Concerned after almost 5 months tkr

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After almost 5 months tkr I am still swollen.

I must admit I should ice more. Bending

fine, but swollen. Also not going upstairs

without a little discomfort. Am I doing okay?

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    Ice and elevate several times a day. It's a pain but the key to getting rid of swelling.

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      Hi Barbara

      I had 2 tkrs this year, one in January and one in March, so I'm very nearly in the same boat as you with the second tkr.

      Just wanted to let you know that there is definitely hope on the horizon 😊!!

      Happy to hear that you're not experiencing pain but swelling only.

      My best relief right now is just to get off my feet and elevate if possible. Get enough good restful healing sleep, and eat healthy to maintain a healthy weight.

      Keeping my body moving, but not overdoing it and taking my anti- inflammatories seems to be the key right now.

      Stay strong, stay positive, things definitely get better it just takes healing time. From what I understand it takes almost a year. for these joints to actually feel like part of our bodies.... so you're doing super!!

      Best wishes for good health and healing, God Bless.

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      Hi deb n barb, I hear u all.   I'm five months in as well, however I still have the swelling, pain n stiffness (sps), I wonder the same as you, but reading all the positive reinforcement from this wonderful forum, I believe we all have a better road ahead.  I know how this can get u down, please try to stay strong, you'll get there. Sometimes I wonder if the prosthesis is too large??? I lost a ton of weight, wonder maybe that's why it seems so big. Goin to doc/surgeon with questions in hand. I'm currently at 110/2, had surgery March 14.  I'm not complaining, just would like good/better results down the road.  Hang in there, and good health and healing to all, best kathy

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      Hi Kathy, I too had my op on 14th March and still have stifness and swelling daily and if I do too much. I am struggling to walk any distance too and can only manage 15 mins and then struggle to walk any further. we do need to stay strong and will get there. I too have been told it can take up to 2 years to settle fully. XXX
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      Hi sue, u n me luck day is March 14. U sound like me. Still have all the symptoms, especially by end of day. Put leg up n ice. Trying to figure out what the right balance is for all the exercises? Added pool last week n more bike, took off from walking but will go back this week.  Every time I do walking for your same 15 minutes, seems my swelling n pain is worse by day's end. How much is enough how little is too little.  I still stretch till it hurts, some say yea or nea on that, but I want the darn thing to bend. Two weeks ago my rom was 110/2. I'm getting there slowly but surely. Seeing doc this week, will be so interesting to hear what he has to say, ha ha.  Blowing healing prayers your way 🌬🌬🌬 best, kathy p

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      Hi Kathy, good to hear from you. I am doing good. Back at work full time (36 hours) and working 1-1 with a 7 year old girl with a lot of additional needs which is very demanding, constantly on feet as she will not sit down....it's hard keeping up with her. I come home shattered. My new knee i coping well but the other one is getting slowly worse. I am seeing my GP this week. How are you doing?  I hope you are still improving. Thank you for thinking about me and your healing prayers must have been working.  XX s

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    HI recovery from this surgey can take a long time for some of us i had my first op

    june last year and still have some minor pain keep your leg elevated when resting and use that ice it sounds like you are doing fine at 5 months ps do the exersises

    good luck

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    How is your strength?
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