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Lateral Release/chondroplasty hasn't helped..... now what??
« on: April 21, 2007, 06:31:51 PM »
Im almost 19ys old and i have had knee pain (both) for about 4 or 5 years. I tried all conservative options, but it only brought temporary/minimal relief. I was diagnosed with Chondromalacia patellae with patellar instability. I am 10 months post op from a bilateral release and chondroplasty and surgery showed I had significant Grade III fibrillation in both knees.  Recovery for me has been long and painful (probably due to the fact I had them both operated on at the same time..)

For the last few months, I've been in more pain than I was before surgery. I know my quads have gotten a little weak so Im continuing the strengthening exercises at home.

Im also icing, resting, stretching, and taking  a lot of pain meds, but just everyday walking around campus aggrevates my knees and the pain becomes extreme especially at Night.

Im seeing my OS in about a month or two.   But,, does anybody know what the next step might be....????? Or any suggestions to help with the pain???

I would greatly appreciate any comments or suggestions.




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Re: Lateral Release/chondroplasty hasn't helped..... now what??
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2007, 08:27:10 PM »

Sorry to hear you are having such bad pain in your knees.  It can be really frustrating at times for sure.  It is natural for the pain to be worse at night because you have spent the entire day up on your knees.  Also at night you are "winding down" and so your mind can focus more on the pain as opposed to during the busy day your mind is focused on the tasks for the day.

From what I have researched, a Lateral Release will not solve patella instability.  It is often a first step surgery, but it is not the cure for instability.  For many people PT is all they need, but for others the problem is not solved by PT.

I would recommend finding an OS who specializes in knees.  There are several different surgeries that can fix instability, should that be the best course of action for you.  Also, don't be afraid to get multiple opinions.  I got like 4 or 5 before I was finally satisfied.

I wish I knew a tip for reducing the pain, but I myself lived with the pain from instability for 12 years.  My best recommendation here is in seeing a knee specialist.  Don't wait a couple months if you are in pain...make an appointment as soon as possible.

Good luck.


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Re: Lateral Release/chondroplasty hasn't helped..... now what??
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2007, 10:25:07 PM »
Unfortunately I can't get to my OS I normally see till I return home from school  :-\

The closest OS i found near my school was really far away and made a trip out there about a month ago.  Im usually left in the dark as to whats causing the pain, but he said that my knee caps are extremely loose/instable and that I need to strengthen my quads. He explained that there is surgery to correct the problem, but didn't explain what it was and said to wait until the quads were stronger. 

If the PT doesn't work, do you know what other surgeries they consider?