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Archbarn28

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Hello!
I've been gone awhile guess I thought all was well! I had a total knee revision after a failed partial. I did fantastic with my recovery until just recently. The surgery was September 3, 2019 and the recovery the first few weeks was way easier then my PKR! The last month or so just about everytime I bend my knee it feels like I get an electrical shock and I feel a snap kind of like the feeling I had tearing my miniscus but the pain is not as sharp as that. Also my knee has given out on me a few times.
At my last check up Dr. Said scar tissue. My PT thought the same but has since changed her mind since the problem seems to be getting worse. My PT is fantastic and pretty much has had me doing very little while she has tried massage, cupping and tens to help with what we originally thought was scar tissue. Now I am scared to death to go back to the Dr. Because I'm sure he will just say that it's scar tissue and it takes a full year of recovery for a revision. Has anyone else experienced these symptoms and if so did they finally go away?
Thanks! Deb
 
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Hello @Archbarn28 - and :welome: to recovery again

Which knee had the revision? If you tell us that, we can add it to your signature. Thank you.:flwrysmile:

I hope your knee settles down again soon. Go easy on the PT, and just keep your knee moving gently.
You may have some scar tissue, but it may also be swelling that's causing the problem.

Here are the recovery guidelines and some useful articles:
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 a 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 history before providing advice.
 

LindaO

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I get the electrical shocks...we call them 'zingers', which for me are the nerves beginning to heal. I usually rub or massage the area and that helps me a lot. My knee will buckle occasionally and my surgeon said my quads hadn't woken up all the way but to continue to strengthen my muscles and walk heel to toe.
It's always good to discuss with your surgeon what issues you are having...whether he will do anything at this point in time is unknown as they do say it takes time to determine what will get better and when it gets better.
My original surgery on my right knee continued to bother me for 2.5 years until I finally went to see a revision specialist, who revised my knee due to a failed PCL.
I hope you are able to find the help you need!
 

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