For patients who are diagnosed with epicondylitis, surgery is sometimes the only option. Especially if symptoms do not respond to other treatments within a 6-12 month period of time.
Dr. Millett will perform either arthroscopic elbow surgery or open surgery to remove the diseased muscle from the elbow region and reattach healthy muscle back to the bone.
The most common approach for repairing tennis elbow is generally open surgery where the incision is a bit larger allowing full access and entry into the area where the damage is located. Whether or not a patient needs open or arthroscopic surgery will be determined based on the extent of the injury, age, health and personal needs.
Following surgery to treat epicondylitis, the arm will need to stay immobilized temporarily with a splint. Within 7-10 days following the surgery, the sutures and splint will be removed. Typically, most individuals can return to their normal and athletic activities in about 4-6 months after surgery.
Tennis elbow surgery is successful in the majority of patients that Dr. Millett treats. There are a few risk factors that may occur post-operative which includes a possible loss of strength and flexibility. Completing the rehabilitation program as prescribed by Dr. Millett, will help maximize the healing and recovery process.