Knee swelling

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yesterday my rheumi doc told me to get acupuncture for the swelling, anyone else had it done? 

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    I am six months post TKR and my surgeon told me NO.  His fear is if they hit where the new knee is I could get an infection...it is a slight chance but one neither him or I would want to take at this point.   

    Never had it done for a arthritic knee so I don't know about that. 

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    Oh sorry, I had LKTR on May 23,2018, and wish I would have never done it. More pain and aggravation then before surgery....I know it takes time, but last 2 days feels like going backwards! Knee will not let me stand out of bed, like is locked, so frustrating!

    the swelling is on inside and behind knee, ROM is good at 115 but straightening is impossible, so now I will try the acupuncture.

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      Okay I wouldn’t use acupuncture you are only st 2 months and whereas some people not too bad by then others are still struggling , give it longer and don’t overdo things that aggravate it and cause swelling 
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    Gramma,

    Let me know if it helps - I still have a problem with swelling and Im 13 weeks out.

    Susan

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    Hi Gramma

    I would seriously check with your consultant before going ahead

    In most cases if you follow the routine after TKR although it's a slow and often painful process most folk get to a stage where there life has improved considerably prior to the op I can't see acupuncture helping but that's just my opinion hope you get some relief soon

    Johnny.

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    I did 3 sessions of acupuncture before LTKR with a well known Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist to see if it would reduce pain.  Although the needles were sterile no wiping down of the skin was done. My concern after knee replacement is the introduction of skin bacteria that could cause infection around your knee replacement since the natural immune protection is not in the artificial joint to fight off infection.

    You are still early in recover and are better off icing, elevating leg whenever possible and following an exercise routine without overdoing which can cause swelling itself. The first physical therapist session they told me to ride a bike for 30’minutes 6 days post op (I didn’t feel the pain then) which caused massive swelling  and pain that persisted for months

    Read Chico Marx posts for excellent suggestions, especially patience knowing some of us take longer to heal

    I’ve been doing pool exercises and that movement has helped reduce swelling 10 months post op

    Spent 10 months in a wheelchair due to an allergic reaction to dermabond and bad early physical therapy 

    Extension was stuck at 45 degrees which is why I couldn’t walk

    With a new physical therapist, JAS brace to gradually straighten and hold extension for 30 minutes 3X day and patience , my extension is zero and flexion 125

    But it took 10 months to straighten before I could start pool exercises to rebuild muscle 

    If you do decide to have acupuncture,  talk to your doctor about antibiotics

    Be sure to replace probiotics afterwards to avoid future digestive problems

    Best Wished

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