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Knee Replacement Incision
What are the symptoms of a surgical glue allergy? I had knee replacement surgery and the incision started to weep clear yellowish.
Common: The incisions weep clear fluid on occasion. This does not imply an allergy. Sometimes we still see it several days later when the person is already at the rehabilitation unit. The discharge should be decreasing with time. If it does not or redness, warmth or fever develops contact your surgeon immediately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
NO: After knee replacement surgery, you typically have 4 weeks to work on the motion of your new knee. I recommend my patients focus on rom for 4 weeks after surgery to optimize their results and give their new knees the best chance of a 'normal' range of motion. Following a knee replacement, my patients have one year to get fully better. Issues along the way are dealt with individually. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Relief from pain: A partial knee replacement involves a resurfacing of one of three parts of the knee (medial, lateral , or patella-femoral compartments). There may be some lateral knee numbness after surgery. Recovery is quicker than a total knee replacement; usually @6 weeks. After surgery you need to take an antibiotic before any dental or GI procedures and avoid high impact activities. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Minimal: Partial knee replacement done well should be mild to moderately painful for about a week. By two weeks it should be tapering off. The pain is far less than total knee replacement if done well and with minimal incisions. Post op therapy is very minimal for partial knee replacements. The key to success is precision installation. Look into robotic installation which can be done minimally invasive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gradual improvement: Every patient will recover at their own pace following a knee replacement. Healthy signs include gradual reduction in pain and swelling around the knee; gradual improvement in the range of motion or flexibility of the new joint; and gradual resumption of day=to=day activities. Work in partnership with your orthopaedic surgeon and physical therapist to gauge your progress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Knee replacement: Although we call it a "total" knee replacement, this surgery is actually a "resurfacing" of the end of the femur, the top of the tibia and the undersurface of the patella (knee cap) with metal and plastic components. Although the acl and PCL ligaments are "replaced" in a total knee with a plastic post, the muscles (quads & collateral ligaments (mcl and lcl) are preserved intact with this procedure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's normal recovery like for total knee replacement and what's not normal and should be reported?
Varies: There is variation in recovery from a knee reacemrbt based upon the person and surgical technique as well. In general, most patients doing well between 4-12 weeks after surgery. Increased swelling in leg, redness or discharge from incision, or pain that is worsening are among the things that should alert a patient to a potential complication. ...Read more
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