Total Knee Replacement: Swelling

Posted by mamndink @mamndink, Aug 11, 2019

7 weeks post tkr right knee. 0/120. Intermittent pain at top and bottom front knee when walking. Seems like the swelling never goes away. Icing 4x daily and resting in elevation. Out patient PT 2x week, gym for cycling and few stretching exercises 5x week. Shouldn’t the swelling go down?

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@mamndink

Thank you!

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FYI: I decided this morning to actually measure my knees; had not done that in forever, since they look exactly the same size now. BUT: (11 months after TKR, and before doing any exercise today), the original knee is 14 1/4”, the TKR knee 15”, measured while sitting on the floor, legs straight out and relaxed. So I either still have some latent swelling, or there is a minor amount of extra (internal scar?) tissue there. No symptoms though that I can tell. Anyway, just wanted to mention this.

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Should I have constant calf swelling 4 months after knee replacement?

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4 months ago I had full knee replacement surgery, when I start to walk my calf swells.

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@donelpaso

4 months ago I had full knee replacement surgery, when I start to walk my calf swells.

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Hello @donelpaso, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm a little over a year out from having my right knee replaced. I had a lot of swelling for a few months after my TKR. Mostly I think because I was lax on doing what my surgeon told me to do — ice and elevate the leg and knee often. I had a different view of what often meant. At my followup with him a few months after the surgery he told me again that I should be doing it any chance I got during the day. I also have lymphedema and I normally wear compression socks over the calves. The swelling got better for me once I started elevating my leg and using ice on the knee after I did any exercises or walking during the day. I'm pretty sure I had some swelling past the six month mark.

Have you mentioned the swelling to your surgeon or care team?

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