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Life After total knee replacement

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emabhijeet Sat 17-Nov-18 08:05:53

How the total knee replacement surgery performs and life after prosthesis implant, how much time it takes to be as original body part, how long an artificial joint will last and what can a patient expect in respect of work efficiency ?

Charleygirl5 Sat 17-Nov-18 09:38:28

These are questions you should have asked your consultant. Many GNs have had knee replacements and I doubt if two are the same. Some will be cemented, others uncemented, not all will be full knee replacements.

Some will expect to walk 10 miles a day, others to do their normal everyday tasks without grinding pain. Some will expect to return to work, others will be semi or fully retired.

tiredoldwoman Sat 17-Nov-18 10:02:19

I watched a TKR op during the week , I didn't see the whole thing , I either fell asleep or passed out . It was horrific . I'm booked in on Thursday to see my doc about my unbearable knee pain but after watching that programme I am terrified . Did anyone else watch it and see the outcome ?

henetha Sat 17-Nov-18 10:08:02

I watched it out of interest, tiredoldwoman because I have had two full knee replacements. Both were completely successful and I can now walk just fine. It can transform your life, so I hope you have it done, Even with a spinal anaesthetic (which is nowhere near as bad as it sounds) you can ask for a sedative and just float through the operation.
The physiotherapy afterwards is really important, and with any luck you should be walking just fine again within a very few weeks. And all that unbearable pain will be gone.

henetha Sat 17-Nov-18 10:10:25

Hope this helps you, emabhijeet. The hospital will give you all the information you need before the operation.

Charleygirl5 Sat 17-Nov-18 10:32:29

I agree henetha I was talked into having a spinal anaesthetic and I floated through it all. I also have had both knees replaced, 5 years apart. Getting rid of the grinding pain is fabulous. Hopefully my Genesis 2 knees will "see me out".

annsixty Sat 17-Nov-18 11:09:27

Totally agree that getting rid of the dreadful pain is wonderful.
I slept through most of the op and the pain afterwards was manageable and well controlled.
I was 79 and only in hospital for 3 nights.
If needed I would have the other one done tomorrow.

Jane10 Sat 17-Nov-18 11:16:42

Agree with almost all the above. I had a spinal with sedation for both my TKRs. That was fine. I woke up feeling like I'd had a lovely sleep.
However, the physio exercises after my first led to inflammation and development of adhesions. Result? I had to have manipulation under anaesthetic. OK after that but pretty traumatic. After the next TKR I refused all physio and made a rapid recovery. The surgeon confided that he wouldn't have exercised such a traumatised joint. The research evidence for physio just isn't there. Outcomes are the same for those who did it and those who didn't. Rest, ice, elevate and activities of daily living are all that's required.
Check the Bonesmart website for a host of international personal experiences and information.

drrajindersingh Tue 08-Jan-19 08:33:17

After Total Knee Replacement Surgery, it can take six months to a year for you to make a full recovery.

starlily106 Tue 08-Jan-19 11:20:08

I have had both knees done, and the only drawback I have found is that I can't kneel down so it's not so good when it comes to certain jobs such as dusting or washing skirting boards. Apart from that it has been a positive thing, no more crippling pain in my legs, and also the back pain I got when I had to stand for any length of time. I didn't want to have the spinal injection, but I was coaxed round, and it was great. The first time I fell asleep during the op, the second time I was asleep before the op started and woke up while the op was still being done. Spent the time till it was finished talking to one of the nurses. Nothing to be afraid of. Really worth having it done.

Esspee Tue 08-Jan-19 11:32:09

My OH had both knees done at the same time five years ago.
He was operated on in the afternoon so I was told not to visit until the next day. Late evening the nurse went into his room to check on him to find an empty bed. He was in the shower.
The main disadvantages of his new knees are setting off alarms going through security and not being able to kneel. Otherwise he is totally delighted with the lack of pain on walking.
You will be fine. flowers

jeanie99 Mon 14-Jan-19 10:06:59

Hubby had a TKR in June 18, op went well 3 days in hospital he had quite a bit of pain over the months from his knee and hips.
Did the exercises religiously for months and visited the physio.
Thankfully 7 months later he is pain free and the good thing is he does not need a hip replacement at this point in his life.
He still can't drive for long distances though without a break.
Not everyone has a total replacement BIL had a part and he was on his feet very early after the op.

SusiQ Mon 14-Jan-19 10:58:21

I'm meant to be having a partial knee replacement in March at UCLH in London. My pain isn't there all the time but when it is it's pretty bad. Have had 2 minor operations in the last 10 years and consultant has advised this surgery. I don't mind the surgery but am concerned about not being able to kneel. Didn't occur to me before. Does anyone know if this would apply to a partial knee replacement?

silverlining48 Mon 14-Jan-19 11:41:53

I too have been told I will need a knee replacement and am having trouble deciding when I can’t bear it any more. Sometimes it’s really bad other times I manage. I take paracetamol mostly before I go walking or know I will have a busy day.
My pain is just on the inner side of the knee, not the front, and have been looking online for advice without too much success I suppose.
But susiQ I did read that you can kneel with a partial replacement.

Charleygirl5 Mon 14-Jan-19 11:49:16

susiQ everybody is different- ask the consultant what his views are.

It is so long since I could last kneel I do not think about it now and in my case I would have done anything to get rid of the grinding pain. Not being able to kneel is a small price to pay in my opinion.

Jane10 Mon 14-Jan-19 12:14:36

silverlining I decided that the pain before TKR was only going to get worse over time but TKR would be temporary pain and inconvenience. That's how it's worked out too. I'm glad I didn't waste time waiting. It's wonderful to be able to just walk, stand at bus stops etc and to be pain free.
Another factor is that the underlying tissues could be more and more compromised if you leave it too long and thus make recovery take longer after the op.

Charleygirl5 Mon 14-Jan-19 12:19:58

I totally agree with Jane10 you are not doing yourself any favours by prolonging surgery.

I had other problems so my surgery could not be done when planned so I ended up with a valgus deformity of my tibia which meant another op at the same time as my knee replacement to correct it.

silverlining48 Mon 14-Jan-19 12:23:49

Thankyou jane it’s got a lot worse in the past few months, paracetamol isn’t really working and I know what I must do, ie check the waiting list!
Trouble is we have a big golden anniversary coming up and I rather hoped to be well enough for a a lovely holiday or three. Because of family health problems we havnt had much of an opportunity over the last couple of years.

Tweedle24 Mon 14-Jan-19 12:59:17

As has already been said, no two experiences are the same. I had a TKR (including patella) at the end of March 2018. It has been amazing. The post op pain lasted about six weeks but was easily controlled with painkillers.
I can do everything pretty well, including kneeling.
My only restriction is that the new knee is only designed to bend to 120 degrees so I have to be careful to park with enough space to open the car door sufficiently.
You will have been told that you MUST do your exercises. I think that living in an ‘upside-down’ house meaning that I had no option but climb up and down the stairs several times a day was a great help.

Jane10 Mon 14-Jan-19 13:06:38

I absolutely refused to do the pointless physio exercises but rehabbed myself very well by just daily living including walking and stairs, sitting and standing naturally. No inflammation or adhesions just a smooth easy recovery.

Elliepops Mon 14-Jan-19 14:43:09

I have had two tkn was fine easily within three months. Was 72 with last one. In two days. Lady on my ward 86 years. Go for it.

silverlining48 Mon 14-Jan-19 15:40:01

Thanks ladies, input much appreciated. Am going to checkout waiting lists.....

Lloydy4 Thu 21-Mar-19 13:37:06

18 weeks since Tkr op. Still find in hard not to limp. It was my right knee I had done. Still can walk properly and find right side of knee swollen and not right. Is this normal. At mo feel I wished I’d not had it done. Doing exercises etc. Having a bad day today

Cold Thu 21-Mar-19 14:13:04

Lloydy - sorry to hear things are so tough. Sometimes it just takes a lot longer. Do not push the exercises too hard because that can really slow your recovery if you cause inflammation. Ice can be good to reduce the swelling and pain (everyone in my house knew not to actually eat the Basic range peas!).

Have you checked out the knee replacement forums at Bonesmart? They have a lot of useful advice and people going through the same thing.

I don't often talk about my tkr here because I know it was a lot more complicated than the average tkr that most people have had here. I still have pain and swelling almost 6 years on - however it is better than what I had before

silverlining48 Thu 21-Mar-19 14:14:45

Sorry to hear that lloydy4 . Have you had your post op check ..? Might be worth speaking to the doctor about it.