Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Recovery

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Comment from: Amanda , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I had total knee replacement on 14/9/2020. I had severe pain for 8 weeks, crying like a little girl. I could hardly bend my knee, had re-manipulation of the knee about 8 weeks later, with 115 percent bend from the hospital. Two months later, I have about 80 percent bend if I’m lucky on a good day, living on pills, severe pain all the time, and starting to think I will never recover or be able to drive a car without pain or just be normal ever again. Very depressing indeed. Wish I never had surgery. Doctors do not care.

Comment from: Div1deckforce65, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

I had a total knee replacement (TKR) on May 11, 2021. Pain has been so bad since then, the orthopedic surgeons who did it were done with me and don't care about my pain. We are not humans, just numbers. My knee clicks, snaps, locks and swells. If I walk or bike, then it's worse. I'm still trying.

Comment from: RhodyRed , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I had a total knee replacement in October 19. Infection set in and I had another surgery in January 20. That didn’t work, so a spacer was in from April to October 2020. The infection turned out to be Mycobacterium fortuitum. I have been prescribed generic Bactrim since April 20, twice a day. I’ve asked if there’s a chance I can come off it, but my infectious diseases doctor says he believes the infection could come back again.

Comment from: Sleddog19, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I had a left total knee replacement on May 18, 2021. I was discharged the next day. I am a little over 4 weeks post-operation, doing physical therapy (PT) at home, and will start outpatient next week. I still have so much pain, and am still on pain medication. I can bend to 95 degrees. I am so exhausted and can't stand for very long. Will the pain ever get better! I don’t think I will do the right knee. This is the most painful thing I've ever gone through.

Comment from: RPM Philly, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 24

This is my second total knee replacement. I had the first done 4 years ago. The first one went extremely well. I reached 115 within 10 weeks. I am 57 and had my second knee replaced on December 16th. Boy, what a difference! I am at 9 weeks and at 96. I have a Dynasplint to help with straightening. I am at 6 trying to get to 0. Stiffness occurs every day. Physical therapy is twice a week and they work my leg very hard. I am doing the home exercises 6-7 times a day with plenty of ice at night. Ugh.

Comment from: Robyn, 55-64 (Patient) Published: January 21

I had a total knee replacement on November 30th, 2020. I was put on tramadol. Had a dreadful couple of weeks with constant muscle cramps all night. Feeling terribly depressed I contacted my doctor and he put me on magnesium tablets and changed my pain medicines to oxycodone. This gives me at least 4 hours straight at night. Up 2-3 times a night I get up to run a hot shower over my leg as it feels like it’s been strapped to a board, and the pain when I move jolts me awake. Can get to 85 degrees at 8 weeks which is a worry.

Comment from: Terry , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

I had total knee replacement on October 12, 2020. After I came home I had some pain in my knee and thigh, but after physical therapy, all that pushing trying to get my leg straight has caused severe pain all through my knee and hip.

Comment from: Pitlochry, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

Today marks the eight week mark since my total knee replacement. My recovery is going very well. I am now doing my own daily hydrotherapy sessions and exercises in the pool for around an hour. I am now able to walk without a stick but occasionally feel a 'clicking' in my knee and am wondering if this is normal. There is no pain and it's mainly when I do a cycling exercise in the water. Main problem I have is straightening the leg but getting there. Today I intend to begin walking for a distance.

Comment from: marulee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

I had total knee replacement surgery on October 26, 2020 and today is December 10. I do physical therapy and am at a flexion of 100 degrees… but doesn’t matter, I am in pain and still cannot walk normally. I don’t have pain in the knee center, it’s in the sides and I have a tight feeling when I walk. I barely sleep, it is so uncomfortable even though I am at 0 in being straight. So frustrating and maddening!

Comment from: Shelly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

I had total knee replacement on October 15, and had a remarkable recovery. The physiotherapist said I could continue physiotherapy at home. Now since last weekend, I have had severe pain, and am back on pain pills. I can’t walk and put weight on the knee. The surgeon said everything looks great with the surgery, but I can’t walk.

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Comment from: Ann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I am female, 63. I had revision knee replacement 6 weeks ago. I can only get 65 range of motion with physiotherapy (PT), really pushing. The doctor changed the PT twice. I am still in lots of pain. I am walking with crutches as I have a bad limp. I feel totally deflated. I see the surgeon in three days. So freaking out wondering what is wrong. I exercise 3 times a day, ice and elevate. Not a lot of swelling.

Comment from: Kelly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I had total knee replacement surgery on October 7, 2020. I am a bit discouraged about flexion. I am at 90 degrees with major pain to get that far at physical therapy. Unfortunately all the pain medicines made me vomit multiple times a day so after 8 days I stopped all pain medicines. I hope another 4 weeks and I will be remotely glad I had it done. Good luck everyone!

Comment from: Kelly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I had a total knee replacement on September 29, 2020. I’m 48 and had a physically demanding job. My recovery is very slow and I am having issues. The physiotherapist can push me to 85 but not without excruciating pain. I do my exercises 3-4 times day, ice and elevate. I have terrible muscle spasms at night and am not sleeping. Feeling discouraged.

Comment from: Barb, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I had a full knee replacement about 10 weeks ago. The worst pain and bruising were from the tourniquet.

Comment from: Chris, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 13

I had my total knee replacement 20 days ago. The staples came out 2 days ago. I can straighten my leg to 0 degrees and have 122 degrees range of motion. Swelling is going down although I do have some pain still. I'm starting to walk leg over leg, up and down stairs. Overall I'm very encouraged. I only missed 4 days of work (I do work at home). I had 105 degrees range of motion the day after the surgery. I'm a tough cookie - your results may vary.

Comment from: Chris, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 12

I had total knee replacement on the 28th September 2020, and was released from the hospital on the 1st October. My hospital stay was very good, had surgery at 7 am, and was up on a walker at 1 pm, very painful. Day 2, I had physiotherapy, and day 3, more physiotherapy and I was put on crutches. Early day 4, I was shown by my physiotherapist how to walk with my crutches up and down stairs. I went home early on day 4, and have done all my exercises, etc. Day 8, I started walking unassisted, and day 10 after surgery, I mowed my lawn; very excited.

Comment from: Willie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I had total knee replacement in 2017 but have severe pain and limp every morning, when getting out of bed. I tried to return to golf but get pain after 9 holes or 100 yds if going for a walk. After golf, I am crippled with pain, and limp for 2 days, but no damage to the knee, in an X-ray completed a few months ago. Strange thing is I can cycle for 45 minutes on a static trainer bike every couple of days with no pain whatsoever.

Comment from: Buckeye, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I had total knee replacement in September 2019. I'm in so much pain, knee cap hurts, shin hurts, and I can hardly walk. I did all my therapy sessions, this is unreal; so much stiffness. My hips hurts really bad and my foot goes numb. This is scary. I have constant swelling and am still using ice.

Comment from: M C B, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

I had a total knee replacement (TKR) in 2018. I am still getting pain in my kneecap, trying Axsain 0.075 percent cream, to no help.

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

I had the same done to my left knee, scope then total knee replacement. It was painful, extremely painful not in my knee but in my back and hip area. The epidural went in my right leg it was to go in my left leg. But my back and hip hurt still some nights and I do not go to sleep. Pain medicine does not work, so I have tried weed. It helps some but I wish the doctors would care what happens to patients!

Comment from: Annie k, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I had total knee replacement on March 1st, 2016. My knee has never improved over that time, very stiff and painful. It also causes bad anxiety and depression; not what I was promised at the time. And my general physician is not interested.

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Comment from: rbabygirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I felt pretty good around 3 weeks post-operation of total knee replacement but am now hurting just as much as I did 2 weeks post-operation. I'm doing physical therapy three times a week in office and do my exercises at home. I wonder if it is normal to regress so severely!

Comment from: Cat, 45-54 (Patient) Published: January 10

I had a left total knee replacement (TKR) on 10/7/2019 due to severe arthritis. I did 8 sessions of physiotherapy. I’m 3 months out and going for 8 more sessions due to severe stiffness, but no swelling. In hospital I had a femoral block that left me with half of my leg still numb to this day. Very disappointed! Numbness is making my recovery harder, and they are sending me for an electromyogram to see which nerve is damaged. I am not sure if this is normal and if the numbness and the rubber band feeling when I walk and bend will go away.

Comment from: Bobby, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 24

I had right total knee replacement 12/11/19, with good movement and minimal swelling. My knee hurts more 11 days post operation than it did 9 days post operation. I have more swelling and more pain.

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

I had a total knee replacement on 22nd November. All went well, and I was discharged on 25th November but I’m now getting excruciating pain in the knee. I’ve been taking tramadol and Co-codamol but they don’t seem to be working. I don’t know what else to do, and wonder if I should go back to the hospital.

Comment from: Margaret, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I had my right total knee replacement done in 2013 and the left in 2016. I was 45. Everything went very well and I recovered to go back to full time work. However, recently after walking the dog every day and sitting down I get constant pain in both shins. Some days this can be debilitating, it is a very restless and tight pain which can last for a while. My knees feel fine but, my shins are really sore, just wondered if anyone else experiences this, years after surgery.

Comment from: vicliviv, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I too am suffering from the tourniquet pain after my total knee replacement surgery; it was truly excruciating, preventing me from doing the exercises properly. I am still dealing with that more than the knee.

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: 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.

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.

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!