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Old 10-08-2008, 05:43 PM   #1
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how long for full recovery in total knee replacement?

how long for full recovery in total knee replacement?

 
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:41 PM   #2
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Re: how long for full recovery in total knee replacement?

for complete recovery..a year at least.

 
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:06 AM   #3
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Re: how long for full recovery in total knee replacement?

You could say never but realistically, most of the improvement will be seen in the first 6-8 months. You will continue to see some improvement for the first year. I personally have continue to have more ROM and I had TKA 20 months ago, although routinely this does not happen
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:34 AM   #4
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I had TKR on 10 Sept. 2008, I am walking without a cane or help at the present. Being 70 years old knew this would be my last one. ha I was lucky that I was not overweight and my husband stayed with me the whole time and took care of me. Had a wonderful surgeon and I was only in the hospital 2 1/2 days. The main thing I found that you need to listen to the therapy people about getting up out of chair, using the right foot to start off on going up and down stairs, but most of all YOU HAVE TO EXERCISE. I saw grown men crying, I had tears in my eyes also but you have to keep doing it and IT GOES GET BETTER. It take about 1 month to really stop the hurt but I was so I couldn't sleep in my bed, got so tired of exercises twice a day but my husband pushed and pushed me. My family called everyday to see how I was doing. I knew I had to do it for them and mainly for myself. So what I want to get thru is it isn't easy and but boy it is worth it. I slept in a recliner with a foam between my legs. For the lst. 3 weeks you don't want anything touching you bad leg. Plan to start camping, going to the boats, and dancing in another week. There is a silver lining in there, you just have to do what has to be done and be determine you can do it. Hang in there.

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Old 10-14-2008, 09:37 AM   #5
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Re: how long for full recovery in total knee replacement?

my doctor told me l month to feel better but at least 6 months to feel like you are well. I am walking w/o aide at just over 1 month. it's hard but worth it. Nannyqwiz2008

 
Old 10-19-2008, 02:27 PM   #6
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Re: how long for full recovery in total knee replacement?

I am almost 5 months out. i'm only on Motrin for pain, but still have some swelling and pain. My knee clicks sometimes and I get tired, but it is much better than when I had 3 spots where bone was on bone, rubbing. I'm bummed that it is taking longer than I thought, but I got 130 in bending and -1 on straightening before I stopped PT. I'm back to exercyling and that helps keep my legs loose. Keep going, it's worth it! I don't even limp anymore (I limped for 5 years!) I'm a 59 year old female. Hope this helps...

 
Old 10-19-2008, 02:30 PM   #7
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Re: how long for full recovery in total knee replacement?

Do you mind if I ask when you really started to feel like your knee was better? Was it really a year? I had my TKR on 7/3 of this year and it still hurts and gets stiff sometimes. I am looking forward to not thinking about my knee. but I was hoping it would be sooner rather than later. Anything you can share, I would appreciate. Thanks!

 
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I had my knee replaced on 9-10-08 and I am doing so much better now, I did my rehib. at my home with my husband's help. Am now walking about 1/2 mile once a day and do a bike about 15 minutes the other half of the day. My knee doesn't hurt, but there is some stiffness in the morning, and I feel alittle twinge in my knee sometimes. I can sleep good now. At first I couldn't stay nothing to touch my knee, I slept in a chair, and was scared my knee would go out on me. I had a real good doctor, but I also listen to the words of adivce from the rehab. at the hospital. My doctor said until that skin grows up over you new knee you can feel some discomfort, but it gets better everyday. It right at 6 weeks for me and can say " I would do it again" IF I had too.

 
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I had TKA in Dec 2006. April 23, 2007 when I got out of bed my knee felt totally normal..for the first time in 35 years. It does predict the weather though. I have about 150 ROM. That is some better than I had before the surgery. I literally can do everything I want. After I had ACLr I had an area of numbness that gradually went away. I have that numbness again and it is gradually going away. It may never completely go away.
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Hi, I too am a newbie, and the site is a lifesaver for me. Had right TKR in September 2010 and am now just beginning to feel like things are changing. Go swimming and aqua aerobics nearly every day but ROM still only about 95 although extension is good, and I only suffer stiff achy knees - no pain, hurray!! Is my ROM likely to improve, feel like tree roots feeling under my scar and under my knee itself. DO NOT WANT MANIPULATION, and surgeon said he could only promise 90 degrees as that is all I had pre-op. Can anyone tell me when this stiffness will go away, if it does then I guess I can easily live with knee as it is. Can walk fine, go up and down stairs, and tie my own shoelaces!! Sleep still a problem, but getting used to being on PC when I can't sleep and finding others like me a Godsend. Would appreciate anyone is same situation's advice please.

 
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Re: how long for full recovery in total knee replacement?

Hi, i am going to be new to knee replacement this year 2011. I need both knees done but i am not doing that at the same time. I am really scared as i dont know what to expect after surgery, since finding these message boards i have been reading a lot of the recovery stories and understand it is a long and painful road. How was it for you when you came round from the surgery? Is the pain really bad? Hope you dont mind me replying to your thread as all the others are closed and you are new to all this to!! Any info you would like to share also hints and tips would be great.

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how long for full recovery in total knee replacement?
It depends on your state of fitness at the time of your replacement and your bodies metabolism (spelling?) . I took about 2 months to get back to normal but then I pushed myself to much. You may require a manipulation afterwards to assist the bending process go through with this it is worth the pain - I had two done before I cam right. I found that using ice packs helped ease the pain during therapy. But I cannot emphasise that you must not push yourself - I went back to work 3 weeks after the op and started driving also about this time - far to soon. You need to listen to your body and take it step by step. If you push yourself the recovery will take longer. I am due to have my other knee replaced on the 26th and have been going online seeking opions of doctors and specialists so maybe you can do that as well.(this is to get you mentally prepared) Remeber this is the most painfull op one can have but the rewards of pushing through the pain are worth it in the long run - I can testify to that as i have stated aleady above.

I hope that this helps remeber one step at a time!

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I don't believe there is an exact answer for that question. I have known of people out on the golf course in two months and then there are people like me going on two years with constant pain and now going to see a third doctor. But it does take a while for the average. Some people get over it and are happy as a lark that they had this surgery and then others that say they would never do it again.

 
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A year.

 
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A year.
I don't believe one can give an exact amount of time for full recovery. I konw a lady in her 80s that was out driving in a month. Then there are people like me who still have pain well after two years. I have seen three different doctors, had one of the finest do the surgery, have had every kind of test available to determine where and why this pain is still here and no answers.
Has anyone ever had their TKR redone with a different type of apparatus?
I am afraid doing that might be even worse than what I have at the moment, but I don't want to live with this forever. As is the other knee is going to need replacement and I'm putting that off as long as possible.
My life is not the same as it was three years ago. I cannot get down on the knee and do any gardening that was one of favorite things to do. I had to get a cleaning lady because I began to wonder what might be growing beneath the beds and couches since I could not get down there to clean. I finally sold my large home and moved to an Independent Living apartment where I do my gardening on the large deck I have. I simply could no longer handle a five bedroom home with just me being there nor did I need it. I now have a very beautiful apartment with all the amenities you can think of. It is 1542 square feet and all I need for just me. As much as I hated moving it was no doubt the smartest thing I could have done for me and my children when I go out the door feet first they will have it easy especially since they all live out of town from me.

 
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