Knee replacement

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Had partial knee replacement which was not successful. 19mths later had total knee replacement. 6 years later still suffering severe pain and lack of function e.g. taking 10mg Amitripyline every night to get some sleep. Have had 2nd opinions but told nothing can be done which I feel is because no one (inc. surgeon who did both) wants to touch it. Gp agrees.

Now need other knee replaced and for obvious reasons reluctant in case same thing happens again. Know lots of people whose replacements have been successful.

Would love to hear if anyone else has/had similar problem.

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  • Posted

    Hi sorry to hear you are still in pain after all this time.

    I had TKR just over 3 years ago and in constant pain. Don't think I have had a decent nights sleep in all that time. I have found doctors very unwilling to suggest any thing helpful. Keep getting told Some people benefit from replacement....others don't!!! Not very helpful for those of us that it hasn't worked for.

    I am still hoping I might find a surgeon who is prepared to help..

    Good Luck to you.

  • Posted

    I'm due to have a full right knee replacement 16th October 2014. I hope you get answers soon. have you tried being transferred to another surgeon. I'm having my Op at Wrightington near Wigan 
  • Posted

    Hello pennymac, I have also had a partial knee replacement, but only 9

    weeks ago. I am afraid mine has also not been successful as I am still getting exactly the same pain in knee when walking. I know mine is only early days yet but I was hoping for some relief from the pain. I am sorry to hear that you have had so much trouble with yours. As you say, there are so many people who have had successful outcomes.

    • Posted

      I have a PKR scheduled on March 2, 2016. I am a bit nervous as i had meniscus surgery on 9-30-15 and have not been the same since.i am hoping to beable to get active again. i play tennis and work out but i have been benched for so long it is depressing.


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    Hi Pennymac I am sure you were told that every patient is different in their recovery and some dont get the same good outcome as others?  Sorry to hear the partial knee replacement did not help.When you have a TKR you HAVE GOT TO DO everything you are told and more by the Physiotheripists, keep using/bending/walking/up and down stairs otherwise you will not get the function/bend you think you should have and yes it is very painful (mine was more painful than my heart bypass but in a different way!) it will never be the same as a natural knee and will reach the point of restriction.

     I am female and 67 I had my TKR 15 months ago. The pain beforehand was unbearable 24/7 bone on bone and restricting me in most things. I wanted my knee to be "perfect" and quickly - you cant rush it-  I would say I only began to forget about the slight discomfort if I twisted or bent it too far after approx 12 months. I do sympathise though as every ones outcome can be different. 

    I am bending it now while sat on chair but it has a limit before it hurts, I find it very frustrating that I cant kneel on it far too painful this stops me playing on the floor with my 18month old grandson who I look after 3 days a week. Accept it will never be the same a before, think is your pain better than before? thats all you can ask for. 

    Try sleeping with the pillow between your knees as you did in the early days. I personally have had to change the way I sleep, Iie on left side (TKR) with that leg straight and then lay other leg bent (as in the recovery position). I sometimes wake in the night with dull ache in knee but change position onto my back.

    In my early recovery I saw the specialist again as I wanted more movement, he explained hard work is the answer but sometimes if they have to investigate again the knee can come off worse than before in movement because of the intrusion into the soft tissue etc.  I had more intense Physio.

    I cant answer whether to have the other one done I think I would be in the same quandry as you reading your history.  but good luck .


  • Posted

    Sorry you are going through this. I hope you will not give up searching for someone to help.
  • Posted

    Hi Penny

    I had my knee op yesterday. I was down for complete knee revision, however my surgeon said he may not have to do a complete new knee.

    I will find out what has happened later on today




    TKR NOV 2014

    Gall Bladder & stones removed Sept 2014




    RIGHT KNEE OP ? 6 FEB 2017

    • Posted

      I'm 12 days after Right Knee Revision and bone graft on my shin.

      Pain is quite bad, not sleeping too well.

      I should be used to this now, 3rd time operation on this knee.

      I'm walking around the Bungalow ok with my crutches.

      I have 5ml Oramorph as and when needed. I've done well today only 2 doses in 8 hours

      Has anyone else had knee revision?

      TKR Nov 2014

      Manipulation June 2015

      Right Knee Revision Feb 2017

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