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Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) Surgery Treatment

Golfer’s Elbow is a painful medical condition. While many people are familiar with tennis elbow, golfers, baseball pitchers, tennis players and racket ball players can suffer from something similar called golfer’s elbow. Classically, as the name notes, this condition has been attributed to golfers although this elbow injury is common in anyone who has undertaken unaccustomed heavy manual work which involves a lot of lifting and carrying, particularly with the palm turned up. Weightlifters tend to get diagnoses with this condition as well. This condition affects the inner part of the elbow bone. Golfer’s Elbow is technically referred to as “medial epicondylitis”. Golfers elbow develops when the muscles of the hand and wrist which attach to the inner part of your elbow becomes inflamed. Patients with this condition tell our NYC orthopedic surgeons that simply put their elbow has significant pain when they move it.

Please note: A doctor’s referral is NOT necessary from a General Practitioner to see our sports medicine or orthopedic surgery specialists for a consultation, 2nd opinion, or for treatment at our orthopedic practice – including surgery for Golfer’s Elbow.

We offer full out of network insurance benefits (we will contact your insurance company and submit for you). You will enjoy the luxury and benefit of academic medicine in a top rated concierge environment without the hassle of long hospital waiting room times and paperwork. Most policies reimburse patients for most of the cost of surgery. Our surgical coordinator will help you with a quote.

Our NYC orthopedic surgeons offer surgical and non-surgical treatments for Golfer’s Elbow. Most Gofer’s Elbow diagnoses are treated non-surgically by our surgeons with great success. Diagnostic tests, treatments and consultations can often be carried out on the same day. We offer true concierge medicine to all patients. We have the ability to see our patients immediately; same day, nights and weekend and offer emergency services.

Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow

  • Gradual onset of symptoms
  • Mild discomfort when bending or straightening the elbow
  • Increasing soreness or stiffness during or after play or practice
  • Pain when shaking hands, holding a briefcase, turning a doorknob, or performing any hand movements that involve lifting or grabbing
  • Grip and wrist weakness
  • Tingling sensation in one or more fingers

Golfer’s elbow symptoms are very similar to a condition called cubital tunnel syndrome. This condition is caused by a pinched nerve at the elbow. If your pain does not respond to treatments for golfer’s elbow, your doctor may suggest tests to rule out problems with the ulnar nerve.

You will need to get X-rays of your elbow (our NYC orthopedic surgeons offer same day x-rays). The X-rays mostly the orthopedic surgeon’s doctor rule out other problems with the elbow joint and make a precise determination. The X-ray may show if there are calcium deposits on the medial epicondyle at the connection to the flexor tendon.

A commonly used orthopedic surgery for Golfer’s Elbow is called a medial epicondyle release also referred to as “tendon release surgery”. This orthopedic surgery takes tension off the flexor tendon. This quick and effective surgery can usually be performed on an outpatient basis. It can be either be performed using a general anesthesia or a regional anesthesia.

When problems are caused by tendonosis, your orthopedic surgeons may choose to take out (debride) only the affected tissues within the tendon. In these cases, the surgeon cleans up the tendon, removing only the damaged tissue. This type of surgery is called “tendon debridement”.

Our best in class Upper East Side, NYC, orthopedic surgeons pride ourselves with providing you highly personalized and comprehensive care for your Golfer’s Elbow surgery. Our philosophy of direct physician-to-patient care at every visit has made us one of the most trusted and respected orthopedic practices on the Upper East Side. Feel free to contact our NYC orthopedic surgeons today, at any time, and start yourself on the road to recovery.

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