Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Recovery

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Comment from: Jo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

It's been 15 months since my total knee replacement. The new knee is great but the side effects from the tourniquet have left me with permanent nerve damage in the foot, ankle and knee. I use a cane and a walker to get around. The surgeon and neurologist ran tests and said it was most likely permanent nerve damage. Tough luck, goodbye. I have no idea who to see at this point.

Comment from: Cindy , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 27

I'm having a hard time bending and straightening my knee after my total knee replacement surgery. I had to go back in to have the scar tissue scraped out, but still having the same trouble. Someone said that maybe the knee is too big. I don't know, I had it done on April 2 and it's now going into July and I'm still not walking right.

Comment from: Parks60, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I am 30 days post-surgery for total knee replacement. I still have pain, still using walker and have limited range of motion. Physiotherapy is quite painful and has only improved flexion a little. I was wondering what other people are doing to manage pain as I don't want to stay on narcotics. Also wondering if anyone has tried TENS machine with success.

Comment from: Bill, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 11

I had total left knee replacement on May 20th of 2019, and walked out of the hospital without the use of any aids. I gave it 3 months before my scheduled surgery to really strengthen my legs. Finished my pain medicines within 1 week, and was walking two miles by 1.5 weeks. I must say I'm really keeping up with my physiotherapy breaking it up during the day and icing 20 minutes an hour time permitting. I walked up my first flight of stairs yesterday since my swelling really went down. I am massaging to break up scar.

Comment from: Jules65, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I had my right total knee replacement in December 2018. The worst thing I have ever done. I had no idea my knee was in such a bad shape. I only discovered it when the ligament in my left knee went suddenly. Bone on bone, but I had no pain, only some occasional stiffness. The pain after surgery was horrendous. I couldn't bend my knee. I have been back in the hospital for 2 times and the last one I spent 4 days on a CPM. I thought it was improving but my physiotherapist says it hasn't and I need to work through the pain which has gotten worse.

Comment from: Linda, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: August 21

I am writing for my aunt who had a total knee replacement one week ago. She is concerned with the amount of swelling she is experiencing from her thigh to her toes.

Comment from: Ellie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I had a total knee replacement 2 weeks ago. I have some pain in my knee, but the worst is the pain in my thigh and calf. I also have aching in my foot. Wonder if anyone else is having this problem.

Comment from: BioGal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I am almost 7 weeks out from bilateral total knee replacement. I knew it would be tough and I was well aware of the importance of getting the best range of motion back as soon as possible. My left is better than the right (which had previous arthroscopic surgery to deal with meniscal tear and kneecap arthritis). My range is 140/0 left and 136/0 right. I focused on constant stretch and flexion. I still have tightness above knees (like a tourniquet) when I am up much, and I ice often. It is a fine line between too much and too little.

Comment from: Dancing girl, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I had total knee replacement of my right knee on May 21, 2018. It is now January 24, 2019 and I still have a lot of pain. I had manipulation done 2 months after surgery which helped for a while but it is back to bad pain and I cannot wear jeans or any stiff fabrics as my knee is so sensitive. Surgeon said I am having a lot of scar tissue building up. He wants me to wait until it is a year post surgery and if still in pain I will have more surgery to remove scar tissue. I will not do this again.

Comment from: laura, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I can't decide if my total knee replacement was worth it or not. It was painful, and I was not able to control my pain for 2 days due to allergies to medications I was sent home with. Therapy was painful. I did not get to stay in the hospital long enough, and was sent home with no help at home. No nursing care and no going to rehabilitation before I went home, due to my younger age, I believe. I do walk better, but am unable to bend my knee backwards and there is a constant pain on the side of my knee. If it gets bumped, it hurts.

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Comment from: Kat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I had my left knee replaced on November 27, 2018.Two days later my hip was hurting worse than my knee. I can't sleep at night, I am allergic to most pain medicine but they gave me oxycodone and Percocet which made me itch all over. They told me to self-medicate myself with weed which has helped. I ask the doctor if they dropped me off the table because the pain in my hip is awful. I had to beg the doctor to give me a shot in my hip for bursitis and of course it didn't help. Just wondering if anyone else has this.

Comment from: Kc, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I had total right knee replacement on November 20. I did not expect it to be so painful or the recovery to take so long. I used walker for the first few days, then cane for a few days, and then nothing. I drove at 2 weeks, but honestly that was too soon, but had no choice. I am doing well, not totally pain free yet, but am better. Physical therapy is going well, still working on going up stairs using that leg. The worst was trying to sleep at night, I found putting a soft pillow between my knees and sleeping on my side helped. Back to work soon.

Comment from: Coby, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

I had my right knee replaced on December 4th, and I'm still in a great deal of pain, still on pain medications, and can't sleep comfortably. When I'm at therapy (three times a week, plus exercising at home), I feel like there is a block that keeps my knee from bending past 80 percent. They can push it to 90 percent, but not without me screaming and crying. Will I ever feel better again!

Comment from: Jacqueline, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

I had total knee replacement on November 12, 2018. I can't sleep at night because of the pain. I feel better when I don't have to lie down, I am in more pain lying down. I get two hours of sleep every night, I don't know what to do.

Comment from: S, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 14

I am 20 and had my very first Bartholin cyst, and even though I did many recommended things, nothing would work for me. Then after more research I stumbled upon this site and found the witch hazel trick, and having had enough of the feeling I decided to try it. I took a cotton pad and soaked it, then let it sit on the most tender spot for an hour. Then as I lay down I felt a wet sensation, the cyst had burst. I felt so much relief after that, so I highly suggest trying witch hazel.

Comment from: Mars, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

My total knee replacement surgery was end of March. After being home 2 days, I was doing laundry. On the 9th day I drove to the grocery store. It took some doing, but I was not going to be tied down. My right leg went inward like 17 percent so that is now straight. I diligently did my physical therapy. It is now 8 months later, the only pain is in the muscle on the side of my knee cap, not really bad. The doctor says my muscle is stretched where the leg was going in. I do still have to really concentrate going down steps. I don't know why I waited so long before surgery.

Comment from: Renu, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I am a 64 year old obese lady. I had my total knee replacement surgery of my left knee on 1 November 2018. I was doing fine for 3 weeks and walking without assistance but on 21 November I developed pain in my shin bone just below the knee and now my knee is not taking the weight. I'm unable to walk without a walker. My doctor and physiotherapist say that my knee is doing fine. I too agree as there's not much pain in the knee. I don't know what to do with the pain in my shin bone. I'm giving myself 2 weeks more rest from walking. I am doing physical therapy regularly.

Comment from: cmma01, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

I had a left total knee replacement on 13 October. I was able to walk after 10 days without a crutch. I did my exercises regularly and managed to get leg movement from flat to 115 degrees (bent). It took gritting of teeth to stretch the tissues because the paint felt like I was going to burst open the wound. Massaging the wound helped release scar tissue and made bending the knee less scary. After doing so well, 6 weeks on, my right knee and both hip joints are very painful. My right knee is fine but now I can hardly walk.

Comment from: Bonbon, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I had my total knee replacement surgery September 6 and can't straighten my knee. They are making me now wear a Dynasplint which is supposed to help but I have quit because it seems to make my knee worse. I have pain behind my knee and the splint makes it worse, then I limp more. I am beginning to regret the surgery myself. I had a limp before surgery. I was bone on bone and my leg was crooked. I thought I would get everything fixed by having the replacement but now it's a new set of problems.

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Comment from: Regina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I had a total knee replacement (right) 10/22/18. Having COPD and on oxygen 24/7, my progress has been slow. My knee is still swollen after 3 1/2 weeks, I've developed some kind of small pimply rash all around and up and down my incision which itches constantly. The right side is still numb. I'm disappointed but having faith I'll get better one day!

Comment from: Leslie, 65-74 (Patient) Published: November 14

I had total knee replacement on September 18th, 2018. The pain is gone for what I went in for but I have a lot of pain because I can't stretch my leg out and I'm walking with a limp. I sure wish I never had this done, I'd rather put up with pain before. I can only bend my leg between 80 and 95 percent depending on the day. I wonder if anybody else has these problems, it's so discouraging.

Comment from: Female Age 61, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I had total knee replacement (left) on 10.18.18 as an outpatient. No walker or cane since post-operation day 2. I drove myself to physical therapy (PT) the week following surgery and I am back at the gym. I was at 104 degrees flexion first PT after discharge. I think outcome is based on level of activity prior to surgery and diligence afterwards with exercises. Most difficult part is sleeping – I can't get comfortable and am trying to limit pain medications. I will consider right knee after 12 months if all continues to go well.

Comment from: sescuba, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I am now 8 weeks post operation from a right total knee replacement. I am 62 years old. I am so pleased with my outcome. My doctor placed me on B12, D3, iron and vitamin C one month prior to surgery and continued one month after. I also added collagen twice a day along with the above. When my sutures were removed at 3 weeks post operation, my incision was healed. It looks better every day. My range of motion is 120 degrees at 8 weeks. I have been attending physical therapy twice a week and I exercise at home 2 times a day.

Comment from: [email protected] , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

My total knee replacement was on 8/23/18. I've done all the therapy I'm supposed to do and am doing at home now. I was doing well, just a cane once in a while. Then I aggravated my knee while doing my exercises at home 3 weeks ago. It swelled up like a balloon, I iced it for 2 days and the swelling went down. I went to my surgeon and he said the replacement was fine and I had aggravated my quad and knee tissue, and it was healing. Well, the pain since I saw him has gotten unbearable, I'm using a walker again.

Comment from: Mzm, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I am 12 days out from left total knee replacement. I have needed both knees replaced since I was 45 but insurance would not cover until age 55 as 'you may need another before you die'; always about dollars. I have worked on my feet as a nurse for 30 years only changing to sedentary medical review work for past 2 years. So yes, I am disappointed in my progress and continued pain and inability to be free of the walker at 2 weeks. I had 1 physical therapy session in hospital morning after surgery then discharged less than 24 hours after surgery.

Comment from: Mary, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I had my total knee replacement surgery on 9/11/18. The first month is the hardest; constant nausea and vomiting the first 2 weeks. The pain decreases over time. Constipation is also an issue during recovery. I did a month of physical therapy (2 times a week) plus home exercises every day. You must do the exercises diligently to succeed. I am now at 130 degree flexion, off the pain medicines, can walk a mile, do stairs, ride my exercise bike and am cleared to drive.

Comment from: Dyan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I had bilateral knee replacement on 7-18-2018. I worked hard at the gym pre-operation. I was in the main hospital for 2 nights, and rehabilitation for 8. I had unbearable headache for 5 days. I was off all major drugs by day 4. Nights were the toughest; getting comfortable was difficult. I took Xanax before bed, Tylenol or Advil once or twice a day. I did physical therapy 3 times/week for 9 weeks. I had a joint bleed on one knee at about week 6, and had to have blood syringed out. That knee has been problematic from the start. I am exhausted still.

Comment from: daddysbabyg, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 17

My hubby is 8 weeks out of a complicated knee replacement and one of the very best things to do for yourself is to make sure you get a cooling box and use it correctly! I put a towel under it so there is no way it touches his skin. The swelling, pain and stiffness have not been a problem for him. He takes less pain medicines and has no stiffness at all. If you have to pay for it out of pocket do your research on this and I cannot tell you what a big difference it has made for him and thus me.

Comment from: Lindalu60 , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I had a total knee replacement in July. My range of motion during physical therapy was up to 127. I went back to work on September 12 almost 3 months after my surgery, things were going well for the first week and all of a sudden my knee started to stiffen up really bad to where I can hardly move it. But yet when I do my physical therapy exercises at home it doesn't hurt, it only hurts when I walk and it gets extremely tight. I do a lot of walking at work. It's easy!

Comment from: Ms. Lucy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I had two total knee replacements, 6-22-18 then 8-24-18. The 1st replacement, I was walking without the cane by day 7 and walking 2 miles a day within 2 weeks. The 2nd replacement was totally different. I was in constant pain and I used the walker for 2 weeks. Now it's week 6 and I'm finally able to walk a mile each day. No regrets! Exercise and plenty of ice, and you can do this. I'm 63.

Comment from: Stanley Ravensberg, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 05

I had a full knee replacement two days ago. I still have lots of pain when walking, much worse when I run. My work requires me to run a lot so I think it could be months before I am back on the street. I take 20 mg of oxycodone 3 times a day to help with my feeling of pain. I do knee exercises twice a day. I walk with a walker as a precaution not because of the knee but the medicines make me very woozy. I am back to driving but only local very slowly. My stools are very hard and won't flush.

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

I had two knee replacements this year, first done 3-10-18 and second done 6-21-18. I am just now beginning to walk without my cane fully outside of my home. Sitting too long or standing too long is my problem. My surgeries and therapies were great. I did fall once about 3 weeks ago (didn't injure anything just sore). My experience as a whole is if you are not committed to doing the intense physical therapy afterwards do not get the surgery. It will only impede your recovery. I am 57 years old.

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

My total knee replacement was on 8/7. I was released the day after and was using a walker. Second week the walker went into the garage. Yes, it hurts but constant movement, physical therapy (use your pain pills), ice, elevation, and just being tough pays off. I was released to drive on week 3; released from PT week 5. I'm continuing with PT daily and ready to do the other knee in February. I took over complete care for my extremely disabled husband on week 3. You can do this!

Comment from: cjs21742, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

My total knee replacement was done on 22 May, 2018. Then on 30 July, 2018 I had to have a manipulation. I still - despite even starting therapy before the knee replacement - cannot go up and down steps normally. I cannot bend enough to do normal things nor can I straighten my leg completely either. I am having so much pain in my hip that it is difficult to walk normally. I feel at 4 months I should be further along than I am. I am just starting water therapy and am hopeful it will be the solution.

Comment from: Sjking, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 27

I had double knee replacement on 9/10. I went home on 9/11 and started physical therapy 3 times a week. I used a walker until day 10, then a cane for 4 days. Now I am walking unassisted. I can't sleep in bed but I can sleep in the recliner. Sitting in a chair is really painful on my calves. I am off pain medicines and overall doing great.

Comment from: nb1945, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I had total right knee replacement 7/17/18 and feel I have made good progress. My surgeon advised sitting with my knee at the same height as my rear end so my extension was always good. He also said that a recliner is a big no-no, and two dining room chairs met his requirement of same height. I stopped taking painkillers about 3 weeks post-surgery. I had nine physiotherapy treatments and had a bend of 122 after them. I have been diligent about daily exercise as well, as recommended. I am 72.

Comment from: cajomaddie @gmail.co, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I had total knee replacement seven weeks ago. I am having sudden severe sharp, explosive pain and I had to go to the emergency room (ER). The pain was so bad, they thought I might have a staph infection. They gave me an injection of antibiotics, with prescription for home. I went to my orthopedist yesterday, he says he has no idea what is wrong, and repeated lab tests done in the ER. This is so bad I can't stand it, I don't know what it could be.

Comment from: Flsungirl63 , 55-64 (Patient) Published: September 20

Outpatient total knee replacement was performed on September 10, 2018. The first 2 days were basically pain free. I've been able to walk without assistance since the day of the operation. But now the pain has blown up, especially behind my knee and my right hip. I have not slept in 3 nights even with the medication they gave me. I've shed a few tears of frustration. I'm diligent with my exercises and had physical therapist come to my house 3 times per week. I'm starting outpatient physical therapy next week.

Comment from: Oldeden, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 19

I had full right knee replacement on 1st September. Following three nights I was in hospital on strong painkillers, but I have since getting home, limited myself to paracetamol. I am icing my knee and also trying to do the physiotherapy exercises I have been given. I have been walking without aids for a week now and am progressing well. Night pain continues to be a problem and I have some pain lifting my foot up behind me, why I don't know. But in general I'm really pleased with my recovery to date.

Comment from: gdsgrl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

Eight months ago I had left total knee replacement. I am a nurse and do a lot of walking in the hospital. I have sharp shooting Iliotibial band pain which stretches do not relieve. My surgeon said there is nothing he can do about this, just continue stretching. But even worse than that (and that is bad), if I sit for any length of time when I get up from sitting position it hurts, bad. After about 8 to 10 steps I am fine, I can't understand why it is so painful when I first get up! It swells every day, when I go home I elevate and ice.

Comment from: Peter, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 12

I had knee replacement surgery on September 6, 2018. I was walking on day 2 around the hospital and went home the next day. I iced my knee continuously front and especially the back of the knee, and the swelling broke after 4 days. I feel great, I am only using an extra strength over the counter pain relief – I have hardly any pain. Nothing like my first one; the key is to ice behind the knee. I am very happy. Every knee is different and I guess I got lucky. Yes, it hurts to walk but it is key to a fast recovery.

Comment from: owlman, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I had a right total knee replacement on August 14, 2018. Prior to the surgery I rode my bike hard and with purpose. I spent one night in the hospital and came home to rigorous ice and elevation, and moving as much as I could. I walked one mile (with crutches) 5 days after surgery and moved up from there. Now I am doing 2 mile walks without crutches. I got back on my bike on September 1. The night pain was a problem for first two weeks. Other than that it's good.

Comment from: Netty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

After many months following a total knee replacement I am having really bad pain 4 hours into my shift as a nurse. When I stand still no pain but when I start to walk I have terrific pain from below my patella that takes my breath away.

Comment from: Gaza nz, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 05

I had a total knee replacement on 08-14-2018. I spent two nights in hospital. I followed surgeon's instructions regarding ice, elevation and 4 exercises for the first two weeks. I managed to walk without crutches by 14th day. It is 21st day today and I can manage to walk sessions of 30 minutes morning and afternoon. Do the exercises religiously and elevate the leg. Nighttime pain is still prevalent but I am coping. I also self-massage to reduce swelling which is working. I can't explain my progress after all other comments, but wish all people well.

Comment from: Annette, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I had my total knee replacement on August 13, 2018. I stayed in the hospital for one night with therapy and was walking as soon as possible. I went home with physical therapy three times a week at home. My bending is now at 110 but I have problems straightening. I have 24/7 pain no matter what I take, and it is worse at night and first thing in the morning. I am having bad muscle spasms in knee. I have swelling in my whole leg including foot. Just wish the pain would go away.

Comment from: Mooniepa, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I had total knee replacement on 8-23-18. When I was in the recovery room they started physical therapy and it continued every day since, 2 times a day. I am presently in a skilled nursing rehabilitation till I can walk and do steps to get in my home. It's been a week and I can't lift my leg while lying down. The pain is almost unbearable. But I am managing. As of now I don't know if I will get the other one done. Hanging in.

Comment from: Bobbi, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 28

My total knee replacement was on July 3rd, 2018. I did 5 weeks of therapy 3 times a week and now I try to go to the pool at least twice a week. I am doing a lot of walking and feeling fine. There's still some residual pain on the inside of the knee which the doctor says is just normal but all in all I'm very satisfied and I'm planning on doing my other leg in October.

Comment from: Carlion, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I had a left total knee replacement done on 7-20-18, and went straight home on 7-22-18. I started outpatient physical therapy on 7-24-18. My bend was at 120 on 8-22-18. They told me from the start I was doing above and beyond normal. The knee joint itself is pain free, still some weakness and a little pain in my quad muscle when standing from a low sitting. I feel I have been blessed!

Comment from: KD61, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 23

I had total knee replacement on 31/7/18, after suffering for years and after 4 operations on the same knee. It is 3 weeks in and I am feeling great, I have been told that I am a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. I am back at work albeit only 3 days a week. Obviously there is still pain and swelling but that is to be expected, I know I am younger than the average patient (56) but I can definitely see light at the end of the tunnel. I do my exercises twice a day at home and go to physiotherapy weekly at 1st and now fortnightly.

Comment from: Melcpa86, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I had to have a total knee replacement as a result of a running injury. My surgeon discovered osteoarthritis and couldn't repair the injury. He offered a robotic partial replacement and I came out of surgery with a full replacement. Two very different recoveries. At 6 months, I still can't walk or do stairs without significant pain.

Comment from: Janet H, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I had a left total knee replacement on June 18, 2018. I had a lot of pain. Incision has healed but when the physical therapist (PT) rubs my knee there is a little spot that is very painful. The PT is also very aggressive with bending the knee. Then I have pain for one or two days. I take 2 Tylenol and 1 Advil and that helps. I also ice it. Will this ever be normal! I feel going at my own pace was working but I keep getting threatened the doctor will take me back to surgery for the scar tissue. I am at 110.

Comment from: MTA, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

Osteoarthritis had messed up my kneecap and I had total knee replacement (TKR) 6-8-2018. After not achieving range of motion because in-home physical therapy was not approved on time and didn't happen until one week after surgery, I had manipulation under anesthesia on 8-7-2018. Since having the TKR pain has been present but the worst part is the swelling that appears right after I exercise. My knee bends when I worked it out slowly after massaging it and it gets stiff when I'm not exercising. I'm frustrated, no more surgeries for me!

Comment from: S.B., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I had a total right knee replacement on June 15, 2018 and I am still in constant horrible pain in my kneecap and shin! I have therapy three times a week and had to have a procedure done 4 weeks ago to break up the scar tissue because my knee would not flex in therapy and I was in so much pain 24/7 and so stiff walking! That procedure set me back more in therapy! It is now 2 months since surgery and I am still in so much pain to sleep and a lot during the day too. I have been doing the exercise at home too.

Comment from: meme, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I had my total knee replacement surgery on March 23, 2018, I'm happy to report I feel I'm over the worst of it! A very long journey with unbelievable pain, depression, and anxiety. All I can say now, is time (5 months) will take care of the pain and getting you back to a normal lifestyle. You are not told this upfront so it is very frustrating and you feel as if this is how you'll have to live. I started taking Aleve and that helps more than Motrin did. Hang in there, it does get better.

Comment from: Rae, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I had total knee replacement on left knee on 7/24/18. I spent 2 nights in hospital. I was up walking with walker day of surgery. I had a lot of pain and was sent home with oxycodone every 6 hours. I used walker for one week, then week 2 a cane. I am 3 weeks out and just started physical therapy in a facility. My bend is 90 but my leg is not straightening all way. Exercises are hard but I am pushing through. I go 3 times a week and do my exercises at home faithfully. Still it is stiff and painful, especially at night! Hanging in!

Comment from: Ms.Linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I had left knee total replacement July 17th, 2018, one month ago tomorrow. I am 64. My knee still swells, is very stiff, and it hurts constantly. Ice helps at times and I take 2 Tylenol PM at night to help with sleep. I shed tears on the bike as I rotate that knee but I am climbing stairs and walking without a cane. I am hopeful that the pain and tightness will stop soon and that I will be able to put this whole thing behind me. My little dogs are waiting for a walk.

Comment from: Pippa, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I had a right knee replacement 8 weeks ago and I thought I would be pain free by now! The pain I have does not relate to my knee specifically but to referred/associated pain in my thigh and lower leg. I find sleeping at night difficult and wake up tired. My painkillers do not seem to be effective. I am unable to take codeine so take naproxen. I take regular exercise, swim and go to physiotherapy.

Comment from: Toledo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I had right knee replacement 3 weeks ago. I am getting ready to start physical therapy outside of my house. My progress seems slow due to much swelling but I have been dealing with two bad knees for half my life and I am only 60. I am due to get the left one done in a few months and I dread it. I really hope this is all worth it.

Comment from: PatK, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I am 10 weeks post total knee replacement surgery. I tend to push myself through recovery, have had around 12 different procedures. I finished physical therapy at 3 weeks and returned to the gym. I continued the exercises and began introducing others. I improved fairly quickly. Now I get pain from working out or normal activities but take enough time to let the leg rest and recover. Every day, I can tell it is improving. Accept that the pain will diminish if you remain committed to doing your recovery as best you can.

Comment from: Nancy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I had my total knee replacement on July 5, 2018. As of today, August 9, I am a little over 5 weeks going into my 6th week. I have swelling and redness around my knee and the scar remains tight despite massage. I believe with time that this will get better. I was on the bicycle in physical therapy today and went all the way around. I screamed because of the pain but it was a little better. I now have to force myself at home to attempt it and so far I am hesitating.

Comment from: Susieq, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 08

So far it has been a little over two months since my total knee replacement. I go to physical therapy three times a week. I am still having issues with the knee feeling stiff and pain that wakes me up during the night. Sometimes pain radiates down my hip to my foot. When I walk it's with a limp. I can't stand to sit or stand very long without pain. I wonder if this really gets better in time.

Comment from: Nina, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I had total right knee replacement on 19 April, 2018. Recovery has been difficult but the pain after a couple weeks was nothing compared to pre-surgery. I am probably about 15 weeks post-surgery. I walked my dog for half a mile this morning, shopped at Wal-Mart and drove my granddaughter to Target to get school supplies. I could not walk a full block before surgery. Walking and exercising is the answer. I would do the surgery again!

Comment from: Pudlittle , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I had my knee replacement on 6/1/18. The first couple of days I had pain but by the end of the week I was just using pain medicines at night to sleep. I only used a walker for 3 days then cane for another week. I found doing the exercises at home better than going to physical therapy. Today is 8 weeks from surgery, I have no restrictions and I only went to physical therapy twice. I still have some swelling and stiffness but am better than before surgery.

Comment from: Sharn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

My right knee replacement was on 4-26-18. I still have swelling and lots of pain. I can't sleep at night because the pain is so uncomfortable. I can't walk too far without my knee swelling and I become very tired within ten minutes of walking. I can't bend my knee all the way and it hurts badly. My doctor can't give me any more painkillers so I find myself crying a lot now because I hurt so from pain.

Comment from: Mark, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

I had my knee replaced 5/31/16 and now have 90 degree flex. It clicks and pops with any movement. I have pain down the shin and super pain around the kneecap.

Comment from: Christine , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I had surgery for total knee replacement two weeks ago. My foot is still swollen but when I take medication I can get around better. I drove to the store a couple of times but I don't recommend doing it every day. The worst thing is trying to get comfortable at bedtime. The best advice I wish someone gave me before was to get a recliner chair. I was worried about taking too much medication but doctor said it's about managing my pain.

Comment from: AC, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I had a right knee replacement on 3/4/2018. I only had 4 physiotherapy appointments before they discharged me saying I was doing everything right. I still have numbness and stiffness despite regular exercises. I have not had a full night's sleep since as have severe pain radiating to my groin and all the way down the back from my waistline, like sciatica. I am walking without aids but feel very insecure about going too far. Scar is still very red but the consultant said that's because it's still healing on the inside.

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

I had a total knee replacement (TKR) in February 17 which unfortunately was inserted incorrectly so had a revision TKR on 20/6/18 which went very well and I am almost pain free. The problem is that this time I feel so tired all the time and a short 10-minute walk really takes it out of me. When I wake in the morning the stiffness and tightness around the scar are quite painful but I realize the second operation was much more invasive so I'm having to do what my body is telling me and be patient.

Comment from: JJ , 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 19

I had my total knee replacement on 5/29/18 and was released from the hospital on 5/30/18. The first 10 days were difficult as the pain medicines created more side effects than I anticipated. Stool softeners and laxatives got me back on track. I am currently at 4 weeks with 110 flex and very little pain. Main issue is getting comfortable at night to sleep the night through. Since I am on atrial fibrillation medications it complicates what I can take. I am gradually getting there. Main thing I feel has caused my progress is doing the exercises. My only regret is I did not do this sooner.

Comment from: Hayley, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had my left knee done on the 21/06/18. I am fed up and still got a lot of stiffness in my knee and it feels tight, my knee also feels very numb on the left side. I am now walking round the house with one stick but was hoping to be back walking normally by now. I've only got to do a bit round the house and I feel knackered. If I had known that it was going to be like this I wouldn't have had it done. I am meant to be having the other knee done but there is no way I am doing it again.

Comment from: SueA, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

My total knee replacement surgery was on 5/9/18. I am still doing therapy three times a week. I have virtually no pain, just stiffness and tightness. Range of motion is 0 to 133, so that is great. I am still using a cane when I leave the house, because walking is difficult at times. What I have found interesting is that each person is completely different. I am hanging in there and not comparing my progress to others, just my own improvement.

Comment from: Lady, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had total knee replacement on June 10th. The pain is very severe at times. My knee is still very swollen, which prevents the necessary bending at physiotherapy. I was informed beforehand by the consultant of all the pain after the surgery and how important the exercises were, but very difficult to do when knee is so swollen and just won't bend. I can only hope it does get easier.

Comment from: Ann, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I had a total knee replacement on January the 23rd. My swelling is finally gone and am able to do most exercises. I have trouble sleeping because of arthritis in my legs. I am better if I walk when it hurts. I do not have pain in my knee, but do not feel comfortable when I stand longer than a couple of minutes. I hate to be the only one sitting down at parties. I am able to get up from a seated position, and walk on uneven ground, I am 77 years old.

Comment from: cinnamon girl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I am 2 weeks post left total knee replacement, and 16 weeks ago I had total hip replacement on right. Even knowing this would be worse, I am at times overwhelmed by the unrelenting pain and inability to get comfortable. I am taking Percocet every 4 hours, now adding muscle relaxer, but still experiencing a lot of pain. That and the swelling make it difficult to do the exercises, especially the bending. I have a high tolerance for pain, but this is really wearing me out, there just doesn't seem to be any relief.

Comment from: Rollster, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

My total knee replacement was 4 weeks ago, and I'm still in a fair amount of pain though I don't take any narcotics, only occasional Tylenol. I do physical therapy three times weekly, and mostly walk unassisted (but doctor said to use a cane until I can walk without limping). I'm above 110 degrees flexion and can do full rotations on a bike. My knee still swells and feels stiff after standing or walking. The incision is sensitive and sometimes wakes me at night. I'd hoped for quicker progress, but trying to be patient!

Comment from: EarthDog, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

I had a total knee replacement done on June 20 - 11 days ago. I have not used a walker or cane from the beginning. I have been going up and down my stairs since day 2. It does hurt but at the one week mark I went to the grocery store. At the 9 day mark I got my hair cut, went to the bank and again the grocery store. My niece and her boyfriend are visiting and we went to lunch today with my 4 kids. I ice it a lot and have found that's the only thing that takes away the pain completely.

Comment from: Rob, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 03

I am 85 years old and had a total knee replacement 14 months ago. After 10 months I went back to the surgeon to complain about the swelling which was very bad from top to bottom. He said it was probably the fact I was waiting for a hip replacement! Well, I had the hip replacement and guess what, it is 4 weeks since I had my new hip and the swelling is worse than ever! I am going to see my general physician tomorrow but I am not holding my breath.

Comment from: Localady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

I had a partial removal and a total knee replacement done 4 weeks ago (6/1/18). I was flexing 120 degrees within 10 days and other than walking on rough uneven surfaces used a cane or walker after the 2nd day. I still need 1/2 a pain pill every six hours in the evening and once or twice during the day. I am almost at the point where I could skip the day. I ice my leg at least 3 times a day and have not had swelling. I also do a modified water aerobics 40 minutes 4 or 5 times a week for the past 2 weeks.

Comment from: Maria, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I had total knee replacement ten weeks ago and my incision finally sealed after festering in at least six places due to a reaction to the sutures. Now I am feeling extreme heaviness in the leg at night and the knee stiffens after just standing or walking on it for even a very short distance. Even driving the car makes it stiffen and become very heavy. I wonder if arthrofibrosis is setting in. I also had severe swelling for the first several weeks so doing range of motion exercises just reopened the incision. So I had to cancel some physiotherapy sessions to just help the incision to heal. I was on antibiotics for three weeks too, but didn't really help, thus think it was an infection caused by the sutures. I was hoping to be able to walk unattended by now, but the stiffness and heaviness immediately after walking prevent that. I am on the wait list for my other knee, but am holding off for now. I am in way worse shape now than before but am changing my expectations to one year of recovery to stay positive.

Comment from: Teresa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I had a total knee replacement on 23 May 2018, just over 4 weeks ago. I see physiotherapist twice a week, do my exercises 3 times a day. I have not used pain relief since hospital, have a few aches but not pain. I was off my one crutch last week and walking up and down stairs slowly. I can bend my leg easily but it stiffens up by the end of the day. I was back at work at 3 1/2 weeks. I walked 2.5 km today and my inside joint is a bit sore, I may have overdone it. I have used a lot of ice and the swelling has really gone down. It's been hard work and lots more to go but each day gets better and better.

Comment from: Neela, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I had total knee replacement on 3/19/18. I used a walker for 2 weeks, then cane for 2 weeks, then nothing. While mobile, I still have quite a bit of swelling and some pain. My bend is good, but I can't seem to get it to straighten all the way. I also have pain behind the knee. It does feel better to be moving. I go to the gym 4 days a week and ride the bike and use the leg press. The other days I do home exercises. I am 61 years old. I had hoped to be farther along by now, but I guess I am one of those who will take longer. I have to say it is getting old having my life revolve around my knee! I just have to keep plugging along and it helps to know others are and have experienced similar symptoms. Hang in there everyone!

Comment from: Alyce , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I had a total knee replacement in March after procrastinating way too long. To sum it up, it is the best working part of my body! The pain was something not to be described but I think I was under-medicated. However 2 weeks later I was out for dinner. If you are suffering like I was and cannot walk, bite the bullet, it will be worth it in the long run.

Comment from: Joh, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 18

I had a total knee replacement surgery on 5-30-18. I used Norco for pain relief until day 10, then nothing. I was on a walker for 4 days, then began with cane for 7 days. I am currently walking unassisted. I began driving again on day 13 for short trips around town and by day 14 I am at 102 degree flexion. Today, day 16, I did a 1.25 mile walk in a park with some discomfort at the end and am icing for pain relief. Overall, very satisfied with the progress.

Comment from: Linda R, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I had total knee replacement on May 16/2018 and the wound is healing well. I am in pain and often have sharp pains all down my leg. I take Tylenol extra strength to help with pain. It helps me get some sleep. My calf, behind my thigh, and my ankle hurt a lot. I am 67. I do not get enough sleep now due to pain and cannot take the tramadol or ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) the surgeon prescribed, as they do not go with my citalopram, and I could bleed out. I am going to my general physician to see if he can prescribe something stronger than Tylenol. I need my sleep. I just want to be pain free. My knee only bends about 65 degrees and due to pain I cannot do the exercises enough or properly. I just want this pain to go!

Comment from: Jenny, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I am 70 and had bilateral knee replacement surgery 10 weeks ago and had hoped to have recovered fully by now as I am going on a touring holiday in 2 weeks. I feel I am doing quite well but every now and then my right knee becomes painful after walking. I use an exercise bike to keep my knees mobile and this seems to be the best exercise as it is not weight bearing. After 8 weeks I was able to sleep through the night, the breakthrough was when I could sleep on my side instead of flat on my back. I still put a pillow between my knees for support and I find that quite comfortable. I still take paracetamol and ibuprofen but I have replaced the ibuprofen with Voltarol cream twice a day and I wear a support bandage when I go for a walk. I am glad I have had both knees done together and I would recommend the surgery if you are reasonably fit. Six weeks ago I may not have!

Comment from: Mel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I had a total knee replacement (TKR) 3 days ago. I have some pain but pain medicines make it tolerable. I have some swelling. I use 1 crutch to get around. I think I'm doing well, I have 96 degree of motion and looking forward to being active and pain free. Because in 3 months I will have the other one replaced. I think a very important part of TKR success is a good surgeon. Mine came highly recommended by many.

Comment from: Gilbert, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

I had total knee replacement 5 months ago. I worked hard at physiotherapy and in the gym. I am feeling quite good. I am walking 1 to 2 miles with little or no pain.

Comment from: Autotech, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

I was worried I wasn't progressing as fast as other people but after reading these comments apparently I'm doing ok. It is week 9 of my total knee replacement and it still feels like somebody hit my knee with a baseball bat. It is still swollen and only bends 103 degrees. Ibuprofen helps but an occasional pain pill is needed. I can use it going up steps, but not down (requires 120 degree bending). My good leg is sore by the end of the day and my back muscles knot up within 15 minutes of doing anything other than sitting. The cane ruined my back, and I tossed it 2 weeks ago. Hold off on a knee replacement as long as possible if you can. If you get it done make sure you have a comfortable recliner and a good ice maker. Both will get a lot of use.

Comment from: Gary D, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 29

I had total knee replacement surgery on 1-27-2018. I was released from the hospital the following day, using a walker. The first two weeks following surgery was difficult; I had pain, stiffness, and swelling. I used pain medicines for two weeks and quit. The side effects I could not deal with. I left my walker after two weeks. I worked with physiotherapist for eight weeks, three times a week. He pushed me hard but the results were terrific. My flexion range was 130 and my knee is pain free. I returned to my spin class at six weeks post-surgery and walked two miles daily. Lesson learned is forcing yourself to work hard for better results. I am now four months post and doing well. I have some stiffness and swelling but I ignore it and returned to my daily activities. I experience some popping sounds in my daily be routines but no pain. My surgeon said the popping sounds eventually decreased to silence. My advice is remain positive and push yourself daily and you will improve. I know today I am pain free and that is great. Oh, I should tell you I am 78 years old.

Comment from: MJB, 55-64 (Patient) Published: May 22

I had a total knee replacement on Jan 29, 2018. I am 64 years old and walked 5 to 7 miles a day at work and was on my feet 8 hours. Here I am almost 5 months out and I can bend my knee but if I walk even 2 to 3 miles it hurts so badly. I still get very little sleep at night. They do not give out pain medication after 4 weeks. I tried to go back to work and I could not do as I did before so had to go back out on medical. They hurt my lower back in surgery and that still has not settled down. I feel like I am a failure all the time.

Comment from: CG, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I'm 59 and had double knee replacements on 2/19/18 and was released from the hospital after 2 nights. They put me on Coumadin, and my blood pressure was low and I was sleeping constantly. On 3/5, I passed out at home and an ambulance took me back to the hospital. They checked for clots, and started transfusions since my hemoglobin was at 5. I ended up staying six days and had nine blood transfusions. They did every test imaginable to find the internal bleeding and each test was negative. My hemoglobin is now at 10, and I've been back to work for two weeks. I'm still exhausted but I just cannot concentrate or focus. My knees are a little swollen but very achy. I'm concerned about my job, of course, as I just can't seem to remember how to do things, etc. I can't focus and just have to get up and walk around. I have no motivation and can't make the simplest decisions. This is truly concerning as I'm a totally different person.

Comment from: Deep Creek, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I am 59 years old, had total knee replacement surgery 3.6.18. I have gotten along good, my doctor and physiotherapist say. I have a 115 range of motion. Physiotherapy was good for me but now is over. I still take some pain medicines or Tylenol at night so I can rest and it calms down the muscles in my leg. I still do my exercises every morning. I am still using ice packs for swelling. I went back to work at 4 weeks for half day. I went back full time at 6 weeks. I don't have any pain like before. I also sit in a swing to build up my range of motion. I try hard to walk through the pain when walking so I don't limp. Hot tub of water at night helps muscles relax before going to bed. Good luck to you all. Our days ahead will be better.

Comment from: TwinD, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I had a total knee replacement on 2/26/18. I still have knee stiffness and pain. Keep working on your knee it will come. I take occasional Advil not very often. I usually just live with the pain. I see my doctor this week for work release. This has been difficult to deal with but still have goals of better movement over time. Just move at your own pace and focus on the future. I think this is a lifetime journey. Best of luck to you.

Comment from: Wls, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I had my total knee replacement in March 2018 and am wondering if I should have bothered. I know I'm only 8 weeks after surgery but it's been a long drawn affair. My knee doesn't seem to want to bend and I'm having trouble fighting through the pain, even with morphine. Knee only bends at 65. I am using CPM (continuous passive motion machine) to stretch daily 3 times and started hydrotherapy. I don't know what is going wrong, why it won't bend.

Comment from: Jammin77, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 16

I am 67 years old I had total knee replacement on my right knee done on 4/17/18 so it has been a month. I still have swelling and pain in my knee, I expected it from hearing about it from friends and co-workers who have had it done. The pain is worse, as they say, at night trying to sleep. Sitting up in recliner typing this with ice machine on at 1:00 am in the morning is proof of that. I try not to take the pain pills unless I need them but unless you take them as scheduled it takes a while for the medication to work. I walk around with a cane as needed, try to walk often during the day, ride the recumbent bike a couple times a day and stretch physiotherapy twice a week basically on my own there now, they said I have met my goals already. The pool at our association opens next week so I will be able to start swimming exercises. It's a rough road I am sure for a while. The pain is different than before but I can tell it is better than before. Chin up, stay focused, persevere and be back to work in 3 more weeks and pain free in 6 months.

Comment from: RNOH, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 15

I had my total knee replacement (TKR) 5 years ago. I was sent home on a Friday, a day and a half after the operation with a prescription for paracetamol and an antidepressant (never been significantly depressed). That weekend I was ready to go back and ask them to simply remove the leg! The pain was unbelievable. Five years later the leg is fantastic and my main question is why I waited so long to have it done. I have no loss of bending and it is the same as my good leg, the only downside is that kneeling on hard surfaces is out. My advice: go for the ceramic surface models. They are supposed to last 30 years as opposed to the standard model which has a 15 year life. At 60 I did not want to go through this again at 75 so this should see me out. If I live beyond that I look forward to a modern electric buggy. (I guess the skiing will not be so interesting by then). So hang in there for the first couple of weeks and make sure you have sufficient pain relief. Force yourself to bend and extend so you keep your bending range. And you will be grateful for the end result. And finally if you can find an orthopedic sports injury specialist use him/her; they get sports people back on track and that's what you need.

Comment from: Hazel72, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I had a total knee replacement (TKR) on 23/03/18, so I am 7 weeks post operation. This is my 9th surgery on my knee and I have to say I wish I had never had it done. I am on morphine, tramadol, paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain, and only managing 4 to 5 hours of sleep. Swelling and pain are horrendous. I am 10 off straight and can only manage 48 bend. I have constant pain above my knee and on both sides of the joint. The more walking and exercise I do the stiffer and more swollen my knee becomes. Icing doesn't help. I've had 1 session of hydrotherapy which really helped for 2 days. Physiotherapist estimates 6 to 8 months to walk unaided. I am really depressed and struggling to do basic day-to-day things. I will not be having TKR if my other knee goes!

Comment from: Anchor , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 14

I have read a lot of the comments, and here's my opinion. I am a 58 year old male 6 ft. 6 in. and 300 lb. I've had knee issues for the last 40 years. I have had a total of eight knee surgeries on the left knee, and five surgeries on the right knee. I ruptured my right and left patella tendon 10 months apart in 2010. On April 10, 2018 I had the left knee totally replaced, I had nothing to lose. Out of all the prior surgeries this has been the most painful one of all. I've been walking since the day of the surgery, I do my post-operative exercises multiple times a day. I don't like doing them but I know it's the key to feeling better. I still have a lot of swelling, aching and everything else that goes along with knee replacement. I have good days and bad days. What works best for me is, when I can't lie in bed or sit in my favorite chair because of the pain, I get up and start doing something. It feels better, even for a short period time. Every day I'm able to be on it longer. Then when the pain comes back to where I can't control it I head back to my favorite spot. I put ice on my knee for about 15 minutes. I take Tylenol and ibuprofen during the day. I try to get to sleep at night using Tylenol PM. When the pain wakes me up that's when I take my pain pills. I have hope one day I will be pain-free.

Comment from: Skip, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 14

I am 68 years old, I had both knees replaced April 9 first one, and then April 11 the second one. I am very active, I used to walk 7 to 9 miles every day. It's been a little over 1 month now, I am still using a cane but hope to do without by next week. I started driving 1 week ago. I'm grateful to this site, as now I feel I'm not alone and can share some side effects. I have shin pain, yes, and I thought it was just me. I'm still taking pain medicines as needed and my most difficult time is evening and sleeping. Also I have yet to regain all my strength and I tire easily. I'm an optimist so I look forward to getting to the finish line. I would like to be playing golf in another 5 weeks according to my physical therapist, I hope he's right. Hang in there we can get this done.

Comment from: Lynn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I had a total knee replacement on 4/17/18, and am 3 weeks out of surgery. I used crutches at first, then 2nd week a single crutch, and this past week no device in house. Just a cane for precaution if I go out. I stopped pain medicines about 2 1/2 weeks out; just on ibuprofen or Tylenol XS. There is still some swelling and shin pain occasionally. I have trouble sleeping, especially with TED hose on. I have difficulty getting comfortable at night, and with leg bent, difficulty getting up in night, and after sitting I need to straighten leg a bit. I have a history of arthritis, and partial bone on bone; not a lot of pain. Some days my knee would catch, so I put it up a lot and limit my activity. I'm hoping to have much more endurance soon. Hoping to be pain free soon. Thanks for all your comments.

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