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What does a new knee feel like?

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Laurenkate, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Laurenkate

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    This is an odd question since I had my first tkr in January, 2017 - but because of the numbness in my leg, I really don't know what to expect insofar as how my next one will feel in the future. My left (new) knee doesn't have the grinding bone on bone pain, but it feels like a large watermelon strapped to my leg....not painful, just constantly aware of it even though i'm very grateful to have it.
    Guess what I'm asking is are you aware of your new knee(s) 18-24 months out? If you didn't know you'd had a tkr, would you know your knee was any different from the one you were born with? Since I don't have neuropathy in my right leg, hopefully that will be the result after my second tkr next week. Am I expecting too much?
     
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    I’m 16 months out from partial (a Patellofemoral) and I am aware of the discomfort and foreign object feeling any time I am weight bearing.

    I don’t think I’m expecting too much and I don’t think this is normal. 2 surgeons say my X-ray looks fine.
     
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    Eventually you don't notice it at all. It just keeps getting better.
     
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    I'm 10 weeks out now... I don't even notice it!!!! I have soft tissue problems, but dang, I don't notice my knee anymore!!! I feel better than I have in YEARS, and its AMAZING!!!!!
     
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    Almost 9 months post op, the only thing I notice is pain free walking.
     
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    Oh I can’t wait for that feeling!
     
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    Initially, although it hurt to stand on my newly-operated knee, my knee felt stronger, more secure. The post-op pain was different from the bone-on-bone pain I had before surgery, and the post-op pain got a little better every day.

    For several months I seemed to be constantly thinking about The Knee, but that faded after about 6 months.

    Nowadays, I forget that I have artificial knees. I get a shock when I see those big pieces of metal on X-Rays, because I honestly don't think about them at all.
     
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    I had both knees done, one month apart. The right one felt like "my knee" about six months out but the left knee took well over a year to always feel that way. I agree with Celle, I don't think about them at all any more. (And btw, my two new hips also feel like "mine"! Looking forward to FINALLY getting back to everything I want to do!)
     
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    Mine feel just like my normal knees did before they went bad.
     

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