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Hi TKR-ers, I'm 76 yes old am now 8 weeks post op and can at last say, things are getting better. Am working hard at exercises including in sitting in the local pool to exercise and having physio once a week. This morning 'bend' was 110. Numbness decreasing and sensitivity improving with massage. Even getting more sleep.Hang in there folks, it does get better. God bless. 😸

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    That's so good to hear Margaret. I've just been to see the Consultant tonight 6 weeks post op and he says I'm not progressing as well as I should. I've got 100 degree bend and not quite a straight leg. He says I need to go for walks making them longer each day! I think in two weeks I should be hopefully like you. Is your leg/knee still swollen because mine is so hard to bend! Well done on your recovery.
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    Hi Margaret

    Thanks for this. Does anyone know any non surgical treatments for a meniscal tear please. The pain is intolerable.

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    Margaret that's really good to hear I'm 5 weeks tkr and I feel I've gone backwards was doing so well the last week more swelling on my knee still can't bend it when I walk and more pain than I had 2 weeks ago at physio tomorrow
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      Linda, I'm 6 weeks post op now but last week I was feeling so down as it felt I was going two steps forward and four back. Kept up with the exercises and then the next week it all of a sudden didn't feel so tight and stiff. It's amazing what a difference a week can make. My whole leg is still quite swollen even though I'm raising it and icing it. I guess that's why I can't get the full degree bend because of the swelling. I potter round my flat in the day and then knee tends to stiffen up by the afternoon. I don't have the pre op pain which is marvellous but I can't wait for the day when I stop thinking about my knee all the time and can walk independently again without limping and without a stick! Glad to hear you're back at work Linda and sounding so positive. Can't wait to feel the same.
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      Oops sorry Linda you're not back at work. Getting mixed up with who I'm replying to! Brain gone to mush too.

      Just hang on in there and each week you should see an improvement. I'm certainly not feeling so down this week and I still have a little way to go.

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    Thank you for the good news Margaret. I am only a week postop left TKR and doing very well. Swelling is minimal, 114 degree bend, but I am becoming weary already of spending my entire day focused on my knee. I know it's part of the process and I'm so early in recovery but I see weeks or even months of this as overwhelming. So thanks to you I'll quit whining and dive in for the long haul (which may only be 8 weeks 😄).
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      Imagine the tear in something valuable, would you try and repair it yourself and risk making the tear worse or, take it to a specialist who will sort it out in no time. I don't think anyone on this site wants or likes invasive surgery, but sometimes that is the only way
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      I am taking life long warfarin and have kidney disease so unable to have steroids etc.

      However I will take on board what you say and press the medics for some positive action. I am sick of the pain. My left knee is hurting, tingling, pins and needles and left ankle swelling up just with going upstairs.

      Sueisobel do you find that if you carry something no matter for how long just a few minutes the pain etc worsens?

      Jean

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    Hi Margaret!

    You are doing GREAT! I am almost 11 weeks post op, and I reached a bend of 104°just today!

    I continue to have some numbness but am getting used to it. I only wear VERY, VERY soft pants because I don't like the feel of anything rubbing against my incision.

    My balance has improved GREATLY which helps me feel more confident as I work in my garden, and walk in my yard with its many MOLE hills and fallen walnuts from our three walnut trees!

    Keep up your great progress!

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      Hi Cheryl - I too found trousers or skirts rubbing the scar painful so I now wear a tube of stockinette or an oversize knee support just to protect the scar. It works for me. I have also

      found that massaging with Glucosamine Gel IF the incision is completely closed helps cool and ease the joint. You can get it in Holland & Barrett very often 'on offer'.

      Hope that helps. 😺

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      Provided there is no rash or breakdown of the scar then I would advise applying some cream commonly sold in pharmacies for protecting the skin to ease the sskin, make it feel comfortable and soft and to minimise the scar.

      I had a lentigo removed from my face and was advised by a plastic surgeon to do the same especially when facing the elements.

       The scar is hardly visible and the cream was soothing as well.

      I can supply the name of the OTC if you PM me.It is a common cream commonly prescribed by doctors and district nurses.

      Jean

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      The tube of stockinette is SUCH A GREAT IDEA! Thanks for that!

      I have been putting Johnson's Baby Cream on my scar, but I don't massage it much. I should get going on that!

      There is a lot to this surgery, but we will all make it, I am sure of it!

      Best wishes as you get stronger and enjoy less pain!

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      Hi Cheryl

      I was advised to use E45 cream and massage it well into the scar on my face where a lentigo had to be removed. The scar is barely visible now.

      The consultant plastic surgeon who removed a lentigo off my face a few yeara ago advised me to gently massage E45 cream into the scar to protect the delicate skin against the elements . To soothe it and to promote minimal scarring.

      It worked.

      Jean

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