meniscus and lateral release

Would you recommend having a lateral release done?
Yes, absolutely. - 0.0%
Yes, but be prepared to wait a long time for results. - 0.0%
Neutral. - 100.0%
No, I don't recommend this. - 0.0%
No, it made my condition worse. - 0.0%

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/29/2009 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,
I'm new here and in search of answers/opinions.

about a year ago, I had surgery to repair a bucket-handle tear in my left lateral meniscus. The surgery was a pretty great success, all my pains seemed to go away. A few months ago, I started experiencing really bad pain in my knee again, kind of similar in feeling but not in location; it was up and to the left. I went to the doctor today and he says he wants to do a lateral release to realign my patella, which is the cause of the pain. I'd never heard of such a procedure and after a quick search of the internet, come up with so so many different explanations, opinions, etc.

As far as I'm aware, the meniscus repair and the misalignment of the patella are not connected as far as this particular pain is concerned. When I had my meniscus repaired, I was on crutches about 6-8 weeks and could bear weight after about 2. I went to rehab (very good, hard-working rehab) for about 3 months total after surgery. I recovered well.

My question is to anyone with a similar background; that is, meniscus problems, similar recovery time, etc. How long was your recovery after having a lateral release done? How is it different from a meniscus repair as far as post-op is concerned?

I thank you in advance for any input anyone has to share. I'm in school and so that I don't have to drop my classes, I have chosen to wait until December to go through with the surgery if I have it at all.

Post Edited (expo) : 9/29/2009 11:32:52 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 10/4/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I posted to you before, but due to the site outage, my post was one that was lost. I wanted to refer you to another site that might help you get more answers to your personal issue. Its called kneegeeks. And they have alot more info on this type of surgery. Give it a look, a link is below.  I found them really helpful when I had questions before my meniscus surgery.


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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 10/4/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Nanners. I'm trying to decide now whether I should drop classes for the semester and get it over with (only because the pain is a terrible nuisance) or if I should wait until the end of the semester and risk worsening the problem. I will check out the site. I appreciate your reply :)
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