Scar tissue after knee replacement

Posted by leithlane @leithlane, Jan 31, 2017

I had knee replacement surgery 6 weeks ago . Through PT I have been working on breaking up the scar tissue only for it to regrow by the time I get back to PT two days later. I have been massaging at home, using a hand held massager and roller. It is painful and swollen. I am getting very disheartened. Any suggestions as to what else I can do. Has anyone had laser treatments to break up scar tissue? Were they effective?

@melcpa86

@damewocane @rayreich3 @gator1965

Here’s an update on the arthroscopic lysis I had done 3 weeks ago.

I was at my wits end last week – crying in each PT session as they forced my leg back to 130 – where it was after the surgery. I broke down and emailed the surgeon to see if he could do anything. He doubled my dose and said to try that for a week (eg 3 more PT sessions and the homework).

The first of those PT sessions was yesterday- and guess what? I “graduated”!!! I was able to force my leg on my own to 125 – so the PT guy said I can now walk 10 mins twice a day and reduce the homework to 3 times a day! Other than that- butt on the couch with leg elevated – but no longer 5 hours of stretching a day!!!!! Only bad news is I can’t lift my leg for a short arc anymore- but can move the kneecap – so PT just upped the quad sets to “unlimited “ or as many a day as I can stand.

I’m convinced that I’m one of those unlucky people that has a genetic disposition to generate scar tissue. This is the third surgery that I have had this issue and by far the most painful.

But – there is hope. Slot of painful work in front of me still – but hope. And if I can get back to standing and walking without pain eventually- I’ll take that pain (and the pain meds) now.

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Golly I would love my knee flexion to be 125 degrees. I am now 3 months post arthroscopic arthrolysis and debridment of left knee and not even 100 degrees. Wonder whether I will ever get there…… nearly 9 months following my TKR

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@contentandwell

@lioness I would suspect that would help, I wonder why they no longer do it.
JK

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@Contantandwell I dont know never heard but follow the money?

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@lioness

@Contantandwell I dont know never heard but follow the money?

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@lioness Yes, I have heard that of course, but I would hope that those in the medical profession would still be doing what is best for the patient. I do think that they sometimes order additional tests or refer a person to another specialist, but I cannot imagine that they would change from having PT that quickly to not, if the patients were really benefitting from it. Maybe I am naive, but I hope not.
JK

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@melcpa86

@damewocane @rayreich3 @gator1965

Here’s an update on the arthroscopic lysis I had done 3 weeks ago.

I was at my wits end last week – crying in each PT session as they forced my leg back to 130 – where it was after the surgery. I broke down and emailed the surgeon to see if he could do anything. He doubled my dose and said to try that for a week (eg 3 more PT sessions and the homework).

The first of those PT sessions was yesterday- and guess what? I “graduated”!!! I was able to force my leg on my own to 125 – so the PT guy said I can now walk 10 mins twice a day and reduce the homework to 3 times a day! Other than that- butt on the couch with leg elevated – but no longer 5 hours of stretching a day!!!!! Only bad news is I can’t lift my leg for a short arc anymore- but can move the kneecap – so PT just upped the quad sets to “unlimited “ or as many a day as I can stand.

I’m convinced that I’m one of those unlucky people that has a genetic disposition to generate scar tissue. This is the third surgery that I have had this issue and by far the most painful.

But – there is hope. Slot of painful work in front of me still – but hope. And if I can get back to standing and walking without pain eventually- I’ll take that pain (and the pain meds) now.

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@melcpa86 The flex they want you to achieve is generally 120, anything more than that is gravy. Mine is not at that in either leg but I do very well walking in most things, just cannot bend it enough for ease in getting up and down from the floor. I would give anything to have 125! When we were on vacation in October I walked about 37 miles in four days!

@klouis I am going to be having that surgery soon, I think it is probably the same thing. It's good to know that someone else found it did help.
JK

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@contentandwell

@lioness Yes, I have heard that of course, but I would hope that those in the medical profession would still be doing what is best for the patient. I do think that they sometimes order additional tests or refer a person to another specialist, but I cannot imagine that they would change from having PT that quickly to not, if the patients were really benefitting from it. Maybe I am naive, but I hope not.
JK

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@ Contantandwell I didn't mean to imply that this is the total reason but Im suspicious in general with the Drug Companies and how they push meds on Dr,s The flex machine
may have had something that wasn't working right I don't know. P.T is needed I don't think it will go away unless they start using robots,pray not lol

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@lioness

@ Contantandwell I didn't mean to imply that this is the total reason but Im suspicious in general with the Drug Companies and how they push meds on Dr,s The flex machine
may have had something that wasn't working right I don't know. P.T is needed I don't think it will go away unless they start using robots,pray not lol

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@lioness I tend to be very suspicious of drug companies, they sometimes take drugs off the market that are really benefitting people but are not making enough profit for them — I have seen this happen.
At one point a few years ago they posted a list in the local paper of how much every doctor in Manchester was profiting from drug companies! Good info.
I had the flex machine after my first TKR and did not find it helpful at all.
JK

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@contentandwell

@lioness I tend to be very suspicious of drug companies, they sometimes take drugs off the market that are really benefitting people but are not making enough profit for them — I have seen this happen.
At one point a few years ago they posted a list in the local paper of how much every doctor in Manchester was profiting from drug companies! Good info.
I had the flex machine after my first TKR and did not find it helpful at all.
JK

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@Contantandwell sorry it didn't help guess everyone is different my Mom had it for both her tkr she did did fine on it.A friend has a disease I never heard of before. Lipedeme have you? Its not lymphedema .

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@lioness

@Contantandwell sorry it didn't help guess everyone is different my Mom had it for both her tkr she did did fine on it.A friend has a disease I never heard of before. Lipedeme have you? Its not lymphedema .

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@lioness no, I’ve never heard of it so I just googled it – it’s actually lipedema. Did she need the flex machine for that?
JK

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@contentandwell my post disappeared Dr said it'd inflammation ,put her on anti inflammatory diet Legs drain like lympadema

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@lioness

@contentandwell my post disappeared Dr said it'd inflammation ,put her on anti inflammatory diet Legs drain like lympadema

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@lioness Is she doing better now, since being put on anti-inflammatory drugs? I hope so, pain can be so wearing when it's persistent.
JK

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@contentandwell

@lioness no, I’ve never heard of it so I just googled it – it’s actually lipedema. Did she need the flex machine for that?
JK

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@Contantandwell no she didn't but her legs are wrapped for the leakage and Dr is ordering her some kind of wrap for her legs she is doing better on the anti inflammatory diet and the ginger-Tumeric tea I suggested to her.

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@lioness

@Contantandwell no she didn't but her legs are wrapped for the leakage and Dr is ordering her some kind of wrap for her legs she is doing better on the anti inflammatory diet and the ginger-Tumeric tea I suggested to her.

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@Contantandwell Im going to tell her about the golden milk I just had some I like it maybe better then the G-T tea

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@lioness

@Contantandwell Im going to tell her about the golden milk I just had some I like it maybe better then the G-T tea

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@lioness if you don’t mind a few extra calories, Whole Foods has a delicious turmeric, ginger “chai” in non-refrigerated cartons, made by Rishi. You’re supposed to froth milk to add to it but I just add plain almond milk.
JK

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@contentandwell

@lioness if you don’t mind a few extra calories, Whole Foods has a delicious turmeric, ginger “chai” in non-refrigerated cartons, made by Rishi. You’re supposed to froth milk to add to it but I just add plain almond milk.
JK

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@contentandwell sounds good

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