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A 38-year-old member asked:

i'm having surgery for maltracking (lateral release medial pattellfemeroral reconstruction and autograft on hamstring) what should i expect?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
A long recovery: While the initial recovery from the surgery will be measured in weeks, or a few months the full benefits of the surgery will take 6-12 months and include rehabilitation of the knee, especially quadriceps strengthening. The good news is that with the correct diagnosis and in the correct hands patients having the operation you are having are very happy with the results.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Bracing & therapy: Bracing is usually warranted after patellar stabilizing surgery. Physical therapy is also important to help regain motion & strength. Your surgeon will have a specific rehabilitation regimen for you to follow for the 6-12 weeks following surgery. The layerl release decreases the tethering affect on the outside of your knee, and the mpfl reconstruction prevents patellar subluxation/dislocation.

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The inside of my knee hurts when I straighten it or put weight on it. It also pops a lot, why? And what may help?

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Is it advisable to immobilize my leg after pulling my hamstring if the pain is not severe?

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Is it okay to put bacitracin on my surgery area after stitches are removed?

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Ask your doctor: Normally not a problem if normal healing occurs but check with your doctor to be sure.
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What's the best treatment for runners knee?

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My 11 year old son cut his shin open on a piece of metal, does not need stitches, we can't remember when his last tetnus shot was, what are symptoms to look for ? Thank you.

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Dr. Kamel Sadek
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Things to consider. : Your son is 11 years of age and he is due to have a tetanus booster at this age. As for the shin cut, hopefully it was cleaned with hydrogen peroxide and treated with an antibiotic ointment. The best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with his pediatrician or family physician to get his shot and check on his cut.

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