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I am 12 days post surgery of a partial knee

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Posted on Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Question: I am 12 days post surgery of a partial knee replacement and I still have excessive swelling in leg as well as a crazy raised rash all over the area except for actual incision. Should I be concerned and what does it mean?
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (1 hour later)
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Hello XXXXXXX

If the swelling is about the same as before or decreasing slightly, it may just need more time to recover. However if the swelling is increasing, particularly below the level of the knee, it can mean that there is a deep vein thrombosis, and this should be checked out, typically with doppler imaging.

If the swelling is in the same area as the rash, it could be swelling due to an allergic reaction. Is the rash itchy? Painful? And by raised, do you mean small papules or wheels as in hives?
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I am 12 days post surgery of a partial knee

Brief Answer: Thoughts on this Detailed Answer: Hello XXXXXXX If the swelling is about the same as before or decreasing slightly, it may just need more time to recover. However if the swelling is increasing, particularly below the level of the knee, it can mean that there is a deep vein thrombosis, and this should be checked out, typically with doppler imaging. If the swelling is in the same area as the rash, it could be swelling due to an allergic reaction. Is the rash itchy? Painful? And by raised, do you mean small papules or wheels as in hives?