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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by stanjl50, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. stanjl50

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    I am almost 3 months out from knee replacement. I wanted to ask a question that is not terribly crucial but is of interest to me. I have noticed (and so has my wife) that the hair growing on my knee after being shaved before surgery, is much thicker and darker than it was before the surgery and also thicker than on my other knee. It is as if someone had put Rogain on steroids on my knee. Has this happened to anyone else? If so, will the hair return to normal at some point?
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    Hasn't happened to me, but I love your description and I look forward to hearing some of the answers.
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    I wondered if the increased blood supply or whatever makes it so hot when healing caused increased hair growth. I kept trying to shave, but was scared I'd cut myself since it was numb, but a few different times I'd see it in the light on the way to PT in the car and the hair would be long again and I'd wonder if I missed shaving it. That was just the first few weeks and it just seems normal now.
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    Ha ha!! I laugh because it did happen to me. Imagine my horror since I'm female!! When I shaved my legs I'd have to really give that knee some attention. That weird hair growth didn't last though. As the knee healed, the hair thinned and now my knee and hair in that area are pretty much back to normal. I'm glad you asked that question as I'd been wondering if I was the only person to whom that had occurred.
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    Oh! Stunning "benefit"!!! Guess it's good timing for you for the winter!!! (:)0)
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    Stan, so glad you asked this question!!! It's a NEW ONE on me and I learned from everyone's response.
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    I'm a female and currently have the same hairy problem. I'm 6 months out and its pretty bushy!!!! I've also noticed that the scar is lightening up a bit so I'll be patient about the increase of hair and will not try crazy methods to get rid of it. I'll just wait for it to go away on its own.
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    Actually my OS laughed when I told him that my 6 yr old grandson told me 'sorry nan they must have only had hairy boys legs left when they gave you a new one'. He said it is caused by the nerves!, it is a common side effect, but not one they brag about, LOL.
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    There's been many comments about this on here. Never been able to find a real explanation though - just lots of personal opinions and theories.
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    My opinion :wink: is that we're wearing looser clothing and that leg isn't being moved as much as the other one (at least not at first), so our clothing isn't doing the job of rubbing on our body.

    Now that I'm wearing jeans daily, my leg hair growth is back to normal (on both knees).

    What made me think of that was my mother's health issues. She spent the better part of the year wearing loose, billowy house-coat-style clothing (she had incisions on the inside of her leg, all the way from ankle to thigh, from an arterial bypass on that leg). Her leg hair growth increased from the better circulation AND because she wasn't wearing jeans or trousers to rub against the skin.

    So, take that for what its worth... :D
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    Okay, here is a vote for no new hair growth on my knees. :pzld: But darn was it hard getting the rest of the legs kept shaved post op.
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    I didn't have a lot of hair growing around the knee, but it came in dark and hairy on the shin! I'm not going to hold my breath for it to go back to normal.
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    I'm glad I read this post! I did have a hairy left knee after surgery--long and black--even my husband thought it was funny. This hyper hair growth went away after about three months. Very strange!
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    Betsy!!! Better the shin than the chin!!! LOL!!! (:)0)
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    You're right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    OH!,,,,,, For SU0E!!!!!! (:)0)
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    Well, I had a thought about that this morning whilst doing my monthly pluck on my chin - all those years I spent plucking my eyebrows - seems like it's another of those things that complies with gravity over the years! :hehe:
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    Hi, I had the same problem. I had LTKR March 2009. Shortly after, I noticed the hair on my lower left leg , mostly up the shin, grew back so fast that I was shaving everyother day. It grew back much heavier than I ever remember. It was really back because I wore shorts to PT . I kept forgetting to ask my OS, so when my husband had arthro surgery in June, I asked his OS, and he said that it was from the increased blood supply post surgery (healing) and that it would eventually go back to normal, which it has. It was weird while it was going on, but it does stop.
    good luck. Marty
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    A friend told me you don't have hair on your chin. You have stray eyebrows. :D
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