What is a Lateral Release and Medial Imbrication Procedure?

Many men and women suffer from patellar instability, a condition where the kneecap continually threatens dislocation and damages surrounding cartilage. To correct this progressive condition, a lateral release and medial imbrication procedure may be necessary. Lateral release and medical imbrication surgeries involve two major and distinct steps:

  • During the first stage of the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in the knee joint capsule on the outer side of the knee joint. In doing so, the orthopedic doctor “releases” the patella, which has been improperly pulled toward the outside of the knee.
  • Using advanced medical imbrication techniques, the surgeon will tighten the tissue on the inner side of the knee. In combination, the lateral release and imbrication of the knee joint provides proper alignment and support for a roaming kneecap.

Rest, limited activity, focused physical therapy and knee bracing may be necessary after a lateral release and medial imbrication surgery. By following the prescribed post-operative care instructions, you can help ensure that you experience the optimal healing and benefits that this procedure has to offer.

Our Treatment Approach

At OrthoCARE Institute, our experienced orthopedic specialists are committed to providing safe, compassionate solutions for your joint-related concerns. During your consultation at OrthoCARE Institute, one of our highly skilled experts will carefully evaluate your symptoms, medical history and physical state to obtain a comprehensive diagnosis. This allows our surgeons to then build a personalized treatment plan designed to meet your individual needs and goals.

For the majority of patients, we highly recommend exploring non-invasive, conservative treatment options before resorting to surgical intervention. If non-surgical methods do not provide adequate relief, however, surgery may become essential to avoid a worsening condition. Patellar tracking disorder can often be efficiently addressed through a lateral release and medial imbrication procedure.

To learn more about this treatment or how OrthoCARE Institute can help, please call us directly at 972-573-7802 or fill out the form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to helping you live pain-free, so that you can fully pursue the activities you enjoy!

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