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Knee Joint Stiffness after Ampuation

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  • Posted By: Enayat
  • May 10, 2010
  • 09:37 AM

I am not familiar with Medical Words/Expressions, I hope you can understand my explanation with poor English.

Due to a traffic accident, my left leg below the knee has been amputated. There was not enough soft-tissues around(bottom part) the stump, doctors waited for almost 5 months for growth of enough soft-tissue in order to save my knee and closed the wound with skin graft. During all these procedures, I was not able to exercise and move my knee especially while it was dressed and the wound was open and no physiotherapy was applied.
After discharging from hospital, I found my knee joint not moving.

Still the wound is not well-healed. It is soft and needs sometimes to become hard. My knee joint has no movement. It is stiff. I am afraid if it becomes bony/fixed or permanently locked. Already 8 months have been passed. At moment, I am using an artificial leg and the load is above the knee and not touching the wound. I practice walking slowly to re-active the thigh muscles because for eight months it had no use except some massage with olive oil. I want to know what will be the future of my knee. I want to use my own knee rather than a through-knee amputation.

Is there any chance for making my knee joint find movement, please? Will it recover by physiotherapy or it needs another operation?

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