patella femoral syndrome/lateral release surgery

by Kaitlyn
(Washington, NC, US)

ok so your website has really helped other people know what i'm going through and its now good to know what surgery and stuff i'll be getting. i'm pretty much prepared for whats going to happen during and after surgery.


i'm 15 years old and i'm going to have to get lateral release surgery after cheerleading. i have patella femoral syndrome in both knees but worse in my right knee. also when i walk or stand up straight my right knee turns in, is that normal?

my hips are really weak and hurt often. but my knees hurt all the time. so i'm thinking i should get surgery on my right knee first and then like a few weeks later get it done on my left knee. is that what i should do? how long do you think i would be out of cheerleading for? and i have a leg longer than the other (i'm 5'7 1/2 and 5'9). does that have anything to do with my knees and hips?
thanks for your time.

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Sep 09, 2008
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PFS surgery
by: Bart - SII

Definitely one knee at a time - probably at least a month if not two between surgeries.

Your leg length difference may have a lot to do with your knees and hips hurting...have you seen anyone for an evaluation and possibly fitting you with a heel lift to help reduce the difference in the lengths - that may help with your pain.

After a lateral release, it is usually 2-3 months before you can return to activities like cheer - some people are faster, others are slower.

Good Luck!

Bart

Sep 17, 2008
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patella femoral syndrome/leg difference
by: Kaitlyn

I've been to the PT for like 4 months and it didn't work. they didn't say anything about me fixing my leg difference and they said that my leg difference wasn't the reason why i'm having problems. is there a surgical way that i could get my legs fixed? i don't really want to have another layer in my shoe.

Sep 17, 2008
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A heel lift isn't that bad
by: Bart - SII

Compared to any type of surgery to fix a leg length (which isn't done very often unless it is a major difference) a heel lift or additional layer in the shoe is very minor - most people don't even notice it after a few hours.

When are you scheduled for your lateral release surgery?

Bart

Sep 21, 2008
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lateral release
by: Kaitlyn

I did research on this website and all symptoms were the same and also the orthopedic pa said i had patella femoral syndrome and surgery was an option. I'm going to see the orthopedic surgeon thursday with my parents to see if i could surgery. i'm pretty sure i am though. is there any questions i should ask the surgeon? also my lower back hurts a few times a day, is that because of the syndrome?

Mar 12, 2009
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surgery
by: Emily

Hi, I am also 15 and getting the same surgery next month!I had a plica removal surgery last December and now the lateral release. Good luck!

Jun 02, 2009
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Hope it Works!
by: Anonymous

i'm 16 and i'm having lateral release in 2 weeks. the surgeon is not sure if it is bad enough so he is going to look first and then if it is bad enough he is going to procede with the lateral release. i hope it works because i've had this pain for almost 2 years!!

Nov 15, 2009
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Lateral release the right surgery for me?
by: openendedthinking

After trying everything else (stretching, acupuncture, medial strengthening, and direct massage), I am booked for a lateral release Nov 25 /09 but I have strong disagreement that it will solve my problem. The cause of my patella tracking is my tight iliotibial band (both legs are tight as per Obers test) but this procedure cuts the lateral retinaculum. Using acupuncture needles, I’ve traced my iliotibial band to my patella. The pain/tenderness runs 1.5 inches from the patella right to the edge of the patella. I (literally) pinpointed two tender strands about .5 inches apart and .5 inch away from my patella, leading to just above the midway point of the patella. I really hit the tenderness when I go about 3/8 deep and the needle hits the femur. I believe these strands are wrapped right over the femur.

I want these cut, not my retinaculum. We'll see, I speak to the surgeon.
john@johnchadwick.com

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