I am 8 weeks post TKR and have had this very tight band around my knee since week one. My Dr at 6 wks says it is normal and will go away. Has anyone else had this and did it go away and when?
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@mhort1213 I have had 2 TKRs but I do not recall a feeling like a tight band. What I have learned though is we all just tend to have different post-op problems and discomforts. You have obviously spoken to your doctor about this and he/she does not seem concerned. If you have confidence in him then you have to believe that he is experienced in this and that’s why he’s not concerned. Did he/she indicate how long before that would improve? I hope it will improve very soon.
@mhort1213 : Yes, initially it felt like someone hat put a really tight band around my knee – mine was just barely above the bending point, mostly on the underside of the knee. Gradually went away. I think by 8 weeks it had mostly disappeared. Very uncomfortable while it lasted.
I also have that problem and it has lasted 6 years
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Thank you. I'm hoping this will go away as well.
Oh my gosh… I pray it doesn't last that long! What do you do that helps, if anything? I have been doing deep massage which seems to help somewhat. What do the doctors tell you that is causing it? Have they offered any suggestions to relieve it?
Shoulder shrugs. No help, but they tell me of people who have it worse. Now i am told it might be lose. They want to do another replacement. If i do he will not do it. I will fight like crazy not to do it.
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Wow, that's certainly not encouraging. How is your range of motion with the tightness? My ROM is excellent so I don't think it's scar tissue. Hopeful mine will go away and praying all works out for you as well.
my range got up to 119 but i feel it is lower now. Painful, try to ignore it.
Thank you. I hope so too.
I am 19 months post TKR surgery. The surgery went well. I have great ROM. But, from the beginning I have had a tight band feeling just under my knee, and a compressed feeling in my calf muscle. Feels like I have on the tightest knee sock imaginable with a tourniquet for a top band. I was prescribed gabapentin, didn’t help. I went through PT 3x trying different things to treat this, including astym and dry needling. I still have bruised areas on my leg and it’s been 7 months since the last session. My surgeon and PT have not been able to explain the what or why of this phenomenon. But was told at my one year appointment that there was a good chance I would just have to live with this. It takes a great deal of mental energy to rise above this pain to have a productive day. I am a 65 yr old female. Anyone else out there have any information or tips for dealing with this?
Wow…I can't imagine having to live with what you have described and what I am also going through! I am 10 weeks post surgery and I just went to the doctor yesterday who once again reassured me that the band feeling and the fluid on my knee would go away in time and that is all normal. It is very uncomfortable and painful at times. I need to have my other knee done as well and am fearful now of having the same issue. Good luck. I hope your issue resolves soon.
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