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    level of activity @ 4mos. recovery from bilateral tkr
    An_248293 posted:
    This site is very helpful as the Drs. & PT folks have limited info. on recovery duration and normal adverse reactions to surgery. I am 4 mos. post op bi-lateral tkr. I had too much scar tissue forming so went back into hospital @3 weeks and had a manipulation procedure where they bent my legs back to my butt under anesthesia and had another overnight in the hospital. I have been an athlete all my life so have expected to resume my activities (rowing, cycling & hiking) much quicker than recovery has allowed. I do have 135 degree range in both knees but find it very difficult to get off the floor or squat down to get into my rowing shell at the dock. I seem to have what feels like tendonitis on the outside of my left knee which keeps me from negotiating stairs (going down) very well. This knee was the most knock-kneed prior to surgery so am assuming that tendons & ligaments must be irritated with the stretching to a straight position.
    I still have swelling after sitting or being on my feet too long. I keep wondering how long until I return to normal and how hard should I push myself. Sleeping at night is still difficult when the Advil wears off. (just one knee hurts)
    I am so happy to be off the heavy duty drugs as they severely depressed me and irritated my stomach. I had to sleep sitting up for a week till my Dr. prescribed Prevacid for the acid that had formed.
    I feel as though I've been through the worst of it but wonder if I'll ever
    be free of stiffness, swelling and pain. I'm a 66 yr. old female athlete who wants to get on with it!
    Bal M Rajagopalan, MD responded:
    You still are very early and the muscles have to be retrained. Everyone responds differently but a flexion of 135 is great. Keep working as it seems you are doing very well.
    dorothy152 replied to Bal M Rajagopalan, MD's response:
    Thanks for your reassurance. Just this week I started making some really good strides in my recovery with less pain and
    ability to exercise more. I have started to have more trust that
    I really will heal and gain my strength back!
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to dorothy152's response:
    That's great to hear, Dorothy!
    We never touch people so lightly that we do not leave a trace. ~Peggy Tabor Millin

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