Tennis Elbow Surgery

Most individuals inflicted with tennis elbow will heal themselves naturally, with the supervision and direction of a doctor with the appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, persistent tennis elbow, accompanied with pain that lasts for more than a few months may require surgery. This includes a couple of surgery treatment options, such as trimming of the abnormal tendons a few centimeters, as well as releasing the tendon from the bone.

Both invasive surgeries are outpatient, meaning the patient goes home shortly after the surgery. With the first surgery option, doctors make a 3-4 inch incision in the arm. The tendon sheaths are trimmed away with the cut being closed up by stitches. The other surgery option will also involve opening a small incision on the arm, but instead of trimming tendon sheaths, the entire tendon is removed from the bone.

During recovery, the arm that was operated on is usually placed in a sling. If a larger cut was needed or if the surgery was more extensive, a hard cast may be placed on the arm. Either way, the arm should be kept elevated the following days after the surgery as to minimize swelling. It should also be noted that with invasive surgery, including the surgery treatment options discussed here, there are risks such as nerve damage, weakness of the arm, permanent scarring, bleeding, and/or infection.

As with any sickness or injury, surgery is the worst-case scenario for such a common injury as tennis elbow. Before surgery is considered, doctors will require and confirm that the patience has followed 6 months of persistent, effective treatment.

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