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.footnote 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:
Slight loss of ability to straighten the arm.
Elbow pain that won't go away or that comes back.
Infection, blood loss, nerve damage (risks in all surgeries).
Buchbinder R, et al. (2011). Surgery for lateral elbow pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (3).
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July 18, 2023
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