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Anyone with RA here had a total knee replacement?

If so, how was it short term and long term?

I had my knee replaced one month ago. The surgeon, to his credit, said it would be the worst pain I have ever had for at least two weeks. It was! Tremendous swelling and bruising from the ankle to the groin.

I have heard RA patients typically have good long term outcomes, but I wonder if short term we swell more than a typical patient. It would make sense as our bodies are already in hyper defensive mode. Please let me know your experiences.


  1. Hi ! While you wait for others here to chime in (I'm hopeful they will do so!) I wanted to point you in the direction of some knee replacement posts on our site: In the meantime, perhaps you can browse those and see if any of your questions are answered in there?

    Glad to hear the surgery went okay for you, Wayne. Wishing you a speedy recovery! -Alesandra ( Team)

    1. I'm undiagnosed yet but had my left knee replaced in 2012. I had waited a year to get the surgery and I think even so that RA made it more difficult. Happily, I can still do most of the things I want to do.

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