Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Appropriate nonoperative care has been unsuccessful in relieving this patient symptoms. Indications for arthroscopy and isolated lateral retinacular release are patellofemoral pain, mainly lateral, a negative passive patellar tilt, and a tight lateral retinaculum.5 Lateral retinacular release for the treatment of instability has been shown to have a poor success rate, with the potential for recurrence of instability symptoms.6 Patients with ligamentous laxity are unlikely to benefit from lateral retinacular release.
- Patellofemoral pain with negative passive patellar tilt.
5. Kolowich PA, Paulos LE, Rosenberg TD, Farnsworth S. Lateral release of the patella: indications and contraindications. Am J Sports Med 1990;18:359-65.
6. Panni AS, Tartarone M, Patricola A, et al. Long-term results of lateral retinacular release. Arthroscopy 2005;21:526-31.
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