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Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis Elbow) Repair
Dr. James Chen, M.D. - In San Francisco, CA

A surgical procedure performed to repair the common extensor tendon of the elbow which is responsible for symptoms of Tennis Elbow. An incision is made over the lateral prominence of the elbow where the tendon attaches to the bone. The tendon is exposed and unhealthy tissue is cut away from the tendon. Sutures are passed through the healthy tendon. A bone bed is prepared at the tendon attachment site by removing soft tissue and the outermost layer of bone. 1 or 2 small holes are drilled in the bone and the tendon is secured in place using absorbable anchors.


When is a lateral epicondlytis (tennis elbow) repair necessary?

If non-surgical options do not relieve symptoms in 6-12 months, a surgery may be recommended to repair the tendon.

How is a tennis elbow repair performed?

An incision is made at the elbow and unhealthy tissue is removed from the tendon. Sutures are then passed through the healthy tendon and absorbable anchors are used to reattach the tendon to the bone.

What is the rehabilitation protocol after a Tennis elbow repair?

The arm is placed in a splint to limit movement for the first week following the procedure. The splint and the sutures are then removed and physical therapy should begin to restore range of motion. Light strengthening exercises should be incorporated around two months after the procedure. Full recovery will usually take about four to six months.

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