Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition characterised by pain and inflammation on the outer side of the elbow.

It is caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons that extend the hand and fingers, and is common in individuals who play racket sports or engage in repetitive arm motions.

The procedure to fix tennis elbow is called lateral epicondyle release, or sometimes called extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) release. The key steps of the procedure include:

  1. Pre-operative preparation: Before the surgery, the patient will undergo a thorough medical examination and may need to take certain medications or stop taking others. They will also be informed of the risks and benefits of the surgery.
  2. Anaesthesia: The patient will be given local anaesthesia or regional anaesthesia to ensure they are asleep and pain-free during the procedure.
  3. Incision: The surgeon will make a small incision on the outer side of the elbow and remove a small portion of the damaged or inflamed tendons and/or muscles.
  4. Closure: The incision will be closed with sutures or staples.
  5. Post-operative care: After the surgery, the patient will be taken to a recovery room and will be monitored for any complications. They will be given pain medication and will be taught exercises to regain strength and mobility in their elbow, hand and wrist. Physical therapy will also be important in the recovery process.

It’s important to note that recovery times can vary depending on the individual, the type of surgery and the overall health condition of the patient. Also, the procedure may be performed as an open surgery or as an endoscopic surgery.

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