Open release of golf or tennis elbow

The medical name for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis because it occurs on the outside of your elbow bone, which is called the lateral epicondyle.

Common questions

What is open release of golf or tennis elbow?

The medical name for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis. The lateral epicondyle is the bony area you can feel on the outside of your elbow. Tennis elbow develops when the tendon that joins the muscles of your forearm to your upper arm bone (the humerus) tears or becomes inflamed. This tendon is called the common extensor tendon.

A small incision is made over the outer aspect of the elbow and some of the muscles are released from the bony attachment. Sometimes scar tissue is found around the muscles which is also removed.

The membrane covering the muscle is repaired and the wound is closed with a suture.

What happens during a release of golf or tennis elbow?

During the surgery a small incision is made over the outer aspect of the elbow and some of the muscles are released from the bony attachment. Sometimes scar tissue is found around the muscles which is also removed.

Why would I have a release of golf or tennis elbow?

You would have this procedure if you suffer from golf or tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis).

What should I expect after release of golf or tennis elbow?

TBC

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