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.

gailfaith here…… Hi amberpep…..Happy for you. Where did you have the replacement done? By the original surgeon? Do you know why you fell and jarred the knee? Hope so, so that if it was a matter of balance, you can focus on balance in PT, or what ever caused the fall in the first place! And are you using the same therapist as you had originally also? If so, they will know more about you then if it is someone you are just starting with. They say our senior years are the Golden Years. I have a better name for them……same color…… the Rusting Years!

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@amberpep

Hi … this is just my experience and may have nothing to do with your situation. I had a TKR 4 years ago, went to P.T., etc. Then I noticed pain starting about 9 months later and it was scar tissue. The surgeon went in, arthroscopically, and cleaned it up. Shortly afterwards I fell on my knees on my kitchen floor and it jarred the whole thing, so about 1-1/2 to 2 years ago I had to have a revision …. a total redoing of the TKR, except the posts that go down the tibia and up the femur are longer. I went to PT again, and my knee has been excellent … no pain. Now I’m working on building up the strength in my knees. I’m 71.
abby

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I HAD A VERY GOOD RECOVERY AFTER TKR ITS BEEN 4 YEARS AND IF I AM ACTIVE EVERYTHING IS PERFECT . FOR ME IT HAS BEEN A PLEASENT THING TO BE ABLE TO WALK AND DO THE EXERCISES THAT ARE GOOD FOR ME . MY SURGERY WAS IN MAYO ROCHESTER AND I CAME BACK TO MEXICO AND HAD MY PT IN MY HOUSE.

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@bonlgd

I am scheduled for bilateral TKR at the end of Nov 2016…but,
I had an appt with a regenerative medicine doc at a clinic about placental stem cell injections in both knees that is leaving me confused about what to do! I would love to have this done but I’m unsure of the REAL outcome of this procedure compared to Tkr! This Dr says that cartilage will regrow and the knees will heal to some degree, but I cannot find any info in online research that states stem cells can make cartilage regrow! I’m concerned about the high cost of the shots esp if it doesn’t work and it’s not guaranteed! They will repeat the injections 6 mos later if I’m unhappy with the results at no extra cost.
I wanted to know if anyone has tried stem cell shots a few years ago that have proven to last over time? Online research implies cartilage cannot easily regrow YET, but prob in the future! Also seems there have been no large studies done with stem cell for knee arthritis. With Tkr it’s a done deal, outcome is assured, new knees!

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Look at regenexx website for information on stem cells for knees. It’s the best site I have found and I have looked for many. In my dealings they seem to be ethical and care for their patients. From them I have found what causes deterioration of stem cells. I did it all, taking ibuprofin, Lipitor, steroids etc. hopefully this will help.

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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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Wow !!! I am so happy that you are at peace with Your decision !!! AND thank You for your quick response to my questions !!

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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 ronnie3716, Do you have access to a “Pain Management Doctor”? Some Neurologists also “treat” chronic 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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Yes,My TKR was 2 1/2 years ago and I still have pain. I have Arthofibrosis which I bellieve was caused by very aggressive P.T for 4 months ! One suggestion is do not push yourself, Ice& elevate. For exercise, warm water arthritis classes helped burn calories. But did not relieve my pain or swelling.

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@colleenyoung

Excellent question @omega. I moved your message to this ongoing discussion so that you can meet others who are talking about post surgerical pain, rehabilitation and more. I recommend you read the discussion from the beginning https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/after-knee-replacement-surgery, then ask your questions. As you can see there are quite a few members who have experience with knee replacements.

Welcome to the community!

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I always joke that I’m a better forecaster than those on TV! From the minute I get out of bed in the morning, I can tell if it’s going to rain or snow……ouch! I asked my doctor about that and he said that when the barometric pressure drops, the tissue swells, and presses on the joint; thus the pain. I think I’ll hang a sign out “quack weather forecasting.”
abby

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Hi gailfaith ….. I had both replacements done in MD (I’m now living in VA, at least temporarily) and yes, the same surgeon did it. When I fell, my shoe got caught on the edge of the space between the hardwood and the tile in the kitchen. I had P.T. up there, and then when I moved here I had 3 months more P.T. for balance because I noticed it just was a bit unsteady, and I took a fall on my hind end …. that didn’t feel very good! So, I visited an Ortho. down here and he set me up with a P.T. It has worked out beautifully. But, one thing I learned during all this was not to be so “schushlich” ….. that’s a PA Dutch word for “in a hurry” …… I would scurry around like a crazy woman like I used to when I was younger ….. no can do anymore!
How about “the titanium years?”
abby

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@amberpep

Hi gailfaith ….. I had both replacements done in MD (I’m now living in VA, at least temporarily) and yes, the same surgeon did it. When I fell, my shoe got caught on the edge of the space between the hardwood and the tile in the kitchen. I had P.T. up there, and then when I moved here I had 3 months more P.T. for balance because I noticed it just was a bit unsteady, and I took a fall on my hind end …. that didn’t feel very good! So, I visited an Ortho. down here and he set me up with a P.T. It has worked out beautifully. But, one thing I learned during all this was not to be so “schushlich” ….. that’s a PA Dutch word for “in a hurry” …… I would scurry around like a crazy woman like I used to when I was younger ….. no can do anymore!
How about “the titanium years?”
abby

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Abby…..so glad to get your reply. I had both knees replaced 10 and 12 years ago respectively with great success. They were both done at the Rothman Institute in Philly by the same surgeon. They had me on the passive motion machine both times before I left the hospital and I got 124 and 132 degrees of bend without much work at it. In fact after my first one, when I went back in a week (or was it 2) the gal asked me where was my cane. I said I wasn’t using one. She joked that they would put me on a pedestal in the waiting room! After the 2nd TKR, I went to a different rehab facility. That was 3 days post surgery and a Friday. They measured my degree of bend and it was 110 already but because I was having some pain in the calf of that leg, they suggested I do nothing in the way of therapy until they did an ultrasound to be sure there was no clots. When I returned to PT on Tuesday, I asked how much did i lose by just laying in bed for the 3 days. It was now up to 124 and the next time is was checked it was up to 132, which is about where it was before any surgery! A check last summer showed no wear of either replacements! I am 80, so I am hoping they will last me the rest of my life. However, I was Dx at Mayo in Dec ’13 with Myotonic Dystrophy so to try to stay our a wheelchair as long as possible, I am doing A LOT of walking on the campus of the retirement community where I now live. I trust I am not wearing out my knees! (Sorry. I don’t know that much about titanium….vs “rust” to comment !!!!) @gailfaith

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@colleenyoung

Excellent question @omega. I moved your message to this ongoing discussion so that you can meet others who are talking about post surgerical pain, rehabilitation and more. I recommend you read the discussion from the beginning https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/after-knee-replacement-surgery, then ask your questions. As you can see there are quite a few members who have experience with knee replacements.

Welcome to the community!

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Abby, Love your “Quack Weather Forecasting”. gailfaith

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@amberpep

Hi … this is just my experience and may have nothing to do with your situation. I had a TKR 4 years ago, went to P.T., etc. Then I noticed pain starting about 9 months later and it was scar tissue. The surgeon went in, arthroscopically, and cleaned it up. Shortly afterwards I fell on my knees on my kitchen floor and it jarred the whole thing, so about 1-1/2 to 2 years ago I had to have a revision …. a total redoing of the TKR, except the posts that go down the tibia and up the femur are longer. I went to PT again, and my knee has been excellent … no pain. Now I’m working on building up the strength in my knees. I’m 71.
abby

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Do you mind telling me which Dr. at Mayo did you TKR ?

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@amberpep

Hi gailfaith ….. I had both replacements done in MD (I’m now living in VA, at least temporarily) and yes, the same surgeon did it. When I fell, my shoe got caught on the edge of the space between the hardwood and the tile in the kitchen. I had P.T. up there, and then when I moved here I had 3 months more P.T. for balance because I noticed it just was a bit unsteady, and I took a fall on my hind end …. that didn’t feel very good! So, I visited an Ortho. down here and he set me up with a P.T. It has worked out beautifully. But, one thing I learned during all this was not to be so “schushlich” ….. that’s a PA Dutch word for “in a hurry” …… I would scurry around like a crazy woman like I used to when I was younger ….. no can do anymore!
How about “the titanium years?”
abby

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Hi there gailfaith ….. what a wonderful story ….. you’ve really done extremely well and can feel very good about it and about your general health ….. it speaks well for you. Titanium is usually what the replacement joints are made of. Take care.
Abby

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Hi there Abby. Ah yes, the “titanium years”, I like that also! Did you perchance see the post I sent about the project I have here on the retirement community campus and my walking? Don’t know if it still available on Connect? If you are computer literate, and if you can find me on a side bar somewhere, all my posts may still be there. I find I forget more than I would like to forget so even my (not smart) cell phone is getting more difficultfor me to use. I trust I am not wearing out my knees with my “project”. Since mid August I have walked 19 miles just doing my project. Gail

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Computer literate ….. hmmmmm ….. well, I can open it, start it, do e-mail …..and search for things, but that’s about it. Phone wise … well, that’s another issue. About 1-1/2 years ago (just before I moved here) my “flip phone” fell in the cat’s water dish. So, I went to get another and what I got was what they said was the next one made after the flip phone. Well, to me it’s one of those new fangled things that has so much stuff in it that just looking at it makes me dizzy. I tried for over a month to use it and finally in total frustration gave up, put it back in the box, went on Amazon and got a new “flip phone” and had my son transfer all my info. to it. That’s what I use. So, you see ……. a teckie I’m not. I suspect the day may come when I just won’t be able to use any of this new stuff, but it is what it is.
Are you doing a lot of walking? That’s the best exercise you can do for your entire body ….. good for you. My little street is 2 duplex sets long and goes right out onto a highway, so I’d have to drive somewhere to do any decent walking. I do have a small stepper here which I use, but walking is sure a whole lot more fun! I’m sorry I didn’t see your other post about your project, but 19 miles is wonderful! Wow! You must have a pedometer. I had one but it got lost in the shuffle of moving. Probably should get another. There are actual walking trails at the place where I lived in MD, all marked with half mile markers, etc. That was great. I’d take my little dog and she and I went out and trotted right along ……. then came home and collapsed!
Take care,
abby

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@gailfaith

Hi there Abby. Ah yes, the “titanium years”, I like that also! Did you perchance see the post I sent about the project I have here on the retirement community campus and my walking? Don’t know if it still available on Connect? If you are computer literate, and if you can find me on a side bar somewhere, all my posts may still be there. I find I forget more than I would like to forget so even my (not smart) cell phone is getting more difficultfor me to use. I trust I am not wearing out my knees with my “project”. Since mid August I have walked 19 miles just doing my project. Gail

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Hello Gailfaith,

Are you recommending a post that you made previously on Connect to @amberpep? You are able to see earlier posts by yourself or other members by clicking on your own or his or her’s photo. If you have an idea of when it was or where it is, we may be able to direct Abby to it. Also, by clicking on another members photo you can then send them a private message by clicking on the envelope symbol. These are all options on how to get Abby the conversation you are referencing.

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