5 days post op tkr

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I am 5 days since surgery and think I am doing really well however my knee and thigh are so swollen black and blue and so tight it is now affecting the bend I have.

Is this ok as I am icing all the time but does not seem to be making much difference

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    Par for the course I'm afraid Bozzy, it's not as easy as the surgeons make out is it?

    Keep on icing & elevating. You'll get there.

    Don't forget to exercise though, it's tough at 1st, but keep on trying. Little by little you'll find the exercises getting easier & bending more.

    You're in this for the long haul I'm sorry to say.

    Good luck on your rehab.

    Keep us posted how you're getting on.

    Marilyn

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    Bozzy, this is absolutely normal.  When I was doing the heel slides at that point and I felt the muscle was so bruised that it wouldn't work properly I actually helped pull the thigh up with my hands for a couple of days and then suddeny it got easier.  The icing does work.  I'm two weeks post op today and am noticing that while the bruising has gone a lot (not all yet - it's still purple in places on the inner thigh) the thigh muscles have that slightly bruised feeling.  It also feels as though there is a tight dressing round the knee, when there isn't, but it's just swelling, despite icing.  I found it HUGELY easier when staples came out for bending too - I was actually getting bleeding from the holes from the staples as I was bending, so you'll find that makes a difference.  Even the dressing coming off made it easier to bend!  You're doing well!

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    You  are doing fine.  I had TKR is November 2016 and was black and blue from my knee to my foot.  It takes a while for the swelling to subside.  I still have some on the outside of my knee.  I had a passive continuous motion machine that I was prescribed to bend my knee for me.  It takes time and everyone is different.  Don't get discouraged.

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    At 5 days you are just beginning this long journey. Don't worry about the swelling, it will go down. Do what the therapists say, stay ahead of the pain, and hang in there. I am 9 weeks post TKR, sleepless nights and a bit of emotional ups and downs. This support group can be your best therapy at times. Cheers

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