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I had a total knee replacement in June. Swelling and pain persisted in spite of pt and a manipulation was done in Oct. Swelling and pain have continued. I saw a vascular specialist in Dec. He determined no problems with my arteries or veins. I wear a prescription thigh length sock to reduce edema in the lower leg. The knee is still nearly double the size of the other knee. The edema is basically the same as it was immediately following surgery. I have had 6 operations on this knee, but the swelling has reduced in the past after a few weeks. Any ideas about what I could suggest to my doctor or that I could do.
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replied March 13th, 2009
knee replacement complication
I still waiting for a reply. I am now looking at further surgery to clean out the new joint, excessive scar tissue.
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replied March 13th, 2009
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I wonder if you can do anything...We have no control over how the blood circulates...It is for this reason alone that I have not had a knee replacement...The pain is pretty rough, but so goes life...

I hope you find the cure to your problem...I know where you are on this...

Regards,
Caroline
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replied March 13th, 2009
knee replacement complications
My doctor says that part of the problem with my knee is the amount of damage done to the joint prior replacement. The replacement was the 5th surgery on it. The first two were total menis removal per the practice in the 60s.
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replied March 13th, 2009
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I was a lucky creature born without knee caps...This was a big problem to start...Bad circulation hindered my surgery....I, too, wear the elastic type stocking to the knee...I have been advised by the Therapist and Surgeon, that healing could be a problem...Many years of golfing did me harm...But it is something that my husband loved and it became a family thing...I guess a few 27 holes in one day did me in...

I hope that you find that your problem can be solved....Mine won't be, but it could be worse...

I wish you well....

Caroline
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replied May 28th, 2012
The pain levels in this knee continue to gradually worsen. It now catches a couple of times a week as well. Pain meds don't really do much if anything. Gone through a dozen different meds. The only thing that has improved over the four years since the initial tkr is the edema. It's still there but doesn't need compression to control it most days. I've seen 3 different specialists now, all with same diagnosis: I'm one of the unlucky ones that tkr didn't work for. None of them really want to see me again. Lots of xrays over the 4 years as well all show everything to be aligned, etc. correctly.
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