Knee and calf swelling.

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I am six weeks post surgery. I have developed swelling on the front of my calf and lots of pain and stiffness. I have not made it past 97 on my bend and -4 for straightening. After physical therapy I have extreme pain stiffness swelling for two days. Is this normal to have this swelling? It seems like the pain and swelling have gotten worse especially after physical therapy. I do use ice but I am still very sore and stiff in the morning. The stiffness and pain seem to last two days after physical therapy. I noticed the swelling on the front of my calf last night after physical therapy. Should I be concerned?

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    Hi Mary. I'm 7 weeks after my TKR, I still have swelling and stiffness. I've noticed my stiffness is worse after physio, or if I have walked alot. Not really noticed anything with my calf, but everyone is different. Ankles may swell, pain down lower leg etc. Don't worry to much about your bend, I was told 97 was good.

    Hope you continue to progress.. keep icing if it helps you.

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    Unfortunately everyone has their own normal so its hard to set an absolute on anything. Just keep up with the exercises but don't overdo them so you put yourself in pain. Ice frequently not just after exercise. Your bend will come in time but be sure and work on the straight as that will help prevent limping later on.

    Overall, from your description it sounds like you are doing great

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    mary0987 just to mak sure that it is not a bloodclot it will be safe to see your gp he should know, i doubt it though swelling and pain goes hand in hand specialy 6 weeks p.o i am also 6 weeks with the 2nd one and like last night it was a total nightmare for the wife as well lol she is is my nurse, take everything slowly physio rest lots use meds even if you do not like it and ice - elevate, sleep when you can it is one luxuary that eludes me, and do not let the physio overdo it if it hurts tel him her to stop, hope it go,s better it is a vicious operation and takes time to heal my 1st one after a year sometimes acts up a bit so the good news is after 6 weeks it gets better slowly but it does regards danie61

     

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    Don't know about the calf swelling but the rest is absotively, posolutely normal.  We've all been through it.  I'd continue to ice it and keep taking your meds.  Give it a little time...if it's still there, see your doc.

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    yep,this sounds familiar. Happens to me all the time,if its bad it means ive overdone the exercises ,or,in my case today,was over zealous in cleaning out the shower.

    if you can try and throttle back a little on the exercising until the pain/swelling becomes a little less intense and you can manage it. Youre in control ok.

    i am 7 weeks post today,nights are a bit of a minefield,never know what to expect,but,unless im imagining it,i seem to detect the very slightest of glimmers.

    good luck

    Mike

     

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