Surgery for tennis elbow takes out damaged parts of tendons from the elbow. Your doctor may also reattach healthy tendon to the bone. Tendons connect muscle to bone.
Your doctor will make one small cut, called an incision, over the bony area on the outside of your elbow. He or she will then take out the damaged part of the tendon. Your doctor will close the incision with stitches or staples. The incision will leave a scar that usually fades over time.
After surgery, you may go through a rehabilitation program (rehab). After rehab, you will probably be able to use your elbow and arm without pain. You probably will be able to return to normal activities, such as playing tennis and other sports.
You will go home on the day of the surgery. You should be able to return to daily activities in about 2 to 6 weeks. How soon you can go back to work depends on your job. You should be able to play sports again in 4 to 6 months. You may need a brace at work. You also may need a brace when you play sports that stress the elbow and forearm, such as tennis.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your surgery.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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