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What could happen if you don't have pt after lateral release? Do you have to worry about the tissue that has been cut tearing?
Slower recovery, no: Lateral release, although rarely needed, does cause significant quad atrophy. Pt will aid in a faster recovery and educating you in terms of proper exercises to do during the various stages of recovery. Expensive, but worth it i think. Not only that but many therapists are fun which gives you a break from the rat race. ...Read more
After a chondroplasty and lateral release what do I do next if this doesn't work? I've also done pt, and injections
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lateral release: Average recovery is about 6 weeks. Expect pain in the recovery room and for a few days postop and possible swelling. ...Read more
After lateral release and chondroplasty how do you know if you do to much? Can you hurt it if you are on it to much? What shouldn't you do?
Pain and swelling: The lateral release should be finished healing at about 6 weeks. With proper rehab, the quad will be retrained and strong at 6-12 weeks. The chondroplasty will take the longest. Cartilage heals very slowly, in the 3-6 month range. If you are in the 6 month window, you should avoid activities that cause pain and swelling. Try lower intensity non-impact exercises. ...Read more
After a lateral release and chondroplasty what happens if i try to put to much weight to fast on it? What's the normal time to get back to 100%
Take your time: If you advance activity too aggressively you could aggravate the knee, cause it to become painful and swollen. While typically i dont put strict limitations after this surgery, my general guidance is first few weeks to take it easy, then next month after mostly low impact activity as tolerated (bike, swim, elliptical), then progress to running and other impact activities after that. ...Read more
I had lateral release and chondroplasty almost 2 weeks ago.. How long till i feel like i can handle weight again? And untill the limp goes away?
It varys: The arthroscopic procedure & chondroplasty have a fast healing time but the lateral release is cutting a fair amount of soft tissue which bleeds & is responsible 4 a slower healing time. These tissues have 2 heal. If u have a brace with full extension u r usually able 2 bear weight. The hang up is regaining ur motion back which does come slower as the tissue heals. Once there strength training sta. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
May or may not: Do not rush to do a lateral release surgery. I recommend a careful evaluation by an experienced specialist. Lateral release is not without complications and is not known to be the most effective surgery to say the least. That being said, it may be the one for you. Again, see a specialist or two. ...Read more
Variable success: Surgery to perform a "lateral release" is designed to help with pain and function of the patello-femoral articulation of your knee. Surgery is typically successful if done in conjunction with a dedicated physical therapy rehab program that is designed to keep your quadriceps healthy and strong. If any arthritis is present under the patella, then further treatment may be necessary. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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