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.

I had a partial knee replacement 7 months ago and still have quite a bit of knee pain. Surgeon said my pain should be gone. Anyone else have prolonged pain?

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Hi @leh09, and welcome to Connect. I moved your message to this thread so you can meet others who have had knee replacements. I’d like to introduce you to @dawn_giacabazi, @beatricefay and @niazumbanut as well as others particpating in this discussion.

@leh09, have you discovered any exercises, remedies, etc. that relieve the pain?

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@leh09

I had a partial knee replacement 7 months ago and still have quite a bit of knee pain. Surgeon said my pain should be gone. Anyone else have prolonged pain?

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I had a total knee replacement about 2 months ago so can only speak about that. Sorry to read you are still having pain after 7 months. What has helped with my pain is time to let it heal, physical therapy, painkillers and rest. Doesn’t your surgeon know the source of your pain? I wish you good luck with your healing. @beatricefay

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@leh09

I had a partial knee replacement 7 months ago and still have quite a bit of knee pain. Surgeon said my pain should be gone. Anyone else have prolonged pain?

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Hi, I’m 2 mths past. Doing exactly what you’re doing. What kind of pain reliever do you use?
My pain really starts bothering me around 4pm ish.
I ice it but not as effective as in the past. Any ideas on easing the pain and swelling?

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@leh09

I had a partial knee replacement 7 months ago and still have quite a bit of knee pain. Surgeon said my pain should be gone. Anyone else have prolonged pain?

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Others I’ve met who had TKR were pain free quicker than 7 months so we are
among the minority. How is your range of motion? Mine is poor, around 70
degrees, due to scar tissue, arthrofibrosis. I’ve contacted the Mayo Clinic
to see if there is anything they can do after my 3 surgeries. I had TKR on
December 13 2013, revision to remove scar tissue on September 2014 and
again on Dec 2015. I’m in pain every day. I hope to hear from them soon.
Before my 1st revision Surgery I became pain free all of a sudden. One day
I woke up pain free. Keep taking your meds and I wish you good luck.

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@leh09

I had a partial knee replacement 7 months ago and still have quite a bit of knee pain. Surgeon said my pain should be gone. Anyone else have prolonged pain?

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two years have passed and still have pain. Did stem cells on the other knee.

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@leh09

I had a partial knee replacement 7 months ago and still have quite a bit of knee pain. Surgeon said my pain should be gone. Anyone else have prolonged pain?

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I had my first total knee replacement at the age of 47 years. For the following 6 months, I had spasms 5-6 times per night that would wake me up from a deep sleep. I would be sitting upright and screaming before I was even awake. I was exhausted! My surgeon would look at the x-ray and pat himself on the back for what a good job he did. After two rounds of traditional PT he eventually performed a closed manipulation but with no relief of the pain. Finally he recommended an EMG. I asked to try acupuncture first. After 6 sessions of acupuncture, my pain was gone and never returned. I also had an osteopathically trained physical therapist who used manipulation rather than pushing past the point of pain. My gait was absolutely normal when we finished.
I believe that each patient is different. I am a prolific scar tissue maker, so traditional PT only produces more scar tissue; decreased range of motion and more discomfort.
I did have to have the knee revised after 11 years, and I still do have pain in the soft tissue around the knee. I have been diagnosed recently with fibromyalgia. I take Ibuprofen 800 mg twice a day for pain and anti-inflammatory benefits.
I wish you well, but I doubt if your surgeon has ever had his own knee replaced!

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@leh09

I had a partial knee replacement 7 months ago and still have quite a bit of knee pain. Surgeon said my pain should be gone. Anyone else have prolonged pain?

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Thank you for your story. I had been thinking of acupuncture and am happy to hear that you had success with it. I’ve likened orthopedic surgeons who do TKR as cabinet makers. “It fits so what else do you expect?” Thanks again.

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@leh09

I had a partial knee replacement 7 months ago and still have quite a bit of knee pain. Surgeon said my pain should be gone. Anyone else have prolonged pain?

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Yes….my TKR was 2 years ago. I can only walk about 1/2 block before pain starts. If I have to be on my feet for over 45 min.i have back pain also.By 3:00 daily the area 3in.above & 3in.below my knee (and the knee) swell. I had P.T. for 15 months.(including water therapy) My first 11 months of P.T. were extremely aggressive! I only realized this after changing P.T. Doctor. He was shocked by the aggressive approach used by previous P.T !!  So….he worked gently on my knee.Starting with very light massage until he felt I was ready for deeper massage.( I felt ready before he agreed ) After 4 months he felt that there was nothing more he could do for me and said that I needed my Knee replaced.     I hope to have replacement in early Spring of ’17. “My” P.T. has assured me that his approach starting the day after surgery will be TOTALLY different than the months I spent undergoing aggressive P.T. with my first surgery.     My daughter works for a group of Doctors who only treat pain.Fortunately,I live in Illinois where medical marijuana is prescribed.She has witnessed remarkable pain relief in her patients who have chronic pain.In her words “Mom my patients look so much better after just 1-2 months,Pain Meds. are so unhealthy for our bodies & medical marijuana is a natural healing method !”      She has seen patients get relief from a prescription drug called Marinol but not to the miraculous degree as with Medical Marijuana ! Some patients choose “edible” products and have great relief also ! These Physicians treat pain with multiple methods including surgical implants that effect the body’s pain centers.

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@leh09

I had a partial knee replacement 7 months ago and still have quite a bit of knee pain. Surgeon said my pain should be gone. Anyone else have prolonged pain?

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I am very much in favor of medical marijuana but the politicians have their heads in the sand in Virginia. I’d rather medical marijuana than opiads any day.

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@dongee

Instead of a knee replacement I opted for stem cell therapy and prp 2x. That was six weeks ago and I am pain free and with only a slight discomfort
when going down stairs. The first four days after the therapy required a cane to walk but after that no therapy was required…the total cost was $4,000.
To me it was well worth it.

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i had my right knee replaced and it was not a happy experience, so i opted for stem cells. I was bone on bone and after 13 days i was pain free. Garden, play golf, only downsize was insurance does not cover it yet. I recently had stem cells for my L4 and L5 that was rubbing against a nerve. 4 weeks later, pain free. My goal is to avoid surgery.

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@dongee

Instead of a knee replacement I opted for stem cell therapy and prp 2x. That was six weeks ago and I am pain free and with only a slight discomfort
when going down stairs. The first four days after the therapy required a cane to walk but after that no therapy was required…the total cost was $4,000.
To me it was well worth it.

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@winning Great you are doing so well with stem cell treatments. Will you need further treatments in the future? If so, how long does this treatment last? Too bad it’s not covered by insurance. Hopefully it will in the future.
@beatricefay

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Had the first treatment done last february and have had further treatment. Dr said if need be i could have a booster but don’t feel like i need it. Nancy Lopez, the professional golfer, had it done before me and now she is back playing golf. I have a number of friends who have had the treatment or who are beginning the treatment. The procedure is drilling the stem cells out of the hip, drawing blood from the arms, waiting 3 hours while they are mixed, and then injected in the knee. I watched the whole procedure. The next day i had one more shot in the knee and then home to relax. Did not need pain pills. laying around for 3 weeks , and then the pain was gone.
I still have problems with my knee replacement knee, and that is the one that aches after playing golf.
I read the research of other patients on the company website. They also keep in touch with me and have sent me webinars on stem cell research.

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@winning

Had the first treatment done last february and have had further treatment. Dr said if need be i could have a booster but don’t feel like i need it. Nancy Lopez, the professional golfer, had it done before me and now she is back playing golf. I have a number of friends who have had the treatment or who are beginning the treatment. The procedure is drilling the stem cells out of the hip, drawing blood from the arms, waiting 3 hours while they are mixed, and then injected in the knee. I watched the whole procedure. The next day i had one more shot in the knee and then home to relax. Did not need pain pills. laying around for 3 weeks , and then the pain was gone.
I still have problems with my knee replacement knee, and that is the one that aches after playing golf.
I read the research of other patients on the company website. They also keep in touch with me and have sent me webinars on stem cell research.

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iAD MY KNEE REPLACEMAEN ON AUGUST OF 2010 IT IS BEEN 6 YEARS I TRY TO WEAR TENIS SHOES OR SHOES WITH LASES ALL THE TIME. THE DR. SUGGEASTE TO WEAR NIKE FOR RUNNING . I HAVENT HAD ANY TROUBLE.HOPE YOU CAN TRY IT AND IT HELPS YOU

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@winning

Had the first treatment done last february and have had further treatment. Dr said if need be i could have a booster but don’t feel like i need it. Nancy Lopez, the professional golfer, had it done before me and now she is back playing golf. I have a number of friends who have had the treatment or who are beginning the treatment. The procedure is drilling the stem cells out of the hip, drawing blood from the arms, waiting 3 hours while they are mixed, and then injected in the knee. I watched the whole procedure. The next day i had one more shot in the knee and then home to relax. Did not need pain pills. laying around for 3 weeks , and then the pain was gone.
I still have problems with my knee replacement knee, and that is the one that aches after playing golf.
I read the research of other patients on the company website. They also keep in touch with me and have sent me webinars on stem cell research.

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I’m happy you’re running. But for me, walking is a challenge after nearly 3 years.

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