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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@chickenhaslips

It seems every day the main topic is “tight band feeling” . If this is so prevalent, why don’t we hear of research into this problem? Why don’t we hear from a fine institution like the Mayo Clinic into causes and cures ? There should be something on this site about it.Don’t you think that this problem should be catching someone’s attention.Maybe there is something about it and I’m missing it. I realize this is a website for patients.But it seems like we’re spinning our wheels on this issue
Chickenhaslips

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I've wondered this myself. Seems like a proactive doctor would be on this list listening to everyone's concerns.

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yes and that feeling is still here one year after surgery. I excersice daily and it is still there no pain just very tight. I am able to stretch my leg and bend my knee so annoying

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@judybearden1

I've wondered this myself. Seems like a proactive doctor would be on this list listening to everyone's concerns.

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Mayo Connect is a network of patients and caregivers who share a variety of medical conditions and diseases. Our goal is to share experiences and support one another on our journeys.

Although there are some doctors and other medical professionals who are members, there are no physicians here to dispense advice, or to gather data. That would change the tone and purpose of this group.

All that said, I too am surprised to find little or no research-based information to show that the issue has been studied in any detail, but there are many articles about it by doctors and orthopedic groups that you can read. Then I remember, the posts on Mayo Connect are not necessarily representative of every person who has had a TKR, just those who have found us by searching for those words. So the more posts there are, the more people will find this discussion while looking for answers.

I just spent time with a friend who had her kneed replaced in May, and asked about the issue. She said – "Yes, I had it last time too, and the doctor and PT insisted I keep stretching – I did and it eventually went away. So that's what I'm doing this time too."

Remember, the surgery has greviously insulted your body – it has the right to protest! Hang in there. I haven't had my knees replaced yet, but have had a dozen orthopedic surgeries, including 5 hip replacements/revisions. There is a healing process every time, with surprising aches, pains, nerve zaps, etc. In my case, most heve eventually disappeared, or I have figured out how to live with them.
Sue

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@chickenhaslips

It seems every day the main topic is “tight band feeling” . If this is so prevalent, why don’t we hear of research into this problem? Why don’t we hear from a fine institution like the Mayo Clinic into causes and cures ? There should be something on this site about it.Don’t you think that this problem should be catching someone’s attention.Maybe there is something about it and I’m missing it. I realize this is a website for patients.But it seems like we’re spinning our wheels on this issue
Chickenhaslips

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Amen to that. I came to this site wondering the same thing 2 years ago. At 4 years post-surgery, I’m still hoping that some doctor somewhere is listening.

Are the percentages too small with this lovely side-effect to be bothered with the research?

I know close to 50 folks who have had TKR. I’m the only one with this tight band feeling. Most of my friends were put on a CPM machine right after surgery. I was not.

How many of you were put on the the CPM machine?

My heart breaks for all of you who are dealing with this 24/7.

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@cbatteast

My Knee replacement is 3 years old. I have full range of motion. However, it feels like there is a tight band around my knee. I also have a tender spot right below my outer knee. My other knee is starting to give me trouble and my doctor is recommending another replacement. I feel the same way you do. It doesn’t make sense to have a 2nd knee replacement and i end up with the same outcome. I think I will pass on it until i get some relief!

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Hi,

Also, do your research diligently on finding the best knee surgeon and where you will be having the operation done. I didn’t and just took the first referral the hospital and pcp gave. I’m not saying the surgeon is not capable or good, but had I realized what the total package was, I would have chosen more wisely. I probably could have somehow worked around my knee and avoided the misery I have endured. I am working at preserving my other knee so I will never have to go through it again!

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@scgraham

Amen to that. I came to this site wondering the same thing 2 years ago. At 4 years post-surgery, I’m still hoping that some doctor somewhere is listening.

Are the percentages too small with this lovely side-effect to be bothered with the research?

I know close to 50 folks who have had TKR. I’m the only one with this tight band feeling. Most of my friends were put on a CPM machine right after surgery. I was not.

How many of you were put on the the CPM machine?

My heart breaks for all of you who are dealing with this 24/7.

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Lol, I don’t even know what a CPM machine is!

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Unfortunately, for me , my surgery was 1 year and 7 months ago. Two different orthos, a pain management doctor, 2 different PTs and over a year of physical therapy and the band is still here. I don't think it's going away. It appears that for most of us, we're just grasping at straws for a diagnosis. I need the other knee replaced, but after so much trouble with this one, I won't even think about having the other knee replaced.

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@judybearden1

Unfortunately, for me , my surgery was 1 year and 7 months ago. Two different orthos, a pain management doctor, 2 different PTs and over a year of physical therapy and the band is still here. I don't think it's going away. It appears that for most of us, we're just grasping at straws for a diagnosis. I need the other knee replaced, but after so much trouble with this one, I won't even think about having the other knee replaced.

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Chickenhaslips:it’s almost been two years since my TKR .Did everything everyone told me to do.I’m a retired doctor and I’m anal . I did it all .Still the ITBAND
discomfort.Got a second opinion.He honestly said the surgery went great based on exam and films .He sent me to his PT associate.She made me work butt muscles I never knew I had. I really feel I’m getting better.It’s all about restoring balance to the leg muscles.

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@chickenhaslips

Chickenhaslips:it’s almost been two years since my TKR .Did everything everyone told me to do.I’m a retired doctor and I’m anal . I did it all .Still the ITBAND
discomfort.Got a second opinion.He honestly said the surgery went great based on exam and films .He sent me to his PT associate.She made me work butt muscles I never knew I had. I really feel I’m getting better.It’s all about restoring balance to the leg muscles.

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Doesn’t the IT band run down the side of your outer leg? My band that’s tight is just below my knee all around like a tourniquet. Is that where yours is? What type of exercise are you doing?

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@jeff101

Lol, I don’t even know what a CPM machine is!

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It is a continuous passive motion machine used after TKR and THR. You can see several styles if you google it. The claims are that it helps with pain, flexibility and scar tissue formation. Not all doctors agree. My doctor did not.

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I'm 11 months into a TKR and I have a tight band feeling. I have good range of motion and no pain. I just assume I'll need to live with it.

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@scgraham

It is a continuous passive motion machine used after TKR and THR. You can see several styles if you google it. The claims are that it helps with pain, flexibility and scar tissue formation. Not all doctors agree. My doctor did not.

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Thanks.

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