Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Experience


Please describe your total knee replacement experience. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Marion , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I had right total knee replacement (TKR) in 2011 and left TKR March 2018. I also have psoriatic arthritis. Knee pain has never gone away but range of motion is greatly improved. I do water aerobics 3 times a week. I am still taking 5 mg oxycodone daily and have been for many years. I cannot take anti-inflammatory medicines because of stomach pain. All in all I think I am doing pretty well for 78 years old.

Comment from: Julie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I am 14 months out from total knee replacement (TKR). Surgery was worse than most due to previous tendon surgery and 25 years of arthritic tissue. Post-surgery extremely painful, and was in the hospital 5 nights. I was released on walker and initial rehabilitation came to me. For 1 month I was on crutches, several months with cane, and then slow progress. Pain stopped at 8 weeks. I had opiates only 1st 10 days with CBD oil 2nd month. I am still gaining muscle strength as atrophy and limp had set in prior to TKR. Rotation is about 75 percent now. I was the worst case scenario, so if I can do it so can you.

Comment from: Jennifer , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I had my double total knee replacements on December 24. I did not expect the pain to be quite this bad but it's a different kind of pain. It's more like soreness, aching deep inside the bones. That has subsided mostly and now I am just dealing with the stiffness and tightness. It does get better, you just have to be patient. It seems to be one step forward and two steps back. My biggest thing is trying to find a comfortable place to sleep. I was told not to put pillows underneath the knees but I did.

Comment from: Dave, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 05

My husband has just come out of hospital after 5 days after having a total knee replacement. He has lost 2 and a half stone, is hardly eating, and is having pain throughout his body, especially lower back, buttocks, and down his entire leg. I wonder if these symptoms are normal. I also tried talking to surgery asking when the stitches need to come out, and if a nurse can come out to take them out. I was rudely told to put him in a taxi to surgery even though I've told them he can hardly move as his other knee is totally shot too.

Comment from: Silverfox-MP, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I had a total knee replacement on January 18, 2019. I stayed in the hospital for 4 days waiting to go to inpatient therapy and was sent home instead, saying I was doing fine. The pain I'm experiencing is in my thigh and the knee cap area. I'm also experiencing burning in the area. I can't get comfortable whatsoever. I do not take narcotics, only Tylenol. I wonder if anyone else is having these painful experiences, if so please share.

Comment from: Akhowe, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I had my total knee replacement on the 8th of January. I too am having lots of pain and I have told them from the very 1st day that I felt something was wrong. They keep saying it is normal but I don't think so. At the hospital I woke up with a fractured or sprained ankle. At 1st they said it was just broken blood vessels but when I went to physical therapy she asked me if I fell or something! She then said I must have moved wrong during surgery. They are setting me up with another surgeon for a 2nd opinion. I can hardly walk, I'm in pain a lot and the swelling and heat sensations are too much. I can't even bend my knee just a little without pain shooting through my leg.

Comment from: Mart48, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I'm a 70 year old female. I had knee replacement surgery on June 25, 2018. I was in the hospital for 3 days then went home. Second night in the hospital I was awake part of the night in pain. I was on an IV of Percocet, 2nd day they started me on Percocet pills. My first night home I was in pain most of the night, but after that I didn't have as much pain. I was on Percocet 5 mg for 9 weeks every 4 hours, then every 5 hours and then every 6 hours. Then I went on to Norco 7.5 mg 1 pill every 6 hours for 2 weeks and then weaned off the Norco. By my 12th week since surgery I was off the pain medicine and only took Aleve when needed.

Comment from: derbear, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I had a total knee replacement on 1/7/19, 11 days ago. I stayed one night in the hospital. I have been doing well with mobility and only needed the walker for a couple of days and quickly switched to going to physical therapy (PT) rather than having in home PT. I am in so much pain and I can only go 3 hours before I need ibuprofen, or Percocet. They set me up with a CPM (continuous passive motion machine) which has been a life saver. I ice 4 to 6 times per day and do exercise/stretching at home and keep my leg elevated. Still my knee is swollen, hot, and I have bad bruising.

Comment from: Diana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I had a total knee replacement over two years ago and am still in pain. I recently got a second opinion and was told the tibial component wasn't placed correctly and that the pain behind my knee is probably a torn posterior cruciate ligament. Now I'm getting yet another opinion on a second knee replacement. I'm pretty stressed out. I wonder if anyone else had a similar experience.

Comment from: KrisK, 55-64 (Patient) Published: January 15

I had total knee replacement on my left knee on 1/8/19. I am walking around the house without an assistive device but use a cane outside. The pain is present but much less intense than I thought it would be. I have been practicing listening to my body and sleep a lot but feel great and am so glad I did this. By the way, I am 56 and was bone on bone as a result of a college age ski accident.

Comment from: Sue k, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I had a total knee replacement four weeks ago. I'm getting on with the exercises ok but the tibia bone by the shin is so tender and very painful to walk on, I feel that it's holding me back.

Comment from: TKAMESS, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I had total knee replacement in late October 2018. My question is if anyone has had severe knee and leg swelling 11 weeks post operation. My leg feels like a 100 pound peg leg if I stand/walk for 30 minutes. I have good flexion and extension when sitting but cannot bend leg when walking. Pain radiates up the thigh and down my leg when I am up on it for more than 20 minutes. I am fatigued when trying to go about daily activities. I am loosing quad strength daily. Cannot go up a stair.

Comment from: Grace 1973, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I had right total knee replacement on December 3, 2018. The swelling has gotten much better, until the end of the day. I completed 2 weeks of physical therapy and my flexion is 125 and extension (goes flat while lying down, but still a minor bend while standing) have improved substantially. I get sharp pains frequently just to the inside of the new knee cap. I'm still taking narcotics and want to start weaning down as soon as possible. With the pain I'm having from some of the exercises I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon.

Comment from: DeeDee , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I had a total knee replacement December 3, 2018 with a small complication with my knee cap. The doctor had to manipulate my tendons to make the knee cap stay in position. My range of motion is great and I am walking independently but I have pain every time I move my knee, and it pops and clicks. I thought it was my new joint and my doctor says it is normal but the pain has gotten worse. When I move my knee cap side to side it pops and clicks. My knee cap is catching on my new joint replacement. More surgery perhaps.

Comment from: Lanace, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I had a left total knee replacement on 10/24/18. Everything went well. I have full flexion and extension and not on any pain medications. I am using the elliptical machine every day for about 30 minutes. My problem is that I am unable to stand for very long without discomfort and can't walk very far (maybe 1/2 mile) without having to rest. I am doing my strengthening exercises every day. My primary care physician said it would be a year before the knee felt normal. Fingers crossed.

Comment from: Skippy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I had left total knee replacement on 8/13/2018. Physical therapy was difficult, I got 112 percent at 4 months then dropped back to 100. Now I get pinching behind knee if I try to do the stairs. Numbness has increased from outside to the top of my knee. Clunking sounds too are there now. I wish I had never decided to have the surgery. Knee was bone on bone but pain was never as bad or as long as this experience. I am having sharp pain in ham strings too. Pain at night at times. I will never consent to surgery on my other knee!

Comment from: seagullman, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 03

I had robotic left knee replacement on October 15, 2018. I am having nothing but problems with the knee; constant ache, sometimes severe. I was given home therapy for two weeks and then released. I asked the doctor about continuing therapy and was told I do not need it. I also did not have the mechanical knee mover for the same reason. I was told to just walk and exercise. I had my right knee done 32 months ago by a different doctor using the old procedure and had no problems. Now fighting scar tissue.

Comment from: Woody, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

I had a total knee replacement 4 weeks ago. No pain in knee. None. I am making progress on flexibility too! But I developed a hematoma on my calf. Entire calf is hard as a rock and painful to the touch. But the worst part is it often now starts to clench and it feels like a charley horse is coming on. Physiotherapist friend recommended lots of stretching. Surgeon says hematomas are common so why do I find no stories about it anywhere! My edema has something to do with this it seems but no one mentioned it.

Comment from: Danny B, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

I had a total right knee replacement on 12/4/18. I had issues with this knee for years. I was in the hospital 2 days, with minimal pain and 115 degree range of motion. I came home and had in-house therapy for 2 weeks with 122 degree range of motion but had swelling and couldn't straighten it. I am still taking pain medicine 1 tablet twice a day. I started outpatient therapy a week ago and let me tell you, I'm more stiff and sore than before because she works on the hamstring and other muscles for about 20 minutes then ices. She says it will improve.

Comment from: Tennisme, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I had total knee replacement in September 18. Good surgery I guess. I want to be one of those “oh, this has changed my life for the better” people. Physical therapy worked on iliotibial band for the first 6 weeks. I got all flex and range ok. Now at 3 months I have bleeding around the joint. Perhaps synovitis. I have never been on thinners. My knee blows up in minutes, repeatedly, with pain! Looks like a 16” soft ball! I can't move it or stand. No help from the doctor's office as yet. They act as if I'm just in anxiety. This is awful. Will I ever have my active life back, or did I goof!

Comment from: pat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I limped for years and had total knee replacement. I developed atrophy in the thigh and compromised my hip. Now 8 weeks post operation I have hip pain and my muscles are still atrophied. I went for physical therapy 3 times a week. Nobody warned me of this condition pre-operation.

Comment from: Tommy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 21

Today is week 4 and 3 days after my total knee replacement (TKR) of the right knee. It hurt badly 2 weeks, but is getting better every day. No pain medication. They sent me home with prescription Tylenol 3. I have been taking over the counter Tylenol. I use ice packs or heat. Leg is still not straight yet. I was back to work at 3 weeks doing light duty. I had my left knee TKR in 2016. I am glad I did it, tired of pain!

Comment from: ALucas, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I had total left knee replacement on 8/27/18. I had the worst experience. I had manipulation at the 7 week mark and went back to work at the 9 week mark. It's been 15 weeks since surgery and I still don't have full range of motion. I have nerve pain every day. I'm on gabapentin but that only lightens the pain. I limp after sitting for a period of time, when the weather is bad and when I've had a long day. Every day I regret the decision to have this done. Think long and hard before getting it done.

Comment from: Jen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I am 3 weeks post operation for total knee replacement of my right knee. I am having a terrible time sleeping. I can't sleep no longer than 2 to 3 hours at a time. There are times I just pace the floor from the pain even with Dilaudid. I have been trying to go longer times without pain medicines and just use ibuprofen. This is a tough recovery. I am walking without any assistance and have 84 range of motion and 10 flexion. Physical therapy (PT) is painful and I do my PT at home also. I am so hoping this gets better and the pain eases up soon, and I can sleep.

Comment from: Neka76 , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I had a total knee replacement 3 weeks ago. It was painful, then a week later it got better. Now I don't know why, it hurts worse and I do everything the doctors said to do. Walking feels like a lot of pressure and tingling. My foot goes numb. I hope it gets better.

Comment from: Cando, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 11

I had bilateral knee replacement on November 5, 2108. I am a little over 4 weeks out and I went back to work on week 3 with doctor's permission. I am lucky so far and am happy with my recovery so far. I put in a lot of pre-operative work before surgery, lost 25 lb., changed diet, purchased a stationary bike and did 8 to 10 miles for 3 months before surgery. This is what has helped my recovery faster, and being steadfast on exercises after surgery. I am still very stiff and have pain at night which makes it hard to sleep.

Comment from: Richard, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 11

I had my right knee replaced in March of 2010 and my left knee replacement in December 2012 by 2 different surgeons. With my right knee I came home 3 days after surgery, and my left knee I was sent home the following day. I was very active prior to the surgeries. I am 73 now. I was very motivated to do the physical therapy exercises and both knees are at around 140 degrees bending. I ride a bike outside around 15 miles a day and on the days I don't ride my bike I walk 5 miles. The replacements are the best thing I ever did.

Comment from: Amanda Blackwell , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I had my total knee replacement 3 weeks ago. I am 45 years old. The 2nd day the pain was off the scale and 3rd day it was definitely better and less intense. I have to use my ice pack 3 to 4 times a day. I use R.I.C.E. method. I have been on morphine for 3 weeks an now on co-codamol. The pain has started to be better after 18 days. I stick with doing physiotherapy 3 times a day and a short walk each day. The worst pain for me is sitting on a chair with my legs down and not propped up. Or standing too long whilst out.

Comment from: Gilly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I turned 57 whilst in hospital. I had bilateral total knee replacement 3 weeks ago. I had 105 bend in hospital and could straight leg raise both legs individually. Surgeon saw me at 2 weeks post operation and said I was where most people are in two months. All sounded great, so I lowered my medicines significantly... probably a mistake, as bending hard I have moments of pain, but trying to push through. Knee pain from before is gone, now just frustration of moving more normally.

Comment from: In pain, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I had total knee replacement in June 2018. If I could go back and not have it done I would. It is 5 months out. I can't straighten my leg out at night, have to sleep on fetal position. It hurts to get up from my bed, from a seated position or something as simple as getting out of the tub. Think 2, think 3 times before you have it done. I'm in more pain now than I was the day I was discharged from the hospital. I've been back to work 6 weeks after my surgery. I'm a certified nursing assistant on my feet all day. Pain is here to stay.

Comment from: Bunny , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 28

I had my total knee replacement on October 31, 2018. I am 77 years old. Things went great until I decided to manage pain medicines myself. I don't recommend that, I think one should follow as written. The knee would be okay but back flared up something awful. It is hard to sleep with pain from both knee and back, I am ready to drive but have not been released to do so.

Comment from: Cattknap, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I had a total knee replacement 5 days ago. I am in good physical condition, regularly do yoga and Pilates, adding fairly intensive knee and arm strengthening exercises 8 weeks prior to my surgery. I am allergic to all narcotics so opted for a spinal, and I was awake during the entire surgery. I have had relatively very little pain. My biggest complaint is a burning in my stomach from the anti-inflammatory drugs. I use an ice therapy machine 3 times a day. I sleep well at night with almost no pain.

Comment from: Cathy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

On October 4th I had total knee replacement, never again! I am 7 weeks post operation, pain awful, stiff knee, and surgeon won't help; said his job was on the operating table, rest up to my family doctor for pain and depression, and physiotherapist and me! Told me go back to work this week, I can't drive yet, but expected to go to work full time, full duties, 8 hours on my feet, carrying heavy loads. I'm far from ready. I've done all exercises assigned to me both at home and at the physiotherapist's, will it ever get better!

Comment from: spacyhood44, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I am 7 weeks post total knee replacement and feeling great. I have 116 bend. Therapy is your best friend although I know it can be painful. I do exercises all the time now because it decreases my stiffness. Two days ago I had a needle like pain, one bump under the skin came up, and it moves when I move my leg. The pain is every once in a while and doesn't last long but the pea sized bump is weird.

Comment from: Wonder Woman , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I had my total knee replacement (left) on October 17, 2018. I had 72 degrees of bend at 2 weeks. Five weeks out I'm at 95. I struggle for every degree. It is stiff and takes time to move well. I believe only time will tell. I'm weaning off pain medication because I'm so tired of taking it and it makes me feel awful. This intensifies the pain and decreases range of motion! I'm hopeful it will improve.

Comment from: Dooneymom, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I am post-surgery four weeks with total knee replacement. My range of motion is good but I am still very swollen and I have been unable to cut back on my medicines. I'm reading all these comments on how people only took their medicines for a week or two. I'm wondering if others have stayed on their medicines.

Comment from: Ttyyy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 26

The knee pain is absolutely ridiculous. I never ever would have gone through a total knee replacement if I had known how painful this would be 2 years later. I am now in a wheelchair and can't walk at all because of it. No one knows what's wrong. I walked into surgery but I never walked again after total knee replacement. Think twice before you ever do it.

Comment from: Tmae, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

I had total left knee replacement done on 11-5-18. Never again. The nerve pain is unbearable at times. I can't sit still for too long or I become very stiff. I am walking with cane and at times on my own. I can't even imagine having both done at the same time.

Comment from: CathyB, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I had my total knee replacement 1 (right) on March 27, and knee replacement 2 (left), October 16. I am very pleased with 1. I am in recovery for the second. I took pain medicines pretty much just 1 week and half-doses half of week 2. Right knee flexion is at 127 degrees, left knee is pretty close at 124; both knees can straighten. I am doing Pilates, physical therapy and walking 2.5 miles alternating with stationary bike. Only problem is that left leg aches; didn't happen with the right one. I'm a triathlete and expect full recovery.

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

I am just shy of 4 weeks out from my total knee replacement. I never expected this pain. I can flex my leg however cannot bend it. It feels achy and stiff and I'm only at 63 degrees. I needed to have this done however now I'm not so sure. I have cried more in the past 4 weeks than I have in years. I see my orthopedic doctor tomorrow and he has already talked about manipulation under anesthesia. I feel down and can't really do much as the pain, especially sitting, is excruciating. Never again! My right knee is good and if it weren't I'd live with the pain. This has been the worst experience and now I am getting depressed.

Comment from: Deb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I had total knee replacement on October 30, 2018. All went well besides bruising, but very hard sitting due to it still pain in the back of the knee. It is just miserable. I am walking well and I do try exercises but I also had burns from the strips they used so that was a setback. I wonder if anyone else has pain so bad in the back of the knee. I start therapy in 4 days. Thank you so much.

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

I had total knee replacement 4 weeks ago. Opiates make me really sick but I had to take Dilaudid and Zofran for nausea first two weeks, and then stopped. I was also on Celebrex and Tylenol. Just taking Advil now. Range of motion is 115, almost straight. You got to work it, work it, and work it. It will be painful, in fact the first month is terrible. Get an ice machine, ice all day long, keep moving and know it will be several months of discomfort, tightness, pain, but the intensity will lessen. It's hard not to get depressed, but stay positive.

Comment from: Paul , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 16

I am 8 days post left total knee replacement. I am able to lift my leg and bend my knee to 64 degrees. This past weekend one spot on my incision caused my waterproof bandage to be changed 3 times. I bled a lot. I am about a 6 to 7 in pain every day in and around my knee, and find wearing compression leggings really help with the standing up. I am able to walk without a can or walker and I walk very slow. Before the knee surgery I was about an 8 in pain due to bone on bone in my knee from just wear and tear.

Comment from: Mike , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 13

I am now 2 weeks after my total knee replacement and think I am doing well. I have had a lot of pain around the knee with a lot of bruising. The thing that is bothering me is the extreme pain at the top of my knee cap and all though my thigh muscle. I am unable to do even 1 leg lift so am losing strength in my thigh. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this.

Comment from: Breezy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I had left total knee replacement in August 2017. I had one month of inpatient physical and occupational therapy, six weeks of outpatient, and afterwards therapy. I still have the band feeling at times, especially when I have done a lot of standing and walking. Mild, some other times. Prior to surgery, my knee was a 1 out of 10. Now it is an 8.5. In August 2018, I had the right knee done. Same therapy. I had terrible knee cap (patella) pain and scar tissue. I can do steps. I am on pain medicines. A 5 out of 10.

Comment from: TJ3, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had total revision surgery on my right knee on 9/17/18. The first time after total knee replacement everything was fine and I was up moving with no pain. This time around I'm suffering with a lot of nerve damage or nerve pain between my knee and my calf, and it is extremely debilitating. I call them lightning bolts, they are so painful I'm on gabapentin 3 times a day. The doctor said if nerve pain does not go away by the next visit he is going to refer me to a neurologist. I am wondering if anyone else is going through this.

Comment from: Seniorfirefighterengine44, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I am 6 weeks out from bilateral total knee replacement. First two weeks were terrible. I had serious reaction to Oxycontin in the form of hallucinations. Depression was also a big issue. As of now, no more physical therapy but I do exercises daily. I am back driving. Swelling can be painful but I remain optimistic. Hope to get back to firefighting in a few weeks.

Comment from: Canadiancowboy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 31

I'm 54. My full knee replacement was on 8-13-2018. I have finished physical therapy (PT) and working with a trainer 2 days a week at my gym. I am doing lots of glutes and hamstring exercises. When I finished my PT at week 8 I could get to 125 degrees myself and 133 with help. I was back to work at week 7. Doing light duty. I have little to no pain, only tightness and feel it more going down stairs. I've lost 15 lb. over 15 weeks which helps a lot. My right knee will be next, hopefully in April of 2019.

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

I am a 58 year old female 7 weeks (September 11, 2018) post total knee replacement (TKR). I have horrible knee cap pain. Pain pills are not helping. I was in bad pain before TKR (for 5 years), and that is why I had surgery. I just did not anticipate the pain. I can hardly eat, get 3 to 4 hours' sleep at night and my knee buckles. It did that before surgery so what gives! Physical therapy is helping and hurting. I am so tired. I am afraid to take sleeping pill as balance is wonky. I agree with other persons, no more knee replacements. My right knee is bad bit it isn't happening ever again.

Comment from: WisdomGal06, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I am 5 months post total knee replacement. I still have constant pain going up and down stairs, walking any significant distance, rising from seated position and getting out of car. Range of motion is good and scar is great but the pain is consistent and depressing. I am probably doing kidney/liver damage from all the OTC pain medicines. I get sharp pain that runs from knee to mid-leg which awakens me from sound sleep 2 or 3 times a night. I elevate, ice and use Voltaren pain and anti-inflammatory gel 3 to 5 times a day. Very unhappy.

Comment from: jasmine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I had total knee replacement on both knees, they were bone on bone with bone spur. I had my right knee done 1 year ago, and left knee in July 2018. At 3 months post-operative checkup of 2nd knee, no pain going upstairs, I fast-walk 3 miles in 1.5 hours, clean garage 6 hours standing, and don't feel my knees at all. Only problem is going downstairs (pain in the front of knee) and getting up from chair. Doing more squats and buttock squeeze really help with these 2 problems. Remember to squeeze your buttock whenever you use your knee, this will put pressure on your buttock and not knee.

Comment from: Bea, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I am aged 56, female. I had total knee replacement on 27/09/18. I was up day zero, and home in 5 days. I did physical therapy and swam this week. I highly recommend pool walking, gentle and good for the mind too. I only take Panadol twice daily, and now taking also vitamin D for leg cramps. It is stiff across the skin on top of the knee but range of motion is at 100 degree plus. Clunking, but is normal I'm told. Glad I did it.

Comment from: Betsy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I am a 63 year old golf pro, in excellent shape. I am 8 weeks out after total knee replacement. I am not happy where I am in my rehabilitation. I have done all my physical therapy, and the pain is more than I thought it would be. Pressing my doctor and physical therapist, they said it will be one year until it feels normal. Everything I read, and what their PR (public relations) said, is 12 weeks and you will feel great. I talked to a lot of people and everyone said it takes one year. They don't tell you how much it hurts and how long it hurts. I hope it will be batter, because this really hurts.

Comment from: RobC1116, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

I had total knee replacement on September 24. I am very happy so far with the outcome. No walker or cane one week post-surgery. I have 127 degrees bend after two weeks. I am biking 45 minutes per day already on my stationary bike. My only issue is some heel numbness and difficulty bending the second joint of my big toe. The doctor feels it probably is irritation from a tourniquet on tibial nerve but should resolve.

Comment from: Chrissy , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I had my total knee replacement on 8/14/2018 (8 weeks ago) and I'm still in total pain. I can't sleep at night unless I take something to help me sleep, and I'm still on pain killers as well, gabapentin. If only someone had told me how painful this would be I would definitely have reconsidered my options! I have done all exercises, iced and rested when needed, I can bend 128 and straighten my knee but don't know how much more pain I can cope with.

Comment from: RobC1116, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I had total knee replacement on September 24, 2018 and am thrilled so far with the result, three weeks post-surgery. I went home 24 hours post-surgery, and had pretty severe knee pain for two to three days, but I was able to quit narcotic pain medication after two days. I was walking without a walking or any device six days post-surgery. After working very hard at physical therapy, I'm at 127 degrees bend and can do 30 minutes per day on my stationary bike. Very happy so far.

Comment from: Mary W, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had total knee replacement on August 17 on my right knee. I had to make two trips to the emergency room, one for extreme shaking and muscle spasms caused by Percocet, and the other for an impacted colon. It is almost two months since surgery and I'm still using a cane and very sore on the right side of my calf going down to my ankle. Range of motion at best is 98. Sure wish the pain would subside. Very frustrated, and trying to avoid MUA (manipulation under anesthesia). I will never do my other knee no matter what!

Comment from: Jonny, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 10

I had a total knee replacement in March, and am still suffering pain and swelling. The hospital has said the replacement is grinding on the back of my knee cap, and I am facing more surgery to have what they call a patella resurfacing, an implant at the back of the kneecap to stop it colliding. I would love to hear from anyone who has had similar problems.

Comment from: thisiswater, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I had total knee replacement surgery on 7/20/18. I underestimated the pain and the overall trauma that any surgery has on the body. My physical therapist is so aggressive that I'm getting a second opinion in a couple of days. I'm most surprised by my post operation depression. It really makes it hard to do what I know I need to do to continue to improve. My surgeon refilled my oxycodone prescription for many weeks and I'm only now tapering off. I'm hoping some of the depression is the result of oxycodone and that things will clear up soon.

Comment from: MarTul, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

My thoughts on having knee replacement surgery. The first 3 weeks after surgery is the most difficult and painful. Doing basic leg exercises daily is important, as it helps to increase muscle tone in your legs to make them stronger. Very important to ice your knees 3 to 6 times daily to alleviate pain. Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water. Go for physiotherapy for 10 to 12 weeks, 2 or 3 days a week. Go for short walks to increase your stamina. Most important is to have a positive outlook.

Comment from: Carole93, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

Wow! I am glad I didn't read these comments before I had my first knee replacement 10 years ago. I didn't have any problems, normal amount of pain. I stopped pain pills after I got home from the hospital. I went back to work at six weeks. I am scheduled for my second knee replacement (right leg this time) in a few days. I ride my bicycle twice a week (eight miles each time) and have had no issues with my implant and surgical knee. I am expecting to have the same good result this time.

Comment from: MarTul, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I had knee problems in both my knees for 8 or 9 years. I did cortisone and gel shots with little relief, had no cartilage in either knee, so had total knee replacement on my left knee on June 25, 2018. I got home in 2 days. I had at-home physiotherapy for 4 weeks, then as an outpatient. I have appointment with my orthopedic doctor on October 3, hopefully to be released. My first 3 weeks after surgery were the most painful and difficult. I was first on Percocet and then Norco for pain. Drawbacks were, it made me drowsy and tired. I had constipation and diarrhea, and a little hair loss. Overall I'm glad I had the surgery. I plan to have my right knee done in 2019.

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

I am 55 years old. I had a total knee replacement two weeks ago. The deep bone pain is gone. I am working hard on my therapy. My bend is at 102 degrees. My pain is at a level l can manage. Overall l am glad l went ahead with the surgery. My physiotherapist is encouraging me all the way. His expectations are high that l will golf by December. Be encouraged all.

Comment from: mt553, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I had right knee replacement surgery about 4 years ago. I knew something was amiss as soon as I started walking while in the hospital, and things only got worse. First, the pain was constant and horrendous. I worked with a physical therapist for 3 months until my insurance ended. I couldn't walk even the few steps to the bathroom. This went on for nearly a year, at which point I sought a second opinion. Turned out the surgeon had failed to adequately glue the replacement to the bone.

Comment from: Pat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I am post total knee replacement of the right knee 6.5 weeks ago. Overall I have done ok but this week I started having a sharp pain on top of my foot near the ankle when I lift the foot as in stairs and sometimes walking.

Comment from: Lynjoy2 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I had my 3rd knee replacement on the same right knee done on 7/24/18. Pain has been steadily decreasing. I'm still doing physical therapy (PT). I had PT on Monday. Today it's hurting so bad with sharp pains. I can't put much weight on it without crying. I also went back to work last week. I teach preschool with autistic children. I've tripped a few times but never fell. Today I tripped over a child and caught myself with a bookcase. I'm in so much pain. Even my pain pills aren't helping.

Comment from: Bionic D, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

To Allie: I see you said your surgery was 9/7/18 and taking 12 a day trying to get down to 8. I wanted to share my experience. I had total knee replacement on Tue. 8/7/18. The first week I didn't have physical therapy because no one showed up at home. By Monday 13, I was miserable and called my doctor. He told me to get to a physical therapist so I found one, got in later that day, and since then, I was taking medicines as prescribed. I stopped at around 5 weeks or so and went through withdrawals, took 3 or 4 days to get through it! No more!

Comment from: Shar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I had a full knee replacement 2 1/2 years ago and must say it is worse than before I had the operation! I have over 10 cm of swelling most days. I have pain all the time, and it is sore to touch. In general I would say it hasn't worked for me. I did everything I was told and my quality of life has changed so much. Doctors and specialist say I have to live with the way it is.

Comment from: Molly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I am a 68 year old female and I had my first total knee replacement done 11 years ago, and the second one two weeks ago. What I've learnt is that exercises must be done and one must have a lot of perseverance and commitment. My first knee took two years before I could say I was almost pain free. I have been doing a lot of cycling and walking the last three years, until the other knee got too bad. I'm very happy with the first replacement and I am determined to get back on my bike before long.

Comment from: Geno, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 25

I had total knee replacement 3 years ago this December. The swelling has never gone away, it is actually worse, my leg is swollen from the knee to the foot. I walk with a limp due to the knee tightness and pain from possibly the swelling. In the last few months the knee has developed what feels like a tennis ball inserted at the back of the knee. This seems to have started in the calf and has moved upward to behind the knee.

Comment from: Kevin, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 25

I had my left knee replaced (TKR) on August 28, 2018. I have used naproxen and a muscle relaxer at night. After 2 weeks, I returned to work. I know this is not typical. But I walk some, but generally sit during work. I was walking with a cane after a few days, elevating my leg and icing it regularly. It is painful, but getting better. I still can't dance, but I never could anyway!

Comment from: Larry, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 25

I had a total knee replacement on my left knee 3 years ago and my right knee on 7/17 this year. This time I joined the YMCA after 4 weeks when cleared by my doctor. Between 8 weeks of physical therapy and 4 weeks of stretching and strengthening I am doing ok. The stretching and strengthening really helped to relieve pain and stiffness. I am also swimming and water walking (in not on) helps. Recovery is a full time job that includes listening to your body and resting. As far as pain goes I quit the oxycodone after 2 weeks.

Comment from: allie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I had total knee replacement on 9/7/18. Pain has been rough during this time but since day 10 there is slight improvement daily. Waking pain is a 9 but getting easier to sleep now. Trying to wean off narcotics and down from 12 pills daily to six. I am looking forward to the three month mark when I hear pain really diminishes.

Comment from: SoSad, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

My total knee replacement (TKR) experience was awful. I had bilateral TKR on 8-14-18. I am a 57 year old female in relatively good shape. If I knew then what I know now, I would never have done it. Pain is awful, much worse than even my bowel resection. My range of motion is good at 0 to 128. Physiotherapy is good. Emotionally I am a wreck. I have severe depression, and feel like an addict for needing pain medicines. I would never recommend this unless you are wheelchair bound.

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

I had total knee replacement on 25th July, 2018. Recovery was not too painful (especially when they took 34 staples out) but my trouble is that it aches so much at times and I'm taking dihydrocodeine for it. I am managing stairs pretty well and can walk 1/3 mile. It's so frustrating not being able to do stuff around the house yet! I think that I underestimated the amount of trauma the surgery causes and thus the recovery process.

Comment from: Sad Sally, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I am one year out from the total knee replacement of my right leg. Surgery and recovery were as expected until week 5. I first developed bursitis, then pes anserine bursitis, shin splints and now diagnosed with a sprained MCL (medial collateral ligament). I had a bone scan indicating movement on both sides of my implant (the doctor does not agree) or an occult infection. Doctor aspirated about 10 cc of fluid; sent to be evaluated. I now wear a brace because of a few instances of my knee giving out.

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

I'm a 58 year old male and had total knee replacement (TKR) on 9/12/18 after a trauma fall on 5/23/18. Today 9/16/18. I'm home doing exercise and using motion machine. Pain around the joint is a 7 to 9, first thing in the morning. Taking 7.5 hydrocodone about every 5 hours helps. But want to be off of it soon. I am wondering about the best position to sit while in a recliner, whether leg should be as straight as possible.

Comment from: Barb, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I had a total right knee replacement on August 27, 2018. Two days later I was sent home with extreme pain. I have concrete steps to enter my house and 16 interior steps which I started climbing the day I came home. It seemed that the pain was decreasing until a week ago. It's worse when I go to bed. I cannot put my leg in a position that does not cause pain. The nerve pain is terrible. Just the touch of my fingers on the inner part of knee is very painful.

Comment from: unah, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I had total knee replacement on June 19, 2018. I had lots of physiotherapy and exercise. First 3 weeks were tough but every day I got stronger and better. I'm 90 percent better, just some numbing at the scar and slight swelling at the end of the day. Cryotherapy machine was a must, and elevation.

Comment from: jrm59, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 12

I am a 59 year old male. I had had my total knee replacement on 7/17/18 so I am 7 weeks out. I was told 14 years ago I needed a total knee replacement but needed back surgery so I opted to do the back surgery first and that went well. I have 90 degrees and I could straighten my leg, but the swelling of my knee and the soreness of my thigh muscle prevents me from getting any movement out of my knee. I am trying to get back to work (need the paycheck) and I am concerned.

Comment from: Rmd, 55-64 (Patient) Published: September 06

It has been 12 weeks since my total knee replacement and I still have lots of swelling. I haven't had much pain but the swelling hinders my mobility.

Comment from: Sandy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I had full right knee replacement (FKR) on July 2, 2018. I had a total right hip replacement in 2012 and ended up with leg length difference. I still can't walk right, even after the FKR. I am expected back at work on the 21st, but it still is painful and hard to get in the car. My doctor told me that if in 3 weeks I don't straighten my knee fully, I will need surgery again, but I have not been able to straighten my leg since my FHR. It's stressful and I don't feel like I'm making any progress.

Comment from: Michael , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 05

I had total knee replacement surgery on my right knee in October 2017. I had virtually no pain 3 months after surgery. Now, 8 months later I am experiencing acute pain. X-rays show knee replacement is perfect. Pain is manifested only when knee is flexed in certain situations.

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

I had total knee replacement on June 29, 2018. There were ups and downs. I was walking, doing stairs, bending, and straightening very well on the same day and with no pain medicines, so they sent me home next morning. Then the freezing came out. Yikes. Physiotherapy day 7, I was finally able to do leg lift, and day 10, hamstring exercises were painful. The doctor said to use pain medicines and push through but physiotherapist said to stop if painful, and gave lighter exercises. Range of motion great but 9 weeks in and hamstring no better and night pain persists.

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

I had total knee replacement in 2013. I had to have a manipulation surgery 6 weeks out due to a skin infection. I have been pain free once recovered. I can run, jump ride horses, and do anything until now -September 2018. About a week ago I started having pain in the kneecap area and am super concerned as I have been pain free for years. The pain is not going away after rest and I will be making an appointment with a new orthopedist tomorrow as my orthopedist is no longer in the area.

Comment from: Gus, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 05

I had bilateral total knee replacement (both knees) on 10-31-17, at 67 years young. I have great range of motion, however in constant pain in both knees. Living on acetaminophen, naproxen sodium, and sleeping with tramadol. I have been told that scar tissue has developed. My rehabilitation went well and I am at the gym 3 to 4 times per week. It is 10 months out and I am still in great pain. My surgeon tells me after a year I will be better.

Comment from: Runaway, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

One does not need power-house pain medicines. I had total knee replacement 6 weeks ago. No after care prescription for pain medicines at all. I used Aleve and essential oil copaiba. And ice, lots of ice. Non-narcotic made a huge difference in recovery time. I had 2 rough days post-surgery, but knuckled through them. I had to do only 8 sessions of outpatient physical therapy. I was able to do home exercising sooner and consistently because of the way I was managing my pain. Full range of motion and flexion is already back. Still not ready to dance, but…

Comment from: TJeffords, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 31

I have had five total joint replacements both shoulders, left hip and both knees. I had the first knee done in 2006, took two months to really get up and moving. I just had my right knee replaced on August 9th, 2018, and I was walking without a walker. At the end of first week I still had some muscle pain in the thigh and shin area but three weeks out I am doing a lot better with this recovery then the first one. I have been walking unassisted since the end of week one. My doctors are top notch.

Comment from: Lee, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 30

Today is the fifth week since I had total knee replacement on my right leg. They gave me a spinal so I heard all the banging and stuff going on during surgery. They had me walking up and down stairs the next day. I have not used the walker in three weeks, not even the cane, the worst part was the constipation caused by the oxycodone given to me in the hospital. I have not taken their drugs, only Tylenol which does not help the pain that much. I am 86 years old.

Comment from: WitoAz69, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I am of age 69, female. I had total replacement of my left knee due to severe arthritis and bone spurs on July 24, 2018. I'm not convinced this was a good idea. Movement is no better than before and the incision site is terrible. Surgeon wants me to do the other one. No thank you.

Comment from: Billie Bob, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I am very limited in flexion after my total knee replacement. Some of it is my fault due to lack of exercise. I had severe pain during exercise which was not addressed. My knee is still very warm to touch. Pain is better although as I said I am very limited in mobility.

Comment from: Jolene63, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I just had a total knee replacement on August 20, 2018. I am a 54 year old female. So it has only been 5 days. I'm in quite a lot of pain, trying to ice my knee a lot, and had my first full time physical therapy yesterday. Nights are the worst with pain. I do think one needs the oxycodone. I have been hesitant about taking it but need it to recover and manage the pain. I have been surprised how mental all this is. I am not sorry I had it done. Hopefully in a few weeks I will be doing great. I just think I underestimated the pain.

Comment from: Spoirier, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I had total knee replacement of my right knee on October 2, 2017 when I was 49. I am almost a year out and am in horrible pain. I did the physical therapy and everything the doctor wanted. I thought for sure by know I would feel great. I totally regret having it done. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel!

Comment from: Pain in my knee , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I had total knee replacement May 4, 2018. I've had been doing exercise, walking gives me pain and it's in the back of my knee, on the right side. I had my left knee done 14 years ago, no problems. I'm bending knee at 110 percent, and fully straight. There are knee problems, I don't sleep at night, up at least 4 times.

Comment from: Vermont Judy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

If you're experiencing pain and multidirectional instability after total knee replacement surgery, you may be allergic to some metal in your implant device as I was. It took 2 1/2 years for an answer to my problem. Two experienced surgeons kept suggesting more physical therapy. Insist on blood work to rule out allergies. Wish I'd known this before my surgery. A second surgery, a revision, was done which is more painful and has longer recovery.

Comment from: Jwls, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

I had a right total knee replacement four weeks ago. My knee still does not bend yet but my issue is that the physical therapy exercises and every morning after sleeping a few hours my muscle pain in mostly my thigh is extremely painful. Epsom salt baths work pretty good temporarily but the pain is so tiring and upsetting, I can't stand it every day! The pain pill and muscle relaxer don't seem to faze it a bit! I am overwhelmed with how much it hurts and upset about not recovering more easily! The sore muscles are awful!

Comment from: BNoel, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

I had total knee replacement surgery on June 9 and the pain through the first 4 weeks was almost unbearable; I went through oxycodone 5/325 like candy. I did my physical therapy religiously, and now have reached 165 range of motion and 100 percent of all goals. I can walk any distance and swim old lady style; ride my stationary bike daily to loosen up, but the pain is still my full-time partner. I wonder when the pain ends.

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

I had a left total knee replacement (TKR) on 7/18/18. My right TKR was done 10/26/2015. I feel as if I am experiencing more pain and discomfort with the left, but ice is my friend. I've returned to light duty at my job, so that may be a contributing factor to pain. I did begin driving at 3 weeks, not far, for physical therapy (PT) and work. It is a slow process for recovery and you have to be willing to put in the work for PT. It is in your best interest to get that flexion to return to as normal a range as possible. I wish you all well.

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

I had bilateral knee replacements on 6-25-18. Pain is managed by ibuprofen but it wasn't ever bad. No one mentioned muscle spasms but I would get them when I used ice. I did physical therapy 3 times a week. I walk well at almost 8 weeks. Very little pain but still stiff starting out. I get a brief shock as I stand but getting better. There is tightness and swelling if I overdo it. Hoping to get back to golf as soon as possible. Overall better than I expected, but surprised at the emotional toll. Also I am still not sleeping through the night.

Comment from: Sam Brodiak, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 17

Check your hospitals record on infections caused by the surgery. Make sure you make an appointment with the hospital's infectious disease doctors to make sure the medicines your surgeon has prescribed are correct. As soon as possible after total knee replacement surgery have blood work done to check for infection. Mine was detected late and my recovery period will last over 4 months and I will have had 5 surgeries. It doesn't happen often but it's like getting hit by a truck. Do you want to take that risk!

Subscribe to MedicineNet's Arthritis Newsletter

By clicking "Submit," I agree to the MedicineNet Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. I also agree to receive emails from MedicineNet and I understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet subscriptions at any time.