Iv got a lot of swelling on outside of knee 8 wks after tkr!

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Hi all im 8 weeks post op of left tkr today! I have a lot of swelling on outside of knee in the area that is numb. It seemed to go down last wk but has swelled again. I ice regularly about 4 times a day. I went to physio today and they said they think its a pulled or swollen tendon where tendon joins muscle. I was wondering if this is a common problem? I am working very hard on my bend as this is what iv struggled with it was 77 when i was measured 3 wks ago and it was 86 today! I do bending exercises loads so had hoped for 90 today. The physio said bend could be better! Im going to try even more as iv got appt with surgeon 2 wks today! Any advice would be appreciated!

Im going to try to be confident enough to walk upstairs bending knee to do one foot on each step! Do you think this will help?

I did feel upset today as 2 men were only 5 wks and were chatting and saying they both had over 100"at bend and were walking unaided! Im finding it so much harder and i know i am trying my best! I did have a cry! Silly me! Thanks for any opinions! Hope i can sleep better tonight ! It helps !

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    One quick lesson in recovery....don't pay any attention to others recovery levels. You are very much an individual and will proceed at your own level. Just so you know, I have been throughout this recovery process 5 times and every time it's different. I use the word process a lot. You don't go from A to Z in a direct line as much as Drs and therapists would like for you to believe. In looking at your message the first thing that rings loud is the amount of work you are doing. Believe me and others that have fought this battle, rest is as or not important than hard work. Overdoing is a straight line to going backwards often times. Do your excercises very slowly and completely. Drunk plenty of water at least half an hour before starting. Rest afterwards, elevating the leg slightly above the level of the heart. Ice after every session and several times a day. Cut your excercises to two sessions a day. Pushbupnto but not into the pain level. Take pain meds before starting excercise. This isn't a sprint it's a marathon and it isn't like turning a switch off and saying it's over as far as the pain. Its more like watching a sunsetting over a large lake or ocean....it's there and suddenly you realize it's gone. That doesn't mean it won't come back now and then and give you a scare but it will go away again. At 8 weeks you are still in the earlier stages......seven if some Dr said the recovery is 6 weeks. Its all in the process.....go slow and go easy but do keep up the program
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      Thank you for your words of wisdom. There are a few of us commenting on here. I am 3 weeks post op. I no it's early. I do think I'm over doing it. I'm mainly working on the bending. Ever else is pretty good. Even straightening it.
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    hi debbie171066 .8 weeks after tkr is stil in its infancy stage as a matter of speech both my are being done of witch the right one is one year post op and had swelling right down to my toes, my problem was lack of sleep the pain i managed with good stuff but the walking and bending and all the other physio stuf tore me up.as i said after 1 year i am still not walking unaided due to my left knee that are being done in may wow what an early crhistmas present, yes i know what lies ahead but it is less scary than what i am going through know rven my shoulders are packing it in due to the long use of it.One lessen i learned early with the first one from this forum what ever you do and it hurts stop take pain meds elevate ice ,rest and start again the next day this is a major invasion to your body and will be difficult after 3 months i could sleep 4 hrs at night wow what a bonus so dear i know what you are going through and you have swelling complications and may i ask if you are wearing the socks if not please do it helps with the swelling too, keep spirit up it will get better soon. ps,,, dont push to hard to much in this case is not good regards danie south africa
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