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Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) Surgery

Tennis elbow, or “lateral epicondylitis”, is a common injury that our Upper East Side NYC orthopedic surgeons successfully and quickly treat. Tennis Elbow originally received its name due to the frequent injury that affects many tennis players. However, it also occurs in people have never played tennis. The lateral epicondyle is specifically the bony side of the elbow (on the outside) where large tendons attach to the elbow from the muscles of the forearm. These tendons usually become injured due to consistent repetitive motions of the forearm, such as playing tennis or lifting weights.

Depending on the severity of your elbow injury, you might be a candidate for a new breakthrough treatment which we offer at our Upper East Side NYC location, which depending on your case you be a candidate for and is an alternative treatment to surgery (if you qualify).

The diagnosis and treatment course of the extent of your Tennis Elbow is determined upon the results of an MRI.

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 tennis elbow surgery.

We offer full out of network insurance benefits for tennis elbow surgery and treatments (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. We provide highly specialized, expert and up-to-date services to both our patients and our referring doctors.

The most common symptoms of tennis elbow are:

  • Pain over the outside of the elbow
  • Pain when lifting objects
  • Pain radiating down the forearm
  • Warmth and swelling of the elbow

When conservative treatment has failed to alleviate your Tennis Elbow, then orthopedic surgery is indicated. The most popular and contemporary procedure for Tennis Elbow today is a simple excision of diseased tissue from within the tendon, shaving down the bone and re-attachment of the tendon. This can be performed as an outpatient procedure with regional anesthesia. Various options for your particular case will be discussed with you to determine which surgical option is best suited for you.

In more severe condition, arthroscopic Tennis Elbow surgery may be required. Arthroscopic Surgery for Tennis Elbow is the gold standard and best in class surgical. With arthroscopic (keyhole) techniques, the results are the same as open procedures, but with additional advantages.

Advantages of Arthroscopic Surgery for Tennis Elbow:

  • Smaller incisions, thus less post-operative pain
  • The ability to look inside the elbow joint and treat other, associated conditions (20% of tennis elbows have a problem inside the joint, which is not seen with open surgery)
  • Only the tendon affected by tennis elbow (ECRB) is released in the arthroscopic method, as this tendon is the closest extensor tendon to the elbow joint. With the open procedure other extensor tendons are released leading to weak grip strength post-op.
  • Earlier return to sports and work due to the keyhole method and no loss of grip strength.

Our team of NYC, New York orthopedic surgeons, specialty nurses, physiotherapists and support staff are dedicated to managing your specific orthopedic surgery and working together to ensure your needs are exceeded from consultation to following surgical discharge. Our goal is to deliver premium orthopaedic care using the latest techniques and advancements to achieve the best outcomes and help people return to pain-free, functional lives. Please read some of our NYC Orthopedic Surgeon’s Top Reviews.

Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Glashow.

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

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