Recovery varies from person to person,
usually taking at least 3 to 6 months for a complete recovery.
Cigarette smoking slows tendon and wound
Recovery depends on the amount of time and effort you put
into a rehabilitation program.
You may not be able to keep doing
the activity that caused your tennis elbow. Or you may have to make some
changes to the way you do that activity in the future.
Why It Is Done
You and your doctor may consider
You still have elbow soreness and pain after
more than 6 to 12 months of nonsurgical treatment.
Corticosteroid shots have given good short-term pain
relief but the pain has returned.
You cannot perform daily tasks
and activities because of elbow pain.
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
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
Slight loss of ability to straighten the
Elbow pain that persists or recurs.
blood loss, nerve damage (risks in all surgeries).
Buchbinder R, et al. (2011). Surgery for lateral elbow pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (3).
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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