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Tennis Elbow (cont.)

Surgery for Tennis Elbow

  • Surgery is usually a last resort but is successful in relieving pain in most people.
  • The operation for tennis elbow involves a small incision over the elbow to trim the tendon or sometimes to release and then reattach the tendon to the bone. It can usually be performed as an outpatient procedure taking several hours.
  • Candidates for surgery are usually those who have had symptoms for more than six to 12 months despite nonsurgical therapies.
  • Several months of rehabilitation at home and working with a physical therapist are required and begin about six weeks after surgery.
  • As with any surgery, there are risks, which you should talk about with your doctor.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014

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