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?

@cheris

Hi I had total knee replacement 10 months ago. Lots of swelling. Went to PT had deep tissue massage. VERY painful I felt like I had a very tight band around my knee making it hard to move.. I used a recumbent cross trainer which helped a lot. Getting into the pool and walking had an immediate effect on bringing down the swelling. After 3 months I did fairly well. I was bothered for a long time with sciatic pain making it hard to sit and ride in a car. I had second knee replaced 8 weeks ago. Almost no swelling very good range of motion right after the operation. Doing exercises twice a day and icing 3 time a day. This time around so much better. Some stiffness in knee but nothing compared to last time. My only problem is the hip/butt pain is back but not as bad. Has anyone else had this problem???

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Hip/butt pain, oh yes. I found that CBT oil actually got rid of the butt pain which I have had for years. Then I forgot about it and missed taking the CBT oil so the pain came back.

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@jud

I am 8 weeks post op for TKR. Still stiff, some pain at night, but it seems to be improving slowly. I found some comfort and daytime relief by wearing a compression sleeve on my knee. I had never heard of this, but my son-in-law reminded me about RICE. Rest, Ice, Compression, Exercise. I immediately bought one and wear it during the day.

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Hi could you please tell me where you brought the compression sleeve from, as l would like to try one.

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@contentandwell

@lilfor1952 don’t give up, somewhere, hopefully, there is a doctor who can help you. Have you been to a large medical center, teaching hospital? @babette went through a lot but she found a great doctor and has gotten relief. I know a woman who also had problems but she too found a great doctor who was able to fix things.
That being said, scar tissue is a difficult situation though. I was fortunate to not have that problem but there are many on here who do. You are in the right place to hear what people have and have not been able to do about it. Keep in mind that most of the people have come here because they have problems, which does not mean there is no solution. I do have a very small amount of scar tissue that doesn’t hurt but prevents my flex from being as good as I would like. The doctor told me he could do a “lysis”, an outpatient procedure, to remove it. Do you know if that is possible for you?
I hope you will find a doctor who can help you. Let us know how you are doing please.
JK

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Thank you. Letter in post to consultant 👍🏼

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Does scar tissue have any relation to the tight band sensation?

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@sjot4u

Does scar tissue have any relation to the tight band sensation?

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Yes that’s what it is

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@rayreich3

Yes that’s what it is

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Okay when I went for my 6 month checkup. The PA didn’t say the band is actually scar tissue. Said it lasts for a year. So my question is this if I keep up my exercises diligently, can I expect it to go away in a couple of months? Or do I have to live with it? Since the whole procedure was a nightmare I prefer not to have an arthroscopic procedure to correct it.

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@sjot4u

Okay when I went for my 6 month checkup. The PA didn’t say the band is actually scar tissue. Said it lasts for a year. So my question is this if I keep up my exercises diligently, can I expect it to go away in a couple of months? Or do I have to live with it? Since the whole procedure was a nightmare I prefer not to have an arthroscopic procedure to correct it.

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We are all different physically I exercise diligently for a year and the band never went away then I had scar tissue removed it came back but not as severe you’ll just have to wait it out and see how it goes my fingers are crossed for you

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@rayreich3

We are all different physically I exercise diligently for a year and the band never went away then I had scar tissue removed it came back but not as severe you’ll just have to wait it out and see how it goes my fingers are crossed for you

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Thank you. Still trying but becoming increasingly despondent. Let’s hope I can get a surgeon you REALLY cares.👍🏼🤞🏽

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@sjot4u

Okay when I went for my 6 month checkup. The PA didn’t say the band is actually scar tissue. Said it lasts for a year. So my question is this if I keep up my exercises diligently, can I expect it to go away in a couple of months? Or do I have to live with it? Since the whole procedure was a nightmare I prefer not to have an arthroscopic procedure to correct it.

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Don’t blame you. My surgeon became nasty when he realised it was scar tissue. He didn’t want to see me. Still limping and and bewildered. Understand your dilemma.

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Yes my surgeon became nasty as well when I went into complain about scar tissue who do they think they are some of them gods who cannot be questioned

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@sjot4u

Okay when I went for my 6 month checkup. The PA didn’t say the band is actually scar tissue. Said it lasts for a year. So my question is this if I keep up my exercises diligently, can I expect it to go away in a couple of months? Or do I have to live with it? Since the whole procedure was a nightmare I prefer not to have an arthroscopic procedure to correct it.

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Omg -read the threads-go back a few years even! dear one-many of us are stuck this way-:{

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@rayreich3

We are all different physically I exercise diligently for a year and the band never went away then I had scar tissue removed it came back but not as severe you’ll just have to wait it out and see how it goes my fingers are crossed for you

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Thank you. Let’s hope for the best.

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@damewocane

My heart breaks for all of us out here who continue to suffer our messed up" revised" knees with no answers- I am about to undergo the nerve block part in a few weeks- if that takes an ablation… i will try to keep you posted…

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I had my TKR 2+ years ago. They gave me a knee with a PS stabilizing post, which is notorious for causing scar tissue. I had the latest, greatest robotic procedure: I did not expect THIS type of knee. I did develop “patellar clunk syndrome” and had arthroscopic removal of the plethora of scar tissue filling up the space between all the parts. I watched the surgery on a screen as it was being done: it took two hours to remove all the tissue! It has been 8 months since then. It seems to have resolved the clunk problem, but I still continue in pain. I have been in pain EVERY day since the original surgery. I am very interested in this nerve ablation procedure, as I have had RFA on my lumbar facet joints with great success for my back pain. I would love to hear from anyone who has had it for the knee & where are good medical centers to find the right doc to see. I am within driving distance to the Cleveland Clinic, btw.

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@yogigirl

I had my TKR 2+ years ago. They gave me a knee with a PS stabilizing post, which is notorious for causing scar tissue. I had the latest, greatest robotic procedure: I did not expect THIS type of knee. I did develop “patellar clunk syndrome” and had arthroscopic removal of the plethora of scar tissue filling up the space between all the parts. I watched the surgery on a screen as it was being done: it took two hours to remove all the tissue! It has been 8 months since then. It seems to have resolved the clunk problem, but I still continue in pain. I have been in pain EVERY day since the original surgery. I am very interested in this nerve ablation procedure, as I have had RFA on my lumbar facet joints with great success for my back pain. I would love to hear from anyone who has had it for the knee & where are good medical centers to find the right doc to see. I am within driving distance to the Cleveland Clinic, btw.

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Welcome to Connect, @yogigirl. I’m tagging @kibe75 @babette @medinafive @lizzyisme since they’ve written about the nerve ablation procedure. Have you talked with your ortho surgeon about the possibility of having it?

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@yogigirl

I had my TKR 2+ years ago. They gave me a knee with a PS stabilizing post, which is notorious for causing scar tissue. I had the latest, greatest robotic procedure: I did not expect THIS type of knee. I did develop “patellar clunk syndrome” and had arthroscopic removal of the plethora of scar tissue filling up the space between all the parts. I watched the surgery on a screen as it was being done: it took two hours to remove all the tissue! It has been 8 months since then. It seems to have resolved the clunk problem, but I still continue in pain. I have been in pain EVERY day since the original surgery. I am very interested in this nerve ablation procedure, as I have had RFA on my lumbar facet joints with great success for my back pain. I would love to hear from anyone who has had it for the knee & where are good medical centers to find the right doc to see. I am within driving distance to the Cleveland Clinic, btw.

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What happens to be a PS stabilizing post?

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