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Strained Quadriceps After Lateral Release
Quad strain: Pain above the kneecap or mid thigh depending on the strain area. Sometime there is swelling or bruising. It may also be difficult to flex the knee. ...Read more
I am suffering from a quadriceps femoris strain for the past 2 weeks my thigh pains a lot taking painkiller and gels how much time will take to heal?
Several weeks: It would not be unusual for it to take several weeks to heal. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Synvisc (hylan g-f 20) injections are not indicated in situation of a meniscal repair and lateral release.
Synvisc (hylan g-f 20) is used for arthritic knees only. ...Read more
Osteotomy: A fulkerson ostetomy involves cutting the tibial tuberosity, which in the site of attachment of the patellar tendon on the tibia (shin bone). The location of the tuberosity is then adjusted. It is typically performed for arthritis, and patellar instability. A lateral release is a procedure where the soft tissue to the outside of the knee cap is cut. Lr is not typically performed very often. ...Read more
Yes: Yes - several issues can potentially occur in the postop period, such as wound healing problems, early infection, hematoma. See your surgeon for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I had a lateral release in july. Now my knee seems to be getting worse again. What would be the next step?
Depends: Depends on the reason for lateral release (kneecap instability, ? Kneecap pain, etc) and your present symptoms and physical exam. Would need to examine your knee, look @ your previous arthroscopic photos and then be able to recommend the best course of action.... Good luck! ...Read more
I'm having a lateral release in about 10 days. I have job that requires heavy lifting. How long does it take to heal from this?
Ask ur OrthopedicDoc: While any of the orthopedic surgeons on this site can give you their idea of recovery time, your orthopedic surgeon is ultimately responsible for you. That's why you need to ask all your questions of your surgeon prior to undergoing procedure. Ask about recovery, complications, side effects, etc. Ask about when to stop medications prior to surgery, when to restart etc. Ask about pain control. . ...Read more
It's been three days since my chondroplasty and lateral release. I have almost no swelling or pain. Is this normal? Or is it still to come?
I was wondering if I could get a second opinion of a MRI for lateral release and chondroplasty? And how do I send a copy of the mri? Thank you
Second opinion: You would have to see another surgeon for a second opinion. This is not something that can be done over the internet, as treatment decisions are based on the physical exam as well as images. ...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
How will my dr determine if I am a candidate for a Fulkerson osteotomy after a failed lateral release?
What are my options after a failed lateral release & a failed series of OrthoVisc injections? Is an osteotomy likely?
What is your dx: We need a clear diagnosis before recommending more and more surgery. You are very young and did not likely have the classic indications for Orthovisc. A lateral release is successful when performed in the right patient. For many years, doctors were performing this procedure too commonly, and some patients did not find relief. I would recommend a Sports Medicine specialist at this juncture. ...Read more
I had lateral release surgery 7 weeks ago and I am still in pain, especially around my incisions. What is the average recovery from this surgery?
Not common anymore: Isolated lateral release of the knee has been shown to have limited benefit. That being said, isolated lateral releases are still commonly done to unload an overloaded lateral patellar facet, and to release a tight lateral retinaculum from prior surgery or injury. Lateral release has a very limited role in the management of patellar instability ...Read more
After a lateral release how long does your knee usually stay swollen? I'm going in three weeks so far
About 3 weeks: Usually does not last over 3 weeks however it depends weather you have any co-morbidities that could aggravate the intraarticular bleeding and the degree of bleeding you had after the surgery, more bleeding more time that takes to the blood to reabsorbed. Are you taken any Aspirin or nsaids? ...Read more
I'm getting a lateral release and chondroplasty in a few weeks. How long is normal to be able to put wait on that knee?
Depends on MD: This would depend on the surgeon and approach but most people are asked to use crutches after these procedures and to start putting weight on the knee as tolerated based on pain. Make sure you are your surgeon and follow his/her instructions. ...Read more
Since my lateral release some nights it seems like something around my ankle tightens to the point it's painful. Any ideas?
Swelling: It is probably just swelling.Get a more detailed answer ›
After a lateral release and chondroplasty will there be pain above the knee to the outside? Also how long does a knee block last?
Yes: The release cuts the lateral retinaculem & this tissue is vascular & bleeds so there is swelling & pain. The chondroplasty is smoothing of the articular surface which has no blood supply, so the release or the lateral (outside of the knee) extends to & slightly above the patella, so this is the cause of ur knee pain. It will b gradually improving daily over 3- 4 wks. Do ur pt faithfully, don't push. ...Read more
How am I being determined a candidate for a Fulkerson procedure or not after failed lateral release by my dr ordering a bone scan?
Not likely as B Scan:
Will not help in making that determination. He will take a proper HX and do a clinical Exam to ensure the Dx is in keeping with your symptoms. He might have to repeat LR again, by open means (if the first time it
was done arthroscopically).
Generally a Bony procedure is indicated if the soft tissue procedures failed or if the cause is bone-related.
Good Luck. ...Read more
Just had a lateral release and chondroplasty yesterday. I have a job that I lift 50-100lbs. How long till I can be safe doing it again?
Rehab will determine: Following the physical therapist's instructions and guidelines will usually enhance recovery. Everyone is different, but generally after a knee scope it is a 4-6 week recovery for around an 85-90% level.. ...Read more
I'm having lateral release and chondroplasty. I have done pt and have had injections. I have a job that requires a lot of lifting. What to expect?
Incomplete: Incomplete if any percieved relief of subjective pain symptoms a more mobile patella that's what I would expect. ...Read more
Knee lateral release done a month ago, I am a cheerleader. When can I go back to at least stunting, and what risks do I have still being this early?
Knee strengthening: I recommend that you check which she'll physician. Most patients will car at least 6 or 9 weeks before returning to normal activity. In the meantime, I usually recommend that my patients do intense quadriceps strengthening to help stabilize the knee joint. ...Read more
Lateral release: Lateral release is used for patellar tilt and maltracking. It is usually done arthroscopically. ...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
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
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
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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