Sensitive incision site

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Following Right TKR on the 29th January 2018, progress is going well, but worst time are nights with duvet resting on my scar. I am able to lie on my sides but invariable end up on my back.  Icing and meds being taken but do not want to be dependent on these. 

 

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    Pop a couple of bulky pillows on either side of your body and it will keep the covers away.. and use only light cover on the lower part of leg...may be worth a try maybe?
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    Hi Linda , I am 8weeks out after TOR and I have experienced the same issue with bedclothes.

    Having tried several things with limited success I have now found the solution for me.

    I wear a pair of light leggings in bed. Pyjamas bottoms did not work for me as they were loose and caused more friction but fitted leggings reduce the friction and are enabling me to get a reasonable nights sleep.

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    A similar solution to Jenny. I have two very chunky pillows at the bottom of the bed, with duvet tucked in at the bottom to stop them falling out. This creates a sort of cage effect over my lower legs as the duvet slopes down toward my head.

    Good luck hope this is helpful.

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    Try wrapping a couple of layers of cling film around your knee after rubbing some cream on the knee first.
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    If the incision is completely healed (no drainage of any amt and all the scanning is gone) use vit E oil massaged in twice a day with your thumbs. This will help heal all the way to the bone and relieve sensitivity. You can also buy a neoprene sleeve (one size larger than tight). This will keep the covers from rubbing or lying on the incision. It may take a week for the Vit E to start to work but be faithful using it regularly.
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    I wholeheartedly empathize with you. I am 7 weeks out after a pkr and the incision site is extremely sensitive to touch . I have had to deal with a shorkey and a golden doodle the whole time . I have to put a pillow against my leg if I’m sleeping on my back so paws don’t touch my scar. I take meloxicam for inflammation and the side effects cause me to toss and turn most nights . I generally see the clock every two hours . It would have been a lonely time without my “ friends” because there was many nights spent in pain early on and they were of great comfort . I was sent directly home after surgery and nerve block wore off the third day 
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    Wrap you knee with a loose elastic (ACE) bandage or get a knee compression sleeve one size larger than you would normally take.  This eliminates the scar rubbing on sheets and clothing.
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    I used a breakfast tray (one with legs) to create a bridge - worked fine for me
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    I used a breakfast tray (one with legs) to create a 'bridge' - worked fine for me

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    I bought very large self sticking bandages and placed 2 on to cover just at night. What a relief! I also put a large pillow under covers at my feet to raise covers. Duvet too heavy. Use sheet and light blanket. Hope you find something that helps.
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