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What makes the knee so stiff after total knee replacement?

What makes the knee so stiff after total knee replacement?

Scar tissue: After a knee replacement, achieving maximum knee motion is often a race against your bodies natural healing process. Though your pre-operative range of motion can ofter predict your maximum expected post-op range of motion, aggressive physical therapy is crucial to achieve the best result. ...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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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 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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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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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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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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I had a total knee replacement three months ago. My knee locks up, is extreamly stiff, clanks, and makes popping noises. It is not infected. Why?

I had a total knee replacement three months ago.  My knee locks up, is extreamly stiff, clanks, and makes popping noises.  It is not infected. Why?

See your surgeon: Check in with your orthpaedic surgeon if you are still having issues. Knee replacement can have a lengthy recovery. Your doctor can check you for problems that may benefit from treatment. ...Read more

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What to expect after total knee replacement?

What to expect after total knee replacement?

Post TKA: Surgical pain. Lots of physical therapy. Improved alignment. Use of motion machine. Start with walker and progress to cane and stairs. Lessening of pain. ...Read more

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Why can you not jump after total knee replacement?

Why can you not jump after total knee replacement?

Not Advisable: Every stress put across a total knee replacement subtracts from the longevity of the replacement. Smart exercise as discussed with your orthopedist and your physical therapist is advised. ...Read more

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Can knees lock up after total knee replacement?

Yes, but not often: Knee replacements can feel like "seizing" or "locking up" on rare occasions and they are usually not due to the device. The most likely phenomena you are experiencing is either "crepitus" or "clunk" which is when scar tissue surrounding the front of the knee gets trapped within the device creating a sensation of locking up. When severe enough, it can be alleviated by removing that scar tissue. ...Read more

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