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    Restricted movement, swelling and pain in knee post total knee replacement

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    I had a total knee replacement 5 years ago. I can still only bend my knees 45 degrees. My knee is still swollen in places. I still have pain in the back and front of the knee. When I sit on a chair, I get pain at the back of my leg above the knee. Without having another replacement, is there anything anyone can do to help me get more movement in my knee and get my knee back to normal? I have had enough discomfort and need someone to help.
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    Mr Rhys Clark

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Mr Clark is a consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in the latest hip and knee replacement surgical techniques. He also specialises in complex revision surgery, … View Profile

    Having a knee that only bends to 45 degrees must be very difficult for you. I cannot imagine trying to sit on a bus or even trying to climb stairs. Your knee replacement sounds as if it isn't performing as well as it should be. The first step is to go back to see the surgeon who performed the knee replacement and ask the above questions. They may have some answers or reasons why your knee is so stiff and painful. If you are not happy with the response you could ask them to refer you for another opinion. 

    Now that you are five years down the track it is unlikely that your range of movement is going to improve. Depending on what is the cause of your symptoms will vary the treatment. 

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