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I have a hyper extended knee following Total knee replacement

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I have a hyper extended knee following Total knee replacement (26 degrees). What can I do for this. The doctors recommend another TKR with a bumper. I am very hesitant
to do this procedure. Will this necessarily get worse or stay the same?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 2 years ago.
How is your overall knee functioning now?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

My knee seems slightly better the last month. It has been 2and half years since

surgery. But by the middle of the day, I can barely walk and I seem to be sliding

my leg along. My biggest concern is whether or not the knee will become more

hyperextended. I really don't want surgery again. My orthropedic surgeons says

it will only get worse, but I'm not sure of that.

Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 2 years ago.
What kind of therapy have you had?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I had therapy for several weeks just after having my surgery. Nothing else.
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 2 years ago.
Who directed the therapy--what kind of doctor?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I had the normal amount of therapy that most people have following surgery. It was done by Florida Orthropedics Institute.

 

Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 2 years ago.
Well, first, I suggest you get into therapy with a physiatrist--a physical medicine specialist--because that can offer you more specific modalities to strengthen the knee. It may not resolve the problem, but it can keep it from worsening.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
BotXXXXX XXXXXne, in your opinion, will this continue to get worse with time (hyperextended knee).
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 2 years ago.
Without therapy, no doubt it will. With therapy, as I said, it may not be improved but it may not worsen.

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