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Effects of Weather on a Total Knee Replacement

Recently, I was asked if I can determine the weather with my bionic knee. Or, more appropriately, “How does weather effect your total knee replacement?” It was a pretty funny question, in my opinion. It was entertaining to me mainly because it brought back memories of how weather impacted my real knee.

First of all, I have not had weather impact my bionic knee. However, I have heard of people who have experienced this event. Someone I know has a total hip replacement, and he was telling me about how when it gets cold…his hip area really feels it. It seems that the bionic hip gets cold. That’s his opinion, though. I don’t know if anyone else has experienced that.

My real knee, however, really experienced the weather changes. In fact, I used my knee as a weather vane. Cold, damp weather caused pain and stiffness. Warm, humid weather caused my knee to be fluid and painless.

So, there is another benefit of having a total knee replacement. No weather predictions are involved. 🙂

Note: Maybe I am speaking to soon since it’s been almost nine months since my tkr. My luck, I’ll be sharing this information and tomorrow …the bionic knee weather vane will kick in.

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17 comments to Effects of Weather on a Total Knee Replacement

  • Hi there, cool website, just a quick question, what comment blocker program you have on your site for comments because I get tons on my website.

  • Gordon Brodie

    I had my Left TKR and for 9 months. Then my right Knee had a complete torn and floating maniscus. I had an MRI and was a little concerned. Within a week my replacement was having trouble and now has become loose. What type of recourse do I have? The inner peg is hollowing out the bone. Any suggestions? No insurance any more. Any suggestions? Future insueance, this will be peexisting. Any suggestions?????

    My replacement is simmilar to what my real knee was. Pain and issues walking.
    Do I get the other replaced or not????????

  • booktoo1

    Hi Gordon,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comment. I feel for you.
    I, nor anyone on this site, can tell you what to do. It is up to you.
    Recourse? I don’t know..I have never had your issues. I would recommend consulting with your doctor. If you cannot afford that, check into free medical help. You may also want to consult an attorney.
    Good luck!

  • norah j

    i myself had a TKR in 2003 after a fall. i live on the central coast. i’m too bad in the cold, but the heat and humidity are the worst! if you can imagine, my knee feels hot and swollen. we’re experiencing very humid weather right now and i am so uncomfortable! i did have a doctor try and explain the bariatric pressure to me once…sincerely uncomfortable, on the central coast

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  • Sharon

    I had two knee replacements. One s now a year and a half and the other is just a year. I am trying to walk 3 miles a day but find that they swell and both differently. One on the lower leg and the other on the top and outside of the leg. In cold weather they hurt something awful, and the swelling becmomes very painful. i find that elevating my legs helps with th swelling and Volarenen cream helps withthe pain.
    The hot tub helps as does stretching every day.

    it is better than before the operation, because I walk straight, but I am still in a fair amount of pain but now in different areas. Not sue if it was the right move for me.

  • Hi Sharon,
    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your tkr insight. If it’s any consolation, it’s been 7 years since my tkr and my knee area still swells after overdoing it. The hot tub and stretching also help me.
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  • cody

    I need suggestion to how to deal with the pain with the humid rainy weather. I am only 5 months out total knee however have been fine no problems in the last month now this. I feel like I am going to go backwards I need suggestions please. And dont really want to just run back to the doctors

  • Hi Cody,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your tkr comment. You sound like you are doing much better than I was at your stage…
    My site has been around for seven years…There are plenty of posts and suggestions available throughout my site. I recommend inputting your search term into the search box found on the upper-right hand corner of my home page. It will bring up articles with tags related to your interested topic. Perhaps tkr and weather will work.
    Good luck and keep in touch!

  • Sonya

    Hi Cody,
    I am 4 months post op and am doing well. I had a bilateral TKR. I live in Hawaii, but when it rains I feel my knees hurting more that usual. So yes the weather will affect my knees while they are still healing. I am hoping that once they heal that I will not have this problem.

  • Aurora

    Hi Cody;

    Just found your site. Interesting experiences. I work with a person, my age, both in our early 60’s, she has had both knees replaced twice. I have tkr on the right 18 months ago. First thing she told me was that weather would affect me. We live in Alaska and weather here is often cold and gray for months at a time. In my experience, it is when the rain sets in that I have some pain and stiffness, yes in both knees. This pain is so much less intense than what I had going on before tkr, I can’t complain. Loving my new knee.

  • Lucy

    I had my total knee replacement 3 weeks ago. Humid weather since then has made it uncomfortable. No pain, just uncomfortableness (if thats a word). Only complaint I have about the new knee…loving it so far!

  • Lyndon

    Just ran across your site looking for answers. I am now entering my ninth year of tkr. I have had good success, but in the last 3 years when rainy weather sets in for a period I experience some swelling with the feeling of looseness and some popping of the joint. Not a lot of pain, except when it feels it is popping out of its’ normal alignment, but loose. My doctor has x-rayed it and declared it to be fine. It just leaves me miserable and very tentative about walking.

  • Chsrlene

    I had a TKR on my right knee almost 8 months ago. The healing process has been going really well, except with the cooler weather. I am noticing stiffness and pain in my knees. I also have a big issue with my left knee, but no surgery yet. What do you suggest I do to to help with the situation.
    Thank You,

  • Hi Charlene,
    Thanks for visiting and leaving your tkr comment. As stated throughout my site, I do not dispense medical advice. I only share my personal experiences, and my readers pitch in with theirs. I have written a number of posts/articles about dealing with stiffness and pain. Take a look around!
    If it’s any consolation, I experienced the same 8-month post tkr concerns you are going through.
    Keep in touch and best of luck!

  • Jo

    Hi my new bionic knee has just celebrated its first birthday and its quite cold in the UK now, I have noticed its stiffer and more achy in the cold. I’ve been using a revitive circulation booster for 30 mins a day and I am finding that is helping with swelling. I also use the sauna and hot tub and find these also help with the aching.

  • Hi Jo,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your tkr comment. Your suggestions are sure to help others on this site. Happy Holidays and best of luck to you. Stay in touch!

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