The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: dwrucke on August 06, 2007, 11:53:51 PM

Title: failed lateral release
Post by: dwrucke on August 06, 2007, 11:53:51 PM
I had lateral release surgery in 2002 due to loose joints. Now the pain is back twice as bad as it ever was. The orthopedic said that I had chondromalacia, however the pain is so severe that I can't sleep at night and the spasms are so severe that you can see the indications on the lower part of my knee. The PT that I am going to says that my ligaments and knee cap are way to loose and due to my age (31) if PT doesn't work, I'll just have to deal with the pain. Any help?
Title: Re: failed lateral release
Post by: ex-gymnast on August 07, 2007, 02:01:16 AM
LRs only work about 80% of the time.  My failed at age 21.  I find that an icepack is a good remedy for getting to sleep.  I am having to deal with the pain until I have a knee replacement.  I am 30 which means 10 more to wait.  I find keeping my quads and hamstrings strong also help.

Title: Re: failed lateral release
Post by: costumer on August 07, 2007, 02:31:47 AM
Really? They give it 80%? geez, if you look at people surgical histories on here I see an awful lot of LRs followed by a number of other things. Seems a lot less to me. they like to do it because it's the most conservative.

DWRucke, did htey say anything else other than chondromalacia? anything like patello-femoral syndrome or patella alta or anything?

I had a LR in '78 and by the next year we decided it hadn't done a darn thing. That's when the did the TTT. My first TTT didn't do much, but the proximal release thingy on the other leg seemed to work better. The second TTT on that first leg worked better, now they do a Fulkerson which may be better than the ones I had.

If they don't think a TTT would be of help, sounds like a lot of PT to strengthen those loose soft tissue bits.

Title: Re: failed lateral release
Post by: dwrucke on August 07, 2007, 03:10:54 AM
Thats all the doc really said, the pt says that because I'm double jointed my joints have aged faster then normal, she also didn't like the amount of mobility on my patella
they also said there is minimal meniscus movement
Title: Re: failed lateral release
Post by: Nettan on August 07, 2007, 07:24:52 AM
Go get a second or third or even fourth opinion. There are other surgeries for those who has failures with LR.