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?

@dickiedo

Had arthroscopic to remove scar tissue for patella clunk on Oct. 24th. Hope it stays away. Will try doing stairs this week. TKR on May 8th. ITB still an issue but working on it.

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Good luck with your recovery @dickiedo. I'm pulling for you on doing stairs – that is such a milestone! Hope the scar tissue stays away. Are you doing PT?

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@debbraw

Good luck with your recovery @dickiedo. I'm pulling for you on doing stairs – that is such a milestone! Hope the scar tissue stays away. Are you doing PT?

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Thanks. A couple more PT than south to Fl for winter.
Great having this site for all the help and encouragement.

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@amberpep

I agree with you lamerex ….. I was told to push “up to the pain” but not “through it.”
abby

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Mine says up to and stop, thought i was only one creating tissue bands each night

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@maggiet

I had a total knee replacement 8 months ago it it has been hell. I have had two manipulations, the second one popping open part of my three month old incision. I have may havee 78 degree bend after all this crap. I am currently having saline injections to try and help break up the scar tissue. After 3 treatments I have gained 12 degrees. Would never have done this had I know this would be the result.

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I wish i had found this site before i had mine done.

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@gmajudy

I wish i had found this site before i had mine done.

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@gmajudy hi, Judy. Welcome to Connect.
It sounds as if you are having after TKR issues. How long ago was your TKR and what type of issues are you having? If your TKR was fairly recent, then have patience. The majority of people are eventually very happy with their new knee. It will never be quite as good as your natural knee was before having problems but it can be very good. I have had two TKRs and am happy with both. I wish I had a little more flex and that I could kneel comfortably, but those two things are a small price to pay for now being able to walk a lot and have no pain. I did have some severe pain for about six weeks after my second TKR but suddenly got better and it has been great ever since.
I would love to hear more from you if you do not mind sharing.
JK

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@dickiedo

Thanks. A couple more PT than south to Fl for winter.
Great having this site for all the help and encouragement.

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@dickiedo – Maybe the warm weather will help out the recovery. I live in St. Augustine, FL and it was in the high 80's here yesterday! Best of luck…

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@gmajudy

I wish i had found this site before i had mine done.

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Hi @gmajudy – Welcome to Connect. I'm glad you found this site. Lot's of great people and good information here. I'm guessing from your reply that you had a knee replacement and you've been having challenges with the recovery. Do you feel like sharing more about when you had the surgery and what you are dealing with now?

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@debbraw

@dickiedo – Maybe the warm weather will help out the recovery. I live in St. Augustine, FL and it was in the high 80's here yesterday! Best of luck…

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Great city. Love it at xmas. Short trip from Ocala. Thanks for support.

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TKR August, adjustment 2 weeks ago. Got to 80 degrees and it stopped bending. Seems I'm a 'prolific scar tissue' person. So yes, it grows back like bands on a Twister candy, if you wait until they are thick, a doc has to put you to sleep and break them. But if you CONSTANTLY move your knee, even a little, the bands break. To me it feels like a tiny electric shock when one breaks. Each am they are back and if I stay in recliner for more that 2 hours, they're back. Everyone is different. So I use 2 percocets before PT, home, eat, a Tramadol, stool softener, sleep an hour, then ice, then recliner BUT always moving-pressing down to stretch-lifting up to bend. But not severely after PT. i go to PT EVERY day. Doc says my body will eventually get the message that I don't need bands to help my knee and that the metal in me is ok. May take A YEAR. Keep a routine, figure your medicines out yourself and move. That's all I know.

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@debbraw

Hi @gmajudy – Welcome to Connect. I'm glad you found this site. Lot's of great people and good information here. I'm guessing from your reply that you had a knee replacement and you've been having challenges with the recovery. Do you feel like sharing more about when you had the surgery and what you are dealing with now?

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just replied to list

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Yesterday I made it to 95 degrees! I'm so happy! Keep moving.

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I have had a tight band feeling now for 7 years 24/7 no pain just uncomfortable with that feeling. One thing I tried and the massage therapy seemed to think it loosen things up was with cupping. she loosened the scars up to where I could move that skin around instead of the stuck down feeling. I bought the cups my self and use for knees and other things too. It hasn't changed the tight band feeling but I think if I would do it to myself a couple times a day maybe I would start seeing improvement. Just don't seem to find the time to do that. I have the kind of cups that look like little domes and you don't have to oil up and move the cups around you just stick them down. they are suppose to help scar tissue.

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@slmichie1969

I have had a tight band feeling now for 7 years 24/7 no pain just uncomfortable with that feeling. One thing I tried and the massage therapy seemed to think it loosen things up was with cupping. she loosened the scars up to where I could move that skin around instead of the stuck down feeling. I bought the cups my self and use for knees and other things too. It hasn't changed the tight band feeling but I think if I would do it to myself a couple times a day maybe I would start seeing improvement. Just don't seem to find the time to do that. I have the kind of cups that look like little domes and you don't have to oil up and move the cups around you just stick them down. they are suppose to help scar tissue.

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Thanks for the information I will give it a try here in NYC

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Thank you also, 3 years here. Can scar tissue be seen on an MRI ? I have same feeling, and Ortho sent me to a pain clinic. I was asked to describe the “pain”, with the words only, uh…shooting, aching, ect. I don’t even describe it as pain, so….no, pain pills not helping. However, only difference is that my knee still getting very swollen by end of day, I can hardly walk. I don’t think this should be happening after 3 years.

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@bengalady

Thank you also, 3 years here. Can scar tissue be seen on an MRI ? I have same feeling, and Ortho sent me to a pain clinic. I was asked to describe the “pain”, with the words only, uh…shooting, aching, ect. I don’t even describe it as pain, so….no, pain pills not helping. However, only difference is that my knee still getting very swollen by end of day, I can hardly walk. I don’t think this should be happening after 3 years.

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Yes I have yet to find an answer

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