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What should I do if my total knee replacement of 2 1/2 years begins to make "clicking " & "popping " sounds ?

What should I do if my total knee replacement of 2 1/2 years begins to make "clicking " & "popping " sounds ?

See your surgeon: Clicking in knee replacements is very common as the parts are metal and plastic(polyethylene). Popping may indicate some swelling or fluid build up in the knee. You should see your knee surgeon or knee replacement specialist to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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Knee Replacement (Definition)

It is when a surgeon removes and exchanges some are all of the componets of your knee. The bottom end of the thigh bone(femur), the upper end of the shin bone(tibia) and the undersurface ...Read more


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Why does my knee replacement keep popping?

Why does my knee replacement keep popping?

Knee replacement: This is typically from the piece of the implant that allows for the smooth movement between the femur and tibial pieces. If this is painful or you have questions see your surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the popping I hear after knee replacement surgery?

What is the popping I hear after knee replacement surgery?

Normal: As it is a man-made device, it is not unusual to hear/feel painless clicking in your knee after a successful knee replacement. If concerned, have your surgeon re-evaluate your knee. ...Read more

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I have a mild ache in my knee and it makes a popping noise on extension, will I need a knee replacement?

I have  a mild ache in my knee and it makes a popping noise on extension, will I need a knee replacement?

No: Your "need' for a knee replacement depends entirely upon you and how you are feeling. Knee replacements are used for people with severe arthritis that have been unable to control their pain with a lot of different non-surgical treatments. The pain is typically severe enough that it interferes with their daily activities. After a good discussion with your surgeon, surgery can then be considered. ...Read more

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I had a total knee replacement three months ago. My knee locks up, is extreamly stiff, clanks, and makes popping noises. It is not infected. Why?

I had a total knee replacement three months ago.  My knee locks up, is extreamly stiff, clanks, and makes popping noises.  It is not infected. Why?

See your surgeon: Check in with your orthpaedic surgeon if you are still having issues. Knee replacement can have a lengthy recovery. Your doctor can check you for problems that may benefit from treatment. ...Read more

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What is the clicking noise from a knee replacement ?

What is the clicking noise from a knee replacement ?

Metal touching plast: This is normal and the sound of the metal parts tapping against the plastic parts. Nothing to worry about buy commonly asked. As long as there is no pain it is just fine. ...Read more

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Had a fall on my knee replacement, getting a lot of pain & it's clicking, could it be damaged?

Had a fall on my knee replacement, getting a lot of pain & it's clicking, could it be damaged?

Sure could, best 2 C: Ur surgeon & have it evaluated by xam & hands on exam & imaging. used uni knee as I like them, in the those who have unicompartmental disease, and have good bone stock. ...Read more

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Knee replacement was done 2006 but now getting pain and clicking in it. Is this in it's way out and I need another replacement done? I'm 54 yrs old.

Knee replacement was done 2006 but now getting pain and clicking in it. Is this in it's way out and I need another replacement done? I'm 54 yrs old.

It probably isn't as: its only been there for 7-8 yrs. You do need to have it seen to, & XR's and some lab work done; and may be some scans as well. to make the correct Dx, before one can say whether you need a Revision or not. Meanwhile use a Cane while ambulating and do the exercises you were shown after your surgery, as they most likely would do no harm, but strengthen the muscles & reduce your pain even. Get Seen. ...Read more

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Why does my knee replacement click when i walk?

Why does my knee replacement click when i walk?

Most do: When metal and polyethylene implants separate and then come back together, it can create a 'click' in the knee. Most patients with tka will experience this. Early on it may be related to swelling in the joint and be caused by the patella hitting the femoral implant while walking. When the swelling is gone, the femoral and tibial implant can separate slightly and click when they re-contact. ...Read more

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