Tennis elbow is a common term for lateral epicondylitis, which is an injury and inflammation of the tendons that join forearm muscles around the outer side of the elbow. The muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse, which causes pain and weakness. If nonsurgical treatment fails to relieve pain, the doctor may recommend surgery.
During tennis elbow release surgery, the surgeon makes an incision over the lateral epicondyle and moves the soft tissue aside to expose the tendon. The surgeon removes damaged tissue and any bone spurs. Then, the extensor tendon is cut and split where it connects to the lateral epicondyle and any scar tissue is removed and then the tendon is reattached. By releasing the swollen tendon, pain is relieved. This surgery is normally outpatient so the patient can go home the same day. Rehabilitation exercises and therapy will follow weeks after surgery for a safe recovery.
Tennis elbow doesn't only happen to tennis players, it can happen to anyone. To learn more about this surgery, please contact our team at Triangle Orthopaedics.
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