Don’t let anyone bullsh!t you.
Whether you get a partial or full replacement, expect some serious pain for a while (approx. 12 months).
My girlfriend is a PT and treats a lot of these. Funnily enough, the surgeons usually fail to mention the part about the post-op pain, and these poor soon-to-be patients go in with the impression that the good Dr. is going to perform this magical surgery and they’ll be HEALED immediately following.
By the time the PT’s get the patients, they’re miserably grumpy and hostile fvcks who end up hating the therapists for making them do sh!t that hurts even more.
Seriously, that's very interesting. Tomorrow I'll be seeing my PT, week two of therapy, 20+ days post op. I'll tell him what you said. I wonder what your girl would say about the bucket handle I'm dealing with as it relates to the electric shock pain I'm experiencing. If I could, I would ask her, "Can I expect it to go away or is this something that will stick around indefinitely?" Right now, from where I sit, I have to wonder if there's any light at the end of the frickin' tunnel.
If PT, and fate, is unable to deal me a better hand, then I expect the next thing would be for me to get my knee shot up with hyaluronic acid injections or Synvisc injections. Both injections aren't a sure thing, or something a person can count on in defeating osteoarthritis. If none of those work I'll try Aquedan. If that doesn't stop the electric shocks, other than a total or partial knee replacement, I've run out of options.