Calf pain/swelling after microfracture knee surgery.

by Richard
(California)

This is actually less of a question than an answer for anyone experiencing severe calf pain/swelling after having microfracture knee surgery. This website seemed like a good resource, so I thought I would post here.

First off, as everyone would tell you (hopefully including your surgeon), if the pain persists, you immediately should have an ultrasound to rule out a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). I had that done and the results were negative (good news) but I still had terrible (and, I mean, terrible) pain in my calf. Literally, I could not stand for more than 30 seconds without my foot turning dark purple and the pain so bad that I had to go back down to the bed.

Needless to say, I was very frustrated and became pretty depressed. Naturally, I took Vicodin to quell the pain, but tried to restrict that to bedtime only so I would not grow too dependent on the highly addictive stuff. That helped a bit but the pain in my calf just wouldn't go away.

Then one day a friendly neighbor saw me on crutches and suggested that I (a) put a warm heating pad on my calf and knee twice a day for 20 minutes at a time and (b) take a hot shower). I did both and literally the pain was much less within 2-3 days.

I also switched from Relafen (anti-inflammatory) to Alleve (2 pills twice a day) and started to gently do the exercise bike for a few minutes. Frankly, I'm not sure which of those actions was the solution (or maybe it was all three). My hunch, though, is that the heat from the pad/bike/shower was what my leg needed to help circulation in the area.

The main point I would like to make is that whatever you do, do not give up hope. Hang in there. It sucks (it REALLY SUCKS) but you've got to be positive. Trust me, I wanted to bitch and moan many times (and my wife would tell you that I was impossible) but I tried to keep my spirits up.

Final advice: reading blogs is both good and bad. Good if you can find SOLUTIONS, very (VERY) bad if you read people just saying things that will only (a) scare you or (b) depress you. Empathize with those poor souls but move on to the next blog/posting if it means finding a solution.

Good luck and I'm hoping that you persevere!

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Dec 14, 2008
great advice
by: Bart - SII

Richard, this is great advice. Heat can definitely help to improve pain caused by muscle spasm and swelling. It is important to make sure that you are screened for DVT, especially if it is after surgery. Also, make sure that if you are applying heat that you are not increasing swelling.

Gentle massage to an area can also be beneficial for this type of condition.

Great post!

Bart

Jan 22, 2009
calf pain/swelling
by: Anonymous

My husband is experiencing what you describe. He had surgery on New Years Eve. He was able to walk, with some pain, for three days and then had enough pain and swelling to call the surgeon. The surgeon brushed it off and told him he was doing too much. The next day he went to the emergency room and they did an ultrasound to rule out blood clots. He has since had another ultrasound and two different doctors have looked at him. It has been 22 days since surgery and he is in considerable pain and has been on crutches since the fourth day. He has significant bruising from the back of the knee down to and including his ankle. The skin on his lower leg is extremely sensitive to touch and he can not handle any type of massage. He is scheduled to start physical therapy. I do not believe this is at all normal. I think that either his leg was mishandled during surgery or he is having some type of toxic reaction to the local anesthetic that was administered after surgery. He is very discouraged. For a doctor to indicate that he has no answer for the pain or bruising and his colleagues will, of course, not go against anything the surgeon says. Even our family doctor tells my husband that sometimes these things happen and he just needs to be patient. It would easier to be patient if we knew just what exactly did happen.

Jan 25, 2009
Your husband's condition
by: Anonymous

I'm very sorry to hear that. It sounds like your husband's condition differs from the one I experienced. I had no discoloration or bruising whatsoever. Just some swelling and that terrible pain. I should tell you that it's now been more than 2 months since my surgery, and now I'm just starting to gently put weight on my foot. And wouldn't you know it, but my calve and foot have ballooned. Not too much pain, but literally my ankle is twice as large as the non-surgery leg. I saw my physician but he didn't seemed concerned. It's been about a week. I'm hoping that as I walk more it just goes away.

Good luck with your husband...I know it can be very, very frustrating -- especially when the MDs aren't telling you anything but that might be because they have no idea what's going on and don't want to make something up.

Feb 09, 2009
More calf pain
by: Anonymous

My surgery was 1/21/09. My calf pain didn't start until about 5 days ago. I thought it was just me, so I am very relieved to see I'm not the only one. My knee still hurts, in fact it collapsed on me today and it's locked twice. I guess I will go on and call my doc tomorrow. I am going back to work tomorrow, part time. I sell shoes, so I'm on my feet all day. My store is very slow due to the economy, so there will be a lot of time for me to sit. I am so afraid to say anything about the pain. In this economy, I am afraid that if I say too much, I could lose my job since business is so slow. I haven't been to PT, I have been exercising on my own, but perhaps PT will help more. I have noticed how my hips hurt from favoring my knee for so long. Ugh, getting older stinks!

Mar 17, 2009
Extreme Calf pain after ACL surgery
by: Anonymous

I'm a 30 year old man and I had ACL surgery about a week ago. At first everything seemed fine and was able to put some weight on the repaired leg, but 3 days after the surgery my calf and ankles started to swell. It got so bad that I couldn't even bring my leg down without it feeling like hot acid was being poured throughout my calf. I've sinced been back to the hospital where they did an ultrasound to checked for blot clots they came back negative. Talked to my surgeon and he wasn't quite sure what could be causing the pain and thinks it may be the internal bleeding from the hamstring graft. I've tried everything to keep the swelling down. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation and it's been over a week now and I still can't even put my leg down without the excruciating pain. I've been taking pain killers which doesn't seem to help. Just wondering if anyone has any else has experienced this and what they did to remedy the pain.

Mar 17, 2009
Response to calf pain
by: Richard

Hi,

I posted my experience earlier. I had a very similar experience after my microfracture knee surgery. Seriously, the pain in my right calf was worse than my knee! It got so bad that if I were to stand for even a minute I had to sit back down so I understand the discomfort you're feeling.

What helped me was getting into a hot shower and letting the hot water run on my calf muscle for a while. I was also doing some very light exercise bike which also helped. Finally, adding a heat pad helped (although some docs say don't add heat, but that's in disagreement with Eastern medicine). The best thing was definitely the hot water -- if your dr. said you can take a shower, you should try that although for me getting in and out of the shower was difficult.

Hope that helps! Hang in there!

Apr 11, 2009
Calf Pain
by: Jim

Thank you for your comments. I am having the same excrutiating pain when I stand after laying down. I don't even want to get out of bed because the pain is going to be so bad. I had surgery a week ago and everything was fine until three days ago when the pressure on my calf started to increase. The problem is, it seems to be getting worse, not better. I had an ultrasound and it was negative so it doesn't appear to be a blood clot. I will take Richard's advice and hope it gets better soon.

Apr 12, 2009
Relief
by: Jim

After speaking with my doctor yesterday and using some common sense, I found great relief from my unbearable calf pain. I used a heating pad on my calf and did numerous stretching excercises throughout the day. I took 800 mg of ibuprofen every 8 hours and massages the calf muscle before I stood up. When I woke up this morning, I had almost no calf pain and have had very little today. I will keep up this regiment until the the pain disappears completely. Hope this helps.

May 01, 2009
Re: Calf pain/swelling after microfracture knee surgery.
by: Anonymous

I had the microfracture Mar 26 2009. Also
had more pain in the calf than the knee,
calf and foot swelled and purpled. I ate alot
of advil and made sure nothing was rubbing against
it when I was using the cpm machine. Now my
calf is normal so life is good. Hang in there.

May 03, 2009
6 days after ACL replacement surgery
by: Anonymous

I had knee, ACL replacement surgery on 27 April, first time surgery for me. Everything felt fine, post op instructions said change bandage after three days. I waited until four because I didn't want to mess with it because it felt good. I rolled down the TED hose to the ankle, replaced the bandage, gently scratched my leg for a moment and put everything back together. I have had deep calf muscle pain ever since. The pain is to the point that I have a hard time standing vertical without pain killers. As soon as I do I feel pain in my knee from the surgery that I can live with but the pain and pressure that pinpoints a very small area in my calf muscle is a killer. I can't wait to see the Dr. next week to rule out a blod clot so that I can try some of the things you guys have said. It feels like a blood clot to me but reading these blogs have left me wondering. Good luck to everybody else out there who's going through this because I can vouch for how baqd it sucks.

May 28, 2009
Calf Pain after arthroscopy
by: Anonymous

I had an arthroscopy for a torn miniscus 3 weeks ago. I was swollen at the front and back of the knee for a good 2 weeks but now that has settled down. So I have been making myself walk without limping. The knee is great but my calf muscle became excrutiatingly painful after about 5 minutes of normal walking. So much so that I had to go back to the old style of walking. Is this because I haven't been using my calf muscle previously and it just needs stretching out?

Jun 04, 2009
calf pain after microfracture knee surgery
by: Anonymous

my surgery was on 4-24-09 I began experiencing extreme pain in my calf I was sent for a dopler test for a blood clot which came back negative. The pain continued and I found out later that the test they use is only accurate 80 out of 100 times, On 5-5-09 I had pulmonary embolysm which travelled to my right lung almost killing me another test was ordered on my leg revealing a massive clot in my leg, so please if you have a test and its negative and the pain persists do not wait go back for another test and another if necessary remember its your life.

Jun 14, 2009
Micro fracture
by: Anonymous

I have had micro fracture surgery and 2 months after my calf and ankle are very sore and swollen. I have been tested for DVT and thankfully that has returned negative Nobody has told me what is causing this horrible burning sensation .I have tried ice anti inflammatory drugs but this pain is still with me

Jun 15, 2009
discoloration and cold flashes
by: Coach Rob

I am glad I found this site. I had microfracture surgery 5 weeks ago. I was fortunate, and with cycling after week 1, and lots of icing, the swelling was almost all gone by week 3.. however, for the past five weeks I have had two really weird things happen, which I just want to share so no one freaks out, and maybe someone has experienced the same. 1) My operated leg gets ice cold, and I mean cold, starting around mid calf and all the way down to the toes. Exercising, icing, elevating, using a heat pack, massaging, etc does not help! It comes and goes, once or twice a day..
2) my entire lower leg gets red.. especially after I get out of bed in the morning, and when I am done exercising.. almost beet red..

The hard part is my surgeon: he has this line: " dont worry, lots of changes are going on!"..
anyways, I am nearing week 6.. I wont see my doc until week 7,. but am going to try to walk a bit after that mark.. I know the deep water running and kicking helped the most, and those are the two things I will telleveryone to do.. plus it is so nice to get out from under the crutches and get in the water! so.. go water rehab!

Jul 05, 2009
microfracture calf pain
by: btate80

I'm 10 days out from microfracture surgery and I'm having this calf pain as well. I have seen some with the same surgery saying they have taking alive or other anti-inflamation medications. I was told this was a big no-no because that could affect the healing process from the surgery.

I might try the heat thing and see if that help.


Jul 09, 2009
Calf pain
by: dean

Hi, i had surgery a week on my acl it was a hamstring graft . All was fine until yesterday.(5 days after surgery) and i have extreme pain at the top of my calf muscle that heads up toward under my knee! Feels like an extremely tight pain and if i stand up can't last more than 30 seconds due to the extreme throbbing pain! my calf is a little swollen but not a great deal, and there is no discoloration and my foot seems fine! Is very frustrating as i was making progress with walking and getting range back now cant even get out of bed! I don't have a heat pack to try that but will try lightly massaging the area. I also am not allowed to shower till i see my surgeon again which is in 6 days and have my bandages removed.
Any other feedback or help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Dean

Aug 27, 2009
Knee surgery and potential for blood clots
by: Anonymous

I have had experience with the same issue and after 4 days of feeling like I could not stand on my leg because of the pain in my calf I finally called my doctor. My doctor rushed me to get an ultrasound and I did have a blood clot in my femoral artery. I've been told had I not gone to the doctor when I did I could have thrown the clot and died. If you are experiencing this type of pain along with any redness, streaking where the veins are, heat from the sight of pain and swelling you need to call your doctor. Ruling out blood clots, even if you find that the ultrasound is negative is very well worth it.

Sep 03, 2009
Calf Pain after Microfracture
by: Sedona

Hi I had Microfracture surgery on June 23rd I was ordered to stay off my leg and on the lovely cruches for 2 months. When I started walking on my leg again I had the extreme calf pain everyone is mentioning in most of the listings. I talked to my doctor and he explained to me that from not using the leg and the positions your leg is put in during surgery it can cause your tendons that run though your leg to get very tight and spasm. So my PT did very extensive streches on my leg and I continued them at home and within a week the pain was gone. Now for my problem that has no answer. I am almost 12 weeks post-op and I am unable to straighten out my leg completely, no streaching, icing,heating, massaging etc. helps. The doctor has no explanation and neither does the PT so has anyone else experienced this kind of situation? I mean when I attempt to lay my leg flat I feel as if my knee cap is locking onto my tibia. Please help....

Sep 05, 2009
Calf pain
by: Anonymous

I had Microfracture surgery on July 1st, and was non weight bearing for 6 horrible weeks! I had circulation issues during that time too, my leg from the knee down were ice cold even though it was 80degrees out. I was concerned but my doctor told me it was normal?! When I was allowed to walk again I got the intense calf pain that everyone talks about, my PT told me it was from non use for so long that it just needed some time to get stronger. It was better after a couple days of walking. And the circulation issues straightened out too.

Oct 07, 2009
microfracture recovery
by: Anonymous

I had microfracture surgery on July 29th and was told to scrupulously avoid putting weight on my leg for 6 weeks. I used my CPM religiously and all the rubbing caused a circulation problem in my calf. I ended up with a cellulitis infection that was very painful and in many ways worse than the knee surgery. I had to go to the ER and they also did an ultrasound for a clot but didn't find one.

The cellulitis was pretty demoralizing because it put me back in bed. I had just started swimming, which was heaven after almost 3 weeks on crutches.

From week one I was doing prone leg hangs to straighten my leg and with the CPM I got to maximum flex pretty quickly. I have found that now that I'm walking again that my calf is still pretty tight, which causes pain behind the knee.

Swimming and yoga seem to be key in the recovery process. I did 20 minutes of cycling from week two as well. Moving the leg was good, but not as nice as swimming where i could use my whole body.

This is a long recovery process for sure.

Oct 07, 2009
Mystery Calf Pain strikes again!
by: johnny

Hey Folks,

Same story as many others it seems... ACL surgery with the hammy on 09/29/09. I have crutches and a leg brace. About 3 days after the meds wore off, I started having calf pain when I got out of bed, or from sitting on the couch. The pain would be excruciating for a bit, and then subside when I rested the leg again. I gave it heat and massages. I have not noticed any swelling, high temperature, and my calf is not hot to the touch. I thought it was the brace at first, but even removing it just helped temporarily. After a few hours with it off, and laying on the bed, I got up to use the bathroom and the pain hit my calf like a ton of bricks! Some mornings were fine, and I would get up and go around on my crutches, but here it is 10/07/09, and I am still having the pain! I am typing this on my laptop in bed after I ate dinner and tried to do some walking around the apt. The pain just got to me and was making me want to punch the wall! I had to go to use elevation, heat, and massage to feel better. The see the surgeon tomorrow for a post op and will let you all know what the result are.

Also, if anyone has any follow up... please share! Everyone seems to post about their pain... but what we all need to know is what happened after and for how long?! This has got to end!

Oct 07, 2009
Post ACL Surgery Mystery Calf Pain
by: Anonymous

Hey Folks,

Same story as many others it seems... ACL surgery with the hammy on 09/29/09. I have crutches and a leg brace. About 3 days after the meds wore off, I started having calf pain when I got out of bed, or from sitting on the couch. The pain would be excruciating for a bit, and then subside when I rested the leg again. I gave it heat and massages. I have not noticed any swelling, high temperature, and my calf is not hot to the touch. I thought it was the brace at first, but even removing it just helped temporarily. After a few hours with it off, and laying on the bed, I got up to use the bathroom and the pain hit my calf like a ton of bricks!

Some mornings were fine, and I would get up and go around on my crutches, but here it is 10/07/09, and I am still having the pain! I am typing this on my laptop in bed after I ate dinner and tried to do some walking around the apt. The pain just got to me and was making me want to punch the wall! I had to go to use elevation, heat, and massage to feel better. The see the surgeon tomorrow for a post op and will let you all know what the result are.

Also, if anyone has any follow up... please share! Everyone seems to post about their pain... but what we all need to know is what happened after and for how long?! This has got to end!

Oct 08, 2009
Post-Op
by: Sedona

Hey everyone,

I posted once before and I am just following up on my post. Just a reminder I had micro-fracture surgery on June 23rd. I am now doing tons of PT and walking except for one thing. I am still unable to straighten my leg out completely to make full leg rotation. Because of this I walk funny which is throwing off my back, as well as, causes massive pain in my heal when I attempt to walk. The doctors and my PT have no answers. I read that if your muscle is weak in your thigh you won't be able to straighten your leg, but my muscle has been built up, I can walk up and down stairs with ease. So if anyone else has had this problem please help. The pain from not straighten my leg out is getting worse by the day... I am starting to feel like I am stuck walking like this and that I will never get better. I am loosing hope...

Also for everyone committing about calf pain. I had that as well after surgery and I found doing calf streches really really helps. My pain was gone in a week just by doing these streches...

Like someone said before, everyone is commenting on their troubles but has anyone out there had any success....


Oct 16, 2009
Foot / Ankle Pain
by: Micro-Fracture Veteran

Hello fellow microfracture veterans. I am 2 1/2 months post micro-fracture to the media femoral condoyle. Recovery has been difficult on many levels anyone reading this probably knows. One aspect in particular that has been odd is pretty bad foot and ankle pain ever since I began to walk without crutches. Mostly along the top of the foot and into the ankle on the same leg as the bad knee. My PT has tried a few things, but nothing has ultimately worked all that well. Anyone else have a similar experience?

Thanks

Nov 11, 2009
calf pain
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem so I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one! I had a meniscectomy and repair for Osteochondritis Dissecans end of October. 3 days later I got a really bad pain in my calf but I just thought it would go away. 4 days of pain and I called my Dr and he sent me for an ultrasound to check for a blood clot. Negative. At physical therapy, I got a deep heating ultrasound and that took the pain away for a week. But... the pain is back now. I agree, it's worse than the knee pain. Sometimes my foot is purplish. I've been putting heat on it and trying to stretch. My Dr doesn't seem concerned but it's a really annoying pain! This is my 3rd knee surgery (2 ACLs previously) and I never had this problem before. Any info or help would be great!

Nov 19, 2009
ACL w/ Hamstring Reconstruction post op pain
by: Anonymous

I just had ACL w/ hamstring reconstruction surgery
one week ago. Two days after the surgery my calf felt like it was going explode from the pain.
I have been to the ER twice this last week to rule out DVT (blood clots). None were found but the pain/redness/heat has been unbearable. I went to my Ortho today and questioned him about me possibly having cellulitis. I googled the symptoms and they are exactly what I am experiencing. He wasn't 100% sure that is what I have but he did prescribe me Keflex, just in case. I can honestly say after one dose my redness and pain have already decreased.
Don't be afraid to question your Ortho, because they don't always have all of the answers.
I will keep you posted.

Dec 02, 2009
Calf muscle pain after acl surgery
by: Mario from Perth, australia

Hi all,

My story is very similar to many of yours: surgery on nov-23, all was excellent until 5 days after surgery, when the horrible calf pain started. As many of you described, this "new" pain was a lot worse than the initial post-op knee pain, and frustating as well because it started when I was beginning to believe I was making a speedy recovery.

I had the usual ultrasound to rule out DVT, and no clots were detected; however, the ultrasound did find a very small tear in the calf muscle on the area where my calf pain originated. This finally gave a real reason for the pain, and to me, it was somewaht relieving as now I know that once the tear heals up, the pain will completely go away (hopefully)

In any case, my last visit to the doctor (yesterday morning) I was in pain: as described by many of you, the pain would kick in as soon a I stood up). On that visit, my dr wrapped my calf with bandages to "support" the calf, and guess what, I walked out of the consultation (still in crutches of couse) PAINFREE.

It all fell into place then: the day the pain started was the day after my dr removed the bandages to look at the surgery wounds (I had a fever and he wanted to rule out an infection)

my dr says that my calf muscle had been weak, and I may have injured it whilst doing pt exercises; the pain I felt originated by gravity pulling the torn muscle whilst standing, which only became apparent when the bandage support was removed. I now need to wear the bandage for a while to help the muscle heal and prevent the pain, and need to be careful about how much strain I put on my calf when doing pt.

I hope this helps anyone else who as I, come across this page after searching for help about calf pain after surgery.

Mario

Dec 11, 2009
Pain in calf after a week from surgery
by: Strhuntrss

By reading everyones comments sounds like I just need to have alot of patience. Sitting in the car seems to aggravate my knee and calf. I have been to P.T. for a week now and I told them I have issues in the back of my knee. Particularly the outer hamstring in my left leg. It crackles when I walk and makes me feel like I'm going to fall when I step down on my leg. They told me to use just one crutch oppposite my left leg. They also gave me more exercises to do with the bad knee/leg. The P.T. says that I should have pain in the front of the knee but instead I have it in the back of my knee. The surgeon said that there was no tear in the meniscus but that the meniscus was being smashed between the bones and that there was already significant arthritis in the knee and that I would have to have a total knee replacement later. He was going to give me an injection of fluid to help starve off the damage of the arthritis but couldn't do it right now. I have to wait 3 months for that. Right now I am sorry that I had this done. But I'm sure that this feeling surely will pass. I am a bit depressed but he said to keep my mind on the goal and the end of the tunnel. Thank you all for this sight. It has helped me feel like I'm not alone in this and that what I am experiencing is normal. Keep up the good work here and Good luck to all and God Bless!

Dec 15, 2009
Swelling getting better
by: Anonymous

5 days after ACL recon with hamstring, I had terrible pain in the calf. The knee pain was nothing. I did have blood clots in my calf & had PEs (clot in both lungs). So be careful with the calf pain, do get it checked out. Now I am 5 weeks, post-op doing PT 3 times a week and walking fairly well & doing the stairmaster. I am on my feet a bunch and my calf swells but no calf pain for the last couple of weeks. From what I heard from my PT and reading, once your veins & vein valves get stretched & damaged by the swelling : They will take awhile to heal and the swelling will be less. I do not have time to rest my calf, but my swelling is getting less each day.
44 year old Mom who has finished 2 Ironman race in the last 3 years

Jan 18, 2010
Microfracture Surgery with Blood Clot
by: Anonymous

On 12/22/09 I had microfracture surgery on my left knee. I was told to stay on crutches until further notice. Almost 3 weeks later, I woke one morning with pain in the lower calf/achilles area of the leg. In addition, I noticed the lower leg and foot were always cold, tingly and felt like it had been out in the cold too long. I thought this was due to not using the leg but was curious as to why it would start 3 weeks after surgery. A couple days later I noticed swelling around the ankle and foot and the leg was bluish. I went to the local ER and a Doppler showed a DVT (blood clot) in the leg. I was admitted and put on blood thinners. I had immediately started exercising the leg as instructed by the surgeon right after the surgery and tried to move around as much as possible without putting weight on the leg but still got a clot. If you have similar symptoms I suggest you get it checked immediately since it is extremely dangerous of the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs.

Jan 20, 2010
Update after knee surgery
by: Strhuntrss

Just wanted you all to know that time does heal. My left knee is coming along. I no longer have the pain in the calf. But I still have trouble walking on it because of the crackling hamstring in the back of the knee. I do walk with a cane. It gives me peace of mind that I will not fall when the leg feels like buckling under me. I am going to try a new pair of shoes today to see if some of my problem is with the type of shoes I wear. My PT told me about Sketcher's that they have a rocker type of shoe that might help me. At this point I am willing to try anything. I see my Ortho on Wednesday next week for my 2nd follow-up. I will let you know what comes of that. Keep the faith and remember because of this wonderful sight, we are not alone! God Bless!

Apr 25, 2010
foot and calf very sensitive after acl surgery
by: Anonymous

i had my surgery on april 5 2010. about 7-8 days after the surgery my foot and calf were very swollen and bruised.now its been over 2 weeks, the sweeling and bruising has gone away, but my calf and top of my foot is so sensitive to the touch.it hurts when the bed sheets touch my foot, i have slept about 6 hours in the last week. i casnt sleep at all. the leg i had surgery on seems to look a darker color then the other leg, if you look hard enough it looks like it has a red tint to it. i dont know what to do, it is very depressing and aggrivating. when i shower and the watewr hits the top of my foot, it feels like its burning. i dont know what to do.

Apr 26, 2010
ACL Recon Hamstrind
by: RT

Had ACL Reconstruction using the Hamstring on 4/21/10. Everthing was good and was moving around on 4/23/10 when I saw my PT for the first time. When I got home my leged swelled up, and my lower calf started to hurt. It hurts way more than the knee.
The calf pain is only thier when my leg is up and down. If it is horizontl/elevated no pain.
I am thinking I did something at PT. I did not think I over did it, but I bet I did.
the swelling in the area is gone as of 4/26/10, but still pain when I put my leg down. I will try the wrap and contact the DR. to be sure it is not a clot.

Thanks for everyones comments, it is good to hear that my problem is had by others.

May 01, 2010
I feel your pain
by: Linda

I had microfracture surgery on April 6th of this year and this is also following a previous surgery on BOTH knees 2 month prior to this one. I had a left medial miniscus tear and after I returned to work on restrictions I found myself back at the surgeon in horrible pain. HE then scheduled the microfracture surgery and it has been so difficult to get thru each day. The non-weight bearing is hell and the pain in my leg has intensified in the past week. As for calf and ankle and foot pain it is pretty bad. I will try the heating pad and hot shower thing. I pray that it helps.

Jun 17, 2010
Knee Surgery
by: Anonymous

In September 2009 I had a ganglion cyst removed from inside my left knee. For the last few months I have been having swelling and aching in that area. Is this normal after having knee surgery. This is the second time I have had surgery on this knee. The doctor said it is possible for the cyst to come back. Have been using ice packs to keep the swelling down. I was told that I may have swelling up to a year after having surgery. Is that true. Thanks for listening.

Jul 06, 2010
Extreme calf and leg painafter microfracture
by: Mario

My preoperative diagnosis was:
1. Right knee medial meniscus tear.

I talk to my dr. before surgery and he said I should be ok within a few days.
I told him that I have a planned and fully paid family vacation with my wife and 3 teenage children to go for 18 days to Peru, with 5 days trekking to Machu Picchu leaving on July 9, 2010.
He said that I probably could make this trip.

BUT my postoperative arthroscopic procedure diagnosis were:
1. Right knee arthroscopic medial femoral condyle microfracture.
2. Righ knee arthroscopy with partial medial and lateral meniscectomies.
Operations was performed on 21 June 2010, 5 PM.
When I woke up after surgery the nurses told me that the dr. performed microfracture and the Stedman pick was inserted to my bleeding bone. Also that it was in the area in the main weightbearing surface and microfracture was on the top of the shin bone (tibia) and that I need to have my knee elevated and weight is limited and I should use cratches 4-6 weeks..
What a nightmare. And I was not able to talk after surgery to my dr..

I started using CPM and Thermo Ice machine the next day. I felt pretty good. 60Deg CPM. The next day 75Deg. On the 3rd day after surgery with lots of pain I drove a car a I walked slowly a short distance to 24 hr Fitness. Spent 20 min on stationary bike and that was it. The 4rd to 6th day stationary bike and short walk with and without crutches. I felt good. Not very much pain.
On 7th day went to see dr. He told me that I need excercising on my swelling behind my knee. Excercising, icing, elevating.
But a week after surgery I began experiencing extreme pain in my calf, behind my knee, actually the pain in my whole leg. It was very painful after about 5 minutes walking. My lower leg was red. The last 10 days I slept maximum 2 hour a night.
The pain in my calf was very bad. (15 months ago I had my left knee replacement and I did not feel pain, not like now.)
My last 4 days I went to the gym again and use stationary bike and laying on my back I did multitude of exercises wit my knee in the air. It was very, very painful. Then at home I was icing my knee for 40 minutes then I went to Jacuzzi and let jets worked on my knee and then a long hot showers.Very bad pain. Then icing again. I rested for 2 hours and then I went to gym again and I did the whole procedure again. In the evening I took Meloxicam (Mobic) for inflammation and Tramadol 500mg for pain. Not able to sleep again but every morning my knee is stronger, not using crutches, able to walk ¼ mile.
Today are two weeks after my surgery. First time walking stairs up and down. I am not favoring my knee.
In a few days I go to Peru. I know I will make it. It is not going to be easy, but I have a few days before I leave to make my knee stronger. This pain got to end!
Hang it there.

Jul 08, 2010
Pain is still there.
by: Mario

A few words before I go for my trip to Peru.
Obviously, I am not going to do trekking. I am going to be in the hotel a taking a short walks to the Inkas ruins. I have tried everything to subdue my pain, but even today, 18 days after my surgery the bad pain is still there. I am able to walk but my leg is heavy and actually I feel pain somehow in my both legs.
It is not easy and it is taking a long time. I am leaving tomorrow and I just worry about blood clot because of long flights.
Best wishes to you!

Aug 10, 2010
calf pain
by: Anonymous

I thought i'd add my story since this blog has been a relief to me that im not the only one suffering from this. I am still worried though!

Anyway, firstly, anyone having an acl op should expect this calf pain. The bleeding from the graft (especially a hamstring graft) will travel down to the calf muscle). I had this 2 years ago.

However, 2 weeks ago today i had knee arthroscopy for a meniscal tear. 4 days afterwards i was so happy, walking about etc. On day 5, the calf pain came, and now, my calf is literally disgusting. Yellow, red, blue, purple. It is extermely painful to walk, especially on the achilles tendon. I am going on holiday in 2 weeks myself.

The surgeon has dismissed it as bruising, but said himself he does not know what caused it, as the bleeing should have been contained within the knee capsule. Perhaps there was a "breach" he said.
Anyway, im not risking the withering away of my quads and hammy's, so im back in the gym today cycling, rowing, and doing some light weights.

I'm also going to try heat rub to help the muscle. Ill be back on to let you know how its going.

Aug 16, 2010
news
by: Anonymous

that was my post above. I went to the gym, it was fine, then the next day i was in abslute agony.

Went to hospital, where nobody has apparently ever seen such bruising in the calf after a knee arthroscopy.

Anyway, no DVT, and one of the Doctors suggested that a blood vessel had been nicked during surgery, and had bled out into the calf.

5 days on from this, i am much much better. The brusing has almost gone, and im back in the gym.

The whole thing has been about 3 weeks now, and it got worse and worse for over 2 weeks, until gradually getting better.

Do go to the hospital for a DVT check, but with bruising, if you have any, its less likely to be DVT.

Otherwise, let it rest and heal.....

Aug 17, 2010
Pain in Knee (surgery Dec 2009)
by: Strhuntrss

I tried the Sketchers and it did not work for me. Put more of a strain on my knee than I thought. I have had pain in my knee on weight bearing. My Ortho Dr. stated that I might want to consider the Synvisc One shot. I did consider it and I received it last wednesday August 11. The dr. took out some fluid that accummulated in my knee first. It sure was painful. Then he injected my knee with the Synvisc One shot. It felt so full. Dr. said to give it 4 - 6 weeks to work.That I wouldn't feel immediate results. My Dr. also stated that I have a ganglion cyst on the back of my knee. It is pulling on my calf. He too wanted to wait the 4 - 6 weeks to see if my body would break it down. I was given Ultram for pain and Naproxan for inflammation. I work on a very hard surface for 8 hours a day and the pain in my knee is relentless the more I walk on it. Still have swelling and have to ice it every 4 hours until the pain stops. Looking into a gym with a pool. Getting desperate for relief. My hubby and I went bike riding and I did what the Dr. said. More RPM's and raise the seat higher so to extend the leg. I did 5 miles with 2 stops to rest my first time out. Not bad. I just wish I would have that good of results with my walking. I will wait and see if 4-6 weeks helps with my pain. If not, it's back to the drawing board. I think if I got rid of the ganglion cyst, my leg and knee would feel better. Keep up the faith and God Bless!

Aug 17, 2010
Knee pain following microfracture surgery
by: Anonymous

I had my op 6 weeks ago and am now off crutches yet for the past 10 days my knee is painful and is locking more now than it did prior to op. The physio has said it could be the tissue needs to smooth out etc. Has anyone else suffered with actual knee pain six weeks on?

Oct 11, 2010
calf pain following knee surgery
by: Brad

This page has been very helpful for me. I had surgery two and a half weeks ago to repair a displaced fractured tibial plateau. I cannot weight bear for two to three months. At my two week follow up, my doctor told me that he does not have any concerns about blood clots because I have been fairly active on my crutches since surgery. He had me stop taking the aspirin. However, the past few days I have been experiencing the same calf pain whenever I stand up after sitting or lying for long periods. It feels like a cramp\knot in my calf. So far stretching with a rubber band and massaging the calf has temporarily helped the discomfort. I am going to have to try the heating pad idea though.

There are times I feel that I'm never going to walk again, so it's good to know others have gone through this, survived the calf pain, and walked again!!

Oct 20, 2010
comments post lars 7-10-10
by: Anonymous

2weeks post op for LARS to left knee.No knee pain from waking from op just pain in front of shin.Next day out of bed and --then terrible pain in calf started.Ortho surgeon said was due to water seeping thru knee bone during op,this was unfortunate but can happen. Good luck everyone B.O'call

Dec 05, 2010
Swelling
by: Anonymous

Hi, I am 2 weeks post-op from microfracture surgery and experiencing the same calf pain and swelling as everyone mentioned. I don't have pain in my knee but boy does my calf hurt and my foot turns purple (with patches of white) when I stand up. I've stopped taking Vicodin and I've switched to 800 mg of Aleve once a day and this has seemed to help, but I'm a little concerned that someone posted not to take anti-inflammatory medication as it impedes the healing process. Anyone know any further info on this? Does it get better?? :) These crutches are exhausting!!! (4 more weeks to go)

Dec 21, 2010
Calf pain after surgery
by: R greene

I recently had the same issue after having surgery ( anthroscopy) on my knee. I noticed I was not walking correctly and really had to focus my attention on walking heel to toe. I was walking using only the top part of my foot, which kept my knee bent in a comfortable position but also kept my calf muscle flexed! After three days of walking correctly I am finally free from calf pain. Two weeks after I am starting PT. Today wad my first day and the therapist hooked some electrodes to my leg, showed me proper exercises to do. My issue is that around my knee about three inches top and bottom is red and feels warmer to the touch than my other leg. I am concerned about infection or something how long does a knee stay redder than the other leg and slightly warmer? Is this normal

Dec 30, 2010
Suspect DVT
by: Blokey13

Hi

I have a previous history of DVT. 2009 following a knee injury, I was immobilized for approx 3 weeks. In the 3rd week I had terrible pains in calf muscle, almost like a cramp only it didnt subside. Went to local hospital to see the knee specialist, he dismissed the pains and said I needed Physiotherapy. 3 Days Later I went to a different hospital (A&E) with terrible pains but NO swelling. Following a blood test they said that I more than likely had a DVT. Started on injections that day. Following ultrasound 3 days later was put on to wharfarin.
November 23rd 2010 had Ankle Surgery. I have had slight cramps post surgery which I have dismissed as post thrombotic syndrome. Anyway... Yesterday, December 29th I went to my doctor who sent me to the local hospital for an Ultrasound. Thank Goodness, Ultra sound did not pick up DVT but circulation is poor. To ease the pain, I have been applying heat to the calf and moving my ankle as much as possible. I am non weight bearing until Jan 4th 2011 but have to keep moving ankle as much as possible.
Not sure this helps anyone, but this website helped me. For those people who have had previous DVT's, YOUR MIND PLAYS TRICKS! I have had several anxiety attacks but you have to think positive, you have to battle those negative thoughts in your head and make them positive! Be strong everyone!

Jan 01, 2011
Microfracture - right knee
by: Anonymous

First of all, thanks to everyone for posting on this site. The information has been invaluable. I had microfracture surgery a week and a half ago....6 weeks without crutches is really going to suck. My knee has felt fine, but the pain in my calf has been unbelievable! I have absolutely no swelling, no redness, no temp difference in the calf as opposed to the rest of my leg. It feels like an eternal leg cramp, but the muscle isn't flexed. I was beginning to think it was just me, until I read all of the other posts describing the exact same issues. I have started some leg stretches from PT, which have helped a little. I will definitely try the heat pad and let everyone know if that has helped.

Jan 03, 2011
ACL hamstring graft - calf/shin pain & burning
by: Chris

This site is great. Identical symptoms as described. The concern is the cause. Prior posts talked about hamstring graft bleeding or water from bone seeping down or cellulitis. If anyone has received a clear explanation please share, that seems to be all that is missing from this page.
Ultrasounds show no clot, already had two since surgery but I will continue to get ultrasounds until pain and swelling are gone, too risky assume everything ok while symptoms persist.
I will try the heating pad, hot shower, bike, stretching and PT until pain and swelling goes away.
Again anyone that has good information about the cause and the treatment please share!

Jan 09, 2011
So glad I found this
by: Anonymous

I also had arthroscopic knee surgery for a partial meniscus removal and another small tear repair. I had the surgery done on Nov.17 2010 and had to go back to work due to the fact that I was on New Jersey family leave act and it had ended. I went back on Jan 3,2011. I had modified duty because I am a nursing assistant,but I am still required to walk a lot. On my second day back the excruciating calf pain started. I have been using heat and ice at different time,but have had on good results.

Jan 22, 2011
ACL repair surgery
by: Anonymous

I had surgery on 12-22-10, normal soreness after surgery. My leg was bruised from mid-thigh to ankle. I have taken more medication since 12-22-10 then I have in my entire life. I tried to wing off the medication however; I still have so much pain I have been in tears on more than one occasion. What I do not get is why none of these Dr’s have a solution. You would think that there would be some type of study as to why some are up and living a normal life after a few weeks then other’s like myself are in more pain 5 weeks after surgery then I was the first week after surgery
I started PT and thought everything was going great as the exercise did make me feel much better. The following Monday I awoke to excruciating pain and swelling of the knee. I went to Dr on Friday and he drained the fluid off my knee, I woke up Saturday morning and knee looks like it was never drained.
I have been placing ice on the knee but have had no success with the swelling going down. I have reviewed other postings and will try the heat and pray to God that the swelling and pain will go away.
This surgery was worse than giving birth to either one of my son’s, previous knee surgery, etc.

Mar 13, 2011
Calf Pain/swelling of knee after surgery
by: Anonymous

I had knee surgery 10-15-10, I went back to work 4 days after the surgery. I did PT for 3 weeks. Before I was released from the doctors care he told me, I had to rebuilt the muscles around the knee so that this will protect the surrounding tendons around the knee. He told me this could take up to a year. He told me that after I exercise I must ice it or when it swells to ice it, this with relieve the pain and help with the calf swelling. At first I was happy that all went well, doing the exercises the PT gave me helped at first but I soon got lazy and went back to doing no exercises and just icing it. Today 3-13-11 I still have pain and swelling of the calf, and I still ice it when it swells. I have joined a health club because I am not motivated enough to carry on with exercise by myself, the doctor told me build it up or suffer,now I know what he meant. I was active in my twenties, but now in my fifties it takes alot of work to build muscles. It sure beats the alternative.

Mar 13, 2011
calf and lower leg pain
by: debbie

I had my knee scope Jan. 2, 2011. I am still dealing with calf and lower leg pain. Feels like shin splits and also the back of calf is sore. My knee feels allot worse tan it did before the surgery, so I am not a happy camper. My calf is actually an inch bigger than the other one. I tried wrapping it last night and apparently didn't get it wrapped quite right and ended up with lumps here and there are my leg. I am going to call the doc tomorrow, but I will try heat on the calf muscle tonight. I have tried heat on my knee without success. I have arthritic knees at 55 and had been told by my surgeon the knee scope might not work. Now he wants to try the injection of Synvecs. I am waiting for my ins to send the medication. Sorry, I kind of got of track here. My question is, can you still have a blood clot this long after surgery? I wouldn't think so but I really can't find any inf. on it. Thanks, Debbie

Mar 15, 2011
sweeling foot always feeling cold and really really sore calf pain
by: Anonymous

hi im a sixteen year old boy and i have just went knee surgery on the 3rd of march. many people have talked about putting wait on there foot. i m on a six week no wait bearing. but the symptoms are still the same i have the doctors this week
so i will mention it. but the pain is really sore.
so i was wondering if there any advice some one could give me. becuse i read about a blood clot and other things. im just so confussed
and im also a dancer thanks
x

Aug 25, 2011
Calf pain post-op
by: Anonymous

7 days post-op I began to feel pain in my calf in the evening, by morning I felt better and have walked a fair bit today on crutches and again this evening it feels bad. It was a definite relief to read your article as I was really freaking myself out about blood clots and DVT. I shall make a call to the doctor tomorrow, but I feel I can rest a little easier knowing a clot isn't in the bag just because I read it on the internet. I feel I could of benefitted from more instruction from the hospital. As I not sure if I have been over doing it moving about on crutches too much in the 8 days since my surgery. I have no brace and was under the impression that straightening my leg was a bad thing and definitely feel like I haven't been elevating it enough. I was given a leaflet with exercises in it but it makes no mention of these things that would have been very helpful seeing as you're not really with it the day after the op pumped full for general anaesthetic and pain killers! Thank you for the reassurance.

Aug 31, 2011
Microfracture Surgery Story (so far)
by: Adam

Long story, good read.
Went in for arthroscpic knee surgery on 7/1/11 and found out at my first post-op two weeks later I had microfracture surgery. Not only that, I had 10 holes drilled due to severe grade 4 chondromalacia. Post-op instructions immediately after surgery were to stay in the brace and use crutches the first 48 hours and then remove brace and full weight bearing afterwards as tolerated. This is important because almost everything I read about microfracture has patients on crutches for 4-6 weeks after surgery. I immediately got a cane and am stil using it today almsot 9 weeks after surgery. After reading these comments I'm still torn over the healing that takes place during the first 4-6 weeks versus not using crutches. I don't have significant swelling, but because of the cane I've seemed to screw up my good knee, back and shoulder from weight shifting. If you aren't taking Triple Flex or some other supplement you're also missing out. I am extremely impatient but am learning we need to accept this healing process takes a long time. Be a grinder, take responsibility for your getting better, because as I realized, no one else can give you any good answers.

Oct 16, 2011
Knee surgery Calves & ankle pain
by: Anonymous

I had torn meniscus in my R&L knees had surgery on the L 07/11 and the R 09/11, although I am able to do my exercises during the day sometimes later that day or the next and at night I am in pain with my knees but mostly with my calves and ankles.
I cannot get up still our of a chair without holding onto something I am like a cripple and wonder if I am going to walk right again. It is going 4 mos for the left leg and it is as sore as the one I got done in 09/11. I am scared at times that there is something else going on as I was not told that knee surgery could also cause a great deal of pain in my calves& ankles.

I read one comment who advised using a heating pad, this I will try tonight I am taking Tramadon and I take 2. Anyway many of the comments have helped. If anyone wants to comment or give many any advise I would appreciated it.

Oct 19, 2011
just in time
by: ricardo

wow just in time iam having calf pains as i lay here in bed i will try the hot showers thank you for posting this very helpfull i just had a total knee replacement,

Oct 28, 2011
Calf pain after meniscus surgery...
by: Anonymous

Yay! I am not alone nor am I crazy or a wimp! I had arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday and was doing fine, but lay Wednesday and Thursday I was in incredible pain in my calf when getting up and walking. My knee is fine. It's my calf! My left leg that was operated on is red from mid thigh to ankle and somewhat swollen and warm to the touch. I am fine when.i lay down or sit but getting up is excruciating. I went to physical therapy unaware of this being abnormal, and she took one look and sent me straight to doctor. She would not work on me. Dr. Sent me in for ultrasound and they found nothing...no blood clot. I felt like an alarmist, and a little crazy, but know that my pain is incredible and telling me something. My friend is a doctor, and he said its compartmentalized something or other from doing too much and sounds right since I have 4 small children and don't get much of a break!
I will talk to him more. I am going to do all mentioned previously, and pray its not a clot ....totally freaked out about that. ..they really checked thoroughly. I am going to tell physical therapist and doc about this sight.....maybe they can figure it out and help. If I get any answers resulting in pain relief, I will follow up. Looks like there hasn't been much of that. This is no fun, and I would like the pain to just go away!,,,, will inform and update later. Therapy is Tuesday.

Nov 20, 2011
ankle bruising 2 1/2 weeks post micro fx surgery
by: Anonymous

I had menisectomy to repair a full lateral meniscus tear along with microfx surgery. I am progressing well and I have regained a lot of ROM, swelling has been reduced (a lot). I had horrible bruising and swelling in my knee and thigh and calf post op(calf just alittle bruised and thigh most swelling is gone). However,three days ago, I was told in my post op plan to toe step with crutches which I have done with success. However, yesterday, I noticed I have bruising with alittle swelling on my ankle. No real pain but it is a nasty bruise. I am not sure if this is from surgery or my bodies reaction to weight on this leg. THe muscle aches are much worse then the knee pain. I have no symptoms of a DVT (not redness, swelling or discoloration in my leg). Anyone experience this? I do go to PT in the am and of course, I will let the doctor there look at it. I have iced this evening as a precaution.

Last, I was on lovenox injections post op for 2 weeks which ended the day I started to walk. You are more prone to bruising while having injections and not sure if this is something common after ending those meds (I took b/c I carry the neg antiocarden lipen antibody).

Thanks

Nov 27, 2011
3 weeks s/p lateral release and micro fracture surgery on right knee
by: 13xIronman

I am just 2 days shy of 3 weeks post lateral release and microfracture surgery. Reading all these posts is making me nervous and depressed that I will have these same problems.
It was supposed to be a simple arthroscopy, looking for a foreign body that didn't show up on xray or MRI. My knee was intermittently locking up/ catching when I would run.

I wasn't expecting it to be that bad, but during the arthroscopy they found that my knee wasn't tracking properly and instead of going into the groove, my knee was hitting the top edge of the groove, causing the cartilage to break off.

They did a lateral release to allow my knee to track properly, and a micro fracture to allow the bone marrow to leak stem cells so my knee will regrow cartilage.

I was told to stay on crutches for 3 weeks because the newly building cartilage is soft and not stable enough yet. I have been icing a lot, taking aspirin to recent blood clots, and moving my ankle (pumps) to increase blood flow.

I was on my feet a lot during thanksgiving and my upper thigh is very sore, but not a pain. My knee is still very swollen and it hurts to try and move my knee. I was told to not go beyond 90 degree, which is fine because I can't imagine doing that anytime soon.

Wondering what kind of running shoe will be best for me during physical therapy. I realize I may not be able to run until late spring, but I think I will still need good support just trying to walk.

I am not supposed to start physical therapy until after 3 weeks, but that is only days away.

My employer doesn't think i can come back to work until I am off crutches. On Tuesday It will be 3 weeks, but I do not think I can walk without them yet. I may need some more time just using one crutch.

How long were you on crutches after micro fracture, and when did you go from 2 to 1 crutch ? How soon before you could walk without support ?

thanks,
Worried triathlete

How long

Dec 10, 2011
calf pain NEW
by: Anonymous

This article about calf pain was helpful. I had an arthroscopic procedure performed on my knee 9 days ago. On about the 4th day post surgery the bottom of my foot began to hurt where the heal and arch meet. By the end of the 4th day and into the 5th day I awoke with excruciating pain in my calf. When I got up to urinate just the act of standing in an upright position nearly made pass out from calf pain. It felt like my calf was going to explode. So both my foot and calf were hurting so much. Of course I was very concerned. Being that I work in the Medical field and have frequent exposure to all kinds of medical emergencies and situations, the first thing I thought of was a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). I called my OS who told me that the pain in my calf was a normal part of the healing process. He instructed me to apply heat to the calf and to conduct calf stretching exercises by flexing my foot up and down while seated. I also sat in a hot tub of water. It does seem to have helped, but my foot and calf are also still slightly swollen with lesser pain. My leg is not inflamed or hot. I will get an ultrasound if it gets worse

Dec 10, 2011
calf pain NEW
by: Anonymous

This article about calf pain was helpful. I had an arthroscopic procedure performed on my knee 9 days ago. On about the 4th day post surgery the bottom of my foot began to hurt where the heal and arch meet. By the end of the 4th day and into the 5th day I awoke with excruciating pain in my calf. When I got up to urinate just the act of standing in an upright position nearly made pass out from calf pain. It felt like my calf was going to explode. So both my foot and calf were hurting so much. Of course I was very concerned. Being that I work in the Medical field and have frequent exposure to all kinds of medical emergencies and situations, the first thing I thought of was a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). I called my OS who told me that the pain in my calf was a normal part of the healing process. He instructed me to apply heat to the calf and to conduct calf stretching exercises by flexing my foot up and down while seated. I also sat in a hot tub of water. It does seem to have helped, but my foot and calf are also still slightly swollen with lesser pain. My leg is not inflamed or hot. I will get an ultrasound if it gets worse

Dec 16, 2011
KNEE REPLACEMENT NEW
by: DEE

I HAD TOTAL RIGHT KNEE REPLACEMENT OCT 11 AND CONTACTED CELLULITIS ABOUT AWEEK LATER. THE WHOLE RIGHT SIDE OF MY LEG WAS BRUISED AND I HAVE NUMBING AND SKIN TIGHTNESS IN THE RIGHT SIDE OF MY FOOT AND LEG. THE SKIN IS BLUE-PINK IN COLOR ON THE FRONT AND SIDE OF MY LEG. ALSO SWELLING.
THE INCISION IS BROWN AND HAS A BURNING AND ELECTRIC SHOCK FEELING MOST OF THE TIME. MOST TIME THE KNEE INCISION AND FRONT OF MY LEG FEELS VERY HOT TO THE TOUCH. I'M NOT ON ANTIBIOTICS ANY MORE AND NOW TAKE CELEBREX WHICH IS NOT HELPING.
THE DOC TALKED ABOUT REMOVING THE NEW KNEE AND I WILL KNOW FOR SURE JAN 19TH. I JUST WONDER IF IT WILL HELP HEAL THE CELLULITIS. WOULD APPRECIATE ANY COMMENTS.

Dec 25, 2011
Christchurch NEW
by: Nicky

I had arthroscopy 3 days ago on 22nd for a meniscal tear.I have found the last few days worse than I expected and now have severe pain in my calf. I dont want to lie down because getting up again is too painful. I will call tommorrow and see if I should get a scan for DVT but I must say I am beginning to think this cure may well be worse than the original complaint!!

Dec 28, 2011
2 tears in cartilage repaired NEW
by: Anonymous

Nearly 3 weeks since i had keyhole to repair 2 tears in my cartiladge - all was well for the first week or so - now i can only walk normally for about ten mins after resting without knee pain and calf pain - i also have this strange burning sensation on and off in my two middle toes on the foot of the leg that the surgery was done-brufen and arcoxia pain relief not helping - any suggestions????

Dec 28, 2011
2 tears in cartilage repaired NEW
by: Anonymous

Nearly 3 weeks since i had keyhole to repair 2 tears in my cartiladge - all was well for the first week or so - now i can only walk normally for about ten mins after resting without knee pain and calf pain - i also have this strange burning sensation on and off in my two middle toes on the foot of the leg that the surgery was done-brufen and arcoxia pain relief not helping - any suggestions????

Jan 20, 2012
pain in leg NEW
by: Anonymous

i just had knee surgery to remove a piece of cement in back of my knee that was left there after a knee surgery but after 4 days after surgery i have calf and leg pains even very sensitive to touch i dont know why..but it hurt after i sit or sleep have hard time walking

Feb 08, 2012
Thanks NEW
by: Bedoya

I've been sitting home crazy about my immense calf pain I've been experiencing. ACL reconstruction on 1/27/12 and exactly a week later the calf pain appeared. The days following surgery, I was great; walking around on crutches placing weight on my operated leg. Then on 2/3/12 my foot lost all range of motion because moving it stretched my calf and made me feel like (for lack of a better word) a bitch. The moment I went upright (with no weight bearing) my foot turned purple and my calf triggered every pain neuron in my body. Tests ruled out DVT but that doesn't help. The posts I've read give me hope to know that it can get better though. Thanks.

Mar 12, 2012
Same symptoms NEW
by: Anonymous

Had 1st arthroscopy 5 months ago,repair of tears, microfracture surgery, but was not told to be non-weight bearing. Needless to say not much improvment-saw anoather surgeon and had 2nd arthroscopy in Feb. Have been non-weight bearing for 4+ weeks, some swelling, but most concern is when up and being non-weight bearing with walker, my leg from knee down will discolor and foot almost purple color, but will return to normal with elevation. Do not have calf pain most of you talk about,but have some swelling of knee. Have started using knee high support stocking on that leg but no difference. Dr. also mentioned will have problems walking on that leg after being off for so long I do notice pins- needles feeling when putting on shoe. Most of my day spent in Lazy Boy with leg elevation-ice at times.
Do I need to be up more with leg hanging down or any suggestions. No pain Rx since 2 days after surgery. Thanks for any suggestions.

Mar 22, 2012
KNEE REPLACEMENT. NEW
by: Anonymous 1

i had knee replacement done 06 01 12 got home after 3 days call docter next day, back of my leg had turned black from ankle to top of my thigh doc. sent district nurse to see me that morning told me just bruising from op.(SINCE ) then done exercises as told scar not bad, but knee bit hot ankle and instep of leg done are sore. My legs and feet are so cold i could cry this has just happened dont know how to help myself worse at night.using hot water bottle and heat pad for this but rest of body is hot and shivery also pysio.gave me letter for hospital next week and has mentioned to get checked for cellulitis as shes concerned CAN ANYONE SHED ANY LIGHT ON THIS MATTER PLEASE

Mar 29, 2012
Calf pain attributed to blood clots NEW
by: Morgan

This post was a life saver. I had surgery on 03/23/2012 for my right acl (hamstring graft). I was off pain killers 3 days later but on day 5, I start experience this throbbing pain from my knee to my ankles any time I would stand up or sit up. I called my ortho to complain about the pain but they blew it off as normal unless it was a stabbing calf pain. Well, it was not a stabbing calf pain, but a throbbing that felt like my leg would explode when I stood or sat up. I muscled my way into the doctor's office after reading these posts. A dobbler showed that I had two sets of blood clots in my calf, which was causing the throbbing pain. I was started on blood thinners(shots and pills). My internal medicine doctor told me, DVT is very common especially for this type of surgery and also given that I was still taking birth control pills when I had the surgery (apparently a risk factor). Anyway, don't ignore the pain. Also, because of the swelling, the clots are hard to see on the cobbler. For me, where it hurt was where the clots were located.

Jun 12, 2012
WTF!!! NEW
by: Brandon

Hello everyone. My husband, Brandon, just had a total left knee replacement out of the Plano Baylor Medical Center. He was operated on a Tuesday and discharged on a Friday. He spent 4 total days in the hospital. Once returning home, 2 days later on Sunday his lower left leg started hurting worse than his knee. It is now Tuesday and after a visit to his doctors office and another return trip to the hospital as well as several phone calls with the doctor we are still without any answers and/or solutions. This Website is astonishing to me. I mean really. It is as if this is a fricking epidemic. How crazy is it that all these people share almost the identical problems and still no one knows. WTF!!!! It is total BS that this problem is so clearly widespread and yet, nothing. I am not giving up. I will ride these Doctors asses until we rule out everything there is to rule out. I will demand that any and all test be performed from sonograms/ultrasounds to MRI's to x-rays and beyond. I will exhaust all avenues including homeopathic remedies and suggest you all join me in doing the same. This has got to stop. No one deserves to be in such excruciating pain. We have done the all the pills, exercises, resting, compression socks, moist heating pads and still without relief. I can't help but wonder if we all share something else in common that we just don't know about that's linking us all together with these same issues. You know, like did we all have the same doctor, do you all smoke, do you all drink caffeine, or is it just the fact that we all had the surgery. My gut tells me it has something to do with the muscle and as I understand it the calf is made up of three and I'm wondering if it just might be a Plantaris Muscle Rupture. I don't know.

Jun 13, 2012
Possible Solution NEW
by: Brandon

Hello everyone! Brandon's wife again. I have decided to write another blog because after reading everyone's very heartfelt concerns/worries I realized that this widespread epidemic has been occurring for over the past 4 years and yet no ones blogs mentioned any real kind of answer/solution to the problems we have had or are currently having. I blame this on the Doctors. With that said, I think my husband and I might have found some solutions to help ease the pain. Several people have mentioned how when they go to get up they suffer extreme pain in the lower leg that is so excruciating they need to immediately lay back down. Try this. Instead of immediately going from a laying down position to a standing up position sit up slowly,take your bad/operated leg and bring it down one inch at a time. We have found that by lowering Brandon's leg in little increments that it slowed the rush of the blood flow. We believe a great deal of this pain but not all in due in part to circulation. Also, because we feel modern medicine and Doctors have failed us because they are not able to offer any answers or solutions to this problem we have exhausted the WWW by researching Homeopathic remedies and have found 2 really good aids to help ease the suffering. There is a really good gel that absorbs easily into the skin called Arnica. This can be found at your local vitamin store. WM does not sell it. The other remedy we found to be very helpful is called MSM. This too can be found at a vitamin store but once again, not Wal-Mart. we have found these to be very beneficial to my husbands recovery. MSM can be bought in pill or powder form but powder is better because it is absorbed into the body much quicker especially when mixed with a high concentration of vitamin C so mix your MSM with orange juice. I hope this helps.

Sep 14, 2012
DVT ! Get Your calf pain checked out!! NEW
by: Jamie

I had microfacture surgery and 2 weeks later developed pain in my calf. I thought it was a sore muscle from lack of use and constant use of the CPM ( 6 hrs daily)....
After 3 weeks, I called my doctor who told me he didn't think it was a DVT because I am a thin, active, female 45 years old who wasn't on brith controll pills and didn't smoke.
He said to be on the safe side to get it an ultrasound.
Guess what, I have a clot in the gastrocnemius vein. I
I have started the blood thinning therapy. Yes, the shots hurt like Hell. I have to get them for 7 days then take pill for 3 months, but it beats death ANYTIME!
I am mother of an 8 yr old and 12 year old... They need their mother/ parent...
PLEASE CHECK OUT YOUR CALF PAIN!

Jan 23, 2013
fed up NEW
by: Anonymous

very interesting reading everyones stories got knee micro fracture surgery such a long recocery thoght i was going mad and was the only one whos foot was discoloured and sore . i go to one crutche next week after 2months

Jan 23, 2013
fed up NEW
by: Anonymous

very interesting reading everyones stories got knee micro fracture surgery such a long recocery thoght i was going mad and was the only one whos foot was discoloured and sore . i go to one crutche next week after 2months

Jan 23, 2013
fed up NEW
by: Anonymous

very interesting reading everyones stories got knee micro fracture surgery such a long recocery thoght i was going mad and was the only one whos foot was discoloured and sore . i go to one crutche next week after 2months

Feb 21, 2013
double knee op NEW
by: Anonymous

I had meniscus tear repair on left knee and microfracture on right knee 5 weeks ago. I did not know I was going to have microfracture so it has been a horrible shock to be non weight bearing for 6 weeks. My left knee has been taking all the weight and is still painful. The microfracture knee feels fine but the leg and foot are a strange purple colour and my foot is always cold. I see the Consultant next week and I am really hoping that I can get back to some sort of normality!

Feb 21, 2013
double knee op NEW
by: Anonymous

I had meniscus tear repair on left knee and microfracture on right knee 5 weeks ago. I did not know I was going to have microfracture so it has been a horrible shock to be non weight bearing for 6 weeks. My left knee has been taking all the weight and is still painful. The microfracture knee feels fine but the leg and foot are a strange purple colour and my foot is always cold. I see the Consultant next week and I am really hoping that I can get back to some sort of normality!

Feb 21, 2014
clots after micro NEW
by: ricci

Hi people
I am nearly 3weeks post opp and was experiencing swelling in my right calf down to my foot.I thought for the first few days it was fluid on the leg after surgery.I went to doctors and he sent me for a scan that morning. The results came back and my leg had cloted from the groin down to my ankle. he straight away put me on a program of 2 injections a day
, warfarin at night and blood tests every day for 7 days. I am on crutches for another 3 weeks and sure it is frustrating but hopfully better than having a total knee recon.
All the best from newzealand

Feb 21, 2014
clots after micro NEW
by: ricci

Hi people
I am nearly 3weeks post opp and was experiencing swelling in my right calf down to my foot.I thought for the first few days it was fluid on the leg after surgery.I went to doctors and he sent me for a scan that morning. The results came back and my leg had cloted from the groin down to my ankle. he straight away put me on a program of 2 injections a day
, warfarin at night and blood tests every day for 7 days. I am on crutches for another 3 weeks and sure it is frustrating but hopfully better than having a total knee recon.
All the best from newzealand

Jun 10, 2014
1week post op microfracture NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a microfracture of the right medial femoral condyle june 2, 2014. I too have calf pain. I have had no swelling and no knee pain since the surgery. I took some ibuprofen which really helps. Calf pain started yesterdsy. I have normal ROM and hate the crutches. I considered getting an US. I am and a PT so I'm sitting on a fence.

Jun 10, 2014
1week post op microfracture NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a microfracture of the right medial femoral condyle june 2, 2014. I too have calf pain. I have had no swelling and no knee pain since the surgery. I took some ibuprofen which really helps. Calf pain started yesterdsy. I have normal ROM and hate the crutches. I considered getting an US. I am and a PT so I'm sitting on a fence.

Jul 15, 2014
red burning shin after TKR NEW
by: Anonymous

That is me, all black and red from bandage down the entire shin. , HOT to the touch and feeling like on fire and going to rip. I am on day 7 and only using a cane now. If not for the shin issue, I could do better. Using even CPM at over 75 to 85 makes the shin worse. Will Try heat as ice doesn't work.

Jul 15, 2014
red burning shin after TKR NEW
by: Anonymous

That is me, all black and red from bandage down the entire shin. , HOT to the touch and feeling like on fire and going to rip. I am on day 7 and only using a cane now. If not for the shin issue, I could do better. Using even CPM at over 75 to 85 makes the shin worse. Will Try heat as ice doesn't work.

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