Originally Posted by LPotter
I need some input. I had a total knee replacement six weeks ago yesterday. The swelling never stops. I use the ice machine a couple hours a day, yet sometimes it is swollen when I wake up! I am doing great in therapy, require no cane or walker, have reached 120 degree bend, yet I can't walk for a long period of time and as soon as I do, the swelling is even worse. Therapy says this is going to take time; how much time? Did anyone else have this continual swelling problem? I am getting so discouraged. I want my life back, need to get back to work, so tired of dealing with this! I have done everything they say, home exercises, go to Therapy three times a week, ice, etc. Thoughts? Suggestions? Encouragement? LOL Help!
I have never had a knee replacement - miine were hip replacements - but it seems to me you are doing very well in your rehab! My goodness, need no cane or walker, have 120 degree bend...it all sounds very good to me!
It always seems like forever when we are working on getting our joint back to normal, is what I think, after having had two hip replacements.
Six weeks is too soon to get so discouraged!
Just know that for each of us individualsl: "It takes as long as it takes". No one can state an exact time for full recovery. It is different for each of us.
Please keep posting and let us know how things are going.
I personally think you are doing so well.