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?