Skin around knee after tkr surgery extremely sensitive

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hi everyone. I am 3.5 weeks post tkr surgery. I think I am doing quite well generally. My concern is the surrounding area of my knee is extremely sensitive and painful to the touch. It's also reddish and warm but not hot. No infection as far as I can determine. The sensitivity does not seem to improve. Is this sensitivity normal?  Anyone else experience this?  The outer side is numb and I understand that is normal. Thanks in advance!  

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    All normal.  Decreases over time.  I'm almost 16 months and it's still a bit sensitive to kneel on and feels a tiny bit warm sometimes. Welcome to the club.

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    Hi, Gynna. Same here at 7 weeks but is improving. I massage it several time a day with Vitamin E oil, a tip I actually picked up on the forum. At my 6 week check up the doctor said yep, it's still warm- keep doing what you're doing-that's normal and it will get better! At first I couldn't even stand clothing rubbing against it and was in shorts almost all of the time. Grateful it was summer. Can wear some long pants now. Learning everything just gets better with time. Best wishes to you.

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    I'm at 4 months and can finally sleep without something over my knee and it had to be something very soft. The sheets still have to be the soft ones.  My doctor says "this is a year long recovery so you're just a youngster in your recovery.  

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    Ditto to what everyone said. I've lived in basketball shorts for 8 weeks. Just starting to wear pants for a short while. No blankets.

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      To prevent irritation at the incision site from clothes and sheets, wrap the knee loosely with an ACE (elastic) sports bandage or use a knee compression sleeve one size larger than normal so that it fits loosely.  Problem solved.
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      I had that pain with second tkr. Drove me crazy!!! Discovered that wrapping as Chico says, did the trick. Best night's sleep in weeks. Those loose nerve endings are going haywire as they begin to find their way across. Good luck. 

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    Yes, it is normal!
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    Hi gynna, as you can already see - yes, we're all going through it.  I've found it interesting that my first knee TKR was so much more painful and skin more sensitive than the 2nd.  I did get an infection with the first one though. 

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