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All knee geeks over here please, DD(13) due to have lateral release surgery soon but is it a good idea?
I personally would go with my consultant's view before ''loads of other people'', unless they were expert.
Second opinion is what's needed here, for your own reassurance.
Not sure of the technical names, but I have had dislocating patellas since I was about 8. At age 41 I had a knee reconsruction, which I think included a lateral release, it certainly re-aligned things, but it was not an easy operation and the recuperation time takes a while.
My other kneecap has dislocated a few times, must recently abroad on holiday. The consultant there actively encouraged me to get the left knee done too, but I am not at all convinced it is what is needed.
Sorry, that is maybe not much help as it may not be the same operation, but I would ask for the recuperation time and the difference it will truly make, before making up your mind.
I had the same done when I was about 20 or 21 so a bit older. My patella used to get out of line and I had years of physio and taping. They said it was chondomalacia.
I had the arthroscopy and have been fine since. They didn't actually find anything wrong with my kneecap once they looked inside so I was worried nothing would change. I had a washout of my knee while I was tehre and whether it flushed a bit of spare cartilidge out that wasn't seen I don't know. But have been OK since. This was 15 years ago.
Dont know if it is the same thing but I had an ITB release and arthroscopy on my new a few years ago. It hurt like hell for quite a while. Physio was very painful and took a long time. Still occasionally get pain now.
Your DD is obviously young and fit though - I really would listen to the consultant as they wouldnt recommend operating onone so young unless she needed it imo.
MNT - I think ITB is a different muscle - not sure. Yep you're right they don't operate until they've tried everything else. Thing is, her knee is not so bad that it affects daily life, BUT it does affect her sports.