Blisters after surgery?
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amonra

Pittston, PA

#1 Jun 13, 2008
Hi,
I had my TKR, left knee, the 28th of April 08. All went well except for these huge blisters near my scar area. They took awhile to break open and drain. Used meds to clear up, but I will have some very large scars from the blisters. Has anyone ever heard of this? My doc said that they don't know why it happens to some people. And it willprobably happen on the other leg! This doc is super..the best in the area. I did alot of research and had many questions for him before surgery. I do trust him and will use him again, but blisters again?? Yuck, to say the least!
Thanks....
Joon

Hamilton, Canada

#2 Jun 14, 2008
Amonra,
Vis a vis blisters and the thought of having them on your second surgery, it may not happen!
I had them with my first TKR, two massive ugly seeping wounds, and the discoloration is still visible to me (although, not so much to anyone else). The blisters are the result of your dressing, which rubs the skin and causes blistering. Often, but not necessarily, agitated by the continuous passive motion machine movement. On my second TKR I did not experience blisters at all. However, on the negative side I did have a huge hematoma! which was very unpleasant and I have to say far worse than the blisters! Altogether these horrors are small by comparison to the big picture. Let's face it, this surgery, no matter how brilliantly executed, is still a major assault on the body. If it means you can walk and continue life relatively pain free it's a good thing! Cheers! Joon[
Gogo76

Folsom, CA

#3 Jun 22, 2008
Hi-
I have a few questions for you...my husband had a reconstruction after his replacement, and now has blisters on the scar area as well. What meds did they give you for this, and how long did it take to heal? Also, did you have staples and was the blister smaller before they removed the staples? Thanks so much for your help!
amonra wrote:
Hi,
I had my TKR, left knee, the 28th of April 08. All went well except for these huge blisters near my scar area. They took awhile to break open and drain. Used meds to clear up, but I will have some very large scars from the blisters. Has anyone ever heard of this? My doc said that they don't know why it happens to some people. And it willprobably happen on the other leg! This doc is super..the best in the area. I did alot of research and had many questions for him before surgery. I do trust him and will use him again, but blisters again?? Yuck, to say the least!
Thanks....
amonra

United States

#4 Jul 6, 2008
Hello again,
They gave me Silvadene for the blisters aka wounds. I would change the dressing daily, clean the area and then redo the med and bandages. It took about 2 to 3 weeks for all the skin to fall off so that I no longer needed the dressing.
I did have staples, but my blisters were not on the staple area. It's been a few days over 2 months and I'm doing great...no cane or anything! Although I do admit that I've worked hard at rehab before and after the surgery. I'm having the other knee done in Sept. and can't wait to get it finished.
Sorry for the long delay in answering.
francis

Derby, UK

#5 Jul 14, 2008
I also had tkr on 21st june 08 and i came out in these very large blisters. My blood was not clotting either so had to get platelets up. Sounds like this is very common, is it the dressings that they use.
txchick

United States

#6 Jul 16, 2008
amonra wrote:
Hi,
I had my TKR, left knee, the 28th of April 08. All went well except for these huge blisters near my scar area. They took awhile to break open and drain. Used meds to clear up, but I will have some very large scars from the blisters. Has anyone ever heard of this? My doc said that they don't know why it happens to some people. And it willprobably happen on the other leg! This doc is super..the best in the area. I did alot of research and had many questions for him before surgery. I do trust him and will use him again, but blisters again?? Yuck, to say the least!
Thanks....
Howdy! I had blisters after surgery on March 28th, 2008. They are called traction blisters. What caused mine were an allergic reaction to steri-strips. Try having your doctor not use them on next knee replacement. I am almost 4 months out of TKR and experiencing BAD pain on top of calf muscle on front of my leg. I have been release by my ortho one month ago and back at work. Also, I am experiencing tight band feeling around bottom of my knee. I do work my knee out at my gym 4 days a week. But now ice is not working on calf, presciption motrin not workin..its just so painful...ANYBODY ELSE EXPERIENCE THE CALF OR TIGHT BAND FEELING?
txchick

United States

#7 Jul 16, 2008
Howdy! I had blisters after surgery on March 28th, 2008. They are called traction blisters. What caused mine were an allergic reaction to steri-strips. Try having your doctor not use them on next knee replacement. I am almost 4 months out of TKR and experiencing BAD pain on top of calf muscle on front of my leg. I have been release by my ortho one month ago and back at work. Also, I am experiencing tight band feeling around bottom of my knee. I do work my knee out at my gym 4 days a week. But now ice is not working on calf, presciption motrin not workin..its just so painful...ANYBODY ELSE EXPERIENCE THE CALF OR TIGHT BAND FEELING...I do disagree with alot of boards about getting back to impact sports..you can! I will get back on the tennis courts..I know to many people who have had TKR and are playing. I am 50..female
mahendra dev durham usa

Wake Forest, NC

#8 Jul 23, 2008
i too had large blisters on my right knee tkr in 8/06 .my doctor did not took it seriously and did not explain . but i suspected that it could be due to some kind of allergic reaction from tapes or any pre op chemical treatment .
i punctured them with a sterile insulin needle to drain out the fluid . they dried out in 3-4 days leaving discoloration of around the knee . all i did was to apply regular lotion after the shower . now i am completely fine
Peter Hudson England

London, UK

#9 Oct 8, 2008
My leg was covered in blisters from the knee down to the ankle. I came out of sugery at approx 1.00 pm and by the evening they had started to swell up very badly.I do not believe they were caused by the Iodine wash that they put on your leg as there were no blisters above the knee only below. I think it may have been caused by the dressing being too tight restricting the blood flow to the lower part of the leg.In the next 6 hours they added two more lots of dressing as it was leaking blood.This further restricted the bllod supply to the lower leg.Hospital did not seem to know what caused it.I have had four lots of joint replacement surgey over the last 6 years and this is the first time this has happened.The sugery took place on the 26th of Sept.All the blisters have now burst and most of them are now dry.I have a tight feeling at the back of the calf.Knee replacement went really well, managed over 200 yards today.
torn acl

United States

#10 Nov 27, 2008
I had acl reconstruction surgery and medial meniscus repair about a week ago. Everything has gone well so far. I have two incisions and three holes in my knee which are healing nicely. I do have a HUGE blister on the back of my knee. It's also bruised. It is no where near my scars but almost hurts worse than the knee itself. Any answers???
Concerned

Vancouver, Canada

#11 Apr 1, 2009
I was freaking out because my mom developed a HUGE blister on her left breast. It's the size of a golf ball....has this happened to anyone else after breast reductions? or any operation on the breast for that matter? The doctor says don't see emergency unless it gets to be the size of a fist. I contemplated popping it but i don't want to mess her up even more....
Richard Haynes PTA

AOL

#12 Aug 8, 2009
Generally, most blisters I run across with patients if they have them are an allergic reaction to the taping/bandage that was used after surgery and/or during your hospital stay.

they will clear up on their own in time.

Richard Haynes PTA
Punta Gorda, Florida.
http://www.richardhaynes.com
Agnes Kohman

North Fort Myers, FL

#13 Aug 24, 2009
amonra wrote:
Hi,
I had my TKR, left knee, the 28th of April 08. All went well except for these huge blisters near my scar area. They took awhile to break open and drain. Used meds to clear up, but I will have some very large scars from the blisters. Has anyone ever heard of this? My doc said that they don't know why it happens to some people. And it willprobably happen on the other leg! This doc is super..the best in the area. I did alot of research and had many questions for him before surgery. I do trust him and will use him again, but blisters again?? Yuck, to say the least!
Thanks....
I too had knee replacement, Last Monday. Have a very good doctor. My husband just had both knees replaced byt the same doctor, one in April and one in mid July. Can you tell me what you used to clean up the blisters. Very painful. [email protected]
Agnes Kohman

North Fort Myers, FL

#14 Aug 24, 2009
amonra wrote:
Hi,
I had my TKR, left knee, the 28th of April 08. All went well except for these huge blisters near my scar area. They took awhile to break open and drain. Used meds to clear up, but I will have some very large scars from the blisters. Has anyone ever heard of this? My doc said that they don't know why it happens to some people. And it willprobably happen on the other leg! This doc is super..the best in the area. I did alot of research and had many questions for him before surgery. I do trust him and will use him again, but blisters again?? Yuck, to say the least!
Thanks....
Hi I too had the very simaliar thing happen. The blisters are very painful. Can you tell me what you did to care for them Thanks Agnes kohman
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Agnes Kohman

North Fort Myers, FL

#15 Aug 24, 2009
Hi, I just had surgery last Monday and woke up with the blisters. Leg is covered, very painful. Can you tell me what you were given to take care of the blisters. Doc said today he has never seen them before. Doctor has good business and my husband just had a knee done in April 09 and another in july of o9. No problem at all.Agnes
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Linda S

Franklin, TN

#16 Sep 8, 2009
txchick wrote:
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Howdy! I had blisters after surgery on March 28th, 2008. They are called traction blisters. What caused mine were an allergic reaction to steri-strips. Try having your doctor not use them on next knee replacement. I am almost 4 months out of TKR and experiencing BAD pain on top of calf muscle on front of my leg. I have been release by my ortho one month ago and back at work. Also, I am experiencing tight band feeling around bottom of my knee. I do work my knee out at my gym 4 days a week. But now ice is not working on calf, presciption motrin not workin..its just so painful...ANYBODY ELSE EXPERIENCE THE CALF OR TIGHT BAND FEELING?
My husband had a TKR and developed a huge blister on day 1 post op. Now he is healed, but has pain in the top of the calf, as you are describing. Did you ever find any reason for this or get any relief?
Billie H

Kingston, TN

#17 Dec 9, 2009
I had my TKR 3 weeks ago today (12-9). When they took out my staples yesterday, they put steri-strips on. Within 8 hours I had to remove the steri-strips. I had horrible itching, red-swollen burning skin where each steri-strip was and a lot of blisters. Within a few hours after removing, the blisters spread and started breaking open and leaking. I am putting pure Vitamin E oil on it. The itching and burning is much worse than therapy exercises. But, I am hoping that this does not lead to an infection. Has anyone heard of this type of reaction leading to an infection???
Bryant in Calmar Alberta

Westlock, Canada

#18 Dec 13, 2009
I had a total left knee replacement through the Edmonton Replacement Clinic. The surgery took double time due to extensive work requiredto move and reuse existing knee cap. You cannot imagine the "Fracture" blisters I am suffering with. I have 4 or 5 2" by 3" blisters 1 1/2" deep and dozens of "amber" jelly bean size ones and a chain of smaller ones down the staped scar line. I have had over 20 knee surgeries and never this. I am praying "Home Care" gets me through this and I dont get an infection. These blisters are nasty and a burden to physio.
Rosie

Honolulu, HI

#19 Jan 17, 2010
amonra wrote:
Hi,
I had my TKR, left knee, the 28th of April 08. All went well except for these huge blisters near my scar area. They took awhile to break open and drain. Used meds to clear up, but I will have some very large scars from the blisters. Has anyone ever heard of this? My doc said that they don't know why it happens to some people. And it willprobably happen on the other leg! This doc is super..the best in the area. I did alot of research and had many questions for him before surgery. I do trust him and will use him again, but blisters again?? Yuck, to say the least!
Thanks....
I had the same all over one arm post surgery. Have your self tested for gluten intolerance. Celiac sufferers will blister following surgery exactly as you have described.
joan ontario

Pickering, Canada

#20 Apr 24, 2010
i hadTKR april 19 2010
never had so much pain in my life.
after 3rd day shower i thought i had some strange disease!!!! all these blisters in my groin area,Nurses said they were surgical blisters they will clear up on their own do not break them. Am still having horrendous knee pain and pain around these blisters also....too much... i had planned on having other knee replaced later on this year but no way I can take this pain again

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