Tennis elbow surgery is a way of treating tennis elbow in severe cases. Tennis elbow is a common term for a condition due to the overuse of arm and forearm muscles that leads to an elbow pain. “Tennis elbow” term is coined since most tennis players tend to get this, but then everybody can suffer with this injury. Doctors call this condition as lateral epicondylitis because it specifically involves the area where the muscles and tendons of the forearm attaché to the outer bony part of the elbow.
This injury can affect your dominant arm, yet, it can also occur in non-dominant arm.
The symptoms of tennis elbow include:
(a) pain slowly increasing around the outer part of the elbow where, less often, the pain may suddenly develop;
(b) pain is worse when doing simple tasks such as shaking hands or squeezing objects and;
(c) pain is made worse by stabilizing or moving the wrist force, like lifting, using tools, or handling simple utensils such as toothbrush, knife, fork, and the like.
The injury cannot be diagnosed from blood tests or, rarely, X-rays. It is diagnosed by how you described the pain to your doctor by undergoing physical examination. Most sufferers of tennis elbow, who tend to rest their elbows and eliminating their most aggravating activities, are lucky enough to have their body heal themselves. However, when the pain persists for several months, surgery may be advised by the orthopedists, provided also, that cortisone and anti-inflammatory medications didn’t work.
Tennis elbow surgery, also called “lateral epicondylitis surgery” may only be done when you have tried some conservative treatments for tennis elbow. This orthopedic surgical repair is only being performed in severe cases.
Tennis elbow surgical treatments have been successful in most cases. Tennis elbow surgery can be done with general or regional aesthetic. It can, also, require an overnight stay in the hospital. There are three options on what method of surgery is appropriate. The first one is to trim the sheaths of the inflamed tendon that creates 3 to 4 centimeters cut. The second one is to release the tendon from the bone.
This surgery requires that the arm be cut open in order for the tendon to be released from the bone. The third one is non-invasive type of surgery called OssaTripsy that is found to be a very effective method in treating chronic tennis elbow condition.
But then, surgeries can only be done when pain persists for several months. Also, when pain persists despite the efforts to let the body heals by itself in a manner of resting and refraining from aggravating activities.
Most doctors would allow the performance of this surgery provided that the patient has undergone a conservative treatment of not less than six months. Moreover, the level of pain is being considered and it must be certain that it prevents you from doing normal tasks or activities. By standard procedure, the patient is being given cortisone shots and must prove that it even failed to relieve the pain caused by tennis elbow.
You may be asking about the risks of the procedure. Since both of the invasive surgeries mentioned can be performed on an outpatient basis, having the patient going home the same day as the surgery, the treated arm is usually placed in a sling. Sometimes, the arm may be placed in a plaster cast depending on the extent of the surgery and on the doctor’s assessment. It is important that, the arm should be kept elevated to minimize the swelling; the arm should be kept dry to keep it healthy for moisture weakens the body’s scar tissue in the first stage and; to follow the doctor’s guidelines to make certain surgical results.
However, surgical risks that you may be facing are infection, bleeding, nerve damage, slight loss of the ability to extend or straighten you arm, a scar on the skin surface that may be painful and/or unsightly, persistent weakness in your arm or wrist as well.
Seeing that there are quite a few downsides to having your tennis elbow treated surgically, many people look for less invasive options.