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A 36-year-old male asked:

hi. i'm having chondroplasty and lateral release soon. what do i have to look forward to?

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Dr. Gregory Carolan
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
A lot of PT: It is rare to need an arthroscopy for anterior knee pain. I hope that you have had a full trial of pt and judicious use of nsaids/injections prior to considering this procedure. If you have failed to improve with the above treatment surgery may be indicated but expectations need to be reasonable. Recovery is variable but most improved by 6-8 weeks.

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What is medial retinacular reefing with lateral retinacular release mean?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Let me help: If you see the picture of the knee, we could see the knee cap controlled by 4 muscles, when they are in balance, the knee cap will be in good position, when they are not we have problem.So we do release on outside muscle( lateral retinacular release), and tinting the inside muscle(medial retinacular reefing) to correct that imbalance. This way the patella will function correctly. Thank you.
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A 36-year-old male asked:

How long is average recovery for lateral release? What to expect in the recovery room?

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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Lateral release: Average recovery is about 6 weeks. Expect pain in the recovery room and for a few days postop and possible swelling.
Nampa, ID
A 36-year-old male asked:

Is there a reason a lateral release isn't done very often?

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Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 13 years experience
Lateral release: There is little benefit to performing a lateral release. Lateral patellar tilt is an indication, but patellofemoral problems are very difficult to treat in patients.
Nampa, ID
A 37-year-old male asked:

After a chondroplasty and lateral release what do I do next if this doesn't work? I've also done pt, and injections

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Dr. Charles Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Difficult problem: Anterior knee pain is generally difficult to treat. Treatment usually is typical initially with nsaids, pt, bracing, occasional injections. Surgically, a scope to perform various tasks like chondroplasty, synovectomy, plica excision, and lateral retinacular release is done. Tibial tubercle osteotomy is moving up the chain of invasive ness. Patellectomy or patella-femoral replacement is rare.

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Last updated Jul 19, 2013

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