Surgery for Tennis Elbow
Surgery for 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.
What To Expect After Surgery
Recovery varies from person to person, usually taking at least 3 to 6 months for a complete recovery.
Why It Is Done
You and your doctor may consider surgery if:
How Well It Works
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 treatment.1
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 include:
What To Think About
Surgery for tennis elbow is seldom needed because the condition usually improves with tendon rest and non-surgical treatment.
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