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Re: Tkr
Sep 30, 2010
Hi Lindy,
I can really relate to the swelling issue. I had much swelling at 4 weeks and I am now 4 months out and still have swelling, but not as bad. Both of my knees were swollen even though I had just the rt. knee done (TKR) after surgery. My whole leg was swollen and I felt like I had a "tree trunk as well".
I am finding out that nothing seems to be quick in terms of healing with TKR and it takes a great deal of patience.
Icing my knee and keeping it elevated was the only thing thatt gave me any relief when I was at the 4 week point. Even that didn't always work. Hang in there and I hope you have a good recovery..
Take care,Connie
Re: Tkr
Oct 1, 2010
[QUOTE=Connie620;4336973]Hi Lindy,
I can really relate to the swelling issue. I had much swelling at 4 weeks and I am now 4 months out and still have swelling, but not as bad. Both of my knees were swollen even though I had just the rt. knee done (TKR) after surgery. My whole leg was swollen and I felt like I had a "tree trunk as well".
I am finding out that nothing seems to be quick in terms of healing with TKR and it takes a great deal of patience.
Icing my knee and keeping it elevated was the only thing thatt gave me any relief when I was at the 4 week point. Even that didn't always work. Hang in there and I hope you have a good recovery..
Take care,Connie[/QUOTE]
Re: Tkr
Oct 1, 2010
[QUOTE=Connie620;4336973]Hi Lindy,
I can really relate to the swelling issue. I had much swelling at 4 weeks and I am now 4 months out and still have swelling, but not as bad. Both of my knees were swollen even though I had just the rt. knee done (TKR) after surgery. My whole leg was swollen and I felt like I had a "tree trunk as well".
I am finding out that nothing seems to be quick in terms of healing with TKR and it takes a great deal of patience.
Icing my knee and keeping it elevated was the only thing thatt gave me any relief when I was at the 4 week point. Even that didn't always work. Hang in there and I hope you have a good recovery..
Take care,Connie[/QUOTE]

Thankyou connie for your reply to me i thought it was just me who was having this problem it made me feel more relaxed about my TKR as i tend to worry when i shouldnt hope your feeling better soon with your knee its been a hard 4 weeks but hopefully as time goes on it will improve once again thanks
Re: Tkr
Oct 2, 2010
I had a bilateral TKR a year ago 9-15 and I totally understand your swelling issues. I had them and continue to have them. It is frustrating that after you go through surgery and rehab...ICE is your friend....elevation is your friend...

When I went to the MD and he told me that my popping and clicking in my knees was due to the fact I needed to strengthen my quads and hanstrings...I was bummed. Each time now I walk or just sit, my legs from the knees down blow up like balloons. It is uncomfortable, shoes don't fit, my skin feels stretched and in fact I call them elepahant ankles...ugly on top of it all!

Once you are able, keep up with all the exercises and then go to the gym regularly so your hamstrings and quads don't loose strength because this, is a private little hell going on...stuck between knowing you want to get up and move since you went through so much to get here...but knowing that staying put and elevating and icing are the only things that bring the swelling down...total catch 22 situation. It stinks I am very open to anyone's suggestions as to how to help the swelling.
Re: Tkr
Oct 13, 2010
[QUOTE=4pinkcats;4337931]I had a bilateral TKR a year ago 9-15 and I totally understand your swelling issues. I had them and continue to have them. It is frustrating that after you go through surgery and rehab...ICE is your friend....elevation is your friend...

When I went to the MD and he told me that my popping and clicking in my knees was due to the fact I needed to strengthen my quads and hanstrings...I was bummed. Each time now I walk or just sit, my legs from the knees down blow up like balloons. It is uncomfortable, shoes don't fit, my skin feels stretched and in fact I call them elepahant ankles...ugly on top of it all!

Once you are able, keep up with all the exercises and then go to the gym regularly so your hamstrings and quads don't loose strength because this, is a private little hell going on...stuck between knowing you want to get up and move since you went through so much to get here...but knowing that staying put and elevating and icing are the only things that bring the swelling down...total catch 22 situation. It stinks I am very open to anyone's suggestions as to how to help the swelling.[/QUOTE]

Hi reading what you put sounds just like the syptoms ive got with my TKR im struggling at the moment with swelling tightness were then it becomes real red and hot trying to be patient but its hard just want to be able to bend my knee to 90 degrees which at the moment i cant ,i dint have any PT just got discharged with a book on what exercises to do,but have been to see my doctor again whos putting me through to s a community PT so hopefully wont be waiting too long .hope your feeling better soon,its nice to chat to people who know what your going through take care ,linda
Re: Tkr
Oct 13, 2010
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I can't believe that they sent you home initially without any in-home rehab! I had 18 visits in total between home and outpatient. During rehab my knees did well and my flexiblity was good. However, a year later, I am concerned with these pops and clicks...I need to start back in my own "rehab" exercises but don't understand why, after only a year, this is happening.

Your strength and flexion will increase and your pain and discomfort will decrease. ICE after each exercise session to prevent swelling. I am icing now just for the swelling and it does help with that "tight" feeling.

You are right, it does help to know, you are not alone.

Good luck and keep me updated on how you are doing!!
Re: Tkr
Oct 19, 2010
[QUOTE=4pinkcats;4356881][COLOR="Magenta"][FONT="Comic Sans MS"][/FONT][/COLOR]

I can't believe that they sent you home initially without any in-home rehab! I had 18 visits in total between home and outpatient. During rehab my knees did well and my flexiblity was good. However, a year later, I am concerned with these pops and clicks...I need to start back in my own "rehab" exercises but don't understand why, after only a year, this is happening.

Your strength and flexion will increase and your pain and discomfort will decrease. ICE after each exercise session to prevent swelling. I am icing now just for the swelling and it does help with that "tight" feeling.

You are right, it does help to know, you are not alone.

Good luck and keep me updated on how you are doing!![/QUOTE]





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