This procedure is carried out when patients continue to have symptoms despite a good course of rehabilitation and injection therapy.
The procedure is carried out under anaesthetic and involves making a cut in the iliotibial band just above the outside of the knee. This releases the pressure on the outer knee and helps to reduce pain. It is often combined with a knee arthroscopy to treat other conditions at the same time. The wounds are dressed.
After surgery, you will be encouraged to rest for a few days to allow the soft tissues to settle. Rehabilitation is an important part of treatment and you will need to work closely with a physiotherapist.