lateral release again

I am scheduled for lateral release surgery again on my left knee thursday. I previously had this surgery done on both knees in 2004. What would cause my kneecap to start popping out all the time and the tightness to come back again even though I have been exercising all the time. My doctor said it may be scarring formed but he is not sure.

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Dec 22, 2008
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lateral release / patella instability
by: Bart - SII

One of the problems with a lateral release is that it actually makes the patella less stable. It releases the lateral soft tissue and retinaculum that helps to stabilize the patella. For a person who has a tight retinaculum and lateral patellar tilt, this usually helps the patella move more freely and track in the joint.

For someone who has patella instability and a history of dislocations (to the lateral side), it can actually make the patella more unstable.

Scarring can occur, and that may be contributing to part of the problem.

Bart

May 16, 2009
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Lateral release
by: diffster

Can someone please help me. I had lateral release on both knees in 2005. They are still not 100%. I do not jog anymore due to the pain, but I do aerobics and weight train. I recently joined a softball team. I haven't played in 13 years. I played my first game, hit a triple and ran as fast as I could to 3rd with no problem. The next day I was sore, but nothing unusual for someone who hasn't played ball in years. I continued my workout program all week. The next game came and we were first at bat. I was the fourth hitter and as soon as I took off to 1st base, it felt as though someone had yanked both of my quad muscles out. I am a very high pain tolerance person. I tried to ice them thinking I pulled the muscles. After about 20 minutes with pouring down sweat and feeling nausea, my legs then started jumping uncontrollably. I went to the E.R. I was omitted over night, due to CPK3. Some kind of blood level reading. After I returned home. My quad muscle stayed flexed. After another day my right one started getting better, but the left continued to bleed and swell. After MRI I of course had torn both quad muscles in my legs. They said it was rare for just partial tearing in the quad muscle. My question, is.. Does anyone know if this could be from the lateral release that I had 4 years previously. It just seems very odd for both quads to go at the same time.

May 16, 2009
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Lateral release surgery
by: Anonymous

I had continual swelling in my left knee last year prior to having the lateral release done again. I am feeling much better except when I run. If I run I have to take pain medicine for days.

May 16, 2009
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answers?
by: lobodiffster

I had the lateral release due to pain and swelling from running a marathon that I did not fully train for. I over did it and the Dr said if I wanted to run again that I would need this surgery. He said that my knees were not lined up properly, as they move back and forth in the socket,(which I am sure there is a better form of saying in Dr.s terms). I still wish there was a better answer as to rather or not this is why it happened. Obviously no one will really know that answer without seeing them, and then still may not know. Is there a procedure that will fix this? Or should I leave well enough alone and hope they will get stronger, could I have a relapse? .....

May 16, 2009
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lateral release
by: lobodiffster

Well I had the lateral release due to a marathon that I did not train properly for. I wish I had a clearer answer to why this happened. The Dr. said that I needed the surgery if I wanted to run again. He said my knee caps were not lined up properly. So, is there a surgery to fix all this, or should I leave well enough alone. Is there a possibility that my quads will get strong enough or could I have a relapse?...

May 25, 2010
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Torn quad please help!
by: Anonymous

I started playing softball and swimming competitvly at age 5. When I was 12 I made varsity for both sports and by my hr year I was lifting over 100 pounds with my legs. I had horrible pain running and I have a high tolerence for pain and when I hit the ball I felt a knot in ny quad. I was carried off the field and told It was pulled and not to run again. I told my coaches and continuously they asked me to run and bat and being that I was as good as I was and going for a scholorahip so I ran anyway and fell on my face. I looked down and there was anhuge ball at the top of my left leg. I had an MRI and was diagnosed with a full tear and told in 2003 the sucess rate for surgery was 40%. I denied the surgery then at age 18 and now that I'm 25 I can't take the non active lifestyle. Has anyone has similar problems with their quad muscles and does anyone know if the sucess rate has gone up for surgery. Thanks so much :)

Jan 27, 2013
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lateral release if it's been 30 years since last dislocation? NEW
by: Nancy

Hi everyone. I dislocated my left knee when I was 17. Dislocated it again when I was 18. I've been very careful with it as well as work out. Now, here I am at age 47 and I had a "freak" accident down my basement and hit it hard, and it dislocated. The MRI shows no cartilage damage and no fragments at all. But my dr. says if I was age 18, he would 100% recommend lateral release with the Medial Reef tightening. I'm not a runner, but I walk a lot and work out in other ways. I am very confused as to whether this surgery would just do nothing but cause me problems since I've been so lucky the past 30 years, or would it truly help the situation and not make me so careful and squeamish about my left knee?
Any advice is appreciated.
Nancy

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