Has anyone had a tight band feeling after total knee replacement?

Posted by mhort1213 @mhort1213, Feb 28, 2019

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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I am so sorry to hear of your troubles here and for needing revision surgery. Hopefully the surgeon doing the revision can give you some explanation of what caused this problem to begin with. I had mentioned this in an earlier post but I have heard of people having loosening issues etc due to a metal allergy reacting with the device components, such as Nickel. As I said in my earlier post this is a controversial topic but I think there is evidence enough to consider this as a possibility to be considered when devices fail. I have very severe nickel allergies and I searched out and traveled to a surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York (Westrich) who is very experienced with allergic issues and revision surgeries. For allergic individuals he uses a ceramic implant—-my is oxinium. They actually have a longer lifespan than some of the metal ones. It is believed by some that metal allergy is one of the possibilities causing poor response with loosening of the device. Just felt compelled to mention it. My heart goes out to you and I wish you a great outcome. Will be thinking of you.

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I've had metal tests, x-rays, MRI's, I dont know what else. I'm wondering if it ligament problem. Starting riding the bike again , lasted 5 minutes. It tighten up so bad I'm limping bad again 4 years of this. I have non-hoskins lymphoma Mantle cell cancer and have 2 infusions every 6 weeks. Was hoping that my knee would feel better so I can go for walks and excercise. Not so lucky.

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@danielcwest

Update on my knee: the doctor at Mayo basically told me I had to wait a year post surgery before any more tests would be done. My pain has tortured me for almost ten months. I went to another surgeon who ordered a radio active bone scan. The results were clear: a mechanical failure with the prostheses. The implant actually is loose and has caused stress fractures to my tibia. I’m now scheduled to have revision surgery and start all over. 😥

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@danielcwest I am sorry for what you have been going through. That’s excellent that you were able to find a surgeon who diagnosed the problem and is going to fix it. I’m sure you’re not looking forward to another surgery but it will be such a relief for you when it’s better.
JK

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nickel allergy might be it. I am very allergic. I will check that out when up at Mayo in a few weeks. So very sorry you are having to have a revision surgery

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Did that tight band feeling ever go away? I am a year post TKR and still have a similar feeling which is not painful but is VERY annoying!

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@clbs

Did that tight band feeling ever go away? I am a year post TKR and still have a similar feeling which is not painful but is VERY annoying!

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I am a year post TKR as well and still have the band feeling although not quite as tight as in the beginning. As you said, it's not painful, just annoying especially when getting in and out of car or going up and down stairs.

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@mhort1213

I am a year post TKR as well and still have the band feeling although not quite as tight as in the beginning. As you said, it's not painful, just annoying especially when getting in and out of car or going up and down stairs.

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4 years with mine. Nothing works

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@sweede536

4 years with mine. Nothing works

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Just got a 6 injection knee block and its helped but I still feel it. I still think its ligament problem.

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@mhort1213

I am a year post TKR as well and still have the band feeling although not quite as tight as in the beginning. As you said, it's not painful, just annoying especially when getting in and out of car or going up and down stairs.

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Don’t feel bad I am in the same boat. Mine has loosened up a bit but it’s still there. It is not painful but annoying especially when there is a low front. Also when I exercise or walk. There are occasional clicks too. I guess we have to keep up with exercises and stretching. I have hope that it might go away.

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Yes. It feels like a tourniquet in my thigh. Dr told me she had to cut further up due to adhesions. That and continued swelling is really slowing recovery. I am 3 months out tkr and one month from manipulation. Discouraged with slow progress and low right back pain from the cane. I feel like this tkr was worst decision i have made !

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@snowdoc2001

Yes. It feels like a tourniquet in my thigh. Dr told me she had to cut further up due to adhesions. That and continued swelling is really slowing recovery. I am 3 months out tkr and one month from manipulation. Discouraged with slow progress and low right back pain from the cane. I feel like this tkr was worst decision i have made !

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@snowdoc2001 Try to not be so discouraged. Hopefully, it will get better. There are many people in similar positions as you, but there are many of us too who are happy with the results of our TKRs. I am hoping you will get there too, it sounds as if it might take a while so try to be patient. Without the TKR you were in much pain I presume, and that would have only gotten worse.
JK

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@snowdoc2001

Yes. It feels like a tourniquet in my thigh. Dr told me she had to cut further up due to adhesions. That and continued swelling is really slowing recovery. I am 3 months out tkr and one month from manipulation. Discouraged with slow progress and low right back pain from the cane. I feel like this tkr was worst decision i have made !

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Hi sorry to hear about your problems. I have had both knees replaced and was very hard for months after surgery. But all of a sudden things got better and now I can walk and hike with almost no pain at all. One knee especially is very sensitive to touch but only if bump into something or my dog decides to stand on it
But it really does get better. So glad I got them done but the first 6 months was a struggle

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@cheris

Hi sorry to hear about your problems. I have had both knees replaced and was very hard for months after surgery. But all of a sudden things got better and now I can walk and hike with almost no pain at all. One knee especially is very sensitive to touch but only if bump into something or my dog decides to stand on it
But it really does get better. So glad I got them done but the first 6 months was a struggle

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@cheris its good to hear there may be light at the end of the tunnel. I'm 4 months out from my LTKR and frustrated at the slow progress especially the tight band problem which became noticeable at week three and got worse through and after outpatient PT. I saw my OS last week and he said that "it is not uncommon but it is usually resolved by month 3, and if not, it may take a year to resolve". Not what I wanted to hear, but I wasn't surprised after doing research here and elsewhere. I'm just hopeful I will get to the day when I can say that the TKR was a good idea.

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@billinpa

@cheris its good to hear there may be light at the end of the tunnel. I'm 4 months out from my LTKR and frustrated at the slow progress especially the tight band problem which became noticeable at week three and got worse through and after outpatient PT. I saw my OS last week and he said that "it is not uncommon but it is usually resolved by month 3, and if not, it may take a year to resolve". Not what I wanted to hear, but I wasn't surprised after doing research here and elsewhere. I'm just hopeful I will get to the day when I can say that the TKR was a good idea.

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I didn't think I would get my second knee done
Then said i would wait a year. But 8 months later got the second one done and the whole operation was so much easier than the first time
I did have some sciatic nerve pain that took awhile to go away but it is all good now. Just notice some aches in this cold weather

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@cheris

I didn't think I would get my second knee done
Then said i would wait a year. But 8 months later got the second one done and the whole operation was so much easier than the first time
I did have some sciatic nerve pain that took awhile to go away but it is all good now. Just notice some aches in this cold weather

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Good morning @cheris, Thank you for telling us about your experience with the second TKR. This information helps other members know what might be expected. I only had the left TKR so don’t have this unique opportunity to compare. Would you take a few minutes to answer these questions

Did you have the same surgeon?
Were the issues the same? Meninges tear? Crystals? Arthritis? Bone on bone?
Was your rehab schedule the same? Same PT? Same exercises?
What do you think made the difference?

Thank you so much. Have some joy today. Chris

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