My knee is still very stiff after replacement 10 months ago

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My op was in september last year and although i am able to walk very well and for quite long distances my knee often feels very stiff. is this to be expected? will it get better in time?

Appreciate any thoughts

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    Some amount of stiffness/tightness/a "band-like" feeling, etc. is totally normal at your stage. May continue for up to 18 months. You will not know when it goes away. However, one day you'll feel it again and think that you can't remember the last time it happened. Very gradual...imperceptible changes.

    But...

    If you don't keep the knee active, even years down the road, the stiffness will return. Fair warning...

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    It will get better! My case TKR revision 2018 due TKR implant infection ( 2-3 % TKR infections worldwide) My advice EXERCISE! Morning before getting out of bed 100 stretch & bend. Afternoon. Every day! SWIMMING POOL. Backstroke ( easier to breathe -see the sky) and pool walking. And stretching.

    DIET. Cut sugar, fat and excessive carbohydrates. My case coffee, 2 eggs, smoothies, fresh carrot juice when available. Mineral water, no soft drinks! Dinner fish or soup. The global obesity crisis affects also TKR patients. Don't gain WEIGHT Gain WELLBEING! Daily EXERCISE & HEALTHY DIET. All TKR operations are major operations. Recovery takes time. Six to twelve months. It will get BETTER! Bangkok-Johnnie

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      great post about the diet . not many talk about that but it is very important not just after surgery but ongoing.

      liked hearing your diet specifically . good job !

      Do you work ? if so how long before you went back and were driving ?

      Debbie xx

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    Diet. BIG ISSUE! My wife likes to cook and I love her cuisine and wine selection. However, due increased weight. Jackets & trousers, too tight! Last month July not even dry wine or cerveza. NO alcohol. Food intake? 50% reduction! Muesli for breakfast and strong coffee NO sugar! Mineral water, two eggs and veggies lunch. Lean fish lots of salmon and soups for dinner.

    This month? Well, next week there is six-course Italian wine dinner here in Bangkok. Madame wants to go.

    DRIVING. I'm a motoring journalist. Testing cars: pickups to super cars is my job. Last year 2018 Sep my TKR revision. In Jan 2019 back behind the wheel. Only automatic. 80 % of passenger cars in Thailand have automatic transmission.

    I rather DRIVE than WALK! My walking, daily in the swimming pool. Less gravity. Last time walking in a shopping mall Mega Bagna / IKEA. I realized walking is not really my cup of tea.

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      "Walking not my cup of tea" Correction! I mean walking in huge shopping malls and big international airports. Walking shorter distances and standing, not too long. No problem. Swelling. Yes. Before my revision operation and after - only three months. BTW now I manage to walk down stairs - not hopping, sideways like three months ago. Exercise! Daily stretch & bend. And weight watching! TKR recovery takes time - a long time. Best regards, Bangkok-Johnny

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