Information about knee replacement surgery

Many times the solution to a knee injury involves surgery and the placement of an implant. We are a team of knee trauma specialists located in Madrid who have several years of experience in the field of traumatology.

Below, we explain all the information you should know before knee replacement surgery.

What is a knee prosthesis?

A Knee prosthesis is an implant that is placed to replace the damaged joint in the knee with the aim of it performing its function, and allowing the patient to recover mobility in the affected area.

The artificial knee is designed to meet all the characteristics of the native knee, it only differs in that it lacks sensitivity, therefore, the pain caused by joint wear does not exist.

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Types of knee prosthesis

Depending on the severity of the patient's injuries, the knee trauma doctor assesses what type of prosthesis is most appropriate.

There are two differences main types of prostheses: on the one hand, the unicompartmental prosthesis, in this case only the damaged areas of the joint are replaced, however, in cases of osteoarthritis, it does not prevent the disease from spreading through the joint.

In second place, There are total knee prostheses. These are more common, and are characterized by the total replacement of the joint.

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Knee prosthesis operation: duration and procedure

In the knee replacement operation, the kneecap is removed and the distal ends of the femur and tibia are cut, to adjust the prosthesis to the joint space. Afterwards, the two components of the prosthesis are fixed to the bone, through a foundation technique. Finally, the muscles and tendons of the damaged joint are repaired and the incision is closed.

The operation usually lasts between an hour and a half and two hours. An incision of about 20 centimeters is made, which reduces the patient's bleeding and improves healing. The anesthesia used is usually spinal, that is, from the waist down, although in cases of osteoarthritis or coagulation problems, general anesthesia is applied.

When to put a knee prosthesis

Usually, the knee prosthesis is implanted when the patient has tried other treatments and they have not given good results.

The The most common cause for needing a prosthesis is osteoarthritis., since the wear and tear of the joint causes pain that, in many cases, can be relieved with a prosthesis.

Also, a prosthesis may be needed when after a bone break, the joint has not reestablished itself correctly. In cases of bone tumors, a knee prosthesis can also be used to replace the damaged bone.

How long does a knee replacement last?

Knee prostheses do not have an exact duration in time. They suffer slight wear over time, this is due to a reason: when a prosthesis is implanted, a sliding material must be included, on which friction occurs during the movement of the joint. The material used is polyethylene which, thanks to its properties, imitates cartilage.

Polyethylene suffers wear and tear, as it releases particles, which are absorbed by the defensive cells of the human body. These cells grow and, in some cases, attack the bone, causing “particle disease,” that is, loosening of the prosthesis.

In recent years, the quality of the materials and the new techniques used in knee operations have improved significantly, so we could say that the duration of the knee prosthesis is around 30 years, after Within this period, most knee prostheses will need to be replaced.
However, it is worth remembering that the knee prosthesis will not have the same duration for all patients, so you should speak with a specialist about it, since each case is totally different.

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Benefits of a knee replacement

The most common thing is that before undergo knee replacement surgery, the patient has undergone other treatments without obtaining results.

After the application of the prosthesis, the pain usually disappears completely, or becomes mild discomfort. The patient, depending on their condition before the operation, usually recovers mobility significantly, and therefore improves their quality of life, since they can return to carrying out their daily activities without experiencing pain.

Recovery time after knee replacement

Recovery after knee replacement surgery usually requires hospitalization for between three and five days. The patient begins to walk two days after the operation, helped by crutches, and the distances increase.

Depending on the stiffness of the joint and the patient's previous condition, the duration may be more or less long. In the case of knee prostheses, the knee rehabilitation and physiotherapy, which begins a few days after the operation, with the use of machines that allow the degrees of flexion and extension of the knee to be increased progressively.

He knee replacement recovery time Estimated time is approximately 3 to 5 weeks, being able to carry out daily activities again.

Complications after implantation of a knee prosthesis

After the implantation of a knee prosthesis, only 2% of patients present complications, the most common of which are related to the appearance of infections that, in some cases, require surgical treatment.

In addition, there are other factors that are directly related to the prosthesis: loosening of the prosthesis, which can cause pain and, in some cases, may require a knee prosthesis replacement.

As explained above, the prosthesis experiences slight wear over time. In some cases, it can cause loosening of the prosthesis. A breakage of the prosthesis can also occur, although in very isolated cases.

Some patients may experience an injury to the nerves near the joint, in cases where the deformity being corrected is important, but is not common.

Knee prosthesis infection

As mentioned, the most common complications are usually the appearance of infections. These usually appear in people with obesity or diabetes.

Prosthetic infection occurs when bacteria reaches the surface of the knee prosthesis. If the patient's immune system is not able to eliminate it, the bacteria can create a "biofilm", that is, a protective environment or capsule that protects them from the immune system and antibiotics. Depending on the aggressiveness of the microorganisms, the infection will be more or less serious.

The Most common types of knee replacement infection are:

  • Acute infection: occurs due to aggressive bacterial contamination in the operating room, and usually occurs within four weeks after the intervention.
  • Chronic infection: in this case, the infection is also contracted in the operating room, but it can manifest from the fifth week after the operation to one or two years later.
  • Hematogenous infection: the infection is transported, through blood, from another part of the human body to the knee prosthesis.
  • Positive intraoperative cultures: detected when removing the prosthesis due to loosening.

When a knee prosthesis infection appears, it is normally addressed with antibiotic treatment, but it is common to require surgical intervention, in which the infection is cleaned and addressed from within. In some cases, replacement of the prosthesis is necessary.

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Knee prosthesis replacement

In some cases, knee prosthesis replacement surgery is necessary. Normally, this decision is made when continuous and limiting pain appears.

Firstly, an x-ray is performed on the patient and, if the presence of radiolucencies, that is, lack of contact between the bone and the prosthesis, the intervention is carried out. In these cases, if the prosthesis is not changed, there may be a risk of a periprosthetic fracture, the breakage of the bone that supports the prosthesis. Another cause is the appearance of an infection.

Normally, prosthesis replacement surgeries are performed using the anterior approach technique, in which surgery is performed through the scar from the previous operation.

Tips for caring for a knee prosthesis

Once the intervention has been performed, it is important to take certain aspects into account to keep the knee prosthesis in good condition.

First of all, it is important to care for the wound after the operation; it must be healed in the way the specialist indicates.

When returning to your usual routine, it is important to avoid impact sports, as they put pressure on the prosthesis and can cause overload of the joint. Body weight must be controlled, since the greater the weight, the knee joint will have to withstand more pressure. Also, sudden movements with the operated knee should be limited; it is advisable to avoid movements and positions that involve forced positions for the joint.

Throughout the post, it has been observed how a Knee prosthesis can be the solution to the existence of chronic pain or advanced osteoarthritis. It is important to follow certain guidelines after a prosthesis implantation to ensure a good recovery and longer duration over time.

179 thoughts on “Información sobre la operación de prótesis de rodilla”

  1. I was diagnosed with advanced osteoarthritis in my left knee and the only remedy is the implantation of a prosthesis. I am diabetic and hypertensive. I'm not very convinced because during an operation to correct my meniscus in 2004 I became infected and I was scared, but the pain is something I constantly experience.

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  2. Hello, I'm Mery. I had a prosthesis due to knee wear, this was in May 2020. In September I returned to the operating room due to a suspected infection. My concern is that after 3 months I can't go down stairs, and I walk with a swing in my right hip, the opposite of the operated leg, and my knee is very stiff. I have 100 rehabilitation assignments. Thanks for helping.

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      • Hello, I have a tibial plateau prosthesis in my right leg, due to a motorcycle accident five years ago, and now it started to hurt, what could it be? I have overweight

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      • Good afternoon, on October 14, they put a prosthesis on me and to date I have a lot of pain and burning, as well as a very swollen knee. I'm diabetic and I suffer from high blood pressure. I hope for some advice thanks

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    • My brother-in-law had surgery on both knees on March 12, 2024

      On April 11, he died without anyone knowing what happened.

      The doctor who operated on him says nothing and the autopsy ruling says septic shock

      We do NOT know what happened in the operation

      He had his knee drained because blood oozed after the stitches were removed.

      Someone advise me to at least know what happened

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  3. They have to give me a knee replacement. Apart from obesity, I have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and I am anticoagulated with Xarelto. With all these problems, can the operation be successful?

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  4. Hello, my name is Antonio, I have had complete knee-prosthesis surgery and after three months, losing weight and walking for two hours every day, I have had to stop due to inflammation of the knee and pain in my fingers, I am quite worried.

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  5. I am 70 years old and I have practiced a lot of sports of all kinds. I have somewhat bowed legs. 17 years ago I had a meniscus operation due to pain and the so-called traumatologist from Cadiz removed it almost completely. L 2 time they touched me The knee was 11 years ago by a very famous doctor from Madrid, Dr. Guillen performed osteopathy on me for 3 million pts. No positive results.
    Today I am struggling and in great pain. I am afraid to have surgery because of the results of previous operations.

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    • Hello, Caius!

      We are sorry to hear about your situation. In cases like yours, surgery can provide very good results and improve your quality significantly. It is normal that a bad experience provokes respect before a future intervention, at Elgeadi Traumatología, we have a team of specialized traumatologists who will provide you with the confidence you need. You can write to us at our email [email protected] or call us on the phone 910053900, We will wait for you!

      All the best!

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  6. Hello, I have to have knee surgery, my orthopedic surgeon told me that if I didn't stop smoking, he wouldn't have the operation, and when I quit smoking when it ends in March, he will put me on the waiting list. I'm very scared, I'm not sure I want to have the operation, ufff, I'm very scared, thank you.

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  7. Good evening, you have to put a right knee prosthesis on me, they do it in Avila, do you know what trauma is like in Avila, because I'm a little panicked, thank you.

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  8. In November 2019, I suffered a motorcycle accident, my leg remained parallel to my shoulder, the first MRI detected thickening of the ligaments, rupture of the meniscus and plate of the tibia and collapse of the plate, the only traumatologist I saw, being Already in the pandemic, he told me after having done the kinesiology sessions that I was a candidate for knee prosthesis, I am 56 years old, in November it was a year since the accident, now in March 2021, I can no longer stand the pain, I feel How my bones creak when I walk, sometimes on an uneven floor, I stumble and feel that my knee moves forward, I had very good muscles, I practiced aquagym, an activity that I had to suspend, due to the pandemic, my muscles lost tone, What do you advise me? I read the comments and it scares me, can I maintain it by strengthening my muscles with aquagym?

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    • Hello, Stella!

      We are very sorry for your situation. In any injury, it is important to strengthen the muscles, since this helps contain the injury and avoid collateral pathologies. However, the most advisable thing is that the traumatologist who is treating you is the one who prescribes rehabilitation treatment. We will be happy to answer any questions that may arise in our email [email protected]

      All the best!

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  9. Hello, I'm Pilar de Vigo. On February 2, Dr. Adrián Lago, a very young doctor, operated on my kneecap. It's been 2 months and 9 days and the immense pain I suffered after having surgery is only now starting to go away.
    I would like to know if I can walk without crutches.
    I have an appointment in 1 and a half and I hardly use them at home anymore.
    Something my doctor told me not to do so as not to overload.
    My question is I am taking a very strong medication and it does nothing for me, one is Palexia retard I take 250 mg every 12 hours and the other Diliban every 12 now before I took it on my own every 6
    I have to say that I found some approved CBD cannabis drops and they have really worked miracles more than the remedies.
    I want to stop taking palexia because it really constipates me a lot and I have lowered it to 125 every 12 hours. I want to suddenly stop taking the 200 in 2 weeks and only take 75 but I'm afraid the pain will come back again.
    I would also like to know how long it takes for the pain to stop??? Because this was really hell - 24 hours a day. I thank you in advance for your response because I see that you are one of the best specialists.
    I am a pensioner with non-contributory pay, so I had no choice but to have surgery where I had to, in Povisa.
    I don't know if you have centers in Vigo because I will call on Monday because I can't pay for the consultation until I get paid, and I would also like to know if I can join your clinic since I suffer from several bone and heart problems ❤
    On Monday without fail I will inform myself

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    • Hello Pilar!

      Thank you very much for trusting us, we would love to welcome you to our clinic. The most advisable thing is that you make an appointment with the specialist who intervened on you and explain the change you have made to your medication, since they will be the one who can best advise you. Regarding pain, each patient presents symptoms that subside in more or less time, so we could not give you a specific date.
      If you wish, you can write to us at our email [email protected] where we will be happy to answer all your questions.

      All the best!

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  10. 19/04
    Hi my name is Maria.
    It's been a week today since I had knee replacement surgery. I'm not able to get on the bed. It's impossible for me to raise my leg up. Is that normal? Is there any way I can do it? I hope someone can guide me on what to do. able to do it, thank you very much.

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    • Hello Maria!

      In principle, the symptoms we discuss are normal after a knee replacement procedure. However, in the review with the specialist, explain it to them. Later, it would be advisable for you to undergo a scheduled rehabilitation treatment, which will help you regain full mobility of the joint. Write to our email [email protected] in case of any doubt.

      All the best!

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  11. hello . My mother had a total knee prosthesis, and it's been a year since her operation. Now a small ball has appeared in the center of the scar and it is purple. Can you tell me what the reason is please. Thank you so much

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    • Hello isbael!

      It is difficult to establish a diagnosis without visualizing the patient's anomaly. The best thing to do is to go to your trusted traumatologist, so that he or she can evaluate the injury and prescribe appropriate treatment. Write to our email before any questions [email protected]

      All the best!

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  12. Hello. I'm Tomás, I have polio
    in my right leg, and my traumatologist told me that I should put a prosthesis in my left knee. I am a little worried, since it is my main supporting foot, and since I no longer have a meniscus in said knee, I would like to know what I could have another option, thank you very much for everything

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  13. They operated on a friend on his left knee. He tells me that with the drain they pierced the patellar tendon longitudinally in its lateral part. Ext. of approx. 1.2 cm, can it have any consequences?

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    • Good morning!

      Tendon perforation could have consequences if not treated properly. The most advisable thing is that you go to your trusted traumatologist to apply the best therapy. If you have any questions, you can write to us at our email [email protected] where we will be happy to assist you.

      All the best!

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  14. 5 and 3 years ago I had total prostheses on both knees... I never had problems but with the lack of activity during the pandemic I am terrified of going up and down sidewalks.

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    • Hello, good evening, I'm Alexandra, I'm 47 years old and I'm already having the 4th knee operation, the 1st on the cruciate ligaments in year 20, in 22, half a prosthesis in 23, replacement of the bottom part of the half prosthesis due to collapse, now in 23. I have had a total prosthesis operation because I don't know if this will be the last operation. I have been operated for 9 days.

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  15. Hello, I had knee surgery and a complete knee prosthesis. This was on January 20th of this year, currently I cannot bend over and therefore cannot kneel, I also have muscle atrophy in my operating leg. My question is, can I continue working as a carpenter, since it is a demanding job and my leg gives out from time to time and I can't use much strength. I am a carpenter and I am sixty years old. The thing is that in this article you only talk about sports and not about trades or jobs that can be done after a complete knee prosthesis operation. THANK YOU.

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    • Hello Jose!

      Thank you very much for your comment. The most advisable thing is that you undergo a rehabilitation treatment supervised by a specialized physiotherapist, who will be able to prescribe personalized exercises that will help you, progressively, to recover knee mobility and strengthen the muscles. In this way, joint instability will be significantly reduced. Write to our email [email protected] where we can make some recommendations.

      All the best!

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    • Hello, I had a total knee replacement 13 days ago and at first I couldn't get my leg up onto the bed or other things, but by doing rehabilitation and proper exercises I have gained a lot of strength although I have a lot of inflammation and pain, I hope to improve and that I have my case was of some help, greetings

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  16. I have a total knee prosthesis which has been with me for a little over four years. The problem is that I always worry about it, but yesterday I fell with my knee on the cement, today it is more swollen without ematoma, it is a little more stiff, I cannot speak about it. pain since in the same leg I still have sequelae from an injury to the siatic nerve.

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    • Hello, ximena!

      The most appropriate thing is to apply cold to the area and for a few days avoid exercises that force the joint. However, if the symptoms persist, it is best to visit your trusted traumatologist. If you have any questions, we will be happy to assist you by email. [email protected]

      All the best!

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  17. I have had a total knee replacement surgery for 6 weeks, I started the rehabilitation a week ago very late and I am very stiff and it is very difficult for me to perform the exercises, my geno valgus has been left behind according to the doctor, they have done what they could, My question is if it is normal that I still have so much pain and stiffness, I am very worried.

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  18. Good afternoon, I have been diagnosed with tricompartmental gonarthrosis, the traumatologist tells me that they have to give me a prosthesis, but since I am 52 years old they do not give me one because they say I am too young, that over time they would have to change the prosthesis and so on. then it doesn't work. What I can do?

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  19. Hello, good morning, I had a total knee replacement surgery on March 11 and I'm still feeling bad because I don't feel my knee, it's asleep. I went to the traumatologist and I didn't believe it and he took a needle and pricked me 7 times, I didn't feel anything, the blood was running and he had to clean it, he told me that since there are a lot of nerves, it's like he doesn't recognize that they cut my arm. nerve I only sent me to the rehabilitation doctor to see if they give me more rehabilitation and the nerves regenerate, could you tell me how long I have to wait because I have pain and little mobility and it's been almost 5 months, thank you, regards

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  20. Hello, good day, my mother had a complete knee replacement, but that never worked for her after 5 years of coming and going and suffering a lot of pain, swelling and at times limiting her to not even taking a step, the specialist from a clinic recognized told him that this replacement is bad that it is time to operate again, in this case can you sue the EPS or doctor?

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  21. Hello, good morning, I am 69 years old. I have a lot of osteoarthritis. They always tell me that I need a knee replacement, but I am terrified of not being able to handle it.
    Now after a fall I have it super swollen yesterday they took a lot of fluid from me but neither the inflammation nor the pain goes away I would like to know if there is a lot of pain after the operation
    Thank you so much

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  22. Hello, I had a prosthetic operation on my left knee, my problem is that the skin around my knee burns too much. Could you tell me what I can do or what is the reason why I feel this group so strongly that I can't even touch the sheets, thank you Martha Hernandez

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    • Hello, Martha!

      It is difficult to establish a diagnosis without physically examining the area. Burning in the skin may be due to an infection of the scar, which is why we recommend that you go to the specialist who carried out the intervention. If you have any questions, write to us at our email [email protected] where we will be happy to assist you.

      All the best!

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    • Hello Karla!

      With our minimally invasive surgery techniques there will be no infection problems, since the operation hardly damages the tissues. In addition, in the postoperative period we will carry out periodic reviews to observe the patient's evolution. If you want more information about this technique, do not hesitate to call our phone number. Thank you so much!

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  23. Hello! I had surgery two years ago, I have undergone rehabilitation, the doctor says that the prosthesis is fine but my knee hurts me a lot when sitting and standing up, what is the reason?

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  24. Hello, good afternoon, I am 57 years old, I should have a total knee replacement due to osteoarthritis in the next few days, I wanted to know how long the recovery takes, I like to walk a lot and very fast, climb not so easy paths, I will be able to do this again . Thank you!

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    • Good morning, Maria!

      The recovery time from knee surgery is highly variable, as it depends on many factors, including the method used to perform the surgical intervention. Elgeadi's team of specialist traumatologists are experts in minimally invasive surgeries such as knee arthroscopy, which stands out for its rapid recovery time. You can call our trauma clinic without obligation, and we will inform you about all its benefits. All the best!

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  25. Good morning, on January 6, 2021, I had total left knee arthroplasty surgery, it's been 10 months now, I have a lot of pain in the back, especially when getting up or standing up when I'm sitting in a chair, and I only bend in a 30%. My question to you, is it convenient to have a reoperation on my prosthesis? Thank you

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    • Good morning Carlos.

      For cases like yours, it is necessary that you go to a specialist traumatologist to perform a complete medical examination, since it is not common for you to present the symptoms that you have expressed to us. You can call our trauma clinic to tell us about your pathology in more detail and make an appointment.

      Greetings.

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  26. Good evening, my 86-year-old mother has a lot of osteoarthritis and can barely walk. The traumatologist says that the only solution is a prosthesis. He has heart failure (the last check-up was last week and the cardiologist saw no problem with the intervention), he also has kidney failure (stable for years) and they do the belt. Is there a lot of risk in doing the operation? Could I not stand it? Last year she had surgery for a broken hip (they put a plate in) and she recovered very well. I would greatly appreciate your opinion. I don't know what to do. She can't barely walk, poor thing, and it makes me very sad to see her like this.

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  27. Hello, good morning, my mother underwent total knee replacement surgery two weeks ago. There are times when she feels a strong burning sensation in her thigh (above the knee), is it normal?
    And you also feel that your bone hurts from the knee down! It is normal?

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  28. Good evening, three months ago I had knee prosthesis surgery, thank God I feel pretty good, but I want you to guide me...when I'm sitting and I'm going to stand up I feel like they poke me and then it disappears, that's every time when I step or step walking gait that can be. Graciss

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  29. Hello, I had surgery in 2016 and the second operation was in 2018 since the first one detached the tibial part of the total right knee prosthesis, the issue is that since 2018 I have had pain in my knee, I did therapies for three months and I still have pain and it is a lot, it hurts day, afternoon and night.
    I don't know what it could be. They did tests to see if I had an infection, but I don't have it.
    I would appreciate an explanation of what it could be.

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  30. Hello... my name is Maria Isabel Olivos, I have read the comments, I think that each organism acts differently but my experience has been satisfactory... I am almost two months into surgery for a total knee implant. It is painful, yes, but with the appropriate medications it can be done. contain and kineciologist I can now walk and I also rest, of course all this in the hands of an expert knee specialist doc.Hispeter from the U of Chile. I think that is the prescription of a specialist traumatologist. And we must intervene to achieve a better quality of life.

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  31. DEAR GOOD AFTERNOON
    I HAVE READ THE REPORT CAREFULLY.
    A FEW YEARS AGO MY SON SUFFERED A CLEPCIELA INFECTION IN HIS LEG WHICH THE BACTERIA ATE THE CARTILAGE OF HIS KNEE.
    WHAT PERCENTAGE RISK DO YOU HAVE IF YOU HAVE KNEE SURGERY?
    HE IS NOW 22 YEARS OLD. HE HAD THE INFECTION AT THE AGE OF 16.

    I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS.

    KIND REGARDS
    CLAUDIA

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  32. Vicente, October 20, 2021
    Good afternoon, in April 2018 I had a knee prosthesis implanted and I had rehabilitation for a year with the physio that the Surgeon recommended, at a cost of €3,000, despite having surgery with Adeslas and being able to do the rehabilitation at that center. Three years have passed and I turn 36º. I have resumed rehabilitation again and they are trying to remove the adhesions, but it is unbearable pain, which is why I have had to stop. What is your opinion, the surgeon who operated on me says that this can happen in a low percentage. I am disabled because they have to help me in many activities.
    All the best

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  33. Hello 👋 I had a total knee transplant operation, everything was very good, little pain, I walked immediately after leaving the room, I went to the bathroom, I went up the stairs to my house, little pain, but I have numbness in my foot from the operation, the doctor says it is normal, please let me know. you all believe ?!

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  34. Today marks the 5th month since I had complete left knee replacement surgery.
    Before having surgery, my knee flexion was 95 degrees due to the damage I suffered (post-traumatic genarthrosis).
    In my surgery they removed 4 somewhat large osteophytes, most of them, 3 screws that I had installed in the tip of the Femur. And they composed Varus deformity.
    My problem is with flexion, today I have the same flexion (95 degrees) that I had before having surgery and I can't do it anymore.
    My hamstring muscles tense to the point of making a stop in the muscle, preventing further flexion.
    What should I do ? I'm already desperate because my doctor asks me for at least 120 degrees of flexion. I already studied x-rays and there is no problem with the prosthesis.

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  35. Hello, good evening, my name is José Carballido Esteban, I am 61 years old and I am undergoing knee prosthesis surgery. My question is that I have had surgery for 7 months and I still have some pain in the upper part of the knee and in the hamstring of the knee. I I have done everything they have sent me but I am still in a lot of pain. Greetings and I await your response

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  36. Hello good morning,
    Can 2 complete knee prostheses be performed at the same time?
    It is for my husband, who suffers and has already had meniscus surgery in one and since one must be operated on, the other can be done in that same operation.
    Thank you

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  37. Hello, good morning, my name is Mercedes, I am 62 years old but I had surgery when I was 61 on March 19 of this year. I have had surgery for 9 months. They operated on my right knee and they gave me a complete prosthesis because I had a lot of wear and tear due to osteoarthritis, he told me. traumatologist who operated on me, summarizing that the pain does not improve the inflammation, nor when I walk for 10 minutes my leg becomes so stiff that it is impossible for me to bend my knee. The surgeon visited him during the first months of the surgery. He gave me x-rays to see the reason for the pain, inflammation and stiffness, he said that everything was going well, he ordered me to take a treatment of Fortecortin 4 mg tablets to reduce inflammation, the Enamtyun for the pain, this was in the month of July so in mid-August He sent me to do Cervera therapy, according to him, I have been doing physio twice a week since August and everything remains the same. I feel a lot of pain when walking without a crutch. The fact that I have to walk while walking feels tremendous pain. It is the knee of my right leg that was operated on like this. Now that time has passed, I don't know what I can do because he told me that if the physio didn't work, they would have to intervene again, for the reason that the kneecap is stuck to
    the prosthesis. And there is no way for it to move, but they are extending the physio and magnetotherapy sections to calm the pain but I don't see any improvement. Please, what can I do? Thank you very much. A
    Greetings, happy holidays..

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    • Good morning, Mercedes.

      We are very sorry for your pain. In your case, we cannot give you a specific answer without first knowing your clinical history in detail. At Elgeadi Traumatology we recommend that you perform a complete medical diagnosis of the area and then offer you the most appropriate treatment to end the pain. You can make an appointment with our expert knee traumatologists, or you can also do it by phone.

      All the best.

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  38. Hello, my father had a knee prosthesis about 8 years ago and now he says that it hurts and I'm afraid because the rehabilitation was very hard, he was bedridden for a long time with severe pain for which he was bedridden several more times after being discharged, he lost a lot of blood and his character became very sour because he couldn't stand the pain and my question is if now he may need a replacement when it hurts again and if this operation would be simpler and less painful than the first, thank you!

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    • Good morning, Maria.

      We are very sorry for your father's pain. Normally, in general terms, the duration of a knee prosthesis is around 30 years, but this will depend on each patient. After this time, it will need to be replaced. To offer a complete medical diagnosis to your father, it would be necessary for him to come to our Madrid trauma clinic.

      All the best.

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  39. Hello. I have suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for more than 10 years and I have knee and hip osteoarthritis for more than a year it hurts a lot, I can't walk well, my knees swell, it could be because of the arthritis too. My question is. You can have osteoarthritis surgery even if you suffer from arthritis, of course you are medicated and controlled. but sometimes some joints in the body hurt. Thanks for your response

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  40. Hello, I have osteoarthritis of my knees and the doctor told me that prostheses must be placed on my knees. My question is whether I will be able to continue doing yoga if I will not have problems with it. If so, I prefer to stay like this. I am 72 years old. Thank you, I will look forward to your response. Greetings

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  41. I had a total knee replacement 3 years ago. Everything was going very well and suddenly I had a fall and the prosthesis came out of its position, this caused me a lot of pain and well, they fixed the prosthesis and it is now in place. The question is what consequences this accident will bring me. The orthopedist told me that it would take some time for the ligaments to heal. Am I really going to look good or will I have more problems with my knee? Thanks for answering.

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  42. My husband suffered from PTR a year ago and still cannot turn at 90 degrees. She continues to have pain and problems such as not being able to go up or down stairs. It is difficult for her to get into the car since she cannot bend her more than 50°. The surgeon says that there were adhesions... She did 8 months of kinesio and swimming exercises. But the pain is continuous. He regrets having the operation. Is it true that adhesions have to be broken in the operating room and improve?
    Atte

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  43. Hello, my name is Antonio, a year ago I had a complete knee prosthesis. After complaining several times that my knee was swollen, they discovered that the prosthesis is infected.
    What solutions can be taken to solve it.
    Thank you

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  44. Good afternoon,
    I have had a knee replacement... since mid-December 21, I have been in a lot of pain and very bad, they sent me to the physio after two months, so I did exercises alone... when the noodle arrived he told me that it was bending a little … 2 days ago I was at the orthopedic surgeon and he told me that I had to undergo surgery again since I wasn't bending enough, so on his own during that same visit I bent my knee ufff and my knee cracked I saw the stars I got dizzy from the pain , he did it again. He added that if he didn't have to undergo surgery... now I'm very afraid of going to the traumatologist again... what can I do?
    Thank you so much

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  45. Hello, my age is 55 and I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis 5 years ago. I have knee wear on my right leg, only the right part, it is not the entire knee, an orthopedist examined me and told me to have surgery but he did not explain the operation since it is not total wear but partial. Please tell me about this type of operation, the PROS and CONS… thank you very much, I am very distressed with my pain currently.

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  46. Hello, I had a total knee replacement in January 2019, for various reasons I was not able to do the rehabilitation properly, in about 3 months I reached 90% bending but that's where I stayed, I moved to another city and did nothing else, today it flexes less than 90 degrees, sometimes it hurts when walking. Can I do some rehabilitation now? after these three years? thanks for any response.

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    • Good morning, Mario.

      Thank you very much for your comment on our blog. We are extremely sorry for the situation you are in. The most advisable thing for your case is to consult with a specialist traumatologist, so that they can make a thorough diagnosis and determine the appropriate treatment. You can contact our team of expert traumatologists at the following link: https://elgeaditraumatologia.com/contacto/

      All the best.

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  47. Hello, my name is Guadalupe, 2 months ago I had a knee replacement, I still have moderate inflammation and I have pain in my ankles and in the bone between the ankle and the knee.

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  48. Hello, my mother had knee surgery 5 months ago with a complete prosthesis, she has gone to all her appointments with the kinesiologist and her knee still remains swollen and a little stiff. After consulting with another traumatologist, he told him that the operation had gone wrong since the kneecap was poorly positioned, and it was necessary to operate. My question is, is another operation necessary? Or could something be achieved with kinesiological treatment?

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  49. Hello, my 55 year old husband had a knee replacement on April 5th. According to the doctor it had gone well, however fluid is produced in his knee, it is swollen and it hurts. They have punctured the fluid several times but it recurs again. Which may be due? He doesn't have a fever. What they have told him is that he has to regain the muscle mass he has lost. We are worried because it has been 3 months now and he still has swelling and pain from the fluid. Thank you.

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    • Good morning, Irene.

      Thank you very much for writing on our blog. We are sorry for the situation your husband is in. In this case, we recommend putting yourself in the hands of a trusted traumatologist so that they can evaluate the condition of the area and the symptoms, and thus determine the most appropriate treatment. You can make an appointment with Prof. Dr. Elgeadi's team of experts in knee traumatology here: https://elgeaditraumatologia.com/cita-privada/

      All the best.

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  50. Good morning, my dad had a knee replacement two weeks ago but he feels that his leg is burning and his knee hurts, what could it be, please? Thank you for your time

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  51. I have read all the comments, and now I am terrified of having surgery, I have severe osteoarthritis according to the tests... Thank you very much

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  52. Good morning, I have a question for you. Two months ago I had a total knee replacement after several years of suffering from severe knee osteoarthritis. In addition, and because of the lack of space I had, they aligned my knee. I have been in rehabilitation for two months and my problem is that my knee makes a lot of noise when moving laterally (cloc cloc) and walking. I also have a feeling of instability and apprehension. It is normal?

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    • Good afternoon Mirta,

      Thanks for commenting on our blog. We are sorry for the situation you present. In your case, we recommend that you consult with a specialist so that he or she can exhaustively study your symptoms by performing diagnostic tests and be able to determine the necessary treatment. You can contact our team knee specialist traumatologists in the link provided.

      All the best.

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  53. A colleague had a motorcycle accident, they gave him a break, he has been on a crutch for 3 years, he says it hurts, it's true, that, they put a protisi on him

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  54. My name is Noemi 14 months ago I had a total knee prosthesis but it is twisted outwards, I cannot walk well because it hurts, and my foot feels asleep. They recommend that I change the prosthesis again and have it properly aligned.

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  55. Good afternoon
    September 2020, I had knee surgery (total prosthesis)
    Although I feel relatively well, my permanent knee has a fever in the operated area, and at the end of the day it swells quite a bit. I had a checkup last 3/10. The orthopedic surgeon says it is normal. Will I have to ask for a second opinion? Am I in Coruna

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  56. Hello, I am a patient who has had knee arthrodesis for 10 years, because in a motorcycle accident I lost part of the femur, tibia and obviously the knee, my doctor wants to put endoprosthesis, is that surgery viable?

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  57. Hello, my name is Maria and a while ago I had knee surgery with a prosthesis. The prosthesis did not fit well. It has become rigid and I cannot bend it. My question is, what has gone wrong? Thank you.

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    • Hello Maria,

      Thank you very much for your comment on our blog. We are sorry for the situation you present. In your case, the most advisable thing is an evaluation by a traumatologist so that he or she can study your case and determine the appropriate treatment to put an end to your symptoms. You can make an appointment with our expert knee traumatologists in the link provided.

      All the best.

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  58. Hello, how are you... My dad had a total knee replacement surgery 1 year ago and 2 days ago he had a rash on his leg, only the one that had surgery, he never had any complications in this time. Could it be that after so long there would be some effect of the operation?

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  59. Good afternoon,
    I am 61 years old
    Two weeks ago in London where I live I had half a knee replacement done, that's what the doctor told my daughter on the phone when the surgery was finished, well he hasn't seen me, I don't even know when, well they haven't told me anything, the physiotherapist told me a booklet with exercises the same day I went home, I have done them as best I could without explanations, I have had pain for two days as if my knee was pricking or moving, I am very scared because it is in the Hospital and the treatment is not very good at least from the physiotherapist who saw me, I walk without crutches but now I feel like I'm going to have to use them again, it hurts too much like the first days, thank you very much

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    • Good morning Alice,

      The postoperative period will depend on various factors, including the technique used or the severity of the injury. Therefore, it would be necessary for you to go to the doctor who performed the surgical intervention so that he can evaluate the affected area.

      All the best!

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  60. GOOD 2 MONTHS AGO THEY GOT A TOTAL KNEE PROSTHESIS, THE FIRST MONTH I HAD THE NORMAL DISCOMFORT BUT IT WAS STARTING TO IMPROVE.

    AND AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND MONTH I WOKE UP ONE DAY AND IT HURTED A LOT WHEN I WAS LISTING, IT SEEMS LIKE THERE ARE NO SYMPTOMS OF INFECTION.

    SINCE THE SECOND MONTH I HAVE A LOT OF PAIN, INFLAMMATION AND SYNOVIAL FLUID.

    HOW CAN YOU KNOW IF THE REASON IS BECAUSE THE NEW JOINT HAS BEEN LOOSENED?

    CAN IT ONLY BE DETECTED WITH AN X-RAY?

    WHAT KIND OF RECOVERY DO I HAVE TO DO?

    THANK YOU SO MUCH

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    • I live in Canada. I am 12 years old with pain. I am on a waiting list. They only give me medication derived from opium for pain. That is why I decided to come to my country, Mexico.
      I had surgery of course with a good doctor
      Sunday I am 54 years old and I am very afraid but your comment encourages me

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  61. Three months ago I had knee surgery and they put in a prostate but my muscles hurt, the knee is very good and it doesn't hurt but the muscles do, why?

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  62. I am 61 years old and 14 months ago I had a knee replacement, MGM brand. They did it to me in an arranged manner at MAZ in Zaragoza. The intervention so far went well, without any complications, they made me stand up and walk 1/2 hour after the operation and I was getting up to the bathroom with the canes from now on. The scar was perfect. They sent me home with an exercise chart and I was very disciplined with them.
    After 2 months they visited me in the SS. Until then I thought that everything was normal but I began to realize that the rigidity, the sensation of carrying like a fat stone on the lower external side and a very bad extension. They told me that I had little strength in my quadriceps and they gave me 26 hours of rehabilitation + 25 hours individually and about 400 km of stationary cycling, the strength did not increase. They do an ultrasound and see that my patellar and quadriceps tendons are 4 times enlarged and frayed.
    I still can't extend my leg or lift it almost off the ground unless I do it from the hip. Now the traumatologist that I got to always take me, thinks that the problem is that the patella does not slide well and that it would be necessary to do a patella prosthesis or cement a polystylene button. But first he wants to do an arthroscopic synovectomy, which is less invasive.
    to be able to clean and irrigate that area well and if it doesn't work, do the kneecap thing. I am on the surgical list for September.
    I have serious problems going down a small curb or over a small obstacle of only 2cm. I go to the physio once a month to help uncapsulate the extensor muscles to prevent my leg from getting tighter and my back from suffering as much when walking. I have already fallen 4 times tripping over any protruding carpet or tile.
    At that external point of the knee, the inflammation and heat are fixed.
    How do you see my case?
    Do you think arthroscopy will help me improve?
    The prosthesis seems well placed, in fact standing still doesn't bother me at all, but walking more than 100m is an odyssey for me.
    I would appreciate your kind review.

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    • Hello Pilar,
      Without seeing the tests or physically exploring them, it is not easy to give a diagnosis or recommend which is the best option, but it seems that she has a tendinopathy from what she writes, the load axes should be evaluated and some more tests done to determine the origin of the injury and being able to help her. I invite you to stop by our facilities so that we can evaluate it correctly.
      A hug.

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  63. It has been two years since the implantation of a complete knee prosthesis, the result was fatal, pain of all kinds, although, with great suffering, I continue, without diagnosing the problem. I disagree with the percentage that you give of failures, 2%, absolutely false, of several people I know, the percentage is very..., very higher, I think you are referring to hip prosthesis. In my case, they are proposing the replacement of the prosthesis, extremely aggressive and without guarantees of success.

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  64. Hello, my mother had a total knee replacement operation on her right leg. It's been 3 weeks now and she has a lot of pain at night. During the day she feels fine, but when night falls she can't even sleep. I would like to know if It is normal because it has been going on for 3 weeks. At the end of July, from the same month that she had surgery, we have a review with the traumatologist who operated on her to see if we can start rehabilitation. She moves around the house but when we go out we take a wheelchair. Should I ice my knee? The wound has healed well and we only go up stairs once and for now we find it impossible.

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  65. Hello, I was detected with grade 4 patellar chondromalacia, and the beginning of osteoarthritis in my right knee (the left one feels the same) all because I had an MRI for a knee sprain. I am 33 years old and I am an athlete, I train soccer 4 times a week, my knees They bother me, it's not intense pain, what should I do and operate? Because I run and jump normally

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    • Hello Julia.
      Diagnoses of chondromalacia are usually made by visualizing the lesion of greatest zero severity, which may be minimal within the knee. You would have to study the images carefully and see what alternative treatments you have, but I highly doubt that surgery is needed in your case.
      Greetings

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  66. Hello, I had unicopartmental surgery on my left knee on 9/6/23. I had pain when walking more and more. The surgery, my Dr. said, went very well. I was hospitalized for 2 and a half days. Now at home, with a walker for the first week and little walking, more rest. Now sometimes without a walker, but I also walk a little, slowly and to the bed to stretch my legs. It is difficult to sit in a chair, I have to stretch my leg on another chair. I was on painkillers every 8 hours. Now every 12. Everything is fine, but when it hurts it is quite strong. I'm still cold, which I place on my knee several times a day. And kinesio 2 times and even more to go. From the second day of surgery my leg can be at 90 degrees. He seems to be doing very well, apart from the discomfort that I feel is something strange, it must be because of the prosthesis, and the pain that occurs when it occurs is very bad. Asked; When will the recovery be complete to go out for a walk normally?

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    • Hello Mary,
      Recovery time may vary depending on the stiffness of the joint and the previous condition of your case. In general, you can return to daily activities after 5 weeks, although we do not know your case and your medical history to be sure how long your rehabilitation will take. It is also important to perform rehabilitation exercises and physiotherapy.
      We hope you get better soon.

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  67. Good afternoon, I had knee surgery and a complete prosthesis. I flexed 90 degrees the same day of the operation. It's been six months since the operation and despite having managed to ride a bike and flex quite well, it's hard for me to walk. I feel my legs get hard. I get very tired when walking. I rest and recover quickly, but I can't walk well. What I do?

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  68. Good morning ! My grandmother had been suffering from very bad knee pain for a long time and finally had surgery last Tuesday. They put a prosthesis on him and everything went well, the problem is that two days have passed and he still can't move his leg at all. It is normal? He has never suffered so much pain until he feels like crying all over it and being someone who never complains! He has fibromyalgia, I don't know if that has anything to do with it. Thank you !

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    • Hello Angelica,
      It's still a short time after surgery, although it shouldn't hurt that much. We could review the case and see if the source of the pain is the surgery or some complication. But a medical examination would be necessary.
      We invite you to request an appointment by calling 910 053 900 to evaluate your case personally.
      Greetings

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  69. Good morning, my husband had a knee replacement due to osteoarthritis. After 15 days, his patella tendon ruptured. He went to surgery again. After that, the wound didn't sound. They did a lot of scrubbing in the operating room. He got a bacteria called pseudomonas. He was hospitalized for a long time. After that, they gave him an graft that the doctors call a flap. He is already at home but he is still not healed. We no longer know what to do. He has had this condition for 6 months. I would appreciate it if you could guide us. Thank you very much.

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  70. Hello...three months ago I had a total knee prosthesis...and sometimes I feel some internal pulling in my knee...but I think they are caused by the operation...the best thing that has happened to me in my life...I had 15 years of enduring horrible pain... I am very happy with the result... and I really want to finish recovering from my right knee, so that I can have surgery on my left one. Cheer up everyone…today everything has a solution….

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  71. I would like to know if, apart from Magnetic Resonance, there are more modern devices or techniques to determine a possible knee ailment, as well as the possible solutions to apply in your case. . My daughter, for whom I am requesting the information, suffers from very intense pain in both knees. They have performed all kinds of tests (arthroscopy, x-rays, MRIs, etc.) but they only determine minor injuries. product of natural wear and tear caused by age (52 years) and athletics. According to her, she suffers permanently unbearable pain in both knees and although several specialists have visited her, none of them find serious reasons to suffer the pain and disabilities she says she suffers from. I thank you in advance for your information and yours sincerely.

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    • Hello Miguel.
      A priori, the ideal is a good medical history and a good clinical examination. Then you would have to properly review all the images you have and see if there is any compatible damage or injury. But without performing the examination it seems difficult to know what you have.
      Greetings

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  72. I have both broken knees, the menisci and the ligaments are degenerating. I recently fell with my left knee bent backwards and after a few days it started to hurt a lot. I went to the emergency room and they didn't tell me anything that I don't have an injury. But now the pain has returned and I can hardly walk, what can I do.

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  73. Hello, I'm Ernesto. 12 years ago I broke the kneecap on my right leg and they put a plate on it and these last few days it has been hurting me a lot and when I stand up you can hear it thunder.

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  74. Hello! My mother has prostheses on both knees, one had an infection for about a year. Of which he had surgery 8 times in 1 year to re-place a new permanent prosthesis. In December 2023 the prosthesis was placed and he fell in March where the wound opened. Since that moment, he has felt unstable, which is why he fell again this week. The x-ray showed that the prosthesis is fine but we do not understand the instability after its first fall.
    Greetings

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  75. Good morning, my name is Elsa Meléndez, they gave me a knee prosthesis, after 8 months I still have intense pain, they tell me that neuropathy may have left me, the pain is intense, the knee becomes swollen and hot. I also feel like an electric shock

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