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Joint Replacements | Last Active: Dec 24, 2021 | Replies (32)

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I am 11 weeks out and still terrible stiffness and pain. I have complications with a big Baker’s cyst which had gotten even worse after surgery plus lots of swelling all around the knee and pain in back of calf as well as around knee replacement device. Dr tells me that will probably last a year. UGH!
Not what I wanted to hear.
I’m miserable most of the time. Sorry to be a bearer of bad news but I had higher hopes than this.

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So sorry to hear this. I'm six weeks out from a TKR and must admit that I had no idea it would be such a long and painful process. Even though I read up on it in advance, obviously not enough. LOL. When I recall the bone-on-bone horrific pain, I think, well this has to get better at some point. The bone on bone could never improve… Hope things get much better ASAP.

I have had Bakers cysts. One lasted 2-3 months. the other a week or two.

Good evening @gobigred, I am very sorry to read that you are still having pain and discomfort with your recent TKR. I have had an entirely different experience and am 4 months post-op. This is my second TKR. It was robotic and minimally invasive. The recovery has been so much better and faster than the first one which took a year…… UGH! Of course, I know more now and there are better surgical techniques now. Still, the solution for me was ice and elevate multiple times a day. Swelling can also be reduced with hands-on Myofascial Release techniques. I have not experienced problems with pain in the calf so don't have a solution except for suggesting that you do the Yoga pose "Legs up the wall" a few times a day. When the fluid that causes the swelling is pushed up into the pelvic area, it is then eliminated when you urinate.

What else can you do to relieve the misery? My Baker's cyst…..which was pretty large and full….pre-surgery, has totally disappeared. With the first TKR, the surgeon drained it before surgery. This time the post-surgery attention by my MFR therapist prevented any fluid retention.

Please check-in as you notice changes. Are you still doing PT? At home or at an orthopedic center? I am concerned about you. How are you doing emotionally?

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.

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