problems walking and poor bend 10 weeks post TKR

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Discharged 3 days after surgery at end of January and had 3 sessions of 20 minutes phyio since.  Despite doing physio, raising leg and icing bend is only 70 degrees at best.  At last session physio said no more sessions until see surgeon in 4 weeks as not sure what bend surgeon expects given my knee history (have had 3 other surgeries on this leg since age 17) and may have to have bend under anaesthetic and unfortunately this surgery is one where recovery and work is up to me.  Any tips please?  Am trying to stay positive but frustrated.  Also GP not happy about me going back to work but I cannot afford to be off any longer.

Have had a lot of advice for the tendon and muscle pains in first 3 weeks, so hoping for some more advice re bending and walking.  thanks

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    Hi Joanne13418, I read your comments and I am experiencing the same issues or even worse. I had Partial Knee replacement in Dec, well over 3 mths and still not able to walk independently. I am still using croutches and walker. Saw my Doc several times. No infections. CT normal. Some neuropathy. I was advised to stop going to PT but will restart now. I am looking for answers. I was referred to a neurologist. I am thinking of a 2nd opionion. My knee feels funny like there is something loose but CT shows no lossening or fracture. I am concern about swelling of legs and ankles when I try to weight bear. I am looking forward to some response.
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    I also forgot to mntion , I can flex my knees but not able to lift my legs /knees very far.takes a lot with discomfort


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      Hi Liz. Visited GP today who is very pleased and said I am making progress even though I might think I am not.  He says bend will come and walking with full push back of leg so straight it best thing.  He reassured me I'm doing ok after physio comments knocked me back.  I get pain and swelling in ankle especially after walking and GP says this is normal as all ligaments, muscles and bone get over their trauma and realignmnet (also blood flow cut off during surgery) - Lovely|  I found this forum by accident but it has been a Godsend and everthing everyone tells you is true. Today is the first day I have felt reasonably ok.  Keep your chin up.

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      Thanks for the update  because I do feel pain and get swelling in ankles. it's nice to know that I start physio and hoping to get some positive results. I can't wait to start walking independently. Yes, when I walk  I tend to walk with my knees pushed back for some relief. Cant wait to get rid of the crutches.

      I am also happy to find this forum. Keeps me positive. Stay up!!

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