Waiting for MUA now

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Well, as suspected, it will be an MUA soon for my misbehaving RTKR.

?Nothing we tried (and we did try) could improve the bend, knee just swells up like a football when exercised and surgeon said it may just be unlucky, some knees form super fast scars.

?I hope to goodness this will be a good move and help the situation. The pain was so severe post op, I hope i don't have to go through that level again.

?Other ops and childbirths were nothing in comparison.

?If anyone has had this done, what was your experience? And did you feel disappointed to need this done?

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    Hi Cynthia, I am 2 half weeks post MUA following poor bend 12 weeks after TKR.  I have preious history/surgery in that leg which doctors tell me is causing slow progress.  You will have lots of cramp like pain in calf, pain like a bad sprain ankle and probably some bruising from surgeon's hands where holds leg to bend.  Drink lots of tonic water and ice and raise leg.  Will swell after and feel stiff but will gradually give.  Unfortunately my experience of physio has been sheet of paper and measuring ith no actual physio led exercises (except on ward). I am plodding along on my own (good job I've years of bad knee so not phased by this).  I was warned that MUA after pain may be bad.  Hope all goes well and you get a good bend.  I am hoping to try car this weekend, am back at work but it is very tiring.  good luck and remember the tonic water - it really does help,

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      Thanks, Joanne. Good to know I'm not the only one, but sorry you had it too.

      ?I had ankle pain after op, guess they mainpulate it then as well.

      Tough not having any physio though it is scary when they push and pull  but mine have not been too brutal.

      ?I'll remember to get tonic in - I have some fever tree now which I have pretended has gin in it as I don't drink since I've had 2 surgeries and liver function was out from the pain killers, plus gallstones!

      ?Hope you can get back into driving - really miss this myself.

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    I am waiting to have it done.

    He said he would open up half the wound

    I spent so much time massaging it with bio oil!!

    It's all too distressing for words!!

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      Oh no, that is awful, Mary.

      ?I don't know a good way to cope with it all, but what can we do?

      ?Hope it goes well for everyone in this situation, the main op was more than enough to go through.

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    Cynthia, I had a TKR in 2014.  I stayed in a Old folks home for a month and got great exercise.  I could not have done this on my own.  My knee replacement was a total failure; lots of pain and now using a cane.  I am 72 and have Fibromyalgia, two doctos told me the knee was fine and "maybe it is your FM that is causing pain".  Really, I don't think so.  

    ?I do know it is very important to get a good bend and do your exercises faithfully or else you will have to have surgery again because of the scar tissue!  My knee has a good bend and problem for me is not scar tissue.  I think surgeons do their job and if it looks good on an exray then all is well.  No doctor looked at soft tissue problems.  I am not happy.  Good luck with your journey for better health.

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      Same to you Phomp. So sorry you have these results. Recovery is not good for everyone and it is hard to go through surgery and not be any better. Fibro is no fun either.

      ?I can only hope something will improve for you, too. The surgeons do a great job but I don't think enough is known about the complications that some folk have. Take care.

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    Cynthia - how long ago did you have your TKR? Wish you well with manipulation. Will keep you in Prayers. I might have to have one done also. J-21370
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      Just saw your comment here and sorry I have not answered before but I had the MUA at week 10 and now at 14 weeks nearly 15.

      ​Thanks for thinking of me and if you needed an MUA hope all is well.

      ​I have posted an update and glad I had it done finally as moving forward more now.

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    Update:

    ​4 weeks after the MUA now and I am gld it had it done. I did have increased bend right after, it was sore though not as painful as I feared. On a CPM machine overnight and very sick from the morphine drip or anaesthetic, so soon discontinued the morphine. Too 3 different anti sickness meds to stop it!

    ​That apart, it was a setback in that I was tired and felt rough, plus knee wasa bit upset about it all. Then the oxygen that goes into the nostrils had set off an irritation and I sneezed constantly and had sore nose, one side.

    ​However, the rest is better. After ramping up the exercises as much as possible and having some sports massage I now have a much better bend finally. The PT are happy with progress at last. Thpugh still have good and bad days and knee is nowhere near healed - still swells and aches at times and has the tight band feel so many report.

    ​So, if anyone needs an MUA, go for it! I had those few side effects but that is probably just me and I did wait many hours on nil by mouth before they could fit me in ontheir overfull list for the procedure.

    I am hopeful at last that I am starting to recover!

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    Glad it went well Cynthia. 
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