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As Justin said …. with only 7 weeks behind you, you just can’t expect it to look very good. I had my original TKR 4 years ago, and a revision to that one a year afterwards ….. that was almost 3 years ago. I still have quite a scar on my knee and I suspect I always will. I consider it my “badge of courage” ….. I have many friends who are too afraid to have a TKR …. not me, get er’ done is my philosophy. I’m not sure what is meant by breaking it up. I just rubbed coconut oil (the solid) on it for a year with no results. Please don’t misinterpret this as discouraging you …. I’m not doing that intentionally, but some things may have to be lived with.
Hi Justin. I am concerned about the procedure…namely, I’m worried that forcing the knee to bend could have some adverse effects on the ligaments and tendons in my knee. I have had 4 surgeries prior to this including an ACL, so to me it sounds a little like we are just going to force the bend and see what happens. I’m not a doctor…so I don’t expect to completely understand. I just don’t completely know the risk vs the reward. I want to get back to riding a bike…maybe doubles tennis…that kind of thing. I’m working on my patience and long term approach to the whole thing.
Hello @rjmurray41, welcome to Connect.
If you are only at 7 weeks, try to not get discouraged just yet. It took me well over a year to find my new norm. Like you, I struggled with extreme scar tissue formation. I also had to have two manipulations where they put me back under to break the scar tissue. I had a horrible recovery, but I was also battling 12 years of right leg muscle atrophy and joint flexion, so I was trying to reverse a decades worth of not having my leg straight or bent properly. In the end, I ended up getting to 0-105 degrees or so of flexion.
I also did not do physical therapy except for what they gave me to do at home. Looking back, I was not nearly as disciplined as I should have been to combat the scar tissue. Pain can be debilitating, especially when trying to rehab.
@rjmurray41, if you don’t mind sharing, are you concerned about the procedure to break up the scar tissue? How are you currently managing your pain? I also had a lot of pain after the replacement, but it does get progressively better (and so does the sleep, I became a major insomniac for the first few months).