A lateral release is a surgical procedure to release tight capsular structures (lateral retinaculum) on the outer (lateral) aspect of the knee.
|The procure of lateral release is nowadays usually performed arthroscopically.|
|The patella is supported on both sides by the fibrous retinacula, the most important of which is the lateral retinaculum.||In the procedure of lateral release, the retinaculum is cut on the lateral (outer) side of the knee.|
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