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TKR 2 months post op

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What is best, to ice or hotcompress 8weeks post tkr
 

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Hi and Welcome!

You will find the answer to this and many other questions you may have in our Recovery Guidelines. Each article is short but very informative. Following these guidelines will help you have a less painful recovery.

Knee Recovery: The Guidelines
1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
2. Control discomfort:
rest
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​

3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you​
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​


4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these

5. At week 4 and after you should follow this

6. Access to these pages on the website

The Recovery articles:
The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?
Energy drain for TKRs
Elevation is the key
Ice to control pain and swelling
Heel slides and how to do them properly
Chart representation of TKR recovery
Healing: how long does it take?

Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

There are also some cautionary articles here
Myth busting: no pain, no gain
Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds

We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.

While members may create as many threads as they like in the majority of BoneSmart’s forums, we ask that each member have only One Recovery Thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review the member’s history before providing advice, so please post any updates or questions you have right here in this thread.
 

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Hello @Wilson - and :welome:

Please will you tell us the full date of your knee replacement and which knee it is, so we can make a signature for you? Thank you.:flwrysmile:
 
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Other than static quadriceps alone,if i try to do hamstrings, straight leg raises also i get pain which lasts for whole day,and restricted to bed.i don't know whythe pain is there even after 2mths with swelling,the pain is more on latral side of knee,i am supposed to get back to work in 2weeks,i am scarred now.able to walk.using a diclofenac patch local application.even that doesn't seem to help.
 

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Hi welcome to BoneSmart. Please don't do exercise that hurts, see our guidelines posted above.

Can you negotiate extra time?
 
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The TKR was done in left knee on September 17th. Now it's 2months postop. The pain is on the sides of the knee with swelling, so I use a diclofenac patch.
 
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@Wilson, I just added you to the September Sapphires Club. Check it out. There, you will find others that had knee replacements in September. You can read their threads and see what everyone is going through and whether or not your recovery is normal.
 

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@Wilson you will notice that I have merged your two threads together as we prefer that members in recovery only have one thread.

This is for three reasons:
1. if you keep starting new threads, you miss the posts others have left you in the old threads
2. it often ends up that information is unnecessarily repeated
3. it's best if we can keep all your recovery story in one place so it's easily accessed if we need to advise you.

Please keep all your questions and updates on this thread. I changed the title slightly. If you would like a new thread title just give a shout.
 
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Thanks Jaycey, that sounds perfect and logic. The title is fine. You are doing a great job. I am getting every doubt cleared as I go through the posts. So I am not alone in this journey though I joined late.
 
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I had my first TKR Right leg knee on April 5th followed by left knee on September 17th. In a gap of 5 months. Now because of the pain in left knee unconsciously i load my right knee which is yet recover its strength fully.
So the right knee also starts aching. To avoid this my ortho surgeon asked me to use a elbow crutches to balance. I don't know if this is a right idea as i may become dependent on it.
Second, he also advised to use a trans electric cutaneous nerve stimulator for pain and muscle stimulation. I am using a portable one recently.
I don't know if this is advisable.
 
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I don’t think you will become dependent on the crutch. Both your knees are healing and a crutch is just a temporary aide to help. As your knees heal and strengthen you won’t need it anymore.

By not using the crutch you are asking more of your knees than they are able to give you right now.

I don’t know much about a nerve stimulator so I will let someone else answer that question.
 
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Halo,i just wanted to share the image of my right knee TKR operated in April 5.post op i had a PT who advised to use vascelin to evenout the scar as the skin was ragged,sutured by stapler.to my surprise the scar turned black pigmented.when i had my left knee in September 17 th I had the surgery by different ortho surgeon who used subcuticular suture ,and this Time i avoided vascelin.there is no scar.i was wondering weather Active will help in pigment removal.
 

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@Wilson WoW...the difference in the appearance of your scars is incredible! I cannot believe the significant change and different outcome between the two. BOTH scars have healed very well. I think both scars look great.

I am not a surgeon, so I'll leave the comments about suturing styles up to those with more experience than me. However, I would be certain different surgical techniques from start-to-finish have a great impact on the final outcome/appearance.

Both knees look great!
 

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