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5 days ago · Burning of knee after replacement in Joint Replacements

@savannahjan I'm so sorry you are experiencing this! I'm over 3 months out and still have great sensitivity on my scar. Is that what you are experiencing or is it the entire surface of your knee? I know that many nerves are cut during surgery and they take a long time to regenerate. In the meantime you will probably experience a lot of strange sensations: I've felt itching, burning, and just an awful prickly feeling a lot of the time. The only thing that has helped to desensitize the area is rubbing it with a dry washcloth: this was my PT's suggestion. You might be too early in recovery to do this. I also still use Aspercreme topically, it's lidocaine.

I *hate* it when surgeons shirk their post-op responsibilities. Don't back down if something is wrong!

Post again when you've had more feedback.

Sat, Nov 3 7:20pm · SOS! How to protect scars/prevent painful rubbing! TKR in Joint Replacements

Ever since my knee replacement 3 months ago my scar drives me nuts. It wasn't bad in the summer when I could wear shorts or dresses but pants or tights are driving me and my raised scar nuts! Am I missing something great at the pharmacy? Some kind of bandage (an ace is way too rough) Help! And many thanks.

Sun, Oct 28 4:48pm · Climbing Stairs After TKR in Joint Replacements

@jk Thanks for your post. I'm not having my L TKR anytime soon! In fact, I'll be having it at a different hospital and with a different surgeon so I need to meet with him first and get his take on things. And he's a rock star so I'm sure there will be a wait to see him and that's not a bad thing. Yes, my therapist also says "up with the good down with the bad." Part of my frustration is that my quadricep is strong yet I still can't do this. Back to patience. 🙂

Sun, Oct 28 4:00pm · Climbing Stairs After TKR in Joint Replacements

@debbra Thank again — I can't tell you how much reading that meant to me! Discouraged has been my entire frame of mind for at least a couple of weeks. I've been very hard on myself, comparing to others, etc. I have a friend who says "Let patience do her perfect work." Indeed!

Sun, Oct 28 3:07pm · Climbing Stairs After TKR in Joint Replacements

@debbraw Thanks for this validation. It helps to hear that someone else has faced this challenge, even though I'm sorry you have.

I'm going to have to have my L knee done and have no idea how I will manage our stairs if my R knee is still this bad. My R knee is no where near ready to be the "good" leg!

Thanks again.

Sun, Oct 28 12:28pm · Climbing Stairs After TKR in Joint Replacements

I'm a little over 3 months out from my R TKR and have a great deal of pain going upstairs and can't even attempt going down. How long did it take you before you could use the stairs without the "step together step" method? What was most helpful in getting you to that point? Thanks in advance.

Mon, Oct 1 7:11am · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

If you're in Boston and have time for a second opinion here, go to The New England Baptist hospital! (I did not and I regret it and will go there if I switch doctors or have my other knee done). They are the gold standard for orthopedic care, moreso than even MassGeneral or the Brigham … my surgeon is Dr. Andrew Ayers in Peabody, but I can't stand Salem Hospital so won't have any more surgeries by him.

Mon, Oct 1 6:49am · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

I think getting a second opinion is a great idea. Do you have specific names and reputations of other surgeons? Where I live (Boston) there are plenty that specialize in "revisions." Try not to worry about maybes. I think I know how you feel; I'm getting a second opinion from another PT today myself.