Patient Comments: Total Knee Replacement - Causes

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Comment from: Grandma Pam, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I had my first knee replacement in August 2017. I tore the meniscus. I waited quite a while for the surgery but the pain never went away. I tried really hard with physical therapy but never got my full range back. Later I found out that I was extremely anemic from ulcers in my upper intestinal tract from the NSAIDs. Now, I tore the meniscus on the other knee. I had the replacement Monday. I'm hoping this goes better.

Comment from: MiMi , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 15

I had an accident at the Atlanta airport back in the early 80s. My kneecap went to the side of my leg when the people mover computer-run tram took off as I was trying to sit down in the back car. I was taken to the emergency room (ER) and given an injection for pain which eventually allowed my kneecap to be put into place again. I was put into a cast and taken back to the airport where I finally boarded a plane to return to North Carolina. I was told to go to the doctor as soon as possible. The damage was already done.

Comment from: Pam56, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

I tore my meniscus badly when I was in my late 40s had an almost complete meniscectomy. Fast forward to late 50s, I developed severe pain when walking up or down stairs, when standing for too long and walking any distance. I had physiotherapy 3 times a week to no avail. The physiotherapist finally called the surgeon to discuss. Upshot was total knee replacement for bone on bone osteoarthritis in 3 compartments. I’m 64 now and tore my left meniscus when I fell. No way am I doing anything about it! Just saying.

Comment from: Anxious , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I haven’t had my total knee replacement surgery as I wanted to hear other voices on the matter. I’m 71, female who has fallen many times on ice, roads and at home. I’m am now bone on bone in the left knee. MRI and X-rays do not lie, so as I expected I am damaged goods. Also, I cannot take a lot of inflammatory medicines after donating a kidney two years ago. I hear the pain is overwhelming. I am looking for more positive results. Most of these blogs are negative.

Comment from: Aditi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I want to share my experience with this community. I met with an accident in my 20s which resulted in an internal injury. In my 40s, it became severe and I needed knee replacement. I consulted one of the best orthopedic doctors, and he suggested to me to get a joint preservation surgery instead of joint replacement surgery. My knee all fine now! I would personally recommend it.

Comment from: Nurse, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I am a 37 year trauma nurse, 66 years old. I have never experienced such post-operative pain ever. I had no meniscus, bone to bone and suffered for one year prior to total knee replacement with Zimmer product. No one told me it would be so painful. The pain medications cause such side effects, however, one needs them. Percocet to Ultram and Tylenol... pain is still there, and I have physiotherapy 3 times a week. I am three weeks out and shoot me if I ever have to do my other knee! No kidding around, this is serious business.

Comment from: Pep1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I had severe osteoarthritis and thought a total knee replacement would be the best thing to do. I’m 7 days post operation and can’t do the physiotherapy. The straightening is horrendous. My bend is good. I can’t see how I will ever improve and am regretting the operation massively. I wonder if anyone else has ever felt like this. I feel totally isolated and just want to feel a tiny bit more positive.

Comment from: Janie , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I need a knee replacement. I am preparing to have surgery in winter. I have been reading the comments. I am very nervous but it has to be done. I currently have pins in my knee from a knee surgery when I was in high school, for torn knee ligaments and cartilage. I have fallen on it a couple times and my knee is bone to bone, so wish me luck! Thanks for letting me talk about it.

Comment from: Lisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I got my first stye in my left eye (inside corner). It started burning and was painful. The chalazion finally popped after 5 days and then the little white bump stayed around for 2 months. Within that two months I got another stye in the right upper eye. Within 3 days it changed to a hard red lump which got larger and very noticeable. I have been using warm compresses 3 times a day, bacterial ointment, taking Advil and using Ocusoft Hypochlor spray morning and night for cleaning. Not sure if I should have it removed.

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Comment from: Recycle me, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 26

I had my 2nd total knee replacement on 3/1/19 - I vowed I would never do the second one after the misery of the 1st in 2008. Very difficult recovery with discomfort and physiotherapy pain, but worth it as I was back playing racquetball in 6 months, but was 10 years younger then. This rehabilitation is going better, back to office in 15 days, driving, just did stairs one leg over the other for the first time this morning. My surgeon gets 100 percent of the credit, he’s awesome. I also have two hip replacements as well. Never met a metal detector I didn’t like.

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

I needed a total knee replacement because had been living with a severe valgus deformity of my left knee for over 20 years after a catastrophic injury. I literally broke my leg backwards at the knee. I ran around on my crooked leg until severe osteoarthritis took over making the deformity worse year after year.

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

I tore my meniscus 5 years ago aged 40, when I fell on the road. I developed severe pain and deformity in both my knees over the 5 year period. After trying gym for 2 years, swimming, Aquafit and cycling, my knees continued to deteriorate. I then had an off-loading knee brace but I didn't get on with it. Finally my surgeon said it's time to do double knee replacement surgery as my knees were so severely damaged and deformity was getting worse. I had surgery 3 weeks ago. My legs are straight again and pain is better each day.

Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

Back in 2013 I kept on felling down on my left knee and now I have arthritis in my knee very bad. So I decided to go and see an orthopedic doctor to see what I can do about it and he said to try medicines in my knee first, then we will see if I will need a knee replacement. It keep on getting worse so a couple of weeks ago I went in and saw him again and told him that I am ready for the replacement.

Comment from: Mar1948, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I started having falls in 1996 to 1998 and 2001 to 2005. I would trip or stumble and fall landing on pavement, stairs, grass… Each time my fall consisted of falling on my knees, left or right. I broke nothing, just bruised or scraped my knee. Over time my knees got worse, and I tried cortisone shots and gel shot which helped for limited time. December I had a big fall landing on my left knee, not broke. My orthopedic doctor and I decided it was time for total knee replacement surgery. I’ve had no cartilage in either knees since 2015.

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

I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) about 25 years ago; they said I'd have arthritis in 20 years. Correct. My left knee was bone on bone. I had total knee replacement almost 4 months ago. Now I see why people do this. I can walk and walk. No pain in joint. There is still a little swelling and range isn't quite matching the good knee. But what a difference! So much more mobile.

Comment from: Lisa Lee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

Degenerative bone disease was the cause of my total knee replacement.

Comment from: Ange, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

Arthritis was the cause of my needing a total knee replacement.

Comment from: Teddy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

My symptoms of West Nile virus were severe excruciating headache, confusion, hallucinations, inability to put the correct words together in a sentence, severe back and muscle pain, and I slept all the time. I had hot and cold flashes - severe sweating, one minute freezing cold and shaking the next. I had tremulousness - sometimes so bad I could not feed myself without food falling off the fork. I wanted to die. Initial infection was in 2014. It recurs every time I have a surgical procedure - especially any work done in my mouth. I have had 3 recurrences.

Comment from: Rob, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 21

I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) making descending stairs difficult. I had no other problems or pain with my knee and I assumed my orthopedist would reattach the ACL but advised me that reattaching an ACL is no longer popular and my x-rays indicated I was a candidate for a total knee replacement which would also correct my ACL issue. Although I was in generally good physical condition I did pre-surgery physical therapy to assure a successful post- surgery outcome. I’m in my 14th week since surgery and have second thoughts about my total knee replacement decision. I was walking the very day following surgery and left the hospital the next day. I immediately followed up with 10 weeks, three times a week, of physical therapy and home exercises. My therapist and orthopedist are pleased with my progress and 120 degree knee range of motion but I have misgivings based on some things. I now limp with pain experiencing a knock when I lift my leg, and another knock when my foot touches the ground again, with a wobbly feeling of disconnect. My new prosthetic knee is still swollen and is 2 inches greater in circumference than my normal knee. The knee is warm to the touch and my orthopedist explains this is normal because blood flow is greater during the healing process. After 14 weeks of pain, difficulty getting about, sleepless nights, and 30 trips to therapy and doctor visits, my initial problem of difficulty descending stairs with pain remains. The disfigurement (scar is acceptable) from swelling and/or the prosthetic remains and now I can’t go down on the knee or do a full squat. It’s been reported that it can take a full year for complete recovery but it’s difficult to be optimistic being aware 24/7 of having a prosthetic and fearing the knee will never be as before the surgery. The worrisome issues described above brings me to the fact that I will never be able to kneel on my prosthetic knee and the introduction of foreign materials like prosthetic where metal ions and polymeric byproducts may potentially compromise my immune system leading to an adverse clinical outcome.

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Comment from: Jennifer M, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I had severe arthritis in both knees at age 60 with lots of pain that I couldn't sleep, and cramps after trying to do anything. I took lots of steroids, Synvisc injections, and meniscus surgeries. I was bone on bone with practically no cartilage left. My doctor left it up to me to decide when I could stand the pain no longer. At age 63 I had my first knee replacement which went wonderful with the exception of the therapist herniating a disk in my back which delayed therapy for my knee. I had a wonderful orthopedic surgeon, as a matter of fact, in my opinion the best in the country. Unfortunately I had to have back surgery before I could have the other one. At age 67 I had the other knee replaced by the same surgeon with great success. I am so thankful to him, I can do anything I want to do. People say to me, slow down, and, ‘are you sure you had knee replacements.’ No regrets. I wish everyone could have this same. I was walking within two weeks up and down my street.

Comment from: Terry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 18

Three factors requiring my total knee replacement; 42 years of retail management - on feet up to 10 hours a day, overweight jogger, and heredity.

Comment from: Ro , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

Weight and arthritis were the causes of my needing a total knee replacement.

Comment from: Misty , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I had been having knee problems for years. I went to a doctor for a couple of years that was doing nerve blocks on it. After doing the blocks and getting no relief I went to an orthopedic doctor who said I had no cartilage and the bones rubbing together were splintering. I had a total knee replacement and stayed in the hospital for 2 days. The pain was excruciating afterwards. I’m going on 2 weeks post operation and the pain is still there but not as bad as it was. I’m going to therapy and I’ve already gotten a lot of range back. I can already say that this was the best decision for myself.

Comment from: Mary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I will be having knee surgery July 27th, 2018. After reading your experiences, I have a plan to keep many ice packs handy, and take my doctor's advice on rehabilitation. And to continue getting massages. I know now that massages are the only thing that are keeping me going. I walk in in severe pain. I leave pain free. I have a physical job. So the pain comes back. But because she released the fluid and inflammation in my knee it is beneficial to get me through to surgery day. Good luck to all! I will keep you updated after surgery.

Comment from: wpshark, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 20

Severe bone deterioration from playing all sports possible and being in the army led to my total knee replacement.

Comment from: narvaezmnd, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

The reason why I needed the replacement was due to a surgery I had when I was 14 years old in Mexico. The surgery was not done correctly and it made it so that my knee cap was not catching up and there was no groove on the bone to catch the knee. I also had severe pain, not able to walk much, and of course bone to bone arthritis.

Comment from: LuckyMan74, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 21

I am considering knee replacement at this time. I have no problem sleeping at night with this knee. However, the medial meniscus was torn when I was 23, I have lived with some pain till now at 74. I cannot bend knee, walk or climb stairs without some pain. Ibuprofen used on occasion helps a lot. I have been suggested to have total knee replacement. I have been very lucky to have so much less pain than most people with the knee replacement. My fear is as a person gets older, healing slows down and surgery may not be viable for a person with a heart condition. I have less pain than most with knee replacements reading through the comments. I enjoy hunting and want to be in shape for the next season. I am becoming doubtful. Any comment will help with my decision.

Comment from: tess, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I was bone on bone and in pain all the time. I could not walk very far due to the pain, so I needed a total knee replacement.

Comment from: Bill Voccia , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

I was on bone on bone with arthritis, which is why I needed a total knee replacement (TKR). I had taken 3 weeks off and I had been walking well. After 2 weeks I washed my car and truck, and later that night my left knee blew up like a balloon and started to get a lot of pain with swelling of my left knee that had the TKR. Now I am on my 4th week, with lots of pain.

Comment from: bionic man, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 19

Arthritis was the cause of my needing a total knee replacement.

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

When I was 10 years old I was diagnosed with Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and I saw a rheumatologist who put me on 800 mg of prescription ibuprofen on a daily basis. Throughout my school years I was unable to do the gym classes due to swollen knee joints. So I was basically excused from gym through all my years of grade school and high school. My knees were in so much pain from then on for the rest of the years. I began to really feel the pain about 15 years ago, my knees were buckling on me, and giving out, and walking was very difficult. September of 2016, I saw an orthopedic doctor who x-rayed my knees. It was a very horrifying sight to see how bad my knees were on x-ray. Both of them were bone on bone and I am now 53 years old. He said I needed bilateral knee replacements and to get it done, and that I would be in better shape than I was then. Well, I got a second opinion doctor whom I really liked, who said he would do my knee replacements one at a time. May 23, 2017, I had my left knee total replacement. October 2, 2017 total right knee replacement is taking place. The only thing I have to say about having this type of surgery is, the pain, swelling, and numbness are hard to deal with. Sleeping is not happening. My knee hurts every day even with exercising and riding my stationary bike. I don’t regret having my knee surgery. It was the best thing I could do for myself considering my past history of arthritis.

Comment from: Laci, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I had total knee replacement on 12/14/16. I had a tibia plateau fracture in 2002. In November we first had to remove screws, plates, etc., from knee to prepare for replacement. This is the worst surgery I have ever had and would do it again. The pain is unbearable. I just had hip replacement in July of this year on the same side and it was a piece of cake. I do physiotherapy twice a week and work every day at home. My range is only 95 but I did not have much before because of the previous break. There is no way you can be sufficiently prepared for the hardships of this surgery. My doctor says my healing will take longer because of the previous injury. I only have 5 mg of pain medications and they are useless. I have yet to sleep a full night in bed and feel exhausted. I do walk without a cane or crutches.

Comment from: Bone on bone, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I had my total knee replacement on April 19th due to being bone on bone from arthritis and a torn lateral meniscus. I am 10 weeks out from surgery and still have unpredictable pain. My surgery scar is sore and sensitive and often pains out of the clear blue sky. My leg is still not fully straight and it feels stiff and stuck in the position it is in (2 to 5 percent from straight). The physiotherapist says that I have massive muscle tension in the muscles above my knee and behind my knee and every effort seems to be to release those knots so that I can straighten my leg. The massages and ultrasound treatments feel good while they are being done, but afterwards my leg/knee goes right back to feeling stiff and heavy. I cannot walk very far without getting extremely tired and developing back and hip pain. I felt like I had no choice but to consent to the surgery, but I'm having a really hard time and my quality of life has not improved.

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

My friend met with a road accident in which his leg muscles ruptured and doctors suggested rod insertion in leg. When they operated the same day his hemoglobin which was 10.4 reduced to 6 and then 3 due to internal bleeding which led to brain stroke. Artificial pumping and ventilation has made him alive but after 27 days he is still on ventilation, not passing urine and has blood loss. Every alternate day the doctors are giving 1 or 2 units of blood which raises his hemoglobin to 9.4 but it reduces to 7.4 in 2 days. This is the scene from last 27 days. By CT scan they found that a very small hole was left during the operation of the leg.

Comment from: loulou, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I had a total knee replacement 3 months ago due to arthritis. I'm still in pain. Some days aren't too bad but at times, even now, is unbearable. I was in hospital for 3 1/2 days. After 2 weeks I was referred to the physiotherapy (PT). First appointment was about measurements and general wellbeing. Four weeks in, I was referred to the hydrotherapy PT for 6 weeks. During this time I was in constant pain. Both my doctor and the physiotherapist told me to use ice packs and massage my leg and knee. I exercise and walk a lot but my knee swells up. I don't know what to do. The medical staff tells me I'm doing well and to give it time. Pain killers don't really help anymore.

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

While I was taking chemotherapy for breast cancer, I awakened one morning with severe swelling in my right leg. I called my oncologist and he ordered a Doppler and a CT scan. Both tests showed many blood clots. I was prescribed Xarelto for deep vein thrombosis and told to go home and elevate my leg and wrap it in hot, wet towels. I was referred to a vascular surgeon who performed a venogram. The surgeon told me that I had a totally blocked inferior vena cava, and there was nothing he could do for me. That was 3 months ago, and my leg is still swollen, sore, itchy, red, etc. I am very disheartened that I may have to live the rest of my life in this condition. I have a problem believing that nothing can be done to alleviate my condition. I hope to get another opinion.

Comment from: Vani, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

I tore my hamstrings (back of my left thigh and butt) 2 weeks ago while splitting. I don't feel any pain while walking, running or dancing hard, I don't notice any bruise nor swelling either. Pain only bothers me when I stretch my leg. It is pretty frustrating for me since I have to stretch to get flexibility but clearly I cannot at the moment. I do RICE protocol but I haven't felt any better. I hope my hamstring would be healed soon.

Comment from: russ, 55-64 Female Published: January 27

I was having a 100 meter sprint with grandson, 10 years old, I am 63 and haven’t tried sprinting in years. Needless to say I got about 10 meters before injuring my hamstring and thought somebody shot me in the backside. I went down in a screaming heap.

Comment from: BobK, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

Wear and tear that has eliminated cartilage and spawned arthritis was the reason for my total knee replacement.

Comment from: Snoodle, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I wish I knew why both of my knees were bone on bone so I had to have total knee replacement. I am not particularly overweight. I do not run or abuse my legs.

Comment from: Daveygee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

I woke up 24 hours ago with nausea, dizziness and bad headache. I walked around a few minutes and then began throwing up. I would feel better after throwing up (severe, projectile), go back to bed and within 30 to 45 minutes it would start again. I had one episode of diarrhea. I went to the emergency room and was put on an IV and given anti-nausea medicine which helped my gastroenteritis immensely. I have never had an episode like this and the nausea was unbearable. I was sent home a few hours later with anti-diarrheal and anti- nausea medicine. Twenty four hours later I am still very tired but after drinking a fresh tender coconut I am feeling much better.

Comment from: DawnB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I'm 31 and about 7 or 8 weeks ago I started having back pain. Then it moved into my front lower pelvic area and then once again moved this time into my right hip so bad I couldn't lift my leg without horrible pain and had trouble sleeping. Then the pain started to spread into my leg. Very tight and crampy! In addition to the pain I had major bloating, the appearance of 6 or 7 months pregnancy, fatigue, hot flashes, and random headaches. After putting up with this for 5 weeks I finally caved in and went to urgent care. She did a full pelvic exam, Pap and urine test (negative). She could feel that something was going on with my right ovary. So she sent me for an ultra sound. The ultra sound showed something on my right ovary, two different technicians thought it was a 6 week old fetus! But I had a negative pregnancy test last week. Thirty minutes after my appointment my obstetrician/gynecologist called me and told me to rush to the emergency room right away for emergency surgery! After 7 hours in the waiting room they call me back and tell me the blood pregnancy test was also negative. So it must just me a hemorrhagic corpus luteum cyst. No surgery go home and call your obstetrician/gynecologist first thing in the morning for a follow up. She doesn't want to see me for 2 weeks! Eight weeks later I'm still exhausted and my leg (buttocks and hip) cramps are debilitating at times. And my hormones are out of control (I cried for 10 hours after the nurse made me feel crazy for trying to get an earlier appointment)! I have a hard time buying their diagnosis. But I haven't even got to talk to anyone about why or what this is and when or how I will feel better. Everyone said to talk to my obstetrician/gynecologist and she is seriously making me wait two weeks! So I had to self-diagnose by googling!

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

I went to the emergency room with a headache on the left side of my head. I told the doctor that my blood thinner levels had been unstable for the last month and I was extremely hyperthyroid, but my medicines had been adjusted. They did blood tests and an MRI. My MRI was clear, I was still hyperthyroid and I had low potassium, 3.0. They started me on potassium chloride and after 1 week the headache went away. After 2 months, I take a lower dose, but I'm not doing so well right now, I think my potassium is dropping again.

Comment from: golfdog, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I have osteoarthritis in my right knee. I had it replaced in 2011 and in 2 years it came loose. I had a revision in 2013. In less than I year it too came loose. In 2014 I had another revision with different kind of knee with cone that allows the bone to grow into it. So far so good. I can't work anymore, too much bone loss and I am running out of options.

Comment from: Neveragain, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I had total knee replacement (TKR) due to arthritis beneath my kneecap. I can bend at 110, but I still have tenderness and numbness around knee area. My concern is the ankle pain and tenderness around my lower leg/ankle. I experience constant throbbing, sort of like a dull continuous ache. At this point I regret having had TKR. There are instances when I take half of a pain pill. Everyone says it will get better.

Comment from: Bitsy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I had total knee replacement done 11 years ago due to an injury, now I'm having trouble again. I'm 72.

Comment from: agadoresmama, Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I foster dogs, usually pit bulls. Back in 2009 I was fostering a black Labrador for a guy who was deployed to Afghanistan. I had her about 3 months when she ran zooming in my yard, came at me full force and hit my knee causing it to bend sideways and backwards. It has been stiff ever since. For the last two years I have been unable to straighten it. Doctor says its arthritis from the injury. I really don't want to go through with the knee replacement surgery, but I am unable to do almost everything, so it's time. I am going tomorrow to get a surgery date.

Comment from: hopeful, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

It has been two years since my 5th and last surgery of total knee replacement (TKR). Things proceeded slowly after having other surgeries to shave kneecap and realign knee. I believe that the kneecap has given way and helped to injure the rest of the knee. Pain and swelling is back after I rode my bike when suddenly it tightened up and has remained so. Try not to have arthroscopic surgery before TKR. Every cut on and in worsens recovery and nerve regeneration.

Comment from: Naomi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I have had two bilateral knee replacements, and another knee surgery on left knee. I have also had 3 arthroscopic surgeries on left knee and 2 on right knee. I have never had any relief from pain. The first 2 bilateral replacements came apart. Now I am told that the prosthesis in my left leg is loose as well. Please think twice before getting knees replaced. There is no turning back. So sorry I did this, I had knee replacement because pain was so bad, but it still is.

Comment from: ROSIE, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I had osteochondritis dissecans as an adolescent and had my first knee surgery in 1980 at age 30 due to a knee lock; this was before arthroscopic surgery, so my knee was opened up. Then I had constant pain over the years, a couple of arthroscopies to clean up the joint. I had my first knee replacement in 2010; terrible experience. I had pain straight away even with much pain medication. Then despite physiotherapy, the knee wouldn't bend and had to go back for knee manipulation. After 3 months I was able to go back to work but eventually gave up work a year later as I struggled being on my feet all day. Knee is really good, 4 and half years later and have to have the other one done soon. Not looking forward to it as the pain medication messed with my head, and I am concerned that I might have the same issue with stiffness. Knee is still a bit swollen even after all this time, but I go swimming for exercise. Doctor tells me that the new way is to flood the knee with pain medications during surgery and this has been quite successful with his patients. I have to find the time to have it done as I am very active with volunteer work and singing.

Comment from: Cal, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 12

I am 76, I had polio at age 2, mostly left leg with some late effects, also known as post-polio syndrome (PPS), and muscle weakness in right leg. To resolve length discrepancy, staples were placed in femur head to retard growth of right leg. Unfortunately outside staples broke and allowed some growth on outside of joint, creating a significantly bowed leg. The remedy was to do a bone graft in tibia. Due to pain, I have worn a KAFO brace for 40 years to keep joint in alignment. Pain and loose joint has caused me to consider joint replacement. I have had x-rays and consultation with doctor and an appointment for more evaluation next week. I am very active and in good overall health.

Comment from: Tough Knee Ronnie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 24

It is 3.5 months after total knee replacement (TKR). This has been an extremely challenging experience. I was very unprepared for the amount of pain and the lack of strength I had for the first two months. Somehow I expected to do way better than I did. I guess this was because I have always been a highly active person. I had phenomenal pain for the first two weeks. One of the toughest things has been dealing with the swelling and aching that appears every time I increase the duration or intensity of any of my exercises or activities. As the only way to get better is to push and push, I am having to deal with a fair bit of pain. My knee has felt a little wobbly, but that is very gradually getting better as the muscles strengthen. I still get lots of clicking noises. One of the worst things has been my fear that things aren't going right, that something is wrong.

Comment from: Annie J., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

Arthritis damage and former injury sixty years ago. After fall off horse landing on knee it was damaged, and I needed a total knee replacement.

Comment from: Jerry, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

I have had both knees replaced this year, left one in March 2013, the other in August 2013. I was a caregiver for my wife for the ten years prior and could not risk the surgery so I waited. My wife passed away in November 2012, so I went ahead with the surgery. My left knee was bone on bone and was already starting to shift over to the side. Surgery was on Tuesday morning, I was home on Friday, therapy at home for three weeks, rehab for three and everything is great. Second knee was replaced in August, I was in surgery on Tuesday and home Thursday morning. I had therapy at home for three weeks and rehab for the next three weeks. Everything is great! I have almost no pain, maybe once a week a bit of stiffness or soreness. I am 69 and have gotten rid of my limp, I feel great.

Comment from: Rick, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

I had my second scope surgery on my right knee 5 years ago. My knee was worse than before, so I decided to go with the TKR (total knee replacement). Prior to TKR, I had cortisone shots, which did help temporarily. I also had 4 Hyalgan shots and they did not work. My only option now was TKR and decided on a doctor that uses a procedure called, minimal invasive surgery or MIS. In this procedure, the muscles are not cut during surgery, hence a quicker recovery. I had my surgery last week and after 7 days, it does get better and better as far as pain.

Comment from: Rita, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I had a total knee replacement two months ago in my left knee. I've suffered with both knees for the past three years and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and torn meniscus. I'm female and 57 years old. Prior to the knee replacement I had arthroscopic surgery on both knees to repair torn meniscus and to try to clean up the arthritis. I had numerous cortisone shots and at one point had a series of injections for 5 weeks in a row. My knees just continually got worse and I was losing my quality of life along with it. I could no longer walk a grocery store to buy groceries among many other simple things that I had always taken for granted. It's been two months since my TKR and although it's still pretty sore I can tell a world of difference in it. If my right knee wasn't hurting so bad I would be one happy person for sure. I am still using a cane but I think it's mainly because of the right knee and my doctor doesn't want me to take a chance of falling. Next month I'll be having the right knee done. My doctor thinks I may only need a partial knee replacement in the right knee since it doesn't seem as bad as what the left was but I won't know for sure until the end of this month when he does some more x-rays. I am looking so forward to walking normal again.

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

I have reason to believe I have HSV 1 on the genitals. It’s been 3 weeks and all I’ve gotten is an annoying tingling but no blisters as of yet. I got tested 2 days after exposure to genital herpes and 9 days after exposure; it may have been too early. But the tests came out negative.

Comment from: 3manipsleftjustdidri, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

This is for ‘feelingscared’; I have been there and back and on that journey again! We are in the same age range so of course we are expected to heal quicker than seniors. I have rheumatoid arthritis and it flared horribly after my total knee replacement (TKR) on my left knee in November 2016. I just had my 3rd manipulation on 6-15-2018, as well as a TKR on my right knee. Hang in there, stand your ground with your pain as it relates to physical therapy and know that you are completely normal. The pain does exist and healing is a very long process!

Comment from: Louise, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

I had total knee replacement (TKR) in November 2017, not only a TKR but hardware and screws on my tibia from a fracture 24 years ago. Now I am suffering from an open wound where the hardware was taken out. Going on my 8th week, and it will take 2 to 3 months for wound to heal inside out. I am very discouraged on how it came out. Knee is fine no infection (yet) and the doctor explained to me after, that he wasn't surprised this happened, yet I'm the one suffering now. My advice if you have hardware to be taken out do it soon so that can heal, and get TKR a year after!

Comment from: Mike, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I am 73 years old and in reasonable shape with well-toned legs. I had total knee replacement 4 weeks ago today. I have previously had both hips replaced and both rotator cuffs repaired, and I thought I was good at dealing with pain and recovering quickly; till this surgery! In the past 2 or 3 days I have stopped taking Percocet and now rely only on Tylenol. The pain is diminishing but being able to get a good night’s sleep is still an issue. I am doing outside physical therapy (PT) twice a week plus my at-home exercises. My PT guy was pushing me too hard, messing me up for a day or two each time so I told him to ease up and now the pain has dropped noticeably. I actually have concerns with how well the surgery was done, I feel like I have a brick in my knee. I am meeting with my surgeon in 2 days to review my before and after x-rays to ensure that he used the proper size implant; really! My pre-surgery issues were sporadic flare-ups and limitations on walking long distances or being on my feet for extended time (hours). I feel was conned into having this surgery done 'before it got worse'. Well, this surgery has been far worse than anything I was experiencing previously. My advice is to put this tough surgery off till u can barely walk.

Comment from: Wants2bfreeofpain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

It's been 3 years since my full knee replacement in my left leg. The first operation I went with a bi-partial knee replacement with reoccurring chronic knee pain, dealt with it for 2 years, after the instruments came loose. Now after my full knee replacement, I can almost swear that my left knee is longer than my right, but the doctor swears it isn't. Meanwhile my body feels out of position and out of balance when walking or standing. I can sometimes feel the left knee causes undue pain and pressure to my right good knee. I told the doctor about it and he suggests I wear another insole in my right shoe, but to no avail.

Comment from: Joe, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 08

I needed total knee replacement because of fluid in the knee. It is 9 weeks post operation.

Comment from: TKRat58, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had two total knee replacements due to arthritis 3 months apart. I walked into my surgeon's office without assistance, no cane or walker for my first follow up appointment which surprised even them. I had only a moderate amount of pain at that point which was ten days out from surgery. I also had very good range of motion and I deal with pain very well. After a couple of months the pain at the operation site started getting worse until I could not walk without gritting my teeth. The surgeon said it was just the healing process but finally, after about a year, sent me for follow up pictures which showed a problem with my left knee, even though both of them were hurting. He thought it might be a loose replacement and I had a third operation.

Comment from: Beverley, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I am female, 54, and had my left knee totally replaced on March 11, 2013. I believe I required the operation because I’ve been an equestrian all my life and a professional horse trainer/jockey for 20 years. When you mount a horse from the ground you bend your left knee almost to your waist, place the left foot in the stirrup and then pull yourself up. As a professional, I may do this 12 times a day, five days a week, and then ride my own horses on the weekends. That can't be good on a knee.

Comment from: Denise, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

On New Year’s Day 2010 I was involved in a car crash. Within days I was suffering extreme pain to the left knee and mild pain in the right knee. 9 Months later I had an arthroscopy and the knee cartridge that had been torn in half, was repaired. Pain did not ease therefore, on New Year’s Day 2012, I was in hospital recovering from a total left knee replacement. 12 weeks on and I can walk again, almost pain free and without walking aids. I expect to be back to my busy job within the next four weeks.

Comment from: ohnurse, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I am about to have TKR done within the next month, on my right knee. I have had endoscopic surgery done on it four times already for torn meniscus, water retention. I struggle to get down stairs and up, I can't walk far as the pain gets too much to bear. I am very nervous about this surgery. I have heard and read good and bad things about it. I feel I have a good surgeon and hope that this isn't the wrong choice for me.

Comment from: wagga-ite, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I had a total knee replacement, mid 2010, because of osteoarthritis. I have been extremely happy with my surgery. I need to have the left knee done as well, but am just putting it off as long as I can, as there are always improvements. I have had both hips replaced about 10 years ago as well. Unfortunately, because I have ulcerative colitis, I cannot take anti-inflammatory, so just try and keep off my feet as much as possible. It didn't take too long to fully recover the last knee surgery, and I have great bend with it. Very happy, although I do know that I really had to push myself to do the exercises, but know that that is necessary for total recovery. Very happy.

Comment from: Denise, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I had TKR on the 17th Nov 2011. It was the best thing that I have had done. I was on Durogesic patches and Endone tablets for the pain before the operation and my leg was bowed, so I had a limp. I was operated on Thursday afternoon and was walking with a walking stick on Friday afternoon and went home Saturday morning. I went to physio a week later (I was doing exercises the hospital gave me) and they gave me new exercises, then I went back 3 weeks after the operation and they were so pleased with my progress that they didn't want me back again, I just had to keep up the exercises at home. I could fully extend my leg and could bend to 130 degree's which is apparently all you can expect after knee replacement. It has now been 6 weeks and I can bend it more and now just love walking pain free. I think being reasonably young (55 years) definitely helps with recovery. I have to have my right leg done eventually but at the moment it isn't giving me too many problems but it is bone on bone like the left one was. I am totally off all pain medication too and have been since the operation.

Comment from: Anna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I had a total knee replacement on May 17,2011 I have been waiting 23 years to have this procedure due to both of my knees are bone to bone, I have limped, cried cursed for many years because of the pain, you know daily pain you just deal with it, then there is pain ok hurts a lot take the pill with some relief right, then pain you just don’t walk can’t hardly move nothing works but yet you have to go to work, so this is what I thought at least decrease some pain but after the Doctor got done with me I have had lateral release, injections, leg manipulation and I still cannot hardly walk my leg is always warm and I am only 50 and scared to death of losing my leg now I wish I had never ever had this done it hurts worse than it ever has and guess what he says it is all in my mind, right my mind says he hurt me and did not fulfill his professional promise but I have done everything I was supposed to but I am loosing what ROM I have and this is not fair, please someone help me find a true MD that can help!!!

Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 01

I had total knee replacement on my left knee by doctors at James Haley veterans Hospital this I think may have been a fiasco. I hurt my knee parachuting in the military and was told in 1976 to have knee replacement but wasn’t sure. In 2009 I had it done and all the years of suffering since 1967 were far better than my knee is now. I have constant pain and Drs. who think they did such a swell job but an almost imperceptible scar doesn’t mean the inside was good. I have bone spurs and constant pain that they of course blame on me I ride my bike 6 miles a day for exercise but they say I don't get enough. Time for a civilian doctor.

Comment from: Diann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I fell and broke the tibial plateau on my right knee Oct. 3 2011, while in the er the orthopedic doctor said, I’m not concerned about the break but your knee is so arthritic that knee replacement is necessary, so after laying in the hospital bed for 2 days and given my options of letting the break heal for 3 months I would still need the replacement, so I opted to have the replacement done as it would take care of the break. I had the surgery done Oct 6, 2011 and was sent home 3 days after surgery. The pain was horrible; the knee was so swollen and tight that I almost regretted having it done. I am now 3 weeks post-op and have physical therapy 3x a week and I am just starting to bend my knee while in a sitting position. The inside joint of the knee hurts when I bend it, it almost feels like the bone is rubbing against something or like a rubber band stretched out and not wanting to loosen up. If it weren't for that I think I would be able to move it more. However, the x-rays and the dr. said that everything looks fine. No one knows their body better than themselves and I can't understand why they don't listen when you tell that you don't think something is right. They keep telling you exercise exercise get it to bend. Well that's easier said and done. But I am not going to give in, and push myself to get it to bend. Will I ever do this again? No, I think I would rather live with the arthritic pain in the knee before ever having to do this again. This is one of the hardest surgeries that I ever had to endure. Yet you talk to some people and they swear by it and tell you that it's a piece of cake. Maybe my situation is a little different because of the break and making it difficult as I have to heal 2 things at the same time. I am just wishing that I wake up and start walking normally again.

Comment from: Tootser922, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I had my right knee totally replaced in 2003. Everything went well and the knee has not given me a problem. It is now 2011, and I've just had my left knee totally replaced. Both surgeries went well. After four days in the hospital, I went to a rehab center for 14 days. Physical therapy was very rigorous, and that, my friends, is the answer. I walked out of rehab with NO walker and NO cane! I am currently going to physical therapy three times a week for the rest of this month. I can only say my physician is the greatest. He did both knees. All is well, and I'll be dancing at my granddaughter's wedding in November! Everyone thinks it's a miracle. No. It's hard work to get the knee to bend. And you MUST have the right surgeon!

Comment from: FAY, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 20

At the age of 58 I had a TKR in my right knee. As a teenager I played A grade hockey and pushed myself physically with tennis as well. Played hockey till my late 30's. Stopped playing tennis in my 40's when I could no longer hold the racket because of arthritis in my hands. Continued to work in a physical demanding job, whilst suffering severely from osteoarthritis. I had a couple of falls on my knees onto hard surfaces. My doctor gave me 2 cortisone injections into my knee. The pain was minimal for a while. Changed doctors and he ordered an x-ray! My knee was beyond repair and the pain very severe. My only option was a TKR. No more pain in that knee. However, I did not get the required bend to walk down stairs properly. Cannot ride a bike. I am not allowed to put any body weight on my knee as it is only cemented in, due to my small bone structure! All is good and can still walk well and for long distances and garden. NO MORE PAIN.

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

I am looking to have my total knee replacement in a few weeks and presently doing physiotherapy and mentally preparing myself with the understanding I'll most likely be challenged and that is a fear of mine that I cannot cope with because I live alone with my cat. My house is 2 storied, and the bathroom is upstairs, 15 steps up and 15 steps down. Blimey, why am I getting into this operation, it may help me long-term for best, but short-term will be a nightmare!

Comment from: alana, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I had tremendous pain after total knee replacement surgery; the worst in my life. The pain medicine helped me exercise, walk and become mobile gain. I am very mobile, have a large garden to manage and lots of flowers, house work and caring for my husband who is not well. I fell about 3 months back landing on that knee and have started having swelling and severe pain again in the knee down my leg, and cannot sleep with my leg flexed at all.

Comment from: Jane grey, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I had knee replacement in March 2015 and did just great. However in December while swimming, I did the split kick not knowing it was a no-no. I felt something at the time but did not know what exactly and kept going. Now it feels like something has moved. Stitches have moved to right on outside of knee. I have a very heavy feeling and pain after walking short distances. Horrible.

Comment from: Iqbal75, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

I am 40 year old, having osteoarthritis in both knees which shows in x-ray. But both my hip joints are hurting, both shoulders, I have back pain as well. I am very much depressed at the moment, don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Jean, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

After 5 years of injections and a lot of pain, the doctor did an MRI. Now he wants me to have a total knee replacement. I hear the recovery time takes a while and it’s a very painful recovery. However, after years of limping and pain I will be glad to live normally again; with no cane or walker. I find out Monday when the surgery will be scheduled.

Comment from: Just sad, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I'm 48 and had a TKR (total knee replacement) on my right knee, about 6 weeks ago on 20th August, 2013. I didn't have an option; I tried everything else and still could not walk without severe pain.

Comment from: Brew, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 20

I tried everything to save my right knee, but after three surgeries and numerous shots for pain, I had it replaced. Rehab was agonizing but well worth it.

Comment from: Santa Fe-an, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 07

I'm 73, going on 74 next month, with moderate pain in my right knee. I’m considering total knee replacement surgery. However, my wife is unable to drive as a result of a stroke, uses a walker, and is dependent upon me to cook, buy groceries, etc. So the primary question I have – which I haven't seen anyone address – is how long after TKR will I be able to drive? Aquatic therapy, which I have done, seems like a good idea, but how will I get there if I can't drive? And if I have to be confined to a rehab center for a month or so, who can I find to take care of my wife? Someone recently asked me how they could avoid the need for knee surgery. Unfortunately, the only advice I could offer was, "Die early!"

Comment from: deborah, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I was in a car wreck in October of 2012. I was jammed in my car and had to be cut out. The next day, my right knee was so painful, but with minimal pain to my left knee. An MRI showed a torn meniscus and ACL to my right knee. The doctor fixed the meniscus, both lateral and medial, but said that he didn't fix the ACL because I needed a total knee replacement. I've never recovered from the surgery. I spoke with my doctor recently and asked if the need for the total knee repair was a result of the car wreck, which I firmly believe it is, and he told me he thought it was just from arthritis. I find it hard to believe. I thought needing a total knee was due to worn out cartilage or a severe impact to the knee, such as in my case.

Comment from: jk, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I am 65 and I had my TKR over a month ago. I am still suffering with pain. I was not informed that it takes 9 to 12 months for total recovery. I have to admit, every morning I feel a little better. I think my biggest fear was for the last month and half I needed my pain medication. I feared addiction. I am now taking one pill when the pain is sharp, but that may happen every other day. I'm not sure yet if I am happy with the TKR. I am still homebound – for the most part icing my knee every 20 minutes. I think excessive walking at this point is the reason I might occasionally need to take pain pills.

Comment from: Sophie1450, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I am 37 years old and getting total knee replacements next month due to valgus deformity.

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

I did my TKR as there isn't any more cartilage on my right knee and my meniscus are severely torn. It is almost a month and half since my TKR. I'm walking now but with a slight limp. I still feel tightness around the scar as well as sharp pain when I massage around the scar. I will experience sharp pain several times a day. Also, at times my affected knee tends to give way while walking.

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

I had a total knee replacement on both knees at once in March 2011. It is the best thing I ever did. My knees had gradually worsened for 8 years before the surgery and I had no option but to have them replaced. Before the surgery I was constantly in pain and could not walk without pain or a limp. The operation was extremely painful but worth it. Now I can walk 7 kilometers a day without pain. It has given me a new life.

Comment from: Vern, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

I have suffered from osteoarthritis since I was a teenager. I am having problems with my knee joints and am trying to aleviate the pain and swelling along with the "it'll get better" attitude. I avoided medical attention when I had flare-ups. In the meantime as I got older and being a firefighter constantly on my knees, the joint finally wore down to almost nothing and I had difficulty walking. The most important thing I can pass on to others is not to have the "no pain-no gain" attitude, seek medical intervention and follow doctors orders strictly when having any pain, inflammation or difficulty in using your joints.

Comment from: philnar, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I really am glad I found this page. Began to think I was the only one with problems from knee replacement. It has been two months and pain is still severe. Ice packs and Percocet help and are necessary. I am able to get around with a cane but mobility is very limited. Unable to work. Did two months therapy and have 120 degree flex in knee but pain is constant.

Comment from: phyllis, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I was having constant knee pain. I had orthoscopic surgery done on both knees approximately 12 years prior. I began having the pain again and was told with some arthritis and bone deteriation, it was necessary to have total knee replacement. So on July 6th 2009, that's what i did. Since then, I've had it redone but it only got worse. I have a terrible stinging sensation in both legs, and both knees have severe pain. If I stand for more than 2 or 3 minutes the stinging or tingling starts. I constantly stomp my feet to sort of ease the stinging. I have to sleep with my legs elevated and have to constantly shake my legs when i sit still for a few minutes. I've seen 6 or 7 other doctors but no help. I've had therapy and pain management. But none can give me any relief or answers. I refuse to go to the doctors anymore.

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

I have arthritis on my right knee, due to overuse syndrome. As a registered nurse I walk many miles every day. I injured my miniscus and a surgeon cleaned up the tear. He discovered that I have arthrities on my knee and will need a total or partial knee replacement. I still have much pain after the arthroscopy to clean up the torn ligament.

Comment from: lyn49, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I've had both knees replaced three months apart. My first surgery went very well with no need for pain medication after ten days. This second surgery has been somewhat harder. I am still on pain medication three weeks after. But I think I am suffering more from a post op depression. I really need patience just feeling sorry for myself I guess.

Comment from: JVee, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 03

Due to Rheumatoid Arthritis I had a left knee replacement 20 years ago. I have lately been having occasional pain at the front of my knee. A scan has shown the problem may be something to do with the kneecap. There is no infection and the joint looks to be in good condition. (My right hip replacement is twenty two years old and my right ankle is beyond any help except for fusion).

Comment from: stancilwk, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I had bone on bone and put off knee replacement as long as I could. They did the surgery June 15th came home in three days. It did not want to heal and doctor thought there might be infection. July 13th he opened knee back up and did cultures for infection. I came back home after three days and the draining was even worse and so was the pain. He opened it up again on July 20th. That time I went to a rehab center for eight days. I was on IV meds for infection for six weeks. My leg still swells a lot after therapy and hurts like mad. This is not fun.

Comment from: dgoes, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I had TKR back in 2010 because of bad arthritis. This was actually my second surgery. I had the knee cap replaced in April 2010 but it did not take. Anyway, I did the therapy and I do home exercise. Until lately, things have been going so, so. I have pain on the outer side of my knee and I keep getting told it’s just my nerves and muscle adjusting but I'm not sure. About two days ago, after sitting with my knee bent, I went to get up and couldn't straighten knee right away. Walked around a little bit and still couldn't straighten knee totally.

Comment from: julian, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 25

I had my left knee replaced three months ago. I still cannot bend properly after manipulation. Physical therapy forces it to 70 degrees, and then it just swells and stiffens. I can’t be on it too long; it swells three times bigger. I keep being told it will get better, but I am seeing people 15 years older than me walking after eight days. I’m getting worse instead of better; not good.

Comment from: gordon, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 25

I am a 72-year-old. I am in excellent health. I am super active, and I had a total left knee replacement earlier this year. I was in the hospital for four days. I started some light therapy the next day when I was out. I haven’t slept in my bed yet, four weeks later. I sleep in my recliner. I take two oxycodone pills right before bed. I take them all day as required, although, as usual, I have to have laxitives. I can’t drive yet; my wife takes me to therapy.

Comment from: doing well after sur, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I had total knee replacement six months ago. I will say that is a pain no one wants but the pain is gone. I walk without a cane or walker. I cannot stand for long but I am doing fine. Sometimes my knee will stiffen up but I am always moving it up and down. I am doing good my physical therapist only came 11 visits, he said I had the equipment to do my therapy.

Comment from: KALA, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 23

I had a ligament tear a few years back due to a minor fall from a 2 wheeler...It went unnoticed and after 3 years it was diagnosed when I went to a doctor for a checkup due to severe pain. The doctors told me that the delayed reaction caused severe arthritis. I immediately went for ACL reconstruction in the right knee. The pain never went away and aggravated. Now doctors are telling me to go for TKR.

Comment from: marj, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I have had both knees replaced, two years apart; the first in 2005, the second in 2007. Shortly after I found a “lump" in my groin above the right replacement. Also, swelling below the replacement in the same leg. Several doctors later I find the cause /I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I feel my body rejected a foreign substance being placed in my body, causing this type of cancer. Of course, the orthopedic doctors won't confirm this. I also have lymphedema in same leg. Whole leg is painful.

Comment from: Jan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I had a total R knee replacement Nov. 4th 2011. I have been progressing quite well up to the last few weeks and am now in quite a bit of pain having to increase my pain meds. I have discussed with the physio therapist if she feels I am not progressing and she assured me I am. The problem I'm having is I cannot eat and when I do it's very little which I end up most times vomiting. I am losing weight at a steady pace. I have an allergy to nickel and it is only after the surgery that I discovered there is nickel content in the replacement. I make sure this is recorded on all my medical forms and I am now wondering if I am having an allergic reaction to what is in my body. Will be seeing the surgeon tomorrow to discuss this.