I bounced back from my TKR quickly. I was running a snowblower about 5 weeks after surgery. I had full range of motion in a couple weeks and basically no pain after about a week.
I realize everyone is different.
You need to talk to your surgeon, very soon.
Sounds like a bit of a rush to me. Around here, total Knee replacement involves at least 2 days in hospital recovery, then at least a week in hospital rehap, followed by 2-3 months of 2-3 times per week local outpatient rehab. The big secret to success is the careful and intensive rehab. push it, or cut short, and you are asking for trouble.
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I sure hope you get some answers. You are going to have to demand some if they aren't telling you what you need to know. I had TKR 2009, I was in the hospital for 6 days due to the fact I was allergic to the iodine they rubbed on my leg before surgery...I told the doc I was allergic to shell fish and he still used iodine, made me really sick. Anyway I had swelling, no bruising though. Had pain for about 6 weeks or so. I also had PT for 6 weeks, 3x's a week. Doing fine now but it can feel stiff too. I need my other knee done but really don't want to do it, it isn't too painful right now.
I am just saying this so you have a good idea of where you should be at now, we are all different but you can get an idea from the different posts what should and shouldn't be. Talk to that doctor or get a second opinion, most, if not all insurances let you get a second opinion.
I had a TKR done Feb 09. Pain and swelling was much worse after operation. I still need a cane to walk,over 31/2 years later. Surgeon did 'scoping Feb 12,removed scar tissue and lesions, pain increased. At one month checkup he said he didn't know what was wrong. Still swells to this day, I'm on my 5th bottle of 100 t-3's, some days take them like tic-tacs. Maybe now my GP will refer me to someone else.
Had both knees done, the left knee 4 yrs ago the right knee last Dec, for me it took about a year to fully recover from each knee.Sounds like a circulation problem,see your Dr and get him to script an ultra sound to check for clotting. Am happy with my knee replacements and would do it again in a heart beat. Good luck.
Thanks for all the support, I think that the PT was trying to tell me to go see the Family Services DR, with our HMO (Kaiser SoCal) after the surgery is completed, you see your family Dr unless there is a problem with the surgery. I think my knee is fine, it's the soft tissue stuff that hurts. I'm getting the support stockings they carry at the pharmacy and will try them for a week and by then it will be time to see the surgeon for final follow up and if it still hurts I'll see my DR.
I am starting to have trouble with the other knee which was replaced two years ago and with my back because of favoring the right knee. It just gets tiring and I needed to vent and the DW has been great but I can'tkeep telling her about it she feels bad enough anyway.Sure wish I felt like I did for the first ten days after the surgery.
Thanks again and for all you married guys, Sunday is Mother's Day, don't forget.
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I had mine done 3/13 and I still have swelling in my knee and ankle. I am 72 and was told blood flow in us old guys is not like it used to be and the swelling and discomfort could last up to 6 months. The discoloration has finally gone away. I had the other one done in 2004 and it healed quite a bit faster. I was younger then. Its heck to be old (-:
I had mine done the same day as SBishop. I have little swelling left, and my knee feels great!!! My surgeon insisted on wearing the compression socks on both legs for 2 weeks, then the knee replacement leg for an additional 4 weeks.
I have just graduated from PT after 2 months 3 Xs week, and my extension was at 0 degrees 10 days after surgery and my flex is now at 130. I was put through balance work and even had to be able to walk up steps backwards..now that was a real challenge.
I must admit, I had a great team, my PC who sent me to a great surgeon, a wonderful hospital that has a total joint unit, a super outpatient PT, and a caring husband who was given the honor of a new nickname ..."the warden".
My doctor is very cautious about the possibility of blood clots. The had the support hose on me before I even went into surgery and had to wear them on both legs while in the hospital, then on the operated leg for a few weeks after. They are definitely a pain but necessary. And I had to give my self injections of a blood thinner for 10 days post-op.
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