I'm 12 days post TKR. Just had clips out.

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Is it normal for knee to be very stiff and tight. Will this pass?.. They really don't warn you about what to expect after surgery.

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    yes its normal just make sure your doing your bending exercises they gave you to help stretch out the leg also make sure you sleep on your back and elevate the leg by putting just your heel on the pillow so your knee will be bending downwards stretching it out put an ice pack on it to help ease the pain and swelling. the gave me a home therapist for a week to help stretch out my leg and help teach me how to get around the house then I'm going to out therapy next

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      Thanks bradley_3...i suspose I stupidly thought tightness would go once clips came out.. I'm moving around house and doing the stairs and using ice which relieves the stiffness but then I rest and stiffness returns..

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      i kno ur struggle. i just had my 3rd surgery on my knee in a year&a half for very thick scar tissue Wednesday!had a tkr in march last year.so I'm back in therapy for 3 more months 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 i hope u get some relif soon!

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    Everyone heals differently but you are doing super. This not an easy operation to recover from. Take it easy on yourself as this is a marathon not a sprint. Try to do a little more each day

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    You've just had major surgery. They've taken apart your knee and taken a saw to it so it's no wonder it's tight and stiff. Ice and elevate toes above nose on 4 pillows for at least 45 minutes for a minimum of 4 times daily to bring down the swelling, which will relieve the tightness and stiffness. Take your painkillers regularly. I wouldn't have been able to sleep with my foot on a pillow, I slept on my back, but with a pillow lengthwise under my leg and, as I have long legs, another for my feet to rest on.

    Remember it's a year to complete recovery, sometimes longer, and we all recover differently. We all start at the same place, but like a marathon, we don't all finish at the same time. Be kind to your knee and you'll get there. Things improved for me at 4 weeks and then I overdid it. Each month has seen improvement with some steps back along the way - it's not a linear progression by any means.

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      Thanks lynda49844 have been doing exercises and ice regularly. Just didn't really have any understanding of how debilitating it is at the start and it feels such an uphill struggle. I've always been active and now spending so much time resting is driving me mad!!.. As you say it will take time I'm just having to learn to be patient..

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      Click on my name. On the right side, click "Discussions" and then "View All". I have about 30 out there covering tons of topics including pre-op and what you can expect post-op that the docs never, ever tell you. Have fun...

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    I am about 10 months post TKR, and it took about 4 months for me to sort of forget about the stiffness and tightness. And though I'm doing considerably better, my knee still feels weird - not pain, just not normal. But that said, I'm doing almost everything I want to do without knee pain. I still have some strengthening to do.

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      AliMarie glad your doing well. It just seems there's no end in sight but by coming on here I realise I've got to play the long game.. and a good day may well be followed by a bad day.. Just feel I was not prepared on what to expect immediately after surgery. Your told you need TKR and that after you will be pain free and more mobile. No mention of how hard the recovery is both physically and mentally.

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      Yes. I was very disillusioned. My surgeon told me I could return to work in 3 weeks! I made it back to work at six weeks post, but it was rather miserable for a while. I even got a second opinion at 4 mos. post. Will not go back to the original surgeon, but I've learned this is definitely a long patch of bad road. I am a school librarian, and we just moved into a new library. My cell phone counted my steps during about two weeks of very busy days - and I averaged walking about 6 miles a day. Good news was that my knee was pain-free. Bad news was that everything else hurt! ;^)

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      I'm a care assistant at a day centre for people with learning disabilities, and older people, on my feet all day so won't be back to work for 12 weeks, which is a long way off. I have a fit bit and at moment I'm managing about 1000 steps a day but am hoping to up it soon but find if I over do it I'm absolutely worn out the following day...

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    P.S. This has required the most extensive period of rehabilitation - and was the most long-lasting pain - of any surgery I've ever had. So hang in there; take your pain meds; do your exercises; and don't be too hard on yourself. :^)

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