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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@clbs

Neither my surgeon nor my physical therapist knows what is causing that tight band feeling or if they do, they don’t know how to get rid of it. I’ve never seen a solution on this site either. Very frustrating!

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Have you read anything about nerve injury during surgery??

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I suggest you start reading about nerve injury s/p surgery. My whole lower leg feels tight plus I have numbness in bottom of foot. This is due to either a snipped nerve (bad) or a stretched nerve. In my research a stretched nerve takes 6 – 12 wks to resolve. A snipped, cut, or lacerated nerve takes 6 -12 months or longer or may never heal. Good luck. I have foot drop and wear a brace since surgery. I am 6wks out of RTKA and there has been no change to these problems…Surgeon says 3-6 months, because nerve was stretched during surgery, for foot drop to correct itself. We'll see. Giving it another 6wks…

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I had a tkr 5 years ago. The tight band feeling just below the knee. Its starts on the left to the right side. Feels like someone put a tight band around my knee. Gets tighter as I excercise. I'v fallen 11 times when climbing over things. I go to lift my leg the pain get more intense then I don't lift it high enough and trip. I've had to quit golf, hickinging, long walks. Now I have to go in for the other knee. Starting to have night mares thinking of it.

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@mhort1213

I have tried water therapy and up to this point has not really helped much if at all. My ROM is excellent. The tight band that I feel starts on the inside of my knee and wraps over my kneecap and goes under my knee. It feels like a wide band or tourniquet. I also have some effusion (fluid) on the lateral side of my knee which the Dr.says will go away as well in time. Praying he is right!

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How is the knee doing now? Here in 2020? I have a very similar problem to yours and I’m desperately seeking help from my surgeon who seems totally puzzled. He ordered blood tests to rule out infection and inflammation but you can see that the knee is swollen. I am 11 weeks postop and the tight band (a.k.a. duct tape) feeling it’s so strong it has me in tears every night. Was curious to know if you also had to fight for your bend every time? My knee stiffens so quickly even after a great stretch. I feel like I have to start over every time. Very frustrated and wondering if there’s anyone like me out there?

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Find a PT that does myofascial release. They will stretch "the band" that you can't. I'm still trying to get mine to let go. I understand that the earlier you start this type of treatment the better. I'm 7 months out.

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Yes, I too am struggling with tightness in my leg below the knee. I work out and do the exercises but after I rest it like seizes right back up again! I went to see my primary today and she said if the neuropathy happened right after tka surgery then most likely a nerve was not just stretched but cut maybe not all the way but maybe partially. She said this because I also have foot drop that happened right after surgery and now wear a brace so I dont trip over my "bad" foot and fall. I'm also on gabapentin for nerve pain or I wouldnt be able to sleep at night. Knee seems to be doing ok but got foot problems and nerve pain now I didn't bargain for dammit! I have had no change in these problems since trka 7 weeks ago. Primary said keep appointment with surgeon 1 month from now. But if i dont see any change to see another ortho guy for a second opinion and she would make the referral. I'll keep y'all posted. This sucks!!

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@clbs

It’s been 19 months since surgery. Have done a couple different stints of PT; doing home exercises still and also aquacize. Am considering trying laser therapy. My knee doesn’t hurt but that tight band feeling is VERY annoying!

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I am 7 1/2 months out of surgery. The band of tightness is the entire lower leg abd snkle. No one has given me any answer as to why this is; nerve damage. myofascial issues, bone healing….. nothing.
Anyone at least know why this
Is happening?

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@ruthannejoan

Do you ever get an explanation to why that tight band feeling exists?

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No. Just blank looks.. you have any ideas?

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@janedahlgren

So then what did you do?

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Keep asking questionss and be hlsd zi can walk

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Very frustrating to say the least

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@janedahlgren

That's just it. I can't flex my foot. I had to get the brace to hold my foot up so I stopped tripping over it and potentially fslling.

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That sounds like dtop foot caused from peroneal nerve damage

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The question I have never received a proper answer about is: EXACTLY WHAT CAUSES THE TIGHT BAND FEELING AFTER TKR?

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@tennisgolf

The question I have never received a proper answer about is: EXACTLY WHAT CAUSES THE TIGHT BAND FEELING AFTER TKR?

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Ha! I don’t think anyone knows! Surgeons and physical therapists do not seem to have an answer to that question. They may have guesses but even if they do have a guess, they certainly don’t know how to get rid of that tight band feeling. It either goes away on its own or it doesn’t go away at all. Too bad because it seems a good number of people have that problem after TKR.

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@ruthannejoan

That sounds like dtop foot caused from peroneal nerve damage

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That's exactly what it is

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@tennisgolf

The question I have never received a proper answer about is: EXACTLY WHAT CAUSES THE TIGHT BAND FEELING AFTER TKR?

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Nerve injury during the surgery caused it

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