Swelling following Total Knee Replacement Surgery

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I am three weeks out from TKR surgery on my left knee. My surgeon assures me that swelling is completely normal following all that takes place during knee replacement surgery. I am curious to discover what others have experienced with SWELLING following surgery.

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    Yes - this is perfectly normal - and goes on for some time. Ice and anti- inflammatory will help. Swelling is worse in evenings and after exercise. Drink plenty of water.

     

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    I had TKR 3 years ago so am trying to remember back that far!!

    I think basically that I had swelling.

    The swelling is what makes the bending difficult it is not just the pain.

    However, it does get better I promise.

    Keep exercisng and you will get there in time.

    Take care and keep in touch

    Sarah

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      Thanks, Sarah!

      It is very helpful to hear that swelling isn't FOREVER!

      I know that swelling is our body's way of putting a kind of protective bubble wrap on owie-achy parts. While the body is TRYING to heal, there are owie-achy parts all over the place!

      I guess if you think about it, swelling is a protector which reminds us to only go so far...for the moment.

      I will TRY to be patient!

      Thank you!

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    swelling pretty bad for about twelve weeks, gradually diminishing.  I didn't take anti inflammatories as I have liver problems, so perhaps those would help.  Bottom half of the leg and foot swollen so much I couldn't move the foot for about ten days.  The calf was so swollen it was hard to touch, like a balloon blown up  . . Even now after six months if I hae to stand for long it tends to get hot and swell up again, but nothing like before,  .  
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      Awwww! So sorry to hear of your swelling issues!

      That was a very long time to have to endure such terrible swelling!

      What does your doctor/ surgeon have to say about this?

      What do you do when you need to wear shoes? I have been going barefoot except for VERY BRIEF times when I MUST put on something to wear for a doctor's appointment.

      Is your pain level getting any lower?

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      I wonder if taking water tablets might help us get our swelling down  - mine is in my calf / ankle and foot  - I am now 5 weeks following TKR surgery.  - Wearing sandals as I can't get my shoe on.  - I put my foot up  - but quite honestly it doesn't seem to make any difference.

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      Oh, I surely can relate to having to wear sandals because NO OTHER SHOES will fit! I remember going to a shoe store for SOME foot covering and discovering that the ONLY choice I had was a MEN'S Nike slide with a velcro flap across the front!

      Swelling of my feet really HURT!😵

      I never took any water pills. The Ibuprofen DID help because it is an anti-inflammatory.

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    I agree with what others have posted - it is normal and lasts quite a long time. Mine is still somewhat swollen after 7 weeks but isn't sore or hot any more. Icing elevation daily are they key. Someone mentioned what sounds like the "ice machine" my insurance paid for here in the US which circulates iced water through a sleeve. You can leave it on a long time even at night as the ice isn't on your skin. If it isn't bothering you very much just do ice packs.
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      I have been doing ice packs wrapped in bath towels. Frozen peas are my under- the- leg ice pack of choice!

      What about icing FEET?

      Do you think putting my feet in cold water might help?

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      Have you tried compression bandages?  That's what worked for my foot and calf - elastic bandages firmly wrapped from the toe to the knee, left on for maybe an hour at a time while elevating the leg. I was able to make a big difference over a couple of days at about the stage you are now.
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      Thank you for you suggestion but my leg doesn't hurt and I am working with dirt all day and wearing shorts and don't want to attract too much attention. Having suffered bad varicose veins during my six pregnancies I am not keen to revert to elastic stockings.

       I just commented because swelling doesn't always mean something is wrong. 

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      I HAVE gone back to the actual bandages that they gave me after surgery, and YES, I have achieved MUCH RELIEF from them recently!

      I wrapped mine from foot to above my knee like my original bandage was.

      I tried the compression SOCKS which were the pair they gave me to put on before surgery...right one only, that is. I wore both for about 8 hours. I could especially feel relief in my FEET!

      Today I go to my first OUTPATIENT PT. I have been doing home care since 7/1.

      I want to get THEIR take on it since they will be my main connection besides my surgeon during this event.

      I think your suggestion is a good one!

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      Not put my feet in cold water - but after I have used my bag of frozen peas  - in a pillow case on my knee - I then put them across my ankle & foot to try to ice that swollen area.

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      Ice never did much to help my swelling. Try elevating your legs way above your head. Sit on the top area of your bed, use a looped belt to help swing your leg so that it aligns with the headboard going straight up. I think you will notice relief.

      Time helps, too.

      I hope you get relief very soon!

      In the meantime try those thigh-high compression stockings. They gave me some relief when I couldn't elevate my legs.

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