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On 12th October I had a right knee TKR with a false kneecap. I felt from day 1 that there was going to be problems. I was totally fit and healthy before and in my mid 50's. At my 6 week check up my surgeon said xrays were satisfactory and he was happy with my 90-100 bend and wasn't concerned that I could not straighten leg. Went to see him yesterday and I am still at 90-100 and still cant straighten leg properly and cannot do straight leg lift. He said my quads sustained damage (vastus medialis) in the op but he could operate but would prefer not to and has given me until my 6 month checkup to see how it goes. My knee is always painful unless I am still and have it slightly bent. It takes me a few steps to straighten. I ice with a cryo cuff each day. have an exercise bike and treadmill at home. I have used a compex rehab machine for the last two months. I have exercised and swam but have now joined a gym so I can do crosstrainer etc and swimming more often . I cannot walk far if not on a treadmill and have only started driving in the last two weeks. I sat on my horse for the first time yesterday and will continue. Please someone tell me it will be alright in the end....that I will get my leg straight in the end..... that I will get a decent bend back and be able to get some of my life back. Anyone else like this at 14 weeks and have recovered well after? My surgeon says there is still swelling and does expect I will gain much more in the next few months....but I feel he is just saying that to make me feel better! I was given the new Attune knee that was supposed to be better! I suppose the one consolation was that he didn't suggest and MUA!
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