What is knee arthroscopy lateral release?
Arthroscopic lateral release surgery describes a procedure that treats painful condition of the kneecap or patella. Often, the soft tissue structures around the kneecap tighten and contract; in these circumstances, the tracking of the patella is altered which results in anterior knee pain. Release of the soft tissues around the patella can provide substantial pain relief. Typically, the knee retinaculum on the lateral side of the knee is cut to realign of the patella. This procedure enables the patella to glide more efficiently in the trochlear groove. Releasing the retinaculum is helpful for those who suffer from a misalignment of the patella. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic knee surgeon, serving Manhattan, New York City and the surrounding New York boroughs, has extensive experience in performing knee arthroscopy lateral release procedures.