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Golfer’s Elbow & Tennis Elbow Surgery (Medial Epicondylectomy & Lateral Epicondylitis Debridement)

At Orthopedic Specialists, our orthopedic surgeons specialize in medial epicondylectomy and epicondylitis debridement. This is more commonly known as Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow surgery. Orthopedic Specialists has been performing Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow surgeries for more than three decades. That means your elbow surgery will be performed by a team whose experience and skill-set are virtually unmatched in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and throughout the Midwest! 

Golfer’s Elbow Surgery (Medial Epicondylectomy & Ulnar Nerve Release)

Golfer’s Elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is an orthopedic condition that occurs when the anterior tendons of the elbow become inflamed and stressed. This is usually due to injury or overuse. Common Golfer’s Elbow symptoms include elbow stiffness, pain, and a tingling sensation. When left untreated, this condition can lead to reduced range of motion, prolonged elbow pain, and even permanent damage.

Golfer’s Elbow surgery (called medial epicondylectomy and ulnar nerve release) at Orthopedic Specialists is done with the most advanced orthopedic surgery techniques. First, an incision along the inner side of the elbow is made to access and carefully remove the medial epicondyle. This is the bony bump located on the inner side of the elbow, which is putting pressure on the blocked ulnar nerve. Once removed, the ulnar nerve can glide freely as the elbow is used and bent.

Tennis Elbow Surgery (Lateral Epicondylitis Debridement)

Tennis Elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an orthopedic condition that occurs when the outside of the upper arm near the elbow becomes inflamed and sore. This is usually due to muscle overuse, which causes the tendons to tear. Common Tennis Elbow symptoms include pain in the elbow, swelling, and tenderness. If left untreated, this condition can lead to severe pain, muscle weakness, and lasting damage.

Tennis Elbow surgery (called lateral epicondylitis debridement) at Orthopedic Specialists is done with the most advanced orthopedic surgery techniques. First, a series of small incisions are made around the elbow to access the diseased bones, cartilage, ligaments, or tendons via an arthroscopic camera, which allows the surgeon to view the procedure on a monitor. Once diagnosed, the surgeon uses arthroscopic tools to carefully repair and/or remove any damage.

Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow treatment are done on an outpatient surgery basis. This requires the patient to be under a local anesthesia with sedation, general anesthesia, or regional anesthesia. Post-surgery, the patient is typically given pain medication, is bandaged, and is able to go home the same day.

Following medial epicondylectomy and/or arthroscopic debridement (Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow surgeries), occupational and/or physical therapy is advised to ensure a complete recovery. During and sometimes after recovery, durable medical equipment is suggested to promote healing. This can include splints, elbow supports, and orthopedic exercise products.

To learn more about what to expect when you undergo Golfer’s or Tennis Elbow surgery, please visit our Surgery Preparation/Recovery page.

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