Swelling

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Hi

I am almost 4 weeks since TKR. Excercises going well and Physio is pleased with my my progress.

I have however a major problem with swelling not only in my leg but my foot and ankle too. Am icing a lot to help with discomfort. I am in the UK and, yes we are in the midst of a heatwave which is not helping.

Anyone had or is having this problem?

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    I had major swelling which caused bruising for the first three weeks after TKR and still have some at 5 weeks post-op.  I am told to elevate, elevate, elevate that leg.  We all heal differently, but you sound to be in the normal range.
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    I would agree, keep your leg elevated whenever you can. Also try to massage as well, works wonders.
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    Im the same and im 4 wk into tkr.ive icepacked n taking tablets but the swelling stiil there n the achy feeling.it dont help as ive scaring on my calf from cellulitus which iz stopping me from be ding it that far.x
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    Hi, I am in the UK and about a week and half behind you! I'm doing everything our lovely forum friends suggest, and for the swelliing definitely the only way I keep it in check is ice, elevate and rest. Also drinking copious amounts of water which is supposed to be good for all aspects. If it keeps up, check with the GP, I think. 

    Glad you are progressing well other than that - I keep telling myself everyone is different but dont know how to judge how I am doing, I think I'm great on extension and quad exercises, not so great witht the bend but hopefully that will come.

    Wishing you a better evening and night.Susie

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    I am just over 5 months after my TKR and mine is still swollen, I was told by my consultant that the swelling could last for up to 18 months.  My knee constantly feels like it is in a brace and very tight :-(
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      were about in the same boat, had mine done march 14, yes it stills swells and stiffens and pain to boot!  my rom is only 105 and ext 4, however better than a few weeks ago, so i keep trucking along hoping for better numbers and less ssp (swelling, stiffness and pain).  oh, and yes my knee feels the same as yours.... we'll get there.... heres hoping for the best for you, kathy p

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    Dawnsusan

    having been down this road my advice would be to keep leg elevated whenever possible and plenty of ice - I found frozen peas worked well - be patient it takes 3 months to get back to any kind normality

    best wishes 

    Jude uk

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    I had the same problem. My pt said it has to do with the way fluid is transferred up your leg. He suggested plumbing you foot  up and down periodically during the day.   It does go away as your leg gets stronger. Icing and elevatinfoes half. Cathy
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    Anyone know were you can buy them water cuffs you fill with cold water to put roynd your knee for swelling at?xx
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