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Lateral Retinacular Release Surgery- anyone with real knowledge of the Efficacy?

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I have grade 4 chondromalacia and the dr has suggested a release, in browsing around and speaking to PT's, it seems to be a surgery that may not be all that helpful and requires a pretty long recovery.  I have read that it does depend on the way your patella is situated (tilt).  I have it taped up pretty well now and should be able to get through the season reasonably well just skiing  about 3 hours at a time. After the season I will have it cleaned out and smoothed where possible.  

 

Anyone have this or have real advice?

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Do they still do this surgery? I thought this was something that was no longer done? All that to say - I would definitely want a second opinion on this one.

 

There are many in the sports medicine field whose opinion is that improper movement at the knee is much more likely the result of problems a the hips and/or ankles. You just had your hip done, didn't you? I'd want to be sure the problem I'm having in my knee is actually coming from my knee before agreeing to surgery. Especially the type of surgery (like this) that will permanently alter your biomechanics.  

 

I can't remember - do you have a good physio? One who looks at how your whole body moves? If not, can you find one? 

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@evaino

 

THANKS!  as it turns out, he no longer feels I am good candidate.  He does a modified version FWIW, not the traditional one.but, regardless, yes, this is on then opposite leg of the hip that was done.  I am getting synovis injections and restarting rehab to work on re-alignment.   My pt came up with a great taping pattern that really helps.  

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