Knee replacement gone bad

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I can't walk on my knee, it is swollen to double the size of my other <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span>, even my foot is swollen. The entire leg aches, but the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> hurts <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>bad</span>! It gets flashes of shooting pains, and it burns. It is extremely red (although I'm still on antibiotics) and it's hot (not any worse than before, though). I am SICK of this, they don't have a clue what is wrong, so they expect me to walk (or lack of) around like this, stoned on dilaudid, and being totally miserable.
Its been almost 3 years since I had a total <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span>. I left the hospital with only a 65 flex and in alot of pain. For awhile in physcial therapy I could get more flex but not without extreme pain. Today I suffer from severe chronic pain and still can only flex 65. I do not know what went wrong but right after surgery a large flex machine was dropped right on the knee while I lay in a hospital bed unable to move.
I went to a doctor who did a ACL reconstruction to try and help for a while- at the time he said it may give me 5 -10 years but not sure- Will now it is 17 years later and the doc says I need a <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span>. ( fell down cellar steps 4 times in 5 weeks ) The knee also swells up very bad when on it for over an hour . Questions? Will the reconstruction surgery have any effect on the knee replacement surgey???
The dr said he is a good candidate for partial <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span>. I was wondering if any of you nice folks have undergone partial <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> replacement and how it has worked out for you?? Would love to hear from you on this. Thanks.
I just had my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span> 6 weeks ago, I have gone through it all with no pain meds, I can not take anything but Advil, Tylenol, it was and is a very tuff recovery, I can not sleep at night, I feel my knee locks on me, no matter which way I sleep, on my back or side, I wake up every two hours in pain. I wonder if anyone has any ideas on how I can sleep just one full night. I am so miserable. Thanks.
I'm 51 years old and had partial <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span> Nov 6th. The <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> itself is feeling pretty good. I still have some swelling and numbness on the knee. The problem is I can't stand to have clothing, blankets or anything touching my leg. It starts at my knee and goes to my foot. I also have some swelling in my foot. This is not just annoying but it's very painful.
I had a Lateral Release done to fix the off-line knee cap, and it failed as well. All of my cartilege was gone, and my pain is just as <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>bad</span>, although different. My other option was literally sawing through the bone and resetting it, but like you wish you hadn't done it, that's what I'm afraid of. What if it fails and is even worse? Not to mention the extensive recovery time that I cannot afford. I'm truly sorry to hear that, I wish it had worked for you. knee pain is no fun.
I've been totally in love with Zumba, and am in pretty darn good shape from it. Unfortunately, my left <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> has given up on me. Both knees are in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>bad</span> shape; I've had 5 surgeries, 3 of them ACL reconstructions. I tore the lateral meniscus in my left knee in September. Despite physical therapy & a good knee brace, the pain finally drove me to visit an orthopedic surgeon. X-rays alone were enough to make it clear that it was time for a new knee.
I have arthritis through out my body. 15 months ago I had total <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span>, now I have pain there. There is a sore spot on either side of the knee, sometimes the pain wakes me. My ortho did x-rays last wk and cannot find any reason for the pain. Have any of you had this same experience?
I endured 6 months of excruciating pain. I honestly would not recommend a <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span> to anyone, unless you was to the point of not being able to walk. It is not some easy fix for "bad knees"! As you have probably already read on this feed of questions.
You can have arthritis at young age and when the joint cartilage is lost then you would need total <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span>. Take care!
Wow, Rubina you are the motivation to all the people going for <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span> surgery or having lot of fears about <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span>. Please give a detailed experience for other patients who would be benefitted, whenever you have time by a neat post. Take care and best of luck for the Golf thing!
Should I Have another cortesone shot in my knees? I am too young to have <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span>. Can you have surgery for bone spures arthroscopically?
If it's bone on bone the treatment is total <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span>. A good friend of mine just had it done. She said ,(after the first 2 weeks) she should have done it years ago. I realize pain is pain be it physical or mental , arthritis or MS, coughing or falling, etc. But, there will be a brighter days. Remember how good you felt after the steroids? Well it will happen again. As for giving up your job, you are in good company here on the forum.
Has anyone had a total <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> fusion before having <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span>. I am a 31 year old female who had a total knee fusion. After a year and half of not having full use of my leg and severe hip pain due to all my weight shifting on one side because I can not bend my leg it has now caused severe pain in my hip and both legs and lower back.
Anyway, now my ortho doc (unless the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> greatly improves) is talking about a total <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span> in about a year. My other knee is in desperate need of a total because of severe osteoarthritis that has chewed away at my joint so much that I'm bone on bone now. My knee is constantly swollen and from time to time has about 60-70 cc's of fluid drawn off of it. And of course the pain is almost constant and mostly severe. Sorry for the long bio.
Unfortunately once your joint becomes bone on bone there is little left to do other then a total <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span>. Cartilage <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span> procedure is not a simple task. Procedures and products are being tested every day but to my knowledge the usual "cure" is a knee replacement. There are some "injections" that are used for some ppl that have minimal cartilage damage. They work for some and not for others.
Please let me know what your doctor says- I think your first priorities are to make sure there is no infection and nothing gone wrong with the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span>. Then trying to come up with a good pain management plan, exercise and diet regime are next, so you won't be hurting your body with too much ibuprofen, so your leg will have the best mobility you can attain, and so you won't be driven nuts with those unwanted additional pounds!
Although the pain was very <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>bad</span>, she recovered well, having no problems with the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span>. Yesterday, completely out of the blue, she had a sudden severe pain in her knee whenever she bent it, which went on intensely for about 20 minutes. She couldn't bend the knee at all in that time without being in agony, but it felt okay as long as she kept the knee straight.
Omg, I had Min. Ivase. Total <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span> 5 weeks ago. Reacted badly to pain meds and stayed in the hospital 3 days then a week in a nursing home. The pain is none stop even with the drugs (may as well take water). At night is totally unbearable (yes I use a pillow between the legs and ice). Please oh Please tell me there is a time limit on pain!!! I am in Physical Therapy, limited during my hospital stay, nursing home, in house, and now outside of the home.
I hadn't been able to bend my knee for about 4 yrs before the surgery - I have osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and degenerative bone disease - so the dr and I decided on a <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span>. I can bend my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> now, and I've had the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> xrayed since the surgery and it looks ok. I ride a stationary bike every day for excercise. What I don't understand is why I am having SO much pain in my knee?? It's really very depressing!
im 14 and ever since i fell about a year ago i began having real bad knee pain it started in my right knee, it was relly bad & i couldnt walk w/o crutches and a knee brace for about a week. then the pain went away for a while about 4 1/2 months and now its come back but this time on my left knee. i dont know if this has anything to do with my injury, it also could be my weight even though it shouldnt because im not too overweight just average.
hi i have been getting really <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>bad</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> pain on my Right <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> on the inside where the MCL is at but i had a MRI and it came back normal but that was about 3 months ago and i am still having the pain and now once an awhail it will lock and i fall cuz of it and my dortors wont do nothing about it i asked to see a ortho but they wont let me do you know or what it could be?
If you need to go to an emergency room when the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> flares up really <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>bad</span>. And if your doc blows you off again report him to the department of health and find a new one thru one of your local hospitals. Good luck.
I had my right total <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span> 11/10/11 and my left total <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span> 1 1/2 years prior to that. As of today both of my knees continue to throb, shooting pains down my legs, mostly at night. My orthopedic M.D. has done x-rays several times and sees nothing. He claims that it "could" be tendinitis. I currently take 2-5mg. ea. immediate release Oxycodone every 4 hours. THAT is his solution. It does help, but not all the time.
I had a partial <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span> right <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> in 2010 no problems. Left <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> partial in 2010. Problems from the beginning. Orthoscopic surgery for piece of cement floating around. Had to have total TKR in 2011. Have had pain in left knee off and on since 2011. Has gotten to where there is pain everyday. Doctor keeps saying X-rays are fine I'll just have pain! Latest cause was nerve pain because when I sit for a long period of time it is hard for me to walk! Gave me lidocaine patches.
I'm now 43 years old. I've been waiting 3 years for disc <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span> surgery to be a little more mainstream treatment. I'm interested in hearing anything about this procedure for the C-spine. I'm considered a surgery candidtate for c-5/6 and c-6/7 levels.
Pain in the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> after total <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>replacement</span> can occur due to <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span> infection or loosening, resurfaced patella, with effusion in the joint occuring due to worn out polyethylene components, due to damage to the vessels and nerves around the knee etc. In case of infection antibiotics would help. In case of worn out polyethylene components may be reoperation could be considered. Also you mentioned that a cyst is present in the knee area, this could have been the cause of pain in the knee.
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