Lateral Epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, occurs from microscopic injury to the tendons that attach on the outer side of the elbow. This can happen due to repetitive motion, overuse, and stress to the muscles and tendons in the forearm. The condition causes pain and a burning sensation around the outside of the elbow. Although common in tennis players, tennis elbow can occur in almost any individual regardless of the activity.
Tennis elbow can develop over time and may cause pain around the joint, inhibit mobility, and weaken grip strength. Activities such as gripping a tennis racket, golf club, tools, or a drinking cup may become difficult, and even impair the ability to complete tasks or play sports. If non-surgical treatment fails to help alleviate symptoms, minimally invasive surgery may be recommended.
Tennis Elbow Surgery
Tennis elbow surgery may be performed using a minimally invasive approach in an outpatient setting. Patients can often return home the same day. After the procedure, the elbow will be placed in a splint that enables the use of the hand. Some discomfort, pain, and limited mobility should be expected for a few weeks after surgery. Recovery after surgery often depends on the size and severity of the injury and the patient’s overall health. Participation in physical therapy is recommended to help strengthen and restore the elbow’s mobility.
While tennis elbow surgery provides many benefits, not every condition is treatable with this approach. Dr. Goldberg can help assess and determine the best treatment options for you, and if you may be a candidate for tennis elbow surgery. Schedule your appointment today with one of the most experienced elbow surgeons in the Southwest Florida area!