Is numbness in the knees common after joint replacement?
I was very interested to read the article under this headline in your current issue of Arthritis Today, about some people not getting full pain relief from their new replacement knees. This hasn’t been my problem, having been completely pain-free since my replacements in 2006 and 2008. However, I’d be interested to know whether any other readers who’ve had knee replacement surgery have experienced a numbing of their lower legs and feet. This has been my problem for the past two to three years, and it has gradually got worse. I also have very cold knees which I think could be the cause of leg cramps, which I get fairly often. I’d be interested to know how other people have dealt with this ongoing problem.
Edna Wilson, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Exercise BEFORE knee replacement as essential as after
I’ve been reading in Arthritis Today about post-operative exercise concerning knee replacements. Having had both knees replaced, I fully support this activity. My surgery was carried out 10 years ago on my right knee followed by the left knee 17 months later, both at the Nuffield Hospital through the NHS. After both operations I had little pain due, in my opinion, to the vigorous muscular exercises imposed by the hospital physiotherapy staff BEFORE surgery.
Eric Landau, Newcastle-upon-Tyne