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.

Not sure if this will help, but …. they started me out on compression hose from the start with no end date in sight. I left them off one day and my leg and foot swelled twice their size. Put them back on and swelling in leg is gone but of course the knee is still swollen and this is to be expected. You only need wear the hose during the day but there is no harm in wearing them 24 hours/day if you are alone. You won't be able to put them on yourself so will be dependent on others. I wear mine 24/7 until a friend comes over to change every other day. Hope this works.

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I was told to put them under pillow. put on b4 I get out of bed. r u sure u should leave them on 24 hrs.?

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@JustinMcClanahan

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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I was an active competitive tennis player. Many tournaments. I had at least 3-4 miniscus tears repaired and cleaned. I’ve had a TKR 10 years ago that has given me a hard time. About a year ago, I started having pain, swelling and what seemed to be, my knee getting out of socket with severe pain. After a little wiggling I could get it back in place. It kept getting worse to wear I was not able to stand for longer than an hour. I’ve been active all my lift. My surgeon said x-ray indicated my plastic piece between the metal where my knee bends was disintegrating. Also the entire replacement was turned inside. Recommend a Revision. That is my RIGHT knee. Several years ago I had a complete tear on my LEFT knee. I was unable to get surgery or PT. It has healed on its own and doesn’t hurt at all. It’s not as strong but no pain. After my R knee was done I continued playing tournament tennis. I’m assuming that is why my Right TKR failed. I want to know how hard this revision will be and how long it will take to be able get around comfortably again. I’ve been told that it’s a twice as long surgery and rehab. Someone please let me know what to expect. I’m 60 years old.
Thanks for any help!

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@melslim

I was an active competitive tennis player. Many tournaments. I had at least 3-4 miniscus tears repaired and cleaned. I’ve had a TKR 10 years ago that has given me a hard time. About a year ago, I started having pain, swelling and what seemed to be, my knee getting out of socket with severe pain. After a little wiggling I could get it back in place. It kept getting worse to wear I was not able to stand for longer than an hour. I’ve been active all my lift. My surgeon said x-ray indicated my plastic piece between the metal where my knee bends was disintegrating. Also the entire replacement was turned inside. Recommend a Revision. That is my RIGHT knee. Several years ago I had a complete tear on my LEFT knee. I was unable to get surgery or PT. It has healed on its own and doesn’t hurt at all. It’s not as strong but no pain. After my R knee was done I continued playing tournament tennis. I’m assuming that is why my Right TKR failed. I want to know how hard this revision will be and how long it will take to be able get around comfortably again. I’ve been told that it’s a twice as long surgery and rehab. Someone please let me know what to expect. I’m 60 years old.
Thanks for any help!

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Hi @melslim,

I'm tagging @crazedredhead55 @amberpep @montanasue48 who have all shared their experiences with RTKR – I'm certain they will return with more insights for you.

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

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Hi Mari: When did you have your injections? I can't seem to get to Dr. Thomas Vangsness with USC .The phone numbers don't work and calling USC directly has been frustrating. I would gladly drive from San Diego to LA to see him. Or maybe some one knows a resource in San Diego. I found one recommended Dr near here. His price is $650. per joint + the initial visit is $240. I'm so grateful for all of the information that comes on this chat site.

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@JustinMcClanahan

@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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I agree about staying off the TKR. However, as an aside, I often (daily) feel a sharp twinge of pain in my TKR. I am 3 years post-op. The “twinges” started 2days after surgery. Have had the orthopedic surgeon check it out twice, new set of x-rays, plus an ultrasound. Nothing found. I’m puzzled and frustrated.

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@daughter55

I agree about staying off the TKR. However, as an aside, I often (daily) feel a sharp twinge of pain in my TKR. I am 3 years post-op. The “twinges” started 2days after surgery. Have had the orthopedic surgeon check it out twice, new set of x-rays, plus an ultrasound. Nothing found. I’m puzzled and frustrated.

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im over 5 years out. I have accepted the fact the pain is not going away and learn to live with it. Drs never told me of the possible bad side of tkr. Bad for business i guess. Sorry but no good answers for me. No do overs either. That is why i will not do the other knee.

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@cobweb

im over 5 years out. I have accepted the fact the pain is not going away and learn to live with it. Drs never told me of the possible bad side of tkr. Bad for business i guess. Sorry but no good answers for me. No do overs either. That is why i will not do the other knee.

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Same here. The other knee needs to be done but I’m not going to go through that, at least unless it becomes unbearable at a later stage. I’m 62.

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@daughter55

Same here. The other knee needs to be done but I’m not going to go through that, at least unless it becomes unbearable at a later stage. I’m 62.

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That is why i tried stem cells. Its expensive but no pain and no hospital stay and no p/t, it was worth the chance. So far so good. If i wan't so darn active acting like a 50 year old instead of 77 year old it would probably be better. As i tell people i shoot my age in golf, had a hole in one, bike 10 miles a day and do a lot of gardening.
I read of the people who talk of cost, but i weighed my options. In fact the hospital promedica is now giving their employees discounts to do stem cells.

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Sorry I did not take it easy and rest a lot after SC. Did u notice a rejuvenation and strength after SC? Go SC!

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@melslim

I was an active competitive tennis player. Many tournaments. I had at least 3-4 miniscus tears repaired and cleaned. I’ve had a TKR 10 years ago that has given me a hard time. About a year ago, I started having pain, swelling and what seemed to be, my knee getting out of socket with severe pain. After a little wiggling I could get it back in place. It kept getting worse to wear I was not able to stand for longer than an hour. I’ve been active all my lift. My surgeon said x-ray indicated my plastic piece between the metal where my knee bends was disintegrating. Also the entire replacement was turned inside. Recommend a Revision. That is my RIGHT knee. Several years ago I had a complete tear on my LEFT knee. I was unable to get surgery or PT. It has healed on its own and doesn’t hurt at all. It’s not as strong but no pain. After my R knee was done I continued playing tournament tennis. I’m assuming that is why my Right TKR failed. I want to know how hard this revision will be and how long it will take to be able get around comfortably again. I’ve been told that it’s a twice as long surgery and rehab. Someone please let me know what to expect. I’m 60 years old.
Thanks for any help!

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I am also scheduled for a revision on my right knee. I have had my current replacement for 19 years (am 61 now). I have been informed that the surgery is 3 hours (so longer than original) but that rehab should be no different. I am scheduled for Thursday so we will see how it goes!

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Please let us know how you’re doing. Best wishes for a success and speedy recovery.

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@cobweb

im over 5 years out. I have accepted the fact the pain is not going away and learn to live with it. Drs never told me of the possible bad side of tkr. Bad for business i guess. Sorry but no good answers for me. No do overs either. That is why i will not do the other knee.

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Have you tried EMS unit, PT puts it on me but, i have one. EMS is better than Tens. Two patches Electric wires. Turn it on.

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@slapshoot1

I am also scheduled for a revision on my right knee. I have had my current replacement for 19 years (am 61 now). I have been informed that the surgery is 3 hours (so longer than original) but that rehab should be no different. I am scheduled for Thursday so we will see how it goes!

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Slapshot. Find out what the material of the replacement is read my post on here under fister

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