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tennis elbow may involve:
Surgery may be done
arthroscopically, by traditional open surgery, or by a
combination of the two techniques depending on the type of problem and the
method the doctor prefers to use. Arthroscopy is not widely used.
Surgery can be done with
general or regional anesthetic and can require an
overnight stay in the hospital.
Recovery varies from person to person,
usually taking at least 3 to 6 months for a complete recovery.
You and your doctor may consider
Various surgical procedures are
used to treat tennis elbow. Some surgical research exists. But there are no
published, controlled trials that either strongly support or discourage the use
of any one procedure or prove that surgery is better than other
Most people are able to
return to their previous activities after tennis elbow surgery. Be sure to
change any previous technique, equipment, or activity that has been linked to
the elbow pain.
The risks of surgery for tennis elbow
Surgery for tennis elbow is
seldom needed because the condition usually improves with tendon rest and
Complete the surgery information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this surgery.
Buchbinder R, et al. (2002). Surgery for lateral elbow
pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (1).
Oxford: Update Software.
January 21, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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