Condition: Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a painful condition that develops when the tendons in your elbow are overworked and overstretched.

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Why might I need a Surgical Release for Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is inflammation of common extensor origin of the forearm – this is the point in the bone just above your elbow where the muscles and tendons that extend your wrist and fingers arise. Usually this condition can be treated with a combination of steroid injections and physiotherapy. If symptoms fail to improve with non-operative measures, it may be recommended that you undergo surgical repair of these muscle and tendon attachments.

What are the risks with Surgical Release for Tennis Elbow?

Generally, patients should be fine and return to normal after a surgical tennis elbow release. With any surgery, there can be complications including:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • No change in symptoms

How to prepare for Surgical Release for Tennis Elbow

If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop as it delays healing and increases risk of getting a chest or wound infection. The procedure will be done under general anaesthetic and you will been given instruction as to when you should stop eating prior to the surgery. You will be explained both the benefits and the potential risks of the surgery by your surgeon. We will make sure that you feel completely at ease, and give you every opportunity to ask as many questions as you wish.

What will happen during my surgery?

The surgeon will make a small incision over the outer aspect of the elbow. He will then remove some of the inflamed and damaged tissue and then re-attach the muscle and tendons. After the procedure is complete, your surgeon will close the wound with suture and apply any bandages as necessary.

You will be able to go home on the day of the surgery and will provided with a sling for comfort but you will be encourage to mobilise the arm as pain allows as soon as possible. You will be provided with strong pain-killers which you will be advised to take regularly in the first few days following surgery. Your Consultant will advise you of any after care you may need and if you need a follow-up.

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Tennis Elbow

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