I had an IT Band Release this morning down in Provo. Matt was my surgeon and he went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and informed. There was a lot of scar tissue covering the bursa under the IT attachment to the knee there. He also had to shave down the bone just a little bit where the IT band crosses over. This should help the band glide more smoothly over the bone there. I'm in a straight-leg brace for a week and then can resume weight bearing as tolerable.
8 weeks is the most likely timeline before I can resume running. I am very happy to get this done. I was sick of being in an eternal running purgatory of always thinking I was healing and never would. I had lost complete faith it was ever going to heal. At least now I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. This year has been a loss, but I look forward to training this fall and hoping for a bright 2015! Thanks for everyone's support and comments of encouragement you've given me over the last four months. And I especially have to thank Matt, he's truly been there for me through it all and has been not only professional but has really gone far beyond what you'd expect a doctor to do for you.