bad. I have worked ever since I had them done, but I am at the point I can’t stand the pain any more.

Comment from: chezz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

Days following total knee replacement the pain in my leg was so bad I couldn't put a blanket on it or wear pants. I informed the surgeon of the issue and he said it would go away. Now going on 2 years, the pain is still there and he has no answers. He had me pay out of pocket (600) to get a metal allergy test. Not allergic to metals. Next he wanted me to be seen by a physiatrist, I asked why and he said he knows a doctor there. I did some research myself and all symptoms lead to nerve damage. How could an orthopedic surgeon not know that!

Comment from: Tex, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had a total knee replacement on 9/18/19, and was discharged 9/20/19. I have been doing exercises prescribed by the physiotherapist in the hospital. I used a walker for the first 5 or 6 days and then was able to walk without. Maybe I pushed it too much, as knee was swollen rock hard, even with constant icing and elevation. Doctor had me get ultrasound to check for blood clots, and it was negative. Pain is along the outside and inside leg, like I have pulled muscles. My leg was valgus before the surgery. Now straight, but my pain is worse now than on the day of discharge.

Comment from: Jane C, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I am in the 6th week after knee replacement, and the bottom half of my leg, knee to foot, constantly aches all the time day and night. Wonder if anyone else has this problem.

Comment from: Pat, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

I am 11 weeks out from my left knee replacement surgery, two weeks of home physical therapy (PT) and 9 weeks outpatient PT. Two return doctor visits and x-ray looked okay. But because of sever swelling I struggle to reach the desired numbers 0/120. PT is concerned about how much the knee swells ankle to hip. It is hard to stand up without pushing up with arms. I am tired all the time and now my back is hurting from limping.

Comment from: Grant, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I am at 5 weeks after knee joint replacement and have 125 deg bend. I still have pain at night and little during the day. I have worked hard on the physiotherapy, and while painful it has given good early results. I get very tired throughout the day and need my nanna nap. A good physiotherapy is the key and if you have an exercise bike it is a big help.

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Comment from: Mar48, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

It has now been 3 weeks since the knee replacement surgery on my left knee. My plastic zipper like stitches were removed 2 days ago, and since then my knee feels stiffer, swollen and I have some pain. I am doing home physical therapy (PT) for 3 weeks and will probably 2 more weeks, then will start out-patient PT. At my doctor visit this week, he said I was healing up nicely. Range of motion is good and x-rays that day showed my leg is straight and in place. I perform home exercises every day. I’ll be glad when the pain is gone.

Comment from: Rane, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 17

There is a severe pain in the knee cap. I think that it could be an infection after the knee replacement surgery.

Comment from: Farmersdaughter 0, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

About 1 or 2 days after my knee joint replacement I stood up and started walking slowly. All of a sudden both legs got a very hot feeling and almost felt very spongy. It felt like they were going to give out and I had to sit quickly because I would have fallen.

Comment from: Larry, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 16

About 2 months after knee replacement surgery, I began to get skin lesions on my legs, arms, and chest. I underwent full allergy tests, but nothing showed up. I was treated with strong steroids, which cleared most (but not all) lesions. About 6 months post-surgery, I began getting extreme fatigue and some loss of balance, along with feeling of dizziness (not prevalent when sitting or lying down, only when vertical. I am now about 10 months post-surgery and symptoms continue; itchy skin is starting to recur.

Comment from: Nicky , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 14

My knee is clicking, feels heavy and still hurts 5 months after total knee replacement.

Comment from: Mildred, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 16

Two months after my total knee replacement my knee gets very hot, I wonder what it can be.

Comment from: Dr. Gould, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 19

Knee pain after total knee replacement may be due to osteoporosis with the weakened bone structure unable to support the artificial knee. This will respond to Actonel or similar osteoporosis treatment. I found this out when I looked at my x-rays and so poorly calcified knee bones. It took about a year for the osteoporosis treatment to clear my pain, but I have no pain now at 2 years post-operation while at 1 year I was miserable! Three orthopedic surgeons never commented on my osteoporosis even though the radiologist did.

Comment from: Netty, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I was fine for the first 3 weeks after knee replacement but since then have begun to feel very hot during the night and my sleep has been affected.

Comment from: Marv B., 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 02

I've been a registered nurse for over 40 years and have seen my fair share of knee and hip replacements. I was stunned to see patients being discharged home the very next morning after getting a hip or knee replacement. And, they were pain free. The reason they were discharged so soon and that they were pain free was because they all had a lateral (side) approach. Unfortunately, not all physician that practice orthopedics are familiarized with this approach. Ask your orthopedic doctor about the lateral approach and not simply accept the old approach that slices the middle of your knee. You will have a quicker recovery and a painless one to boot.

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