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?

@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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@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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Yes! I wasn't bothered with my sciatica for 5 years until my knee surgery! The water excercise does help it, and the knee.

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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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Had scar tissue removed 2 weeks ago that caused patella clunk. Yes, that’s the term. No clunk since. Arthroscopic stitches come out today. See PT tomorrow for final visit. Sat begin drive to Fl. Expect few inches of snow today. Can’t get out of NY State soon enough. Has been 6 months to this day since TKR. Still few issues to resolve but this site will get me through it.

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all the best satay in touch

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