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KneedAdvice101

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Looking for advice to survive the long weekend...I've long felt my TKR was only moderately successful since I've had ongoing, but tolerable, stiffness in the knee. However, during the last 24 hours I have teeth-gritting pain while bending my knee going up or down stairs. No pain while walking, but sharp pain just in front of the knee cap which increases with each step up or down the stairs. The only thing that might possibly have contributed to this is, while putting away Christmas decorations, I needed to lean my knee on the hard floor--a first really, since I only ever kneel with some sort of cushioning. It hurt in the moment, but I can't imagine it would cause pain while bending it two days later. I should have called the doc's office yesterday but I thought the pain would resolve itself. Thanks in advance for any thoughts you may have.
 

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Hi and Welcome!

Soft tissue around the knee can be quite the drama queens at times, when they don’t like what happens to it. Hopefully that’s all this is.

What is the date of your TKR surgery? Why do you feel it hasn’t been successful?
 
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My surgery was Dec 2017. While technically the surgery was a 'success', I'm still stiff each morning, and it takes a while to get going. Also thought I'd get back to tennis one day, but have resigned myself to being satisfied with long walks...even those cause soreness by end of day.
 

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I understand. My partial was March 13, 2017 and I don’t consider it a success, either. While I did get back to bowling, I can’t do my approach to the throw line like I did before surgery. My ROM is good, as far as being able to bend my knee, but I can’t lean into that bend and put weight on it. My average dropped but is finally, slowly coming back.

I have a lot more discomfort since the surgery that I didn’t have before. Yes, the arthritis pain is gone, but what I have now is worse. It’s very disappointing.

Please also tell me the day in December of your surgery and we’ll make a signature fyou.
 
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I'm sorry you're experiencing similar disappointment with your partial. Honestly, I'd be hard-pressed to have TKR done on other knee if needed. Date of sugery was 12/5/17. Thanks Jockette.
 

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Have you had a second opinion on that knee? Many times the xrays look good, but there is still something wrong that doesn't show up. A revision specialist looks at problem knees with different eyes. It couldn't hurt to get it checked out by someone new. Just make sure that he has no contact with your current doctor.
 

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