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Total knee replacement

I am a 60yr old woman wbo has just finished her 4th week after tkr surgery I dont know what to expect I am currently still on  crutches have really no pain just aching around thigh am doing basic exercises but get very tired all tbe time.

What I am worried about is the tightness in the knee it seems to be getting slowly better can anyone tell me how long does it take to get rid of tbe tightness/stiffness looked up google but it doesn't help.

Any information would be so much appreciated 

Thank You



  • hello gseward!
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    it's only been 4 weeks and this will take time and patience. i have never been through knee replacement but it sounds like you are doing good, seeing you have no real pain. 
    below is a link to articles on knee surgery that may help you out.

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 129

    Three months seems to be the magical number for most of the discomfort, problems and pains to dissapear after surgery.

    I have not had a total knee replacement yet, but I am heading for one.  I did have both of my shoulders and hips totally replaced, and for me the key , besides normal exercises was stretching (approved by my therapist)

    I recently had meniscus surgery on my right knee, and the deep/soft tissue massage person I've been seeing for over 10 years, stressed that with the knees, it is so important to do the proper exercises so that the muscles and tendons along with all the scar tissue  wont get too tight

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
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  • darla19ddarla19 Posts: 2

    Wow! Almost no pain? That is fantastic with a TKR. Work hard at the bending...You will be glad later.

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