The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: KiwiMatt on January 22, 2006, 11:59:34 PM

Title: Flexability after a total knee replacement
Post by: KiwiMatt on January 22, 2006, 11:59:34 PM

I have had problems with my knee since a car accident when I was 16, and now at the age of 36 am considering having a TKR. My main problem is that I am unable to bend my knee more than appx 90 degrees (it's been like this ever since the accident...useless surgeon) and was hoping that after the TKR I my be able to increase that flexability. My dream is to be able to ride a bicycle... it's amazing how much the lack of movement restricts me.

I would really like to hear from anyone that has had a TKR and is able to tell me if it improved their flexability or not...


Title: Re: Flexability after a total knee replacement
Post by: rozzzie on January 23, 2006, 12:40:22 PM
Having reduced flexibility prior to a TKR will make getting additional flexibility more difficult, but not impossible.  How is your knee doing except for the flexibility?     A TKR is a big surgery and a rough recovery make sure you have explored all your options.  Are you seeing a joint replacement specialist?  ( 

I hope there is help for you, you have been through a lot.

Check out  total knee replacements under the arthritis section.


Title: Re: Flexability after a total knee replacement
Post by: harry78 on January 23, 2006, 07:24:03 PM
Hello there,

Yes a TKR would be a long and arduous task to rehabilitate the knee and you seem that you've had enough of it being restricted as the case may be. I would go for it because I do feel that to do things like cycling and running the knee has to be capable of more range of motion than you've been used to and if it was me I probably would have had it sooner.
The rehab for this is probably the same as was for me, an ACL Reconstruction as this would be the treatment for you too along with releasing certain tendons and ligaments and possibly reconstructing your PCL, and the like. The only downfall here would be regaining strength in the rehab due to missing parts so to speak, because reconstructions using autografts would mean sacrificing certain secondary restraints in the knee/leg.
Hope this helps Harry
Title: Re: Flexability after a total knee replacement
Post by: KiwiMatt on January 23, 2006, 10:01:54 PM
Hi Guys

Thanks for that.

I have osteoarthritis in the knee which gives me a fair bit of pain and discomfort, but the discomfort has decreased ever since I started taking glucosamine and chondroitin (a big slap on the back to whoever discovered those by the way!), so when the surgeons start saying that I'm far too young to have a TKR and tell me about all the things that could go wrong, I get a bit nervous about going ahead with a TKR.

I'm a bit sick and tired of saying "I can't do this, I can't do that" to my wife because of my knee, so if I can get increased flexibility I would have the TKR, if not i might as well manage the pain and have one later on. The other problem is getting hold of a decent surgeon in New Zealand (two have said I should have it fused... morons!) there is one good one that I know of, Mr Barry Tietjiens I'm in the process of trying to get an appointment with him now.

My wife and I are going to be in France for 6 months soon as French language students so it will be good to shead some weight and work on getting my legs strong ready for an operation, I'll look around for surgeons there as well... anyone know of some good (and cheap!) surgeons in France??

Matt  :)
Title: Re: Flexability after a total knee replacement
Post by: rozzzie on January 24, 2006, 01:46:08 PM

Look around for an OS that does joint replacements only.  You are so young you need the very best.  Someone who specializes will be able to pick the best joint for you and will also be able to help you when you need a revision.  Even with replacements lasting up to 20 years, you will need a revision and a joint replacement specialist is your best bet there.

Good luck with your decision.