Lateral epicondylitis treatment

Lateral epicondylitis, or inflammation of the lateral epicondyle of the humerus, is also known as tennis elbow. It is characterized by chronic pain at the lateral or medial aspects of the elbow after unusual physical load.
Lateral epicondylitis needs to be treated surgically when conservative treatment is not effective.

How Is the Surgery Performed?

The procedure is usually done under regional anesthesia. It takes 30-45 minutes to complete.
Surgical treatment involves débridement of the inflammation-damaged tissues. As inflammation is stimulated by repetitive and stressful motions, the affected tendon is released and reattached to another location of the bone. This results in reduced irritation and the slightly changed range of motion of the joint.

What Should be Known After Surgery?

  • The wound should be redressed 1-2 times per week;
  • The sutures are removed after 10-14 days;
  • Usual motions at the elbow joint can be resumed after 2 weeks, and more strenuous physical activity is allowed after 4-6 weeks.