I had anterior knee surgery (chondroplasty underneath patella, cleaning up of fat pad) on my right knee about 10 months ago, and have not been able to gain back the last 5 degrees of extension. I can get my leg to 0 degrees, but can't get back that 5 degrees of hyperextension that I had before the surgery. Do you think this is concerning? It makes my leg really a bit funny when walking, but does not cause pain.
I have the same anterior knee issues in my other (left) knee, and have had bad pain now for almost a year. So I am about to make the leap and get the same surgery in my left knee. I have to admit that I feel so scared about going through this again. It was much easier the first time, not knowing how hard rehab is. Deciding to do it a second time feels like a much harder decision. But I have done everything I can possibly think of (rehab, cortisone, viscosupplementation) and nothing is working.
Having lost a bit of extension in my operated leg makes it a bit harder to decided about surgery on the other leg. I don't want to lose my extension in the other leg as well. However, I don't want to keep living in pain either.
Any advice would be appreciated about the slight loss of extension, and if it is a big concern would be helpful as I decide whether to get surgery on my other knee.