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Lateral release of knee average recovery time?

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, Jr. MD
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
8-12 weeks to start: Isolated lateral releases done arthroscopically take several months to improve. First the wound pain takes a while, then getting comfortable with the adjusted tracking of the patella position takes time. For some improvement is faster than others. Quad strengthening takes months to maximize as well.
Dr. Robert Meislin
sports medicine 37 years experience
Lateral release: Lateral release of the knee should not be taken lightly; numerous complications can occur including recurrent swelling of the knee, mal tracking of the patella and neuromas. Typical recovery time can take 3-4 months.

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