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TKR & Nerve Damage: Some Insight

Hi everyone. Many of you have been contacting me about dealing with tkr nerve damage, so thought I would pitch in. My feedback is based on personal experience. As I have mentioned before, over the years my body developed very noticeable bone spurs on each side of my left knee. This knee was finally replaced in my total knee replacement surgery.

The bone spurs looked like quite noticeable hooks. Picture a hook that holds towels, chains, etc and you get the idea. These hooks dug into my nerves every time I moved. They severed the nerves, causing them to severely shred. Technically speaking, this is known as severe neuropathy. Anyways, here some insight about my tkr nerve damage….

There are extended times when the pain is either completely unnoticeable or slightly uncomfortable. When I swim, the pain is almost nonexistent – most of the time. In fact, I had gone for so long without any nerve damage pain, I forgot that the possibility was there.

Then, I attended a workout known as Body Pump. The workout can be adjusted to individual preferences. I chose to use very light weights of five pounds.

The workout consists of squats, pushups, planks, arm lifts, and other maneuvers that result in a whole-body set. Motions go from slow to fast-paced. It is a versatile workout program. Movements can be modified to suit individual needs.

My squats were very shallow. Part of that was due to having decreased tkr mobility. I have a 93-degree bend in my knee. I did wall push-ups so I didn’t have to get onto the floor for the standard version. No problem. None of the arm maneuvers were a concern. I felt very good after the workout.

The next day was another story. My nerves were sending loud and clear messages. It is now a month afterwards, and I still have the remnants of overdoing it. I know it could be much worse, but it is an annoyance.

I hope this helps others going through the same thing involving tkr nerve damage. I must reiterate, the nerve damage is not caused by the total knee replacement surgery. My tkr did not fix the neuropathy, either.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






8 comments to TKR Nerve Damage: Some Helpful Insight

  • valerie

    hi. i need 2 knee replacements. And the hips are ‘acting up too’,. (can’t lift leg to get into car without me pulling on the pant leg up). And it feels like shattered glass when walking because of the knees. Now I would go forward with a TKR to start at least, however there is a complication. CVI. Chronic Venous Insufficiency is what i have, and if i drop a book corner on my foot, the mark stays there for years. The foot is swollen for 15 years. The medical compression stockings that i wear every day manage minimally but don’t solve anything. So i have put off the TKR. I don’t know if i will get a blood clot or not. The Ortho Surgeon hasn’t done any surgery on a patient with CVI so i am not convinced i should do this. Hmmmmmmm so far, i have weakness in my legs, and heaviness. Will this get better with a TKR? Will it get worse. Any opinion. Help!

  • Hi Valerie,
    Thanks for visiting my site and taking the time to post your comment. As I state throughout this site, I am not a medical professional. I do not provide advice. I only write about my experiences. I do not know if a tkr is good for you or not. My opinion is to ask your medical professional. Best of luck to you!

  • Barbara Casey

    I had a TKR 8 weeks ago. I have nerve pain that really never goes away, almost always at a 3-5 pain level. I am doing well with physical therapy. Still working n my knee flexion and keeping my leg straight.
    Right now, I am wondering if or when that pain will subside?
    Thank you!

  • Hi Barbara,

    Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave your comment. I do not know when, and if, your pain will subside. Everyone is different. I do know, however, that mine reminds me it’s there everyday. The intensity varies. Hope this helps…Hang in there!

  • Elise Beaulieu

    I am 6.5 weeks post TKR and I am still in the “wish I had never done this” phase. I am so tired of having pain, taking pain medications, worrying about the swelling, propping the leg up. I have less pain standing per se, it has just shifted to all my muscles. The total skin on the operated leg is numb and I get pins and needles when I prop up too long. The scar is “very nice” which I could care less about. The functionality of the limb is exceptionally disappointing. I was in good shape prior to the surgery, good mobility of the joint. I lifted weights, worked on an elliptical machine and could row, swim. I have lost this plus increased my pain, gained swelling with the surgery. I was told that the numbness could last forever…. that said, it is more annoying rather than debilitating. I am very sensing to touch so I wear support hose for maximum comfort. I have heard that folks are often so happy with a TKR, I cannily say that I would never consider another surgery for my other knee.

  • Hi Elise,
    Thanks for visiting my site and updating us about your tkr situation. I was feeling exactly like you when at your post-tkr stage. Hopefully, after your recuperation period, you will feel differently. It’s a rough recuperation, for sure. Hang in there and stay in touch!

  • Linda Viner

    Hi, thanks for the blog. I have often thought along with the TKR prior to surgery clinics that my local hospital holds to inform patients about ‘what to expect’ they ought to have a former surgical patient come in and talk to TKR surgery candidates… and that is what you do here. I appreciate what you share very much. I had a left knee TKR on Aug 27. My surgeon is very well respected , surgery was quick only 1.5 hours, and I was able to keep my own kneecap. My rehab has gone very well, at 4 weeks I have 107 degrees flexion and can hyperextend my straightened knee, which is due to hyper mobility in my arm and knee joints. So I am pleased. I do still have some swelling and heat just locally at the knee not above or below and it is diminishing daily. I can’t do stairs. I do all the exercises every day, and ride a recumbent exercise bike for 20 mins a day , full rotation, with medium resistance no pain. BUT when I walk, there is very focused excruciating pain, at the lower left outer side of the knee. If I wait and bend the knee slightly each step the area where the pain is, where it is catching, will then release and I can take the step. My question is, does this sound normal, like the pain that I should be experiencing as a part of the recovery?? I do have the ‘burning ‘ pain, which is the stiffness and it is very very manageable and about a 2 or 3, but this stabbing pain is nasty, and more like 8 out of 10.

  • Hi Linda,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. I’m glad you enjoy my blog. 🙂
    As you know, we all recuperate differently. I, also, experience the sharp pains alongside the outer portion of my tkr prosthesis. I have written about this in other posts. Severe neuropathy caused by bone spurs.
    In my case, it’s getting worse.

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