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Tennis/Golfer's Elbow Release

Tennis elbow is a common self limiting condition of the tendon on the outer side of the elbow. It is treated by pain killers, therapy and cortisone injections. Golfer’s elbow is similar but less common and affects the inner side of the elbow. Sometimes this treatment protocol is not effective when an operative release is an option. It has a success rate of 85% but requires prolonged period of therapy and exercise to achieve the result.

The operation is done as a day case under general anaesthesia or a nerve block. You will be discharged with a bandage round the elbow and a sling. It is likely that you will need some pain killers for some days.


On discharged you will be asked to attend your local surgery for change of dressing in 48–72 hours. You will have to make a further visit to the surgery at 2 weeks for removal of stitches. You will already have an appointment to come to physiotherapy department at about 2 weeks. You will be advised to carry out active and assisted exercises of your elbow. Friction massage of the wound is done to reduce swelling and inflammation around the tendon. Passive stretching is a crucial part of treatment which will be shown to you and you will be able to do it yourself. As the pain gradually improves, resisted exercises and strengthening will be started.

You may return to work at 2–4 weeks but it takes around 3 months for the pain to be better and could take up to 9 months for full recovery.


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