Scar tissue and knee manipulation

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Hi see my consultant Friday as now 14 weeks only 70 degrees bend after total knee replacement and he's not happy saying back to surgery to drill holes scrap out scar tissue and snap knee back down in so so scared then he's saying might cause a frature and he will try not to damage nerves I'm terrified and so upset anyone help me on this had it done and give me some incourament sometime s I wish I had not had a new knee x 😂😂😂😂😂😂

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  • Posted

    Did you start your PT at 3-4 weeks?  Why don't you have your ROM back?

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    Hello Julie,

    Sorry to hear of your situation. I had my TKR and at 14 wks had MUA as

    I had scar tissue and a bend of 70°. I did all my exercises but my knee was extremely

    extremely swollen and bending was excruciating.I guess I was just unlucky.

    However after the MUA I have improved most significantly bend now

    110° - 120°. I swim twice a week and do aqua exercises and use a pedal

    exerciser. It's a year since MUA and has been quite a journey, my leg still

    swells and feels tight just above the knee but I know when to rest!

    Re the MUA procedure, I was awake in theatre for mine and it took approx

    15 mins with spinal anaesthetic, the surgeon physically? bent my leg ( I was

    also warned that my leg could break). The procedure was not invasive as

    It did not involve any incision into knee. Once back on the ward I was put

    on a machine which bent my leg whilst connected to spinal anaesthetic

    This was not a pleasant experience I was in hospital for 3 days.

    I hope this helps but it is worth it.

    Kind regards


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    I know some people build up too much scar tissue very quickly but I've only ever heard of them doing a manipulation under anaesthetic.. not this drilling which you doctor recommends.  I just wonder if you could get a second opinion as to whether a MUA would not be sufficient, without actually more surgery . . but of course, your surgeon may very well know things we don't know!  Good luck . . 70 is obviously not enough and whatever can be done to improve on that would seem to be necessary.

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    Hello Julie

    Forgot to ask you where are you? as I live in UK


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      Hi Julie

      I live in Nottinghamshire. I would certainly ask for a second

      opinion as my surgeon was not happy about getting the knife out

      as he said going in may cause more problems i.e., infection.

      Please try not to worry - you have had a major operation and

      everyone heals at different levels - for some it takes quite a

      long time to recover. I can sympathise with you as been there and

      got the t-shirt but it does get better eventually, there is light at the

      end of the tunnel - it's just a long tunnel.

      Would like to know the outcome of your appointment keep me


      Regards Janey

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    Hi Julie

    This certainly is a bitch of an operation. I do hope your surgeon can do something without more surgery. MUA sounds horrible but better than more cutting!!

    Wish you well love.



    Ps I am in Hertfordshire, it's strange how in one Country, every Health Area does things differently!! Keep well x

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