Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
Rest and maintaining mobility are first recommended measures. Stretching, wearing an orthosis, and taking anti inflammatory drugs can make a noticeable improvement. Rehabilitative care in occupational therapy or physiotherapy is an essential modality. Cortisone injections, although they provide great relief, should be used with caution due to their side effects. Injections of PRP (platelet rich plasma) significantly accelerate healing.
Conservative measures are effective in the majority of cases. The healing time, however, varies significantly from patient to patient. It can be a few weeks or several months depending on the severity of the disease.
The operation may be considered in case symptoms persist. The surgery consists of debriding and cleaning the injured tissue, then releasing the muscles that are too tense through a very short incision. The procedure lasts about 30 minutes and is performed under local anesthesia (WALANT). A few weeks of immobilization are required, and some rehabilitation may be necessary.