MY RIGHT TKR POST OP

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Hi everybody, after some two years of "To be or not to be" finally on the 22th of May this year it went under the knife... Although I wanted the two of them I am glad my surgeon convinced me to go for one. All went better than expected and by the second day I was walking and socializing with other patients, on the fifth day I was transferred to rehab and four days later went home having achieved over 110 degrees flex without too much hard work. ( I thought this is easy ) By the fourth week my knee started experiencing some inflammation and my GP said that some patients will have this situation for some time even for several months ( this was also shared by my surgeon's assistant ) what it worries me is that the fluids around my knee are persisting even when ice is applied on the area and I can only flex about 90 degrees and any further will hurt. Would any one of you kind people be able to bring some relief with your own experiences ( maybe the same) as I am a bit concern and thinking should I call my surgeon again????

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    I had my tkr on May 9. I had swelling from the very beginning. I’m 7 weeks out and it’s getting better.  Still tight and a little painful at times, but there’s light at tge end of the tunnel. Keep doing the exercises and ice and it will come. I’m at 120 rom. Hope it helps 
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    Hi Clemento

    i had my tkr nearly 6 months ago, I still have some swelling and stiffness in my knee and sometimes in my legs.  Having a tkr is a long process where you must do your exercises regularly. Everyone is different and some people I am told can have the swelling and stiffness for over a year.

    good luck with your tkr.

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    Wow 110 after 4 days amazing. when you mention the fluids persisting are you referring to swelling?? if you are your going to have swelling for awhile, the more you push the more you get. Not implying dont exercise but just keep in mind this was a major op and unlike training for a marathon you can only do so much. To me is seems like it could be the cause ( not sure ) I am basing this on my own experience just had #6 revision. When I do too much my knee hurts like crazy and I get more swelling, yes I ice and elevate but sometimes it might take a few days for the swelling to go down. Something else you need to keep in mind granted you did great right away but nothing about the recovery is easy I liken it to a roller coaster ride lots of highs and lots of lows. Hope this helps?
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      Hi, Thanks for the replies. I realise now as you have mentioned is like a roller coaster good days and bad days but enduring pain seem to be stoping me of doing any type of physio and concern me the thoughts of going " backwards" and I am battling to maintain my 110 degrees flex. my upper muscles are in pain. I am only waiting for a break so I can attempt to continue some sort of activity.  

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      Right now I am in the same boat as you without help from therapist and bending as far as I can I am at 110. 2.5 weeks out but the pain levels are high ( to me very high is a high 7 ) lots of swelling pain everywhere. The only good thing I had first follow up the nurse Practitioner could tell i was miserable and increased pain meds. Nothing is perfect same with pain meds but doubling the dilaudid from 4 to 8 makes a difference. It still hurts and if I do to much it hurts even more. Until my pain settles down I am supposed to take it easy which is also hard. This weekend my plan is to do as little as possible.
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    How  and how often do you do the icing? 
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