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?

@kneeproblem

What is crps please

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome also known as RSD, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. This is not the reason for my poor ROM.

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@gator1965

Hi
I had my total knee replacement in April last year. My surgery was scheduled for 1730. I was advised that the surgeon preferred to complete quick procedures first.
I was allowed to eat up to 5 hours before the admission time, and 1 hour before admission time was my last drink (water).

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Thanks gator- I really appreciate your input–I asked for insight Friday afternoon from the DO's office-re. the surgery timing-and have so far been ignored. I truly appreciate this forum as so many of us really Can help each other with pertinent info!

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@gator1965

Hi
I had my total knee replacement in April last year. My surgery was scheduled for 1730. I was advised that the surgeon preferred to complete quick procedures first.
I was allowed to eat up to 5 hours before the admission time, and 1 hour before admission time was my last drink (water).

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Gator1965. I’m currently scheduled for 8:30 am but have been told the same thing …. that the Dr. will probably move me to later since it’s bi-lateral. No one has mentioned being able to eat. I’ll have to check into it. Thanks for the info.

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I’m almost 3 months post opportunity TKR. The various post on stiff knee or the feeling of tight tape as others describe I cantinue to experience.The other day I stepped on the curb and my foot stuck while my knee continued forward ( at least 145 degrees) . I was playing Golf and looking at my ball in the sand trap. My other knee made a 3 point landing and broke the fall. I don’t think I hurt anything but now my knee feels like I have have wet tape around it. I can still bend it after a warm up.
My other problem is in bed at night my leg bends in a tight cramp and I have to gently bend it with my hand. I’m no kid I’m 80 and when I do things I haven’t done for awhile both legs hurt equally. Left had TKR. Thanks for sharing it’s helped me to feel that I’m having a somewhat typical recovery.

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Sherman, Golfing at 3 months. That sounds pretty good to me! I’ll be very happy if I can get out on the course in 3 months. And, I’m only 67. You’ve helped raise my expectations.

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@shermann

I’m almost 3 months post opportunity TKR. The various post on stiff knee or the feeling of tight tape as others describe I cantinue to experience.The other day I stepped on the curb and my foot stuck while my knee continued forward ( at least 145 degrees) . I was playing Golf and looking at my ball in the sand trap. My other knee made a 3 point landing and broke the fall. I don’t think I hurt anything but now my knee feels like I have have wet tape around it. I can still bend it after a warm up.
My other problem is in bed at night my leg bends in a tight cramp and I have to gently bend it with my hand. I’m no kid I’m 80 and when I do things I haven’t done for awhile both legs hurt equally. Left had TKR. Thanks for sharing it’s helped me to feel that I’m having a somewhat typical recovery.

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I'm 14 weeks post-op and still have the tight band feeling around my knee and tightness. I also have some fluid around the knee. I see the doctor this week so I'm anxious to hear what he has to say and how long this tight band feeling will last. I hope it goes away soon.

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@damewocane

Has any one ever been concerned about your surgery being the last one of the day? It sounds and feels ominous. My revision is scheduled for 3pm and I've been told that its the best they could do as more urgent procedures are being performed by the OS that day starting at 7 am- No water or food after midnight .- Seems pretty rough. Any one with this experience -please relate!

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@damewocane – Do you have flexibility in your own life? If so, and if it really bothers you, I would consider talking to the surgeon about your concerns and maybe rescheduling.

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@marthajean

A friend of mine resides in Las Vegas. She says CBD oil has helped her condition substantially but the CBD oil may contain another ingredient. Don't know for sure at this time. However, I don't think I can readily purchase CBD oil in NYC or PA but am conferring with my friend about how to get some. I think different states have different laws.

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Hi, you can easily get CBD oil in NYC; unfortunately it's expensive. I haven't found it that helpful. Maybe should try again!

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@dkapustin

How does one know that it's scar tissue causing a struggle with ROM and not something else? I'm 7 weeks out today and was measured on Monday. My extension is zero but my natural ROM is 105-106 and my self assist ROM is 112-115 depending on how sore I am. No-one has mentioned scar tissue to me but that seems to be the big reason why people struggle. Is that ALWAYS the case with ROM or COULD it be other things? Thanks, everyone!

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That's a pretty good flexion and perfect extension. There are various reasons for trouble with flexion; I think there are many of us here who can tell you our shock at being a year out and still not reaching the flexion we expected. 115 is about my max – very disappointing. But I am much more stable and able to do more things with less pain than before.

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@hoover

I am 4 months post op from TKR and extension is real good but only 70-80 degrees ROM! They won’t scope to remove scar tissue as there is other issues similar to CRPS keeping me from surgery. I have been tested negative for CRPS and they have their hands on the air on don’t know what I have. I tried to get into Mayos in Scottsdale and Rochester for testing both Orthopedic and Neurological….but got denied. I tried 3 other Ortho groups and have been denied. Can’t get into a specialist Ortho Doc till July 10th!! In the meantime I walk around like a peg legged 56 year old frustrated Nebraskan!!!

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@hoover I can feel your frustration. I hope when the July appointment finally happens, that it will provide some answers and solutions. I presume you are on a wait list in case any appointments get cancelled. I find that I have often been able to get in sooner because there are bound to be some who cancel for one reason or another. In the meantime do the best you can, what other options are there?
JK

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@contentandwell

@hoover I can feel your frustration. I hope when the July appointment finally happens, that it will provide some answers and solutions. I presume you are on a wait list in case any appointments get cancelled. I find that I have often been able to get in sooner because there are bound to be some who cancel for one reason or another. In the meantime do the best you can, what other options are there?
JK

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Thank you for your kind words! Yes…on cancellation list but not promising. Just sit and wait with NO other options at this point. Just wish I would of had some kind of explanation from the world renown “Mayos Clinic” WHY they wouldn’t see me! My Grandparents and Parents saw them over the years for medical issues and were never rejected. My daughter did her internship in Occupational Health Therapy two years ago and couldn’t say enough about the Clinic….Me…got second thoughts….just sayin.

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@lkinny

That's a pretty good flexion and perfect extension. There are various reasons for trouble with flexion; I think there are many of us here who can tell you our shock at being a year out and still not reaching the flexion we expected. 115 is about my max – very disappointing. But I am much more stable and able to do more things with less pain than before.

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I am 11 weeks PO and was released from PT yesterday due to insurance running out. I’m only at 111/0 and know that I can live with that if only the pain would subside. You can too!

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@lkinny

That's a pretty good flexion and perfect extension. There are various reasons for trouble with flexion; I think there are many of us here who can tell you our shock at being a year out and still not reaching the flexion we expected. 115 is about my max – very disappointing. But I am much more stable and able to do more things with less pain than before.

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@lkinny all is too true. I too am stuck at 115 a year and a half after my TKR, but it really does not impact me much, and the knee is pain free except for typical pain after lengthy exercise. Then my whole leg up is tired and achy. I can walk so much further than I could before so that is good. When I had my checkup with my surgeon in December we talked about a possible lysis, but I don’t think it’s worth going through all of that again. His comment was that if I lived in Japan I might have a problem.
JK

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@gobigorgohome

Sherman, Golfing at 3 months. That sounds pretty good to me! I’ll be very happy if I can get out on the course in 3 months. And, I’m only 67. You’ve helped raise my expectations.

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I just went back to my first easy yoga class after 14 weeks, and it felt great. I can kneel on a blanket. I feel like I'm turning that corner now. Just give it as much time as it needs to heal and you'll be on the comeback trail.

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I’m almost 3 months post op and my knee feels very tight every move I make I have to push thru Spider-Man’s web. I keep progressing because my daughter had both knees done 5 years ago is very happy she did it but claims “it’s a journey mom, your tough and you just have to keep working it. “ Motion is location.” So I just keep breaking the tape or spider webs.
You will do good when you know it’s the course for some patients even though some of my male friends do not experience this and don’t know what I’m talking about.

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