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Is it normal for my knee to get really stiff after a total knee replacement?

Is it normal for my knee to get really stiff after a total knee replacement?

Yes: The pain associated with total knees makes most patients struggle with bending after surgery. This, along with the healing process of the large incision, causes significant scaring, reducing the patients early motion. This requires fairly aggressive and regular exercise and stretching to lengthen the tissues while they are healing so that you can regain your preop motion which is the goal. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Total Knee Replacement (Definition)

Total knee replacement: a surgical procedure in which damaged parts of the knee joint are replaced with artificial parts. They cap the end of the thigh bone , under surface of the knee cap and the top surface ...Read more


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It is 7 wks since I have total knee replacement. Still swollen knee and ankle. Have stiffness and lots of pain at nite. Is it normal I am active?

It is 7 wks since I have total knee replacement. Still swollen knee and ankle.  Have stiffness and lots of pain at nite.  Is it normal I am active?

Could be normal: If you're concerned about post-op knee and ankle swelling, I'd mention it to your surgeon. Could be routine post-op symptoms. But you also want to make sure you don't have any signs of DVT which could be easily checked if there's any question. ...Read more

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What are the causes of stiffness after a total knee replacement?

What are the causes of stiffness after a total knee replacement?

Depends: Causes of stiffness following knee replacement include scar tissue formation, component size and position among many factors. However, the most important factor is the patient's preoperative motion (i.e. Preoperative stiffness is likely going to lead to less than optimal postoperative motions). ...Read more

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What could cause sudden onset of swelling & stiffness months after a total knee replacement? Tkr was mid-nov 2012. Had full rom, etc until today.

What could cause sudden onset of swelling & stiffness months after a total knee replacement? Tkr was mid-nov 2012. Had full rom, etc until today.

Infection: Any sudden change in a joint replacement represented by new onset of swelling, pain or stiffness could indicate an infection until proven otherwise. You are still very early out from surgery so this could be just muscle but if the joint looks swollen and you've lost motion i would advise a prompt f/u with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What should I do if I had a total knee replacement and now have pain and stiffness?

What should I do if I had a total knee replacement and now have pain and stiffness?

Get evaluated : Talk with your surgeon. Find out what is painful. Some ligament and tendon insertions can be injected with cortisone. Icing and stretching is critical for good results. Most people are painful and stiff with total knees for 3-6 months and it takes a full year to 18 months for complete healing and maturation of the knee replacement. ...Read more

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Had total knee replacement in December still very painful and have small knots down incision is that normal can't get answer from doctor ?

Had total knee replacement in December still very painful and have small knots down incision is that normal can't get answer from doctor ?

Varies: The recovery from knee replacement varies somewhat from patient to patient and surgeon to surgeon. If you are slowly but surely getting better, than it is likely you will continue to improve. If you are not getting better or are even getting worse, then you need to sit down with your surgeon to discuss this further or seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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After a total knee replacement is it normal to have grinding noise when the knee is moved.

After a total knee replacement is it normal to have grinding noise when the knee is moved.

Yes it can: It depends what type of total knee. It could sound like grinding if parts are rubbing. It is best to ask your physicians or your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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After a total knee replacement is it normal to hear a sound like cracking knuckles when walking or moving the knee sideways?

After a total knee replacement is it normal to hear a sound like cracking knuckles when walking or moving the knee sideways?

Yes: the soft tissues that glide over the implant with movement may make sounds. if there is pain or swelling then evaluation would be reasonable ...Read more

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Do they use lasers in u.S. To get rid of scar tissue I have artho fibrosis of the knee after a total knee replacement

Do they use lasers in u.S. To get rid of scar tissue I have artho fibrosis of the knee after a total knee replacement

Maybe: Arthrofibrosis is a condition that can occur after tka (and other procedures) and results in scarring inside the knee that can cause stiffness and pain. It can be difficult to treat and the cause is not always known. Manipulation, arthroscopic release of adhesions(with a shaver, radiofrequency wand, or laser), and possible revision may be necessary to treat the condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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Knee Replacement (Definition)

It is when a surgeon removes and exchanges some are all of the componets of your knee. The bottom end of the thigh bone(femur), the upper end of the shin bone(tibia) and the undersurface ...Read more