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Left TKR ice or heat

Posted by @topdog11, Tue, Apr 10 11:14am

Hey all. Do you use ice or heat on your knee and leg. Before surgery heat was my go to, but I didn't have much swelling, mostly pain. Now at 3and1/2 weeks I have swelling and some pain and I know heat would feel so good. But, I do not want to make the swelling worse. Thanks

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When I first had my TKR my go-to was definitely ice (specifically for the swelling). My surgeon and therapist both told me that either would work … but … ice does help with more with swelling. Hang in there – it "does" get better! I am now 8 months post-op of my first knee replacement and am "counting the days" to get my other knee done this August!!!!!

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When I first had my TKR my go-to was definitely ice (specifically for the swelling). My surgeon and therapist both told me that either would work … but … ice does help with more with swelling. Hang in there – it "does" get better! I am now 8 months post-op of my first knee replacement and am "counting the days" to get my other knee done this August!!!!!

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Thanks, if you are having your other knee done, it must really get better. Right now I am lending to wishing I never did this. But my leg was starting to bow and I knew it had to be done.

I am at 5 1/2 wks. My doctor stressed ice packs…not heat. And the ice packs do help. I use them frequently every day.

@rah06

When I first had my TKR my go-to was definitely ice (specifically for the swelling). My surgeon and therapist both told me that either would work … but … ice does help with more with swelling. Hang in there – it "does" get better! I am now 8 months post-op of my first knee replacement and am "counting the days" to get my other knee done this August!!!!!

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@topdog11, it gets better, it just takes time. My recovery from a total right knee replacement and two following manipulations took quite some time. Ultimately, I ended up with 0-105 mobility, but no more pain. I had a hard-fought and slow recovery, slower than most, but in the end, it was absolutely the right decision. I understand how frustrating the swelling, pain, and rehab can be. There were days that I didn't get out of bed, but you can do it. I had to learn to set mini goals that I could accomplish over the course of a few days or a week rather than focusing on the immediate task. Keep your head up, things can and will get better.

I only used ice and was instructed not to use heat, but I also have a rare genetic bleeding disorder where my blood doesn't clot on its own without my medicine, so heat when there is internal swelling is admittedly my nemesis!

I'm 4 months out from a partial knee replacement and still ice several times daily.

Thanks guys. Just to let you know I soak in hot water for about 15 minutes before I go to PT. I really don't know if it is the right thing to do or not. Yesterday was the first time time I did it and my PT said it looked like my knee finally gave and I might be over the hump. I iced after PT. So it helped me. But last night was the worse night I have had since replacement. Did the heat and loosening everything up make me go to far in PT? I don't know. Today, I still have a good bend and stretch, which usually the day after PT falls back quite a bit. I am not telling anyone to do what I am doing just passing on what seems to help me. I will try heat and ice Friday before I go to PT, and depending on my night, will decide weather to continue or not.

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