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Cure for swollen leg after knee surgery

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by whosoever, Jan 30, 2011.

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  1. whosoever

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    I used 2 different 'things' and not sure which worked but one sure did!
    One is the Dr. Vodder method of massage for the lymph glands. I'm no expert and have only done this on myself i.e. no professional help. Look up "vodder massage" on the net or youtube. You have to gently massage the lymph gland at the top of your leg then softly massage from that area down to the swelling.
    The other is the use of Arnica ointment. I put this on at night, massaged a bit then slept with kitchen plastic wrap around the area, as it says on the jar.
    Next day -:th_heehee: much less swelling!
    I think it may be the arnica but have not done a "do one only" type check.
    Re my 'dreaded tightness under the knees' - it is still there but my Specialist answered my email to say to use ice on it daily.....and to come back after 3 months if it is still there!
    Do hope this info is a help to many of you. Sorry it is not definative or professional.
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    When my knee swells a lot, I ice both the incision area and the under side of the knee. I use the ice water machine to do the incision area and a bag of frozen peas for the underside. I sit with my leg elevated on several pillows while icing and this helps a lot! :thmb:
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    Whosoever.....I'm glad whatever worked for you worked!! Although your post isn't "definative or professional," you can't argue with success. Maybe it was a combination of the two that helped you. I'm assuming that you also iced and elevated your leg too....that also contributes to reduced swelling.

    Let us know if the swelling stays down or not...hope it does.
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    Arnica is fantastic for bruising - my bruises were virtually gone before they had a chance to fully blossom! I do use it for stiff joints, swelling, etc. but for me I have found it to be most beneficial for bruising. Amazing stuff indeed!
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