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Offline farren

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Patella Femoral knee replacement
« on: September 11, 2010, 09:34:25 PM »
Hi I had a Patella Femoral knee replacement 6 weeks ago and still have swelling although I am doing everything to get the swelling down. Any ideas anyone?   

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Re: Patella Femoral knee replacement
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2010, 10:14:17 PM »
The best advise are the things you are probably already doing...Ice and Elevate (above your heart).  The swelling from this replacement takes a long time to completely resolve.  Expect to keep swelling for longer then 6 weeks.

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Re: Patella Femoral knee replacement
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2010, 02:28:44 AM »
Hi - you can try homeopathic arnica pellets three times a day and arnica gel. Acupuncture also helps.

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Re: Patella Femoral knee replacement
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2010, 03:01:34 AM »
Hi - you can try homeopathic arnica pellets three times a day and arnica gel. Acupuncture also helps.

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Re: Patella Femoral knee replacement
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2010, 06:25:41 PM »
Thanks all who replied.   I will try the arnica.

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Re: Patella Femoral knee replacement
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2010, 10:47:58 AM »
It is fairly normal for the swelling to persist for a few months. Some of this is due to the fact that as you recover, you become more active, asking more of your new joint. The daily cycle of having a small knee when you wake up and gradually having the swelling increase over the day is normal. Don't worry about this. A sudden increase in swelling and pain outside of this pattern should be followed up immediately.

On a seperate note, be careful re Acupuncture. You now have foreign material in your knee and a prosthesis infection can be disasterous. I would not be having any needles inserted anywhere near my replacement in either the short or long term. The risk may be low but is not zero. The benefit would need to be huge for me to accept that risk. Stick with your ice and elevation and give it time.
Remember that any advice on an online forum is of a general nature.
You are always advised to be assessed by a medical professional so your individual situation is addressed.

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Re: Patella Femoral knee replacement
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2010, 04:03:47 PM »
I have had acupuncture on a regular basis for several years. The needles are sterile so I feel that the infinitesimal risk is worth it....it takes down the swelling fairly rapidly and has been effective for me....

Sue

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Limited ROM/TKR left knee May 25 2015...successful.