Nervously waiting an MUA

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Hi I had my left knee tkr March 5th so nearly 6 months ago.  Rom has been stuck at 50 since 5 weeks Post op.  After months of physio, hydrotherapy and acupuncture my surgeon has finally decided to do an MUA ( I have been asking for one for the last 3 months).  I will be in for 48 hours after the MUA on a CPM machine   However it could take weeks to get a date for the procedure as the NHS in my area are in the red.  I spoke to my physiotherapist today and he painted such a horrible picture of the procedure and told me I would be in agony afterwards for a few weeks.  I’m now extremely nervous as I have fibromyalgia and am very sensitive to pain.   Has anyone had an MUA?  What was the recovery like?  I’d welcome your comments.  

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    I think your PT is trying to scare You, I had an MUA in March, I'm 8 months post TKR, I went in hospital at midday I was home by 6pm. The pain afterwards can be bad but only for a few days just where they bend your leg about during the procedure, take your pain meds you will find it a lot better after as I was around 50 degrees bend aswell now in between 100/120 good luck x

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    Really?  They told you that?  I had a MUA in April 2018, was in at 7:00am out by lunch time.  At 2:00 that afternoon I was at PT working on my new bend.   My knee didn't hurt, but I did have soreness about my ankle where I guess he grabbed on to bend the knee.  But that was it!!!     

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    Hi Kerry do u live in the UK! 

    Please read  what Chico writes he is very  knowledgeable has family and friends in the medical profession you can ask him anything and you will get an answer good luck do keep us up dated x

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    I had an MUA three months after the surgery.In my opinion he is talking a load of rubbish.I had it done and was sent home a few hours after.(without using a CPM Machine) He said that he had bent it to 120 and just to keep up with the excersizes.

    I had been doing the excersizes all the time anyway, and I did still carry on with them ,but to be honest it didn't make that much difference from the bend that I was getting before,It was not so painful really just aching for a good while.

    I think that once the tendons and things have knitted together, Its not at all easy to bend any further and if your a fast healer(which I think I am),then its too late.

    Whenever you have any kind of surgery there is always a chance whilst its healing ,that other parts start glueing to parts that they shouldn't, because at one point I heard something actually "ping" and I think it was exactly that.

    Something had healed in a place that it shouldn't have!!!

    Just keep on with the bending as best you can. We are all very different so there is no answer really.

    Hope that this is helpful Good luck Dawn

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    Thanks everyone for your comments,  you’ve really put my mind at rest.  Much appreciated 💐

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    Morning Kerrie - First MUA after around 10 weeks. Arguably more painful than the TKR when I came round in recovery. It was necessary to knock me out again (to shut me up) and I came round a few hours later in my room, strapped to a CPM.. Pain mostly subsided by then....

    Second time (a few months later) I asked for a local painkiller and steroid to be injected in the knee at the time of the MUA. Local to help with the immediate aftermath of the procedure and a steroid to reduce the creation of scar tissue thereafter.

    Second time therefore, lots more fun, but your surgeon may not want to stick needles into the knee for fear of infection... But you can ask... Dont turn up on the day and ask, as an MUA can be done in a corridor. Whereas if needles are involved, it will need to be done under surgical conditions....

    If after the procedure your surgeon claims a 120 degree bend, DONT necessarily expect to maintain that, or be disappointed if you cant. A 'surgeons 120' or a 'physios 120' arent (in my experience) real world figures. Your surgeon has the benefit of you being limp and totally compliant. Your physio will bend your leg to 120, whilst you hold back the tears !

    Having said that, my second MUA achieved a figure of 90 degrees, which I have maintained. I am however due for a total revision in the new year, as 90 degrees is of little use and there are other issues with mine.

    In terms of 'agony afterwards for a few weeks'. In my experience, utter rubbish. The fact you have been through the TKR means you have a good understanding of 'agony'... My leg was sore for a week or two...

    All the best - Peter

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      Morning Peter I did not know weather to laugh or cry reading your post why don’t they just knock everybody out when this Procedure needs doing due to the Paine that everyone has all ready experienced it’s just not fair if it happened to them they would be knocked out  good luck hope you are on the way to a full  recovery 

       I just hope I don’t end up down that route 😣

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