That "smell" after the surgery?

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After the TKR, about a week, I began to experience a smell - not pleasant.  i thought I might have spilled something or the like.  Washed everything - including me.  But, there it was again-everywhere.

Come to find out that for a few of us the anesthesia (general or spinal) can result in causing an odor - and one that only we can smell- It's not our immagination, it's very real.  And, it can take weeks to months to go away  - time it takes for the liver to clear the chemicals.  Some people can even, unfortunately, taste it, too. 

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    Very true, had the same issue, lasted about 1 week, till all the anesthesia was out of my body.

     

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    That's a completely new one to me. Never heard anyone discuss it before. One more thing to drive you crazy.
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    I've never heard of that as a surgical nurse, or as an OR nurse, and not as patient that's had 14 joints and other surgeries requiring anaesthetics.

    weird.

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    Hi,

    i had a bilateral tkr 6 weeks ago.  Although I never experienced the  "smell", my taste buds played up something shocking.  My beloved Diet Coke and caramel flavoured coffee sachets tasted really bad for a month or so after the operation.  Glad to say they've returned.  Makes you think doesn't it?  The anaesthetic has a lot to answer for.

    i hope all goes well for you really soon.

    Sue

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      Thanks, Sue!  At least I know it will end...sometime!  Let's hope that the ones who have something similar see these posts .. at least they won't think they are crazy!

      Be well

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      I experienced the same thing with taste.  As a regular wine drinker (I enjoy a glass most nights with my dinner) after my op it tasted foul and I could not touch a drop for 7 weeks.  Like all things TKR it passed with time!
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      Hi Sue, ive just come across this reply of yours. I am nearly 2 years total left knee replacement and was an

      massive diet coke drinker before surgery. however since surgery march 16 I haven't been able to drink the stuff, makes me sick. I have tried a few times but still not able to. I don't drink tea or coffee so my vice of coke was gone. Maybe once I get my other knee  done I can drink diet coke again!!! 

      I thought I was the only crazy one so glad I wasn't on my own xx

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      I found that with me it's the painkillers that make everything taste of ashes, food drinks the lot and the whole hospital smelt of it too ,I was discharged after rtkr in five days and was lucky enough to be able to withstand the aching pain after I immediately stopped taking the painkillers and taste and smell almost immediately returned to normal

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      Ooooh, ur one of THOSE people.  Diet Coke hater lol.  I think it’s the least of people’s problems after A tkr and, whether to drink Diet Coke or not.   What a strange comment for u to make.  Are u  confusing  this site with dieticians maybe???  Hmmmm🙄

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    I'm experiencing this right now. 

    I first smelled it in hospital, like a strong chemical smell and It followed me home. At first I thought it was coming through the air conditioning, but so glad to know it will go away at some time in the future.

     

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      I am dealing with that smell right now. I had knee replacement surgery July23. And ever since I have had this smell. I feel like i smell it on our chairs, bedclothes, my skin, etc. My husband does not smell anything. I sure am hoping it does away. I read where the chemicals from surgery has to get out off my liver.. I am sick of this. Can Can someone give me any help or answers!

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      I know exactly what you're talking about. The awful smell went away after a month but came back a week later. and then I had to do an endoscopy where they used anestesia again and smell came back and was bad for 2 months after. I am now over 5 months out of surgery. It has improved alot but not gone. It did get weaker and it's not all the time, comes and goes but it's still lingering, but certainly has improved alot. i read someone on some form had it for 7 months after surgery so I guess for some unlucky ones it lasts longer than others. But now I am less concerned about it as I now feel it will be fading away with time. Just give it time, and month by month it should get weaker.

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      I am sorry you have the smell. I also thought I was crazy. I kept asking my husband, does this smell, does that smell, do I sell. It was nuts. I hope yours doesn't last long. Mine lasted a little over 3 months. Thankfully, it does do away! I hope you have a speedy recovery

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