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Knee Replacement Patient Stories
Compiled by Knee1 Editorial Team

Formerly known as "Patient Stories", this blog features first-hand accounts of users who have dealt with Knee Replacement, or Arthroplasty.


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Partial or Full Knee Replacement - Oct 25
I have been told by two surgeons that I am the perfect candidate for a partial replacement, however, a third surgeon(excellent credentials) tells me I should have a full ...
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Doctor broke fumur bone after he did my TRK - Oct 12
Hi all, I just found this board today as I was searching for some information on the CPM machine. CONTINUOUS PASSIVE MOTION. I'm not new to this machine for my knee. My ...
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Knee Revisions - Nov 22
I am just wondering if anyone else has had the terrible experience that I have had. In January 2004 I had a failed arthroscopy which led to a total knee replacement in April ...
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Chronic Severe Pain After Knee Revision Replacement - Sep 14
The last time I wrote Knee 1 was in April 2006. And I am still suffering and feel like no one is listening. My doctor kept on telling me the pain would get better with time. ...
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bilateral tkr having heel pain - Jun 30
I bit the bullit and had both knees replaced on June 13-06. I am overweight and had been told to loose weight and wait till I was 60 by several doctors but the bone on bone ...
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Partial or Full Knee Replacement
Posted: Oct 25, 2008 11:23:34 0 Comments.
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  • I have been told by two surgeons that I am the perfect candidate for a partial replacement, however, a third surgeon(excellent credentials) tells me I should have a full replacement, and if I have a partial I will be back in two to three years wanting a full. I am 66 years old... very active, belong to a gym and play doubles tennis sporadically. Has anyone else had this "difference of opinion" from the experts? I must have surgery in January and I am baffled by what to do.
    Doctor broke fumur bone after he did my TRK
    Posted: Oct 12, 2008 16:01:28 0 Comments.
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  • Hi all, I just found this board today as I was searching for some information on the CPM machine. CONTINUOUS PASSIVE MOTION. I'm not new to this machine for my knee. My nightmare began on 9/11/2006. I had to have a TRK replacement that day. I'm in my 40's, and when I was 22 I was in a car accident, and hurt my knee pretty bad. However, I lived a normal life without pain until the Beginning of 2006. In August, I finally went to the "same" surgeon that operated on my knee 20 something years ago, and he told me I was "bone on bone" and said I had to have a total Knee Replacement. On the day of surgery,..everything went well. I started PT right and it was Brutal. The pain was so intense, and after 2 months, I reached 95 degrees with little pain. My surgeon wasnt satisfied with that number and said I "needed" a manipulation. (Surgeon takes his own hands while I'm asleep under general anthesia), and tries to break up scar tissue.) During my 30 minute ouptatient surgery, my surgeon went way to far, and broke my femur bone completely in half at the largest part. He had to go out and tell my family memeber(s) that was there that"...I fractured her femur bone". I had to have another major surgery to put a plate and screws in my leg due to the break. He broke it on November 13, 2006. almost 3 months after my knee replacement. Since I had to let the largest bone in our bodies heal, (which took a year)...my range of motion kept going down. It dropped down to 20 degrees and locking up. The pain was so intense that my Primary Care Physician had to manage my pain, and I had to take lots of narcotics for a solid year. Well 2 weeks ago,.....another surgeon with another group did a total knee revision, to fix and clean up the mess that the first surgeon made. The only way this surgeon would touch me was because he happened to be my sisters best friends husband. No other surgeon would, not in my large city anyway, when the news spread about the doctor breaking my femur bone and admitting that he went to far. So right now, I'm starting PT all over again, and its brutal. I'm only at 70 degrees at my best, and going through all the swelling,..etc that all of you are experiencing. My point to this post,...is PLEASE,..PLEASE NEVER LET A SURGEON DO A MANIPULATION ON YOUR KNEE AFTER A TKR, WITHOUT ASKING QUESTIONS AND GETTING A SECOND OPINION. MY NEW SURGEON SAID THAT MY BAD SURGEON SHOULD HAVE DONE AN "INTERNAL" MANIPULATION INSTEAD OF AN "EXTERNAL MANIPULATION. That means my leg didnt have to break. He could have done what my new surgeon did, and cleaned out all the scar tissue from the inside out, by going back through the same scar. Our femur bone becomes weaker when we have a replacement added. I will be lucky if I get to 90-95 degrees for the rest of my life. I'm in very intense therapy 4 days a week, and its so brutal as most of you know. I'm also on massive amounts of narcotics(again) due to the extreme pain during therapy and out. Im sorry this was so long. I wanted to share this so maybe I could help someone to not become a victim of a broken femur bone, that my first surgeon did as he tried to play God. His exact words were" I had your knee to 120 and I was going to 125" "We heard the break, I put your leg down, we x-rayed it and I realized I fractured your femur bone" Please ask me any questions, as I would love to help anyone needed answers. I can also learn alot myself. Thanks, skye
    Knee Revisions
    Posted: Nov 22, 2007 0:44:04 0 Comments.
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  • I am just wondering if anyone else has had the terrible experience that I have had. In January 2004 I had a failed arthroscopy which led to a total knee replacement in April 2004 in which the doctor used a Zimmer Nexgen cementless implant which did not take. After much complaining about the relentless pain and poor range of motion he turned me over to another doctor in his practice who did a total knee revision in September 2005. Well today I can hardly walk and he keeps on telling me nothing is wrong so I went to Cleveland Clinic and the doctor there found three things wrong with my knee. Which means I need another knee revision! I feel like I'm in a nighmare and really scared. This doctor is confident he can fix all the problems. I am scheduled for surgery again on January 14th 2008. I have been on morphine and vicodin because I have been in such severe pain. Thank God for pain management! Why don't the doctors listen when you tell them something is wrong? I know my own body and he just kept blowing me off. Seems like they do not want to deal with you if you have problems and don't turn out to be the perfect tkr patient. Would love to hear from anyone with similar experiences. I'm just wondering if it's possible for me to get better.
    Chronic Severe Pain After Knee Revision Replacement
    Posted: Sep 14, 2006 0:20:02 0 Comments.
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  • The last time I wrote Knee 1 was in April 2006. And I am still suffering and feel like no one is listening. My doctor kept on telling me the pain would get better with time. Wrong!! If anything it has gotten worse. The surgeon sent me to pain management which was a big waste of time because that doctor said my xrays, mri, bonescan, and bloodwork results do not warrant pain medication. And neither he nor the orthopaedic surgeon can explain why I am in so much pain. My orthopaedic surgeon wants to refer me to another orthopaedic surgeon because he doesn't know what to do with me and they give me a big hassle about giving me pain medication. Could it bebecause they operated on the same knee three times in 2 1/2 years??? It is ultrasensitive to the touch and hurts 24/7 and keeps me up at night also. I am currently working 4 hours a day on my normally fulltime teller job and even that is difficult. Out of desperation I have called the Hospital for Special Surgeries in New York but they have not gotten back with me yet. I too am desperate for help. I feel like my surgeon has not been very supportive as I am a problem patient and apparently if you aren't the perfect knee replacement patient the doctors do not know what to do. This has been hell for me and my family as my quality of life stinks (cannot even clean my own house) and very frustrating. If the orthopaedic surgeons are going to perform these surgeries then they need to learn what to do for patients who have continuing problems afterwards. And maybe they should tell you that a cementless implant might not take which is what happened with my first tkr. All he told me was all positive things about it. He never once said it may not take and I think that is part of my problem that I had to have it redone a year and a half later. That's a lot of trauma to that knee! If anyone has any answers please let me know. I'm open to any suggestions.
    bilateral tkr having heel pain
    Posted: Jun 30, 2006 17:44:25 0 Comments.
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  • I bit the bullit and had both knees replaced on June 13-06. I am overweight and had been told to loose weight and wait till I was 60 by several doctors but the bone on bone convinced my current doctor it was needed. I stayed in the hospial about six days and was moved to a skilled nursing unit forseven more days before going home. I have pt come to my home three times a week but and concerned because I still cannot get into or out of the bed alone. I realize I may be expecting too much to soon. I am able to walk with my walker and go to bathroom alone but that is about all I can do. I am somewhat depressed at the loss of my independence and having to ask for help. I wonder if everyone feels this way. I am also scared I will run out of pain medicine.I just wonder if I am on track with my recovery. My heels are extremly tender and that is almost as bad as the pain in knees.Any suggestions on helping this would be welcome.
    knee replacement by stryker
    Posted: May 21, 2006 19:06:54 0 Comments.
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  • I had surgery feb. 20 2006 it was a stryker, triathon knee. I have been playing golf for 3 weeks. I still have pain around the joint, but I am very active. Rehab is hard, but it pays off. I am sure that in two months I wiil feel alot better. I have gotten my knee bent to 135 degrees. I would recommend this surgery, but be sure to get a good surgeon, and a great rehab center
    knee replacement complications 3
    Posted: Apr 9, 2006 15:32:51 0 Comments.
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  • I originally wrote Knee1 in May 2005. I had a failed arthroscopy in April 2004 and then had a tkr in April 2004. Had difficulty with rom from the beginning and severe chronic pain. After a bone scan, mri, and numerous xrays I was told repeatedly nothing was wrong with it. I was sent to pain management which was no help as that doctor said it was a bone problem and there was nothing he could do. I went to a licensed massage therapist to see if I could get some relief which helped a little but only temporarily. When I could take no more I went back to my orthopaedic surgeon who said the only thing left to do was open it up and do a possible revision and see what the problem is. Well the problem was the implant was hanging on by a thread as the first surgeon used a Zimmer Nexgen cementless implant and my bone did not adhere to the implant which is what was causing my severe pain. I had a total knee revision done in Sept. 2005. This doctor used a Howmedica knee implant. I am still having very severe knee pain and am still taking vicodin. I have done everything I was told to do physical therapy, exercises, ice on the knee but to no avail. Nothing helps!! I keep complaining about it and its almost as if the doctors do not know what to do with you if the surgery is not a great success. He keeps telling me the pain will improve with time so far it has not. I can bend in the 90s but it is still painful. Stairs are extremely painful. I am probably going to have to retire from my job as a bank teller because I cannot do the standing. I currently have an attorney trying to get me SSI benefits. I am so depressed. I am totally mentally and physically exhausted I cannot even think straight. Even my family is getting disgusted with me but I can't help it. I feel like these doctors refuse to address the pain problem. And it gets annoying when they keep telling you everything is okay when you yourself know everything is not okay. Is it okay to cry in pain everyday?? I have also been referred to a psychologist like he thought it was all in my head! That was offensive and didn't help and I only went twice. I feel like so hopeless. Any comments or help would be greatly appreciated. Nora54
    hate i had it done
    Posted: Sep 24, 2005 20:31:14 0 Comments.
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  • I had a knee replacement on July 7th 2004. I had no cartiledge in my left knee. I thought since I was young, this was going to be a good adventure for me. I did very well and was back into my regular routine until the week before my 1st year post op visit. Something happened. I could hardly walk again. Now I am being set up for an arthroscopy, Oh by the way I had a partial knee replacement. Wonder what this is going to turn out to be?
    tkr not healing
    Posted: Jul 26, 2005 2:58:20 0 Comments.
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  • after many years of pain i decided to go ahead with tkr in my right knee,the 2nd day post-op at pt,the therapist refused my plea for her to stop bending my knee over the tube shaped pillow and ended up tearing my quad. after she tore the muscle"(i heard the "pop"as did she,no apolagy,no nothing,just a trip back to my room),i went too the er(same hospital)where i was told it was torn,i had severe pain,swealing etcetc,and was told by my os that he didnt think it was torn. my knee doesnt bend beyond 30/35 degrees,it swells as soon as i apply any wieght and the kicker,the pt now is applying "shock" therapy via a battery operated gizmo to "fire" the quad that they claim was never torn or damaged. its been 2 months,i feel a physical obstruction that i do not believe to be scar tissue,i cannot get a straight answer from any doctor or pt,seems legal action may be my only recourse here and i wish it didnt have to come to that. i simply want my knee to work,so i can get back to work and feed my family,so any doctor out there who may be reading this,think it through,see it from MY perspective,and email me why i shouldnt pursue this legally. (i am more than happy to email a more detailed account of my expieriance should the need arise)
    tkr pain behind kneww
    Posted: Jun 20, 2005 19:57:32 0 Comments.
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  • my dad had knee surgery 6 months ago and is suffering from pain (almost a "pinch") behind the knee when he gets to about 90 degrees, anyone else have this problem?
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