After knee replacement surgery

Posted by beatricefay @beatricefay, Jun 16, 2016

Had left knee replaced 9 days ago. Right knee two years ago. Having a problem with inflammation so hard to bend knee and exercise. Trying to ice and raise knee above heart. Doctor suggested getting compression hose. Anybody have this experience and can offer suggestions. So tired all the time from pain interrupting my sleep and painkillers. My insurance refused to pay for the painkiller recommended by surgeon so have to take one with more opiates. That’s frustrating. Two years ago it was covered but now too expensive for me to use. Seems the drug companies, not our doctors are determining what we use.

@lisalucier

Hi, @kdo0827 – I wanted to let you know that I've merged your post about kneeling after total knee replacement (TKR) with this one where members have discussed what's happened after their TKRs. Hoping you can meet members like @contentandwell @beatricefay @kmart @brendadepalma and @nancylh, who may have some thoughts for you on not being able to kneel without excruciating pain.

Has your doctor weighed in on why he/she might think it feels like you are kneeling on shards of broken glass?

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@cobweb I must admit, before my first TKR I was in severe pain 24/7 so it was a huge relief to not be anymore. I had plenty of time before this one though to strengthen the surrounding muscles and help it, so I was doing pretty well. Because of that, I did not feel the huge relief I had after the first TKR. I am happy with it now though. I ride my recumbent bike about 30 – 35 minutes most days, around 6 miles, do my pool exercises, and also do gym equipment at my health club. NO KNEE PRESSES I was told by my ortho.
JK

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I've been searching for an affordable solution to stem cells. Can I ask where you had yours done and how much it cost. What I have found in Cal is about $6000, a joint.

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My back was $1000, the knee $7000. My option was to go to Cincinnati but worth it to stay home. The place i had it done is now offering the stem cell treatments at a reduce cost to employees.

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Shocking amount, I paid 1 price for 5 joints. Dr. from USC said Stem cells like a carton of ice cream – a scoop here, a scoop there, another scoop there. How about a reduced price for All patients? I could have done more joints for same price. And PRP in 5 joints.

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@grandmajan

I've been searching for an affordable solution to stem cells. Can I ask where you had yours done and how much it cost. What I have found in Cal is about $6000, a joint.

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How about USC, Dr. Thomas.Vangsness 323 442 8017 He is the Researcher and Stem Cell man.

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@grandmajan

I've been searching for an affordable solution to stem cells. Can I ask where you had yours done and how much it cost. What I have found in Cal is about $6000, a joint.

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As I've said, try PRP first $500. then go for Stem C – $$$$.

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@grandmajan

I've been searching for an affordable solution to stem cells. Can I ask where you had yours done and how much it cost. What I have found in Cal is about $6000, a joint.

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@grandmajan The last I heard, stem cells were not always effective. I would hate to pay all of that and then not have them work. I would definitely check out how successful the doctor has been in treating with stem cells.
JK

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@grandmajan

I've been searching for an affordable solution to stem cells. Can I ask where you had yours done and how much it cost. What I have found in Cal is about $6000, a joint.

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i did check it out. Worked great on my back and my knee is holding its own. The problem is we have people doing stem cells who are not trained or qualified and people blindly seek their services. Do your homework i say.

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Thank You , thank You. For the information. I live in San Diego, So will look up Dr. Vangsness, today. It's more than worth a try. I realize that not all joints are good candidates for PRP, but by the same token not all TKR's turn out right either.

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One more question, I'm now on Warfrin because I have Afib and leaky left valve. Is that a problem? Frankly I would like to find a way to prevent clots or thin my blood without taking chemical blood thinners.

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@kdo0827

Hi, I’m new to this group so forgive me if this has already been discussed. I’ve had both of my knees replaced within the past 3 years. I recovered remarkably well. I have not however been able to kneel down on either of my knees without excruciating pain! Has anyone else experienced this? To me, it feels like kneeling on shards of broken glass.

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@kdo0827, I was told when I had my knee replaced to avoid kneeling on the knee directly if possible, especially on hardened surfaces. I am 13 years post-op from my knee replacement and still don't kneel on my knee, and if I do accidentally it hurts. It is about the only thing that does hurt. I can see how this would be more difficult with both knees replaced though, as I still have my left knee in tact.

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Has anyone in the mayo connect have a revision on failed TKR? I’m new here and don’t know exactly how all this works. Please help if able!!

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@melslim

Has anyone in the mayo connect have a revision on failed TKR? I’m new here and don’t know exactly how all this works. Please help if able!!

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Hi @melslim. You are doing fine with how the site works and found a good discussion to ask your question in. I would like to invite @larrynauta back in to this conversation as they spoke about a knee revision. We have a lot of members who have talked about having hip revisions in the past, but not as many with knee revisions. I am hoping your question sparks a new discussion of members talking about knee revisions.

In the meantime, are you comfortable sharing a bit more about your situation with the other members? Can you tell us a bit more about the failed TKR?

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@mari

How about USC, Dr. Thomas.Vangsness 323 442 8017 He is the Researcher and Stem Cell man.

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Hi: Mari: did you have a series of injections in each joint? I'm calling Dr Vangsness Tues. I have a shoulder, lower back and both knees. One knee does not have the ACL. Thank you for the info.

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I had 1 shot of Stem Cell and 1 shot of PRP in 5 joints. you can have more.

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