Knee replacement disappointment

Posted by randallshadden1 @randallshadden1, Jun 15 11:23am

I had a knee replacement 10 months ago..I'm struggling with putting full weight on it and have throbbing pain sometimes…is this normal or should I go back to the surgeon..

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My opinion is that you should see your doctor. I had both knees replaced 5 1/2 months ago. I was able to stand on both legs comfortably in 1 month. I still have brief pain getting up from low chairs and dull aching pain after being in bed at night. Took me 4 months to be able to walk 2 miles without taking a break.

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I think it is best to make an appointment with your surgeon.
Everyone heals at their own pace so don't panic.

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I'm sorry to hear this. Question – what has been your post-op exercise/rehab regimen? People who get TKRs should be doing rehab exercises as soon as they get out of surgery, see a PT about twice a week for 8 weeks, and again, doing the exercises 3 times a day at home.

If you did all this and are still experiencing this pain and inability to put full weight on it, something is wrong. I don't want to guess what it could be. Regardless, you should definitely see your surgeon. All the best.

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@heyjoe415

I'm sorry to hear this. Question – what has been your post-op exercise/rehab regimen? People who get TKRs should be doing rehab exercises as soon as they get out of surgery, see a PT about twice a week for 8 weeks, and again, doing the exercises 3 times a day at home.

If you did all this and are still experiencing this pain and inability to put full weight on it, something is wrong. I don't want to guess what it could be. Regardless, you should definitely see your surgeon. All the best.

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Get a second opinion from a different doctor. The reason I decided not to go with a local surgeon is because I met at least two people whose surgeries had to be redone a second time so I opted for a big city hospital with an excellent reputation for its orthopedic department.

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@linnie1948

Get a second opinion from a different doctor. The reason I decided not to go with a local surgeon is because I met at least two people whose surgeries had to be redone a second time so I opted for a big city hospital with an excellent reputation for its orthopedic department.

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Well said linnie. I did this when I researched surgeons for my TKR. My criteria (without knowing the surgeon) – someone in their late 30s to mid 40s with a degree from a known university and a solid residency pedigree. These surgeons are up on the latest research and techniques and they've been in practice for 5 to 10 years.

My knee guy was 38 and did his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, about as good as it gets. He was also skilled on the Stryker/Mako robotic assistant and used that in my surgery.

With all respect to local surgeons, I trust ones I describe. Did the same thing for my back and shoulder and found two great surgeons. Now I just hope I don't need em!

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I agree with you about the Cleveland Clinic. I think an old childhood friend of mine had a double lung replacement there and he is still alive and kicking at least 10+ years out. Also, I always check the resumes of any specialist I go to. Not so much for the GP as they always send you to a specialist if they don't know what to do. My surgeon operated on my neighbor who was nearly 90 years old. When she recommended him I did my research. I looked into the local surgeons and then researched the surgeons at Mass General in Boston. Not one local surgeon's resume came close to the surgeon that I chose who teaches this stuff at Harvard Medical. I am aware that any surgeon can make a mistake but minimizing the risk is where I always start. All the p/t in the world will not help a botched surgery on knees or hips.

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My feeling is that you should do two things…….first, go back to the surgeon, write everything down, and question him/her as to why you are still in pain after ten months. After seeing the original surgeon, I would definitely seek out a second opinion on what is happening with the healing of the TKR. I had a very hard time with healing of my right TKR, and was in PT for six months. Although my left knee needs replacement, I will never do it! I will just live with the discomfort. That TKR was the worst surgery that I ever had! If you are having pain and throbbing, along with having a hard time putting weight on it, I would definitely go back to the surgeon and then seek a second opinion. Sending you my best wishes for complete healing. MaryAnn in MA

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I know we all heal differently…. But not being able to put weight on ten months out not normal in any scenario…. I speak from my own experience I had tkr was never able to get it moving flexion or straightening, I went to pt did all exercises and then some got no where…. Dr did manipulation made it worse…..long story short my second opinion first appointment they looked at X-rays original dr took right after surgery …. Told me my knee was too big …. 2 months later I was having revision …. From time I woke up I knew it was different now all the gains in flexion I make I keep ……I gave my original dr a chance he never admitted to putting in wrong size but why would he ….. just a suggestion you may want a second opinion it can’t hurt …. Hope you find relief

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I would see the surgeon however I had a Rt knee replacement done 3 years ago. It’s never felt good and 2 doctors plus MRI have found nothing but tendinitis I am praying it will be ok in time

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