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I'm nearly 16 weeks po from patellafemoral replacement (new plastic knee cap and metal trochlea). For 11 years prior to op (and because I was considered too young, I'm 56 now) I wore a knee support, which essentially did the job of my muscles.
My knee on the outside is healing nicely, and I understand inside it can take longer, but I do have lots of muscle massage. I cycle on my exercise bike, use my stepper and try to walk normally (easier said than done when all I can think about is the lump of metal/dead weight in the middle of my leg!). I'm also attending weekly physio sessions.
My question is......is anyone else out there suffering muscle wastage, what exercices are you doing to "wake up" the muscles, how many weeks are you post op. At 16 weeks is it normal to be struggling like I am?
I was told my recovery period would be shorter than PKR or TKR......not sure I should have believed them!
Some days my knee feels much stronger, better than before op, but on other days its very "wobbly"........and the tightness that usually returns every evening is horrendous. Anyone got any tips?
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