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Offline Michelle.2

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Can I recover from surgery?
« on: September 17, 2005, 12:09:03 AM »
Had a lateral release in April 05 for a patella tracking problem. Knee is far worse now and believe that the diagnoses was possibly wrong. This week the surgeon has finally agreed that this is possible and is sending me fo a second opinion. Has anyone had a lateral release when it wasn't really needed and made a good recovery? Any replies much appreciated, really worried.   

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Re: Can I recover from surgery?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2005, 08:37:07 AM »

Unfortunately the real problem comes in the very first sentence of your post.....That your LR was performed for a tracking problem.  LRs should not be done to attempt to correct tracking problems.  It has been shown in numerous studies that they are only effective for treating patellar tilt, not tracking but unfortunately there are a number of surgeons out there who apparently aren't up on the studies showing this and continue the practice of doing LRs when the are actually contraindicated and this can, many times, make a patient worse. 

The actual diagnosis may very well be correct, patellar maltracking is a very common thing.  However when the wrong thing is done to try to correct it that is where things get tough.

You definitely should go and get that second opinion, preferably from an OS who is much more versed in patellofemoral problems.  While there are a few success stories with LRs, there are many more patient who have to go on to have a TTT or more (or even like me and have to have a reconstruction to have a lateral release reversed as it should have never been done in the first place).

Good luck and let us know how you second opinion goes....

-Heather G.
Rt. knee-plica resection, LR, 4 TTTs, MPFL repair & 2 MPFL reconstructions
Lt. knee-2 TTTs, & 2 MPFL reconstructions...
Scheduled for bilateral hardware removal, lt. knee TT revision, MPFL recon and LR recon with new wonderful surgeon.
Plus 9 other orthopedic surgeries

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Re: Can I recover from surgery?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2005, 04:28:57 PM »
Hi Michelle,
   I have to second what Heather said.  A LR will not correct a tracking problem and can cause problems by altering the mechanics of the knee.  I have had LRs on both knees, one to try to correct a tracking problem and the other to release the kneecap enough to get to a torn meniscus in the knee.  Luckily I made a complete recovery from the LR with no problems.  It can take a while to recover from a LR so don't give up hope.  I also agree with getting a 2nd or 3rd opinion from a knee specialist.  Hopefully the new OS will get your problems taken care of and you will have a functional knee again.  Keep us posted.

Good luck,

Offline maria1985

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Re: Can I recover from surgery?
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2005, 07:05:31 PM »
hi michelle
definatly go for a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th opinion
atleast until you feel comfortable with the diagnosis that the surgeons are giving
at the end of the day its your health.
i really hope things turn out well for you.

chronic knee pain since 10 years old.
lateral release in 2000
goldwaithes in 2002
2 weeks intensive physio in 2005
nowhere near to finding the course of the problem.

Offline Michelle.2

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Re: Can I recover from surgery?
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2005, 09:15:37 AM »
Patty, I see that you also had a lateral release for a tracking problem. It was good to read that you have recovered from surgery.

I learn more from all of you than I do from my surgeon!!
Thanks very much for the replies, i'll keep you posted.