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Lateral Release Surgery for Patellar Tracking Disorder
If your patella is being pulled to the side by a tight lateral retinaculum, a surgeon may recommend a lateral release. This procedure, often done by arthroscopic surgery, cuts the lateral retinaculum.
Most people with patellar tracking disorder get better without surgery. They get better by doing strengthening and stretching exercises for a few months. And they avoid activities that make the knee worse. Surgery is usually done only when all other treatments have not worked. Talk to your doctor about what is best for you.1
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery|
|Last Revised||January 9, 2012|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
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