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A 57-year-old female asked:

i hadd knee replacement 3 months ago then had two manipulations my leg is stiff can not bend or straighten leg may need revision or arthroscopy what ?

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Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Talk to your surgeon: Sorry to hear of your struggles. Stiffness after knee replacement can be a result of many factors: surgical technique, level of therapy after surgery, pain control, and more. I tell patients that recovery is 1/3 surgery and 2/3 therapy ! its best to talk this over with your orthopedic surgeon, and have him/her explain the factors leading to this and how it can be corrected with the least risk.
Dr. David Bailie
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
May need: Treatment for stiff knee after replacement is manipulation or arthroscopy if implants OK - much depends on X-ray and exam findings

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Last updated Sep 17, 2014

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