Tennis Elbow Surgery
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute is home to a team of fellowship-trained elbow specialists who provide surgical treatments, such as tennis elbow surgery, at locations throughout the Washington, D.C. region. Our experienced surgeons offer you the comprehensive care you need for an effective procedure and a successful recovery.
What is tennis elbow surgery?
Tennis elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis or elbow tendonitis, is the term used to describe damage to the elbow tendon after repeated use. Tennis elbow often affects those who participate in sports that involve the use of the arm and overhead movements, such as tennis, baseball, and swimming. However, it can also affect people who are involved in other activities, such as painting or carpentry. Most patients with this condition do well with nonsurgical treatment. When tennis elbow is severe or when other conservative treatment options fail, a surgical procedure called tennis elbow surgery or lateral epicondylitis surgery can be performed to repair the damaged elbow tendon.
What does tennis elbow surgery involve?
Tennis elbow surgery is customized based on your individual needs and condition. Many surgeries can be performed using minimally invasive techniques, which offer a faster recovery time and less risk of infection than open surgery. Our surgeons will work with you to determine the best plan for your surgery, which may include:
- Repairing the tendon where it has been torn
- Removing the excess swollen tissue from the tendon
- Releasing (cutting) the tendon
What does tennis elbow surgery recovery involve?
After your tennis elbow surgery, your surgeon will work with you to develop a plan for recovery, which may involve:
- Wearing an arm brace or splint
- Physical therapy
- Exercise therapy
- Limiting arm activities
What are the benefits of undergoing tennis elbow surgery?
Our goal is for you to experience the following benefits after having tennis elbow surgery:
- Elbow pain relief
- Ability to return to activities after rehabilitation
- Permanent tendon repair
- Improved range of motion
Why is tennis elbow surgery performed?
Tennis elbow surgery is performed to treat the pain and immobility caused by tennis elbow, or elbow tendonitis. Tennis elbow may be caused by any of the following activities when performed with improper technique or over a prolonged period of time:
- Raking the yard
If you believe you may need tennis elbow surgery, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of shoulder and elbow conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive elbow care in the Washington, D.C. area.