Has Any One Had A Total Knee Replacement?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by cathugs, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. cathugs

    cathugs New Member

    Hi
    I went to my orthopedic specialist last week for a very painful foot and ankle.

    I had made the appointment weeks ago. By the time I
    went my right knee was hurting worse than the left foot.

    He x-rayed both of them, and told me I needed a total knee replacement as soon as possible.

    Also he said my ankle needed to have the bones fused together. ( This was the third opinion on my foot.)

    He said my knee was really bad and the bones were chipped off real bad in the back of my knee.

    I knew this was going to happen sooner or later as I have had severe knee pain for several years.

    This same Dr. did a total shoulder replacement on my left shoulder in 1999.

    I have severe osteoarthritis in all my major joints,
    along with with FM, CFS, PHERIPHIAL NEUROPATHY, ETC.

    Anyway, could any of you tell me what I can expect
    as to hospital stay, therapy, mobility,etc.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated. I know this will be a harder surgery than the shoulder because it will hamper my weight bearing, and will put me down longer.

    Thanks in advance Ruth (((cathugs)))

  2. zenouchy

    zenouchy Member

    Dear Ruth,

    First of all, I'm so sorry you are dealing with this! I don't have the answer to your question, but I've seen people who are dealing with similar things to you on the arthritis message board. If you post the identical message there, I am betting you will get some responses with help and advice. Keep us posted and let us know how it goes.

    Much love, Erika
  3. scooterdawg23

    scooterdawg23 New Member

    I had double knee replacement a couple of years ago.Because it was double, I was in hospital and rehab longer than you will be. I was in hospital and on third day was sent to "in hospital" rehab for 1 week. Sent home on 5th and 6th day from 1:00 to 8:00 then dicharged on Monday. You should do just fine. The rehab is the most important thing. Make sure you take you pain medication regular, whether in pain or not. good luck
  4. 1faith

    1faith New Member

    Hey Ruth-I've never had one but I take care of others after their knee replacements. Most of the folks I deal with are 70-85-and not very active d/t arthritis. Your presurgical activity level will effect the speed of your recovery.
    There is a newer procedure that can sometimes be done that is "less invasive"-smaller incision on the outside which also contributes to a faster recovery.
    Most people have a moderate amount of swelling of the leg-must keep elevated. Some Dr's send pts to rehab and some send them home with home health nurses and physical therapists.
    There are excercises you will have to do. Depending on the Dr you may be sent home with a piece of equipment that will mechanically bend your knee. It cradles the leg and rotates around just like pedaling a bike. The purpose is to keep the leg/knee mobile and to bend at progressive degrees until full range of motion is reached.
    If your doc doesn't order one of those he WILL prescribe excercises that you must do. If you don't, your knee can "freeze" and your range will be very limited. I knew a lady that didn't do her exercises, her knee froze, and she had to repeat the surgery!
    Good luck to you!