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2nd Lateral Release Surgery on Right Knee??
« on: December 18, 2008, 02:47:56 PM »

Has anyone had 2 lateral release surgeries on the same knee.

I had a lateral release and chondraplasty due to patellar tilt and maltracking in July 08 on my right knee and my left knee in October 08.

Left knee is brilliant pain free and have full mobility, but right knee has not worked pain is worse than before the surgery and kneecap it tilted and maltracking again, OS wants to try and do another lateral release in January 09, only other option is to remove the patellar which I do not want done.

My first post on her here is under Chronic Knee Pain.

Advice from anyone who have had lateral release done twice  would be appreciated.


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Re: 2nd Lateral Release Surgery on Right Knee??
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2008, 06:39:52 PM »
Hi Jan,

I've had 2 LR done, but mine were almost 20 years apart.  The second one only made things worse for me. If the first one did not help, it seems like a second in quick succession wouldn't either.  I'm not a doc though.  Have you seem another OS for a second opinion.  There are more options that removing the patella.  That would to me be a very last resort.  Good luck to you.

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Re: 2nd Lateral Release Surgery on Right Knee??
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2008, 10:06:42 PM »

You need to get a second opinion.  It's a rather drastic leap to go from a lateral release to removing the patella.  As Milly said, there are other options. 

If the first lateral release made your knee worse, I would not recommend a second one.  There is only so much of retinaculum that can be cut before you start having other problems. 
1999 LR, 2002 ACL/PLC recon, reversal of LR, 2004 ACL revision, 2006 Car accident torn PCL and small fractures resulting in bone chips in my knee.  Torn MCL 3 times.  Wicked screws under IT band and Pes Anserine.  June 2008-Hip Arthroscopy.