knee replacements

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alfielexie
alfielexie Member Posts: 14
edited 6. Jan 2011, 13:25 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hello everybody.
i had a tkr in july last year.at first i had numbness on the left hand side, however the numbness is now spreading over the whole knee and down into the shin and calf.
I have an appointment with my surgeon 21st Jan. I wondered if others had experienced the same problems]

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  • cherrybim
    cherrybim Member Posts: 334
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hello Alfielexie,

    Yep, that sounds familiar :) I had a right TKR beginning of October 2009 but apart from a residual numbness on the right side of the knee, all is back to normal and beyond.

    I think one has to be patient with this op, it's not universally considered to be one of the most painful and long recovery ops for nothing :roll:

    I'm making excuses not to have the other knee done just yet but having gained such benefit from the first op I will go for it. When all's said and done I know what to expect now :lol:

    Very best wishes that the numbness you are experiencing at the moment will fade away.

    Cherry x
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi alfielexie
    Sorry I cant answere your question, but I just want to give you my support, and wishing you a speedy recovery.
    Oh and welcome to the forum
    Barbara x
    Love
    Barbara
  • alfielexie
    alfielexie Member Posts: 14
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    barbara12 wrote:
    Hi alfielexie
    Sorry I cant answere your question, but I just want to give you my support, and wishing you a speedy recovery.
    Oh and welcome to the forum
    Barbara x
    Thanks for your support Barbara it's just good to moan sometimes. amanda
  • alfielexie
    alfielexie Member Posts: 14
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    cherrybim wrote:
    Hello Alfielexie,

    Yep, that sounds familiar :) I had a right TKR beginning of October 2009 but apart from a residual numbness on the right side of the knee, all is back to normal and beyond.

    I think one has to be patient with this op, it's not universally considered to be one of the most painful and long recovery ops for nothing :roll:

    I'm making excuses not to have the other knee done just yet but having gained such benefit from the first op I will go for it. When all's said and done I know what to expect now :lol:

    Very best wishes that the numbness you are experiencing at the moment will fade away.

    Cherry x
    hiya cherry i also need the other knee doing but at the moment they have no chance of getting me back, i have a fear of needles and they used lots with being in the fast track program.
    Also i thought i would be pain free up till now this is not the case, well thats my moan finished, amanda
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Pain-free is the ultimate goal, alfielexie, and from what I have learned on here there can be a helluva long route to travel before that goal is reached. I have only had open synovectomies but I do remember that they both took some recovery, especially the first one: the op was done at the end of February, and it was at least eight months before things settled down. I never achieved pain-free, but I did achieve considerably-less-pain, for a brief while, which was enjoyable. My left knee still has patches of numbness now, which still catches me by surprise every now and again: I cannot bear anyone touching it, sometimes not even me! I hope things do improve for you, and soon. These replacement efforts are very big operations - I think that the surgeons sometimes do their patients a dis-service by implying that all will be well after just a few days/weeks: it isn't always the case. Take care. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • elnafinn
    elnafinn Member Posts: 7,412
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    My consultant told me quite a few times, that a TKR is a major operation and can take anything up to 18 months before full recovery is reached.

    Post op, I had good movement in my knees early on, but a lot of pain for many months. With my TKR's it took about 9 months before I "forgot" about the operations. I had a two year gap between the first and second operation. I had some numbness but this disappeared. We all react differently after operations. One only has to read some of the postings on the forum to realise that.

    I wish you well with your appointment, Alfielexie, later on this month.

    Luv
    Elna x
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  • caroldeeg
    caroldeeg Member Posts: 51
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I had a TKR in 2003 at the age of 52. Best thing I have done for years, Yes it was difficult and the joint was numb for a while . I could hear it clicking too when I used it but over a couple of months it all disappeared and I was left with a painfree knee.
    I am now about to have a shoulder replacement. I hope it goes as well as the knee,
    I hope u will be well again soon and able to enjoy your knee. :grin:
  • mellman01
    mellman01 Member Posts: 5,306
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Well I'll be jiggered I have OA of both Patella and had double knee key hole op ie wash our deburment in 2008 and ever since then I get attacks/flares and it always starts with a cold numb tingling feeling that goes down both shins into my feet, I also get a feeling like I'm kneeling on a cable under the front of both Patella, no one knows what it is I've been treated as if I am either making it up or am totally mad but it's still there 3 years post OP, I know this isn't a full knee replacment but it's definetly real I didn't have it before the OP.