15week problem

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Hi Everyone.Im back looking for a bit of advice please.

I am now at 15weeks post tkr.Apart from the usual problems with pain,nerve pain,tightness and bit of infection in part of the scar I seemed to be doing really well.I had my op on 26 Oct and I saw my surgeon and pt at beginning of December.They were both pleased with my extension and my knee bend which was 95deg.When I saw my pt ten days later the bend was at 110.Four weeks ago it was 120deg.so she said she didn't need to see me again as I was doing so well.I was able to get upstairs normally from week 7(with a bit of pain)and coming down a few weeks ago.I still had a fair bit of swelling above the knee on the left and under the knee on the inside.3 weeks ago I started getting pain going upstairs again and I'm having to hold on again.I have a lot of discomfort all around my knee.I started driving again but it's a small town so not much.I just noticed some of the hardness on the left side of my knee seems to be softening a bit and it's a bit more sensitive to touch again.

Im sorry this is such a long story but I wonder if anyone has any ideas.Thankyou and good luck to everyone.By the way I am 67

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    Sounds like you're doing really well! I had three of the "absorbable" stitches come out through one section of my incision and it it looked like white pus with redness, then the stitch just rose to the surface and was removed with sterile tweezers. Now, 9 months post LTKR that part of the scar has a small amount of scar tissue which I am massaging with castor oil or magnesium lotion. Watch for the signs of General infection the doctor should have given you. As I am doing more, I get new pains because muscles that have not been used or are healing are waking up. I had numbness on the outside of my knee which has lessened over time. Pain is a way my body lets me know I need to slow down. Many people who have posted say recovery takes an average of a year, sometimes longer. Good luck with your continued recovery! I'm 67 too and delaying the RTKR hopefully until next year!

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    PS- leg warmers that cover my knees, Epsom salt soaking baths and sitting in front of a portable heater make it easier for me to do my range of motion exercises. When I miss a day, I feel my leg stiffen up.
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    You need to build up your atrophied quads, glutes and core that support the new knee.  This strength is mandatory for conquering stairs...defined as up AND down using alternate legs without holding onto anything.  It's all in the muscles.

    Strength program...

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/post-tkr-exercising-565527

    Stairs program...

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/mastering-post-tkr-stairs-552728

    Have fun...

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    The healing will ebb and flow. You will make progress and then slip back. Do not despair or get discouraged. TKR (as you know) is hugely invasive and takes a long time to recover. Slowly but surely the setbacks will fade and it will be all down hill. You've come a long ways and it gets easier not by the day but by the month.

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