Still swollen four months after tkr.

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My knee is always swollen. I'm four months post knee replacement surgery and no matter what I try I cannot get the swelling to go down. It's always there, I'm not doing too much because I can't do much of anything. I ice, elevate, rest......

Is anyone else having similar difficulties or is there advice? I'm starting to think something is not right. I had PT for two months but lately can only do light stretches. I figure my bend is about 90+. Of course, it would be better if I could get the swelling to go down. Any help? I'm starting to get frustrated.

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    Are you walking a lot and standing a lot? You could try giving your leg a bit more of a rest by maybe using a stick for a bit and seeing what happens When you take the pressure off.
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    Swelling is still common, even at four months.  In fact, some swelling can continue for 18 months...though usually when you push the knee too far any given day.  Have you done activities to aggravate the knee?  You can try Voltaren Gel (RX in the US)...second best topical anti-inflammatory on the planet.  Use it multiple times a day, especially 15 minutes before bedtime.  My doc prescribes 5 tubes at a time.  Works great.
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