Sorry it took so long to reply, I did not receive a notice that anyone had replied. No, there is no locking of the knee per se (no loose bodies or internal locking). The catching is 100% superficial to the joint. It is plainly obvious what it is, as the band is clearly palpable and I can feel it snap over the medial femoral condyle with my finger at flexion. Also, the pain is localized to the band and only appears when I flex enough for the snapping to occur. Weird thing is, I do not remember it being this obvious before the surgery although the pain was worse (this could be because the fold was removed but not the base).
At any rate, no amount of PT, RICE, etc will work...I have tried it all. Further, my muscles are very strong and balanced as I have consistently done gym work for over 10 years along with riding. For legs, I do 8-10 sets of squats with varying stances, 7 sets of hamstring curls, several sets of calf raises, and a few hip flexor and groin exercises. I do this twice a week with good form and not alot of weight (max is maybe 180 lbs for squats). I also stretch almost daily and am very flexible.
So it's not a condromalacia, meniscus, tendon, etc issue. I have also seen the pictures of the surgery and my cartiledge looks great.
You say it sounds like the base was not removed. I agree with this, but why would the base not be removed? The way she described it, she "bit" out the fold down as close as possible to the base as she felt comfortable with. I have read that you want to avoid going so far that you insult the synovial lining, but how else would you remove the underlying base/band?
I have an appointment with Dr. Martin Boublik at the Steadman-Hawkins clinic in Denver next week, but I want to get as much info as possible before my appointment. Also, I would like to know opinions of the clinic, if there are any out there. Thanks alot.