patella knee syndrome (surgery or not)

My doctor said I am probably looking at a lateral release procedure for my knee problem. He said it isn't urgent and to think about it. What if I don't have this done? I do have pain in daily and sports activities. I am not too keen on surgery.

My doctor gave me a patella brace for now while doing any kind of activity. I also have strengthening exercises to do. I am a 55-year-old female who wishes to stay active forever.

If I have to live through some pain without any further injury or damage to my knee, that is fine. If surgery will prevent further damage, then so be it too. I just need to know.

Thank you.


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