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Lateral release – still being done for the wrong reasons?

The retinaculum is the fibrous web-like network on the medial (inner) and lateral (outer) aspects of the kneecap. The lateral retinaculum is a powerful lateral stabiliser of the knee.In the 1970’s two surgeons, Merchant and Mercer, published a paper called “Lateral Release of the Patella: A Preliminary Report”. This popularised surgery to cut or ‘release’ […]

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