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Anyone have numbness after replacement?

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by IowaGal, Feb 17, 2011.

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  1. IowaGal

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    I had my first knee replacement 3 years ago in January. I still am numb on the front of my leg and the lower part of my leg is dark from poor circulation. My other knee is shot now, but I'm reluctant to get it replaced because of fear of these issues again. Has anyone else had these same issues?

    P.S. I am hope I am posting in the right area...:th_blush:
     
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    Hi IowaGal - I'm almost wks LTKR and while the numbness is subsiding, I too have numbness on the top of my knee. Not so much anywhere else but just the top. I'm hoping it fully resolves.
     
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    Still have an area of numbness around the knee.
    Ken
     
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      I am 11 weeks out and have numbness on and near my incision but I am told it should improve with time.

      Donna
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        I'm two years next month and the front of my knee is still numb.
        But it doesn't bother me as I'm not the easily bothered type. I know how and why it happened and that it's not a problem.
        You can read the progress of my numb area here Numb area after TKR: how long will it last?
         
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          Your thread and the link to the other thread were very helpful, Josephine. I guess I was a little bummed because the back of my leg is also mostly numb from a boat accident many, many years ago. I hit my leg really hard and I now know that a severe blow can cause early onset of severe arthritis in the knee and so that's probably why it went bad at such a young age (under 30). I guess I'll live. I wish the circulation on the lower front of the leg would get better because the doc keeps talking about wearing those stupid hose. :(
           
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          Why don't you get yourself some ordinary support hose? It would be better than nothing and better than TEDs!
           
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          Numbness is quite normal after this type of surgery. I had a BTKR, and it was quite some time before I could feel anything on the front of my knees. Do not worry at all about it---everything returned for me, and I am sure it will for you, too.

          Tim C.
           
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            Iowagal, the outside of my right leg from about mid calf to a few inches above the joint was numb after surgery. It was really noticeable when I bumped it or leaned it against the center console while driving. It's nearly 5 months post-op, and I am feeling some sensation in that area, so the feeling on the skin is slowly returning.
             
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              Hi, Iowagal....welcome to BoneSmart.

              Have you seen a vascular specialist regarding your poor circulation? Has anyone given you an explanation of why it is this way?
               
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                After my first TKR I had numbness of much of my lower leg and knee area. This continued and oinly wore off VERY slowly. Now, 5 years and 4 months later, it is ALMOST all gone. It seems to have taken that time for all the severed nerve endings to regrow.

                My latest TKR, done 4 weeks and 2 days ago, has only resulted in a small amount of numbness in the actual knee area.

                So my experience would suggest that it is not necessarily going to follow that you would experience the same numbness in a second operation.

                However there were many aspects of my first op which were dubious and highly suspect (isn't 20/20 hindsight helpoful?? LOL). So I suspect the numbness was related to some of the surgical issues. This time I believe my OS has done a fine quality job and there are far fewer problems.

                So it really does vary from person to person, from circumstance to circumstance and from surgeon to surgeon. Every best wish for a speedy and "un-numb" recovery for your second TKR!
                 
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                After 14 months, the outside of my knee is still numb.

                There is a silver lining, because when I walk into the coffee table, it doesn't hurt.
                 
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                Enna, a lot has changed in those 5 1/2 hears in terms of surgical procedures too. That can account for some of the difference as well. But you are absolutely right...it's never good to try and compare any two surgeries.
                 
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                It has been since November of '07 since I had my BTKR, and now, my knees have regained pretty much all of the feeling back---very little numbness. Do not worry, it is normal and you will regain the feeling.

                The first six-eghit months, though---well, it felt like a good portion of my knee area was fast asleep!
                 
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                I'm 5 months out and still have some numbness near my scar. I only notice it when I lean on my kneecap. If it doesn't go away, I am fine with it, walking around with no pain is a small price to pay for a patch of numbness.
                 
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                In just under two weeks, I'll be two years out (Jo and I had ours done at the same time :WINK1: ) and I still have numbness. I don't expect it to go away though.

                Mine isn't numb in the sense that I can't feel anything. The skin itself is numb and the closer to the incision you get, the deeper the numbness goes (internally- if that makes sense). The further out from the incision, I'd say, eye-balling it, about five inches- its numb on the surface, but if you press down, I can feel the pressure underneath. So if I bump into that coffee table, it isn't pain so much as it is a jolt of pressure.

                Mix that with my fibro nerve pain and I still swear like a sailor on R&R when I bump it!

                The reason I don't expect it to go away on myself is because I have a 21 1/2 year old gall bladder removal scar on my abdomen and I'm still numb underneath it (for about three inches down from the scar).

                That may be a family trait and not "normal" for anyone else, so keep that in mind.

                Patty is an anomaly.
                 
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                Connie, it can take quite a while for the nerves to completely reconnect and for you to get feeling back. Sometimes (as Patty says) it doesn't happen. But even when it does, it can take a year or more. My knee had most of the feeling back at a year. It was better at 2 years. But now at 3 years out, the feeling is all back. Nerves are very patient growers!!!
                 
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                  I'm sure that many factors play into it as well- along with my weirdness, but also scar location, the type of surgery, the age of the surgery (like when they did my gall bladder surgery in an Army hospital two decades ago, they weren't concerned with so much other than getting in, getting the gall bladder and getting out).

                  My leg was numb almost all the way to my ankle. And then it started coming back. I had that tingly-numb feeling like when your foot falls asleep. I was SO glad when that stopped!

                  I just rubbed my leg to see how far out the numbness goes, but I have pain involved that I'm pretty sure that is related to the fibro.

                  Everything I say should be prefaced with: "I have fibromyalgia so everything I say will be weird or different." :WINK1:
                   
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