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3 days ago · Average level of pain after TKR? in Joint Replacements

@ssbionicknee I'm interested in your needing to have your L knee done. I'm in the same boat but I don't feel my R (surgical) knee is anywhere close to being ready to be the "good" knee! And our house has so many stairs! When do you think you will have your L knee done and why then? Thanks!

3 days ago · Average level of pain after TKR? in Joint Replacements

@ellerbrake Hi – I'm sorry you have having pain at 6 months out. I'm almost 8 months out and have pain, too. My surgeon really isn't very helpful. I've said before that surgeons seem to have all the answers pre-op and during the operation but no answers after! Mine relies on PT to continue the process and my first PT was awful (another story). I was so frustrated with 1) pain, 2) inability to go up and down stairs properly at this stage and 3) being unable to stand from sitting without an armchair, that I sought a second opinion with a big-deal surgeon in Boston. He put me on an at home protocol of riding a stationary bike and doing exercises and things improved … for a time.

I'm going to see a new PT recommended to my by a good friend. I just need to get some perspective re: where I should be at this stage and who she thinks are the best area surgeons, as I have to have my second knee done. Maybe you can find someone to consult re: this perspective. I wish you good luck and healing.

Tue, Mar 12 7:37pm · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

@sraley1 Don't you just love how surgeons know everything before and during surgery then, suddenly, they have *no clue* as to why we are in pain, numb, etc. Anyway, your story sounds a bit like mine, but I'm only out 8 months. My first 4 months were like yours but the tight, numb "band" above my kneecap hasn't improved. Since it seems I need my other knee replaced soon anyway, I'm going to get a second opinion.

In the meantime, what I have found to be most helpful is riding a stationary bike at home. I really warms up the knees and I feel a lot better on days I've done that exercise. I bought the bike on Amazon for less than 200 and it's a gem.

Best wishes for healing.

Thu, Mar 7 7:50pm · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

P.S. Well, this is interesting. I did a quick Google search of "TKR and MRI" and this was one of the first articles that popped up: https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/full/10.1148/rg.2015140216

Thu, Mar 7 7:47pm · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

I think I'll start a new thread about TKRs and MRIs. Thanks for your response and good luck with your appointment.

Thu, Mar 7 6:42pm · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

@rjas44 I'm sorry to hear your going though so much 2 years out! Have any of your surgeons taken MRIs? I don't see MRIs referred to a lot on this forum, but I would think they would be essential to seeing all soft tissue. I hope you find relief soon.

Thu, Mar 7 9:45am · MS and TKR in Joint Replacements

@JustinMcClanahan Thanks for referring me to the MS group; I will follow up there. My healing has been very slow. I follow an at-home PT/bike protocol that was given to me by a surgeon I sought out for a second opinion. I can feel things getting better, but still cannot use stairs without doing the step-together-step method and that drives me nuts. Going downstairs is even harder and I have stairs! Thanks again for the referral, I'll head over there now.

Tue, Mar 5 9:37am · MS and TKR in Joint Replacements

Does anyone have MS? Have you noticed ways it has an impact on your TKR or vice versa? I’m thinking mostly about healing time (I’m 7 months out), but also about ongoing pain that just doesn’t resolve despite gentle PT and stationary bike for 30 minutes per day.