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.

@mari

If were really”bone on bone” our leg would be straight and not bend at all. I was ordered a lite weight brace to push my knee out and open it to later receive “cells” – then I should be able to avoid surgery.
Mayo is offering cells in all places.
I really don’t want surgery.

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Yes, its very lite weight and comfortable except for what to wear under it. With normal pants – it seems to slide down a bit.
Have been buying tights and that seems to work.
Do you want to share what you wear?

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@mari

What and where r back problems. Very interesting.

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Does this have anything to do with spinal stenosis?

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@mari

What and where r back problems. Very interesting.

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No, just the rubbing on the nerve. They take out blood, spin it and inject it in 3 places in the back. The injection of your blood stimulates your stem cells. It’s not as expensive as knee.

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@ronnie3716

I put off my surgery for 3 years on my left. Within 2 months I felt I made a bad decision in holding off on the surgery.
I know some write here of continuing pain after TKR, but I even fell full force on ice on cement and it was sore, but still worked well.
That fall must have knocked out some scar tissue because “my” knee felt sore as heck, but the pain in walking was a lot less.

I don’t look forward to the surgery, but sure am looking forward to having 2 knees that work well. I literally can’t tell that my titanium knee isn’t mine.
I’m a believer in Physical Therapy both before and after.

I live in the Northwest pt of the US, stem cell isn’t a regular treatment. I did find it at the Univ of WA but couldn’t afford it and my insurance totally rejected it. I would imagine in a few years, if results continue to be good, insurance will have to cover it. But that doesn’t help my pain now.

I bought a new treadmill so that post surgery I can get walking inside asap!

@mari, I hope it all works well for you and I’ll be looking forward to hearing how it goes for you. Prayers of health go your way.

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In my area it’s one thousand for back, seven thousand for knee. It is what I have iras for I guess.

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Interesting. Did it just take 1 shot for 1 location or did they give repeated shots 4 -1 location?
I’m trying to learn as much as I can about this.

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@mari

Interesting. Did it just take 1 shot for 1 location or did they give repeated shots 4 -1 location?
I’m trying to learn as much as I can about this.

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Three shots above the hip, went home, relaxed, I was more active than what I was suppose to do, but I am a gardener. Hah. Then I began my exercises. I did go to p/t but learned nothing that I was already doing. The key for stem cells is taking it easy, read, tv, etc. that is why winter is good to do it. It was great to play golf again and to be able to bend over and put a tee in the ground with more pain.

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@mari

Interesting. Did it just take 1 shot for 1 location or did they give repeated shots 4 -1 location?
I’m trying to learn as much as I can about this.

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Should read no more pain.

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@ronnie3716

I put off my surgery for 3 years on my left. Within 2 months I felt I made a bad decision in holding off on the surgery.
I know some write here of continuing pain after TKR, but I even fell full force on ice on cement and it was sore, but still worked well.
That fall must have knocked out some scar tissue because “my” knee felt sore as heck, but the pain in walking was a lot less.

I don’t look forward to the surgery, but sure am looking forward to having 2 knees that work well. I literally can’t tell that my titanium knee isn’t mine.
I’m a believer in Physical Therapy both before and after.

I live in the Northwest pt of the US, stem cell isn’t a regular treatment. I did find it at the Univ of WA but couldn’t afford it and my insurance totally rejected it. I would imagine in a few years, if results continue to be good, insurance will have to cover it. But that doesn’t help my pain now.

I bought a new treadmill so that post surgery I can get walking inside asap!

@mari, I hope it all works well for you and I’ll be looking forward to hearing how it goes for you. Prayers of health go your way.

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I had left TKR 8 months ago, swore I would not do the other one for a long time. Lots of swelling, scar tissue, pain. THen about 6 months later felt pretty good. Did the right knee 4 weeks ago and what a difference. No swelling, minimal pain. At 90 degrees right after and now great movement. Walking 1/2 mile a day plus doing a cross trainer and recumbent bike. What a difference. So I guess that each TKR is different.

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@ronnie3716

I put off my surgery for 3 years on my left. Within 2 months I felt I made a bad decision in holding off on the surgery.
I know some write here of continuing pain after TKR, but I even fell full force on ice on cement and it was sore, but still worked well.
That fall must have knocked out some scar tissue because “my” knee felt sore as heck, but the pain in walking was a lot less.

I don’t look forward to the surgery, but sure am looking forward to having 2 knees that work well. I literally can’t tell that my titanium knee isn’t mine.
I’m a believer in Physical Therapy both before and after.

I live in the Northwest pt of the US, stem cell isn’t a regular treatment. I did find it at the Univ of WA but couldn’t afford it and my insurance totally rejected it. I would imagine in a few years, if results continue to be good, insurance will have to cover it. But that doesn’t help my pain now.

I bought a new treadmill so that post surgery I can get walking inside asap!

@mari, I hope it all works well for you and I’ll be looking forward to hearing how it goes for you. Prayers of health go your way.

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I had stems cells and PRP done at Mayo Rochester in December plus a shot that helps feed the cells. Total cost was $4350. Insurance did not pay
Still waiting for results as have had none so far. They said it could take away but im willing to try anything

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@ronnie3716

I put off my surgery for 3 years on my left. Within 2 months I felt I made a bad decision in holding off on the surgery.
I know some write here of continuing pain after TKR, but I even fell full force on ice on cement and it was sore, but still worked well.
That fall must have knocked out some scar tissue because “my” knee felt sore as heck, but the pain in walking was a lot less.

I don’t look forward to the surgery, but sure am looking forward to having 2 knees that work well. I literally can’t tell that my titanium knee isn’t mine.
I’m a believer in Physical Therapy both before and after.

I live in the Northwest pt of the US, stem cell isn’t a regular treatment. I did find it at the Univ of WA but couldn’t afford it and my insurance totally rejected it. I would imagine in a few years, if results continue to be good, insurance will have to cover it. But that doesn’t help my pain now.

I bought a new treadmill so that post surgery I can get walking inside asap!

@mari, I hope it all works well for you and I’ll be looking forward to hearing how it goes for you. Prayers of health go your way.

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Mayo clinic Rochester has a clinic trial right now. I wasnt eligible because of infection risk
Check it out online. Dr. Smith who is head of the trial is awesome
He did my stem cells!

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@ronnie3716

I put off my surgery for 3 years on my left. Within 2 months I felt I made a bad decision in holding off on the surgery.
I know some write here of continuing pain after TKR, but I even fell full force on ice on cement and it was sore, but still worked well.
That fall must have knocked out some scar tissue because “my” knee felt sore as heck, but the pain in walking was a lot less.

I don’t look forward to the surgery, but sure am looking forward to having 2 knees that work well. I literally can’t tell that my titanium knee isn’t mine.
I’m a believer in Physical Therapy both before and after.

I live in the Northwest pt of the US, stem cell isn’t a regular treatment. I did find it at the Univ of WA but couldn’t afford it and my insurance totally rejected it. I would imagine in a few years, if results continue to be good, insurance will have to cover it. But that doesn’t help my pain now.

I bought a new treadmill so that post surgery I can get walking inside asap!

@mari, I hope it all works well for you and I’ll be looking forward to hearing how it goes for you. Prayers of health go your way.

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What is PRP?
Did they take cells from your belly?
Yikes 12/ ___?

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@ronnie3716

I put off my surgery for 3 years on my left. Within 2 months I felt I made a bad decision in holding off on the surgery.
I know some write here of continuing pain after TKR, but I even fell full force on ice on cement and it was sore, but still worked well.
That fall must have knocked out some scar tissue because “my” knee felt sore as heck, but the pain in walking was a lot less.

I don’t look forward to the surgery, but sure am looking forward to having 2 knees that work well. I literally can’t tell that my titanium knee isn’t mine.
I’m a believer in Physical Therapy both before and after.

I live in the Northwest pt of the US, stem cell isn’t a regular treatment. I did find it at the Univ of WA but couldn’t afford it and my insurance totally rejected it. I would imagine in a few years, if results continue to be good, insurance will have to cover it. But that doesn’t help my pain now.

I bought a new treadmill so that post surgery I can get walking inside asap!

@mari, I hope it all works well for you and I’ll be looking forward to hearing how it goes for you. Prayers of health go your way.

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Hi thete PRP stands for plasma inriched platlets. They take 3 syringes of blood and spin it down
They use a large needle, one larger than when you donate blood as they dont want to break the platlets. They want to want to keep them whole
I have difficult veins Dr Smith did the draw using ultrasound. He did it himself no big deal got on first try. The stem cells were way low back about L4 L5 its from the illisac of your hip i think.

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Hi Beatrice, Today is day 30 following my TKA. I can empathize. Still taking pain meds, will begin NSAIDS tomorrow to reduce swelling. I can finally get my shoe on and somewhat tie it. Those exercises that the PT have us do are painful. The knee is very tight, stiff, and tender. I was told to ice, ice, ice and have been trying to do so. I exercise two of the three times a day that i am supposed to. I acquired a complicated popliteal cyst post op so some of the swelling i guess could be from that. Last week i purchased those compression socks ($74 yikes). I lost my sock butler so it is harder to put them on now and i have yet to figure out a good way to take them off without bending the knee and causing more pain. I can only wear them about 3-6 hours because the dig into my leg right about where that cyst probably is. They do help with the inflammation and swelling as does using a wedge pillow to elevate the leg above the heart level. Hang in there. Not all of us are speedy healers. At first i felt bad because someone told me that their friend had the TKA on a Thurs. and was back to work on a Mon. Go figure. Super human or something. Rest and get better; be careful not to push too hard too soon. That’s all the experience/advice/etc. i have to offer. Blessings.

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@beatricefay

Hi gailfaith, niazumbanut, ronnie3716,
Good luck to ronnie3716 on your upcoming knee replacement. Keep us up to date on your progress. Thanks to gailfaith and niazumbanut for your support and good suggestions. I’m now doing home health PT but want to start out patient PT next week. I’m trying to decrease pain meds but sleeping through the night is still challenging. I know I have to give it time. beatricefay

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Hi Win, Decisions, yep that was the hardest part. Deciding to give up parts of my knee. I asked if i could keep it, but they said no. Go figure. I had watched that stem cell clip also and have a friend who had it done. I was told that my knee was too far gone for that. I will have to have the other knee done also. It was supposed to be done in August and has caused me to walk with a cane for four years now. I suppose now that one is done, they can’t MRI the other. Glad it worked for you. Encouraging to here that it works. Be blessed.

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I’m having TNR on Feb10 knee pain is real bad and have to use a cane…..not looking forward to this…need reassurance ..

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