Get Back in the Game Sooner With Tennis Elbow Surgery

Whether you're an athlete or just live an active life, pain isn't something you want to deal with. This is especially true when that pain affects your elbow. A condition known as tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, can lead to severe pain that can put you on the sidelines.

At Preva Surgicare - Imperial Surgery Center, we help you navigate the painful road of tennis elbow. Whether you need conservative treatment or require surgical intervention, our skilled team of doctors can help. 

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is a painful condition usually caused by repetitive motions that weaken the tendons. For this reason, it's considered an overuse injury.

You can blame this condition on playing tennis regularly, but that's not the only cause. Other sports or jobs that require repetitive arm motions can also lead to tennis elbow. It can be very painful and can have other symptoms, such as:

Tennis elbow symptoms usually begin slowly and progressively worsen over time. Initial care for this condition involves treatments like:

Sometimes, though, these treatments just aren't enough to get rid of your pain completely. In this case, we may recommend surgery.

Minimally invasive elbow surgery 

Once you've tried several conservative treatments without relief, and your pain lasts more than six months to a year, surgery is usually the next option. 

At Preva Surgicare, we specialize in minimally invasive elbow surgery to help ease your pain and get you back to your busy life sooner than traditional surgery.

Minimally invasive surgery requires just a few tiny incisions, instead of one large incision that takes longer to heal. We use an instrument called an arthroscope, which has a camera lens on the end that allows us to see inside your elbow. 

Once we identify the area of concern, we use tiny instruments to repair your tissues and get your range of motion back to normal. 

This type of surgery requires less time for you to heal, meaning you get back to your normal routine very quickly. 

Getting back in the routine

After surgery, you’ll require some time to heal. But with the minimally invasive surgical option, you could be back in the game or at work in about four to six months. With similar surgeries that are open repairs, you could need anywhere from six months to a year to be able to be active again.

Start physical therapy as soon as we say that it’s OK. This helps you to regain the strength and mobility in your elbow again and also speeds the recovery process. Some of the exercises your therapist may have you do once you’ve regained some range of motion include:

These exercises help you regain your strength in the affected limb, allowing you to return to your sport or job sooner. Most tennis elbow surgeries are over 90% successful at relieving your pain and improving your life.

If you’re tired of dealing with the frustration and pain of tennis elbow, contact us to make an appointment at one of our locations, in the Woodlands or Houston, Texas.

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