I am so scared..don't know what to expect

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Having a mua on Friday. ..I hope I get some Bend ..I am at 75 only with my physio. 10 weeks post op. ..the stiffness and tingling and numbness has set in. ..I stumble around the house to afraid to go much further .I do get to my pt appts but heck have to rely on others for groceries etc. ..I work hard on rehab but reduced the amt of time since I was told and booked mua. .I hope my surgeon knows best. ..I need some kind of life back. .I am a widow and 54..just want to be able to walk and play with my grandbaby. .oh and am I going to be able to stand and walk around when I get home. I do plan on having my son stay overnight the first night to help..and the hosp said someone needs to be with you the first 24 hours. .. .what do I expect first couple days...no one has told me anything.

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    Hi Sandy! I hope you get required bending after MUA.

    I'm exactly going through the same predicament as you are. I abandoned my PT week ago because of the numbing pain and crunching sound in my joint.

    I can't bend more than 35°.

    I'm waiting for my next appointment with my Orthopedic and see what he suggests next.

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    Hi Sandy.

    I totally understand why you are scared but please don't be. I had a MUA because my bend was only about 65 if I recall correctly.

    After the MUA I was in alot of pain in the recovery room. But after several IV doses of pain meds it was finally under control. When I got home and for the next day I was very sore but no longer in excruciating pain.

    Although I stayed with my mother I had no problem getting around with a cane and was able to care for myself.

    My surgeon sent me a photo of my knee and the bend he got which he said was 145. PT was brutal afterwards. Everyday for a week to maintain the bend. I was not happy about that!

    I was only able to maintain a 90 degree bend to this day but developed an infection - not from the MUA which has obviously hindered my progress.

    Good luck. You will be fine. :-) Please let us know how you do.

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      Hi kamram. It is because the surgeon is bending your knee to break up scar tissue and he is not being gentle. Lol

      Please don't be discouraged. We all have different tolerences for pain - and different outcomes. Since I had been in pain management since my tkr I had built up a tolerance for pain medication. Therefore, I would most likely need more than someone else to treat the pain which is why it took me a few doses to take it away after my MUA.

      Your MUA will go well! Please try not to worry too much.

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      Thank you very much, Arizona for the encouragement. I hope I build enormous tolerances for the excruciating pain.

      The pain really doesn't matter when you're being advised rightly by the people who have previously experienced this predicament.

      Your kind responses make me feel happy and enhance my tolerance against the pain.

      We all need people to interact amidst the bouts of excruciating suffering!

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      Kamran...just reading all the responses regarding the mua it kinda gets me motivated to handle this set back again. I was so focused after the tkr surgery and the lack of bend took over my head....bummed me out...but can't change it ...gotta be strong and focus on next phase. ..I go in Friday. ...I hope to be better off. ....

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    I also had an MUA, the surgeon got 130 , the pain was awful for a few days after just where they had pulled my leg about, it hurt in the hip and back more. I can only get 110 now on a good day , I'm 5 months post TKR still having PT.

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    I would suggest doing a new post with "MUA" in the title.  You'll probably get more responses from people who have had the procedure.  You can also search the Forum for MUA discussion that have already been posted.  Probably lots of info our there for you.  I didn't need one but from my reading a number of those discussions, the procedure seems to work very well for the vast majority of those that have it done. 

    I realize that all this might seem scary, but it's not.  You go to sleep, wake up, take meds for the pain and have much better flexion in your knee.  Good luck.

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    I had my TKR on the 19th of Jan 2018 and 12 weeks later I had a MUA because I had been at -5/100 ROM since the 2nd week of my TKR surgery 

    Bottom line up front, for me the MUA recovery was easy and I believe I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had not had the MUA.  

    I went into the hospital at 7am was given what they call a twilight drug (you are awake but don’t remember anything) and I was up and talking to the doctor at around 11:30am the same day.  The doctor said he got me to 0/125.  After talking to the doctor he sent me over to  PT and although a couple hours only passed  they could only get 0/120, the next day I was at 0/105, the next day I was 0/110 and worked my way back to 0/120.     

    For me (and everyone is different) I had only a little bit of pain from where he grabbed onto my leg to break up the scar tissue and that lasted about a week.  

    I was told by my doctor after the MUA that for the next two weeks I was to go to PT 5 days a week, do nothing that would cause my knee to swell such as no extra walking other than what was necessary and to do my ROM exercises as much as possible. After my two week period of rest/ROM exercises I was much more mobile than I was before the MUA because of my bend.  I was getting to  0/125 on my own and with help could get to 0/130.    

    So for me the MUA recovery was only two weeks and it was easy.  Mentally it was also a positive experience since I could walk normally again.   But again remember that everyone is very different as are the doctor’s approach so everyone’s recovery is different.    

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    So sorry to hear this and others having same problem, I must have been lucky because although was very painful up till about 8 wks I could go shopping etc with one crutch and bend it okay , didn’t really go to physio just did it myself the physio wasn’t much help so didn’t bother . Hope you get movement okay , but must say I never had any crunching with it 
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