What is done during elbow epicondylitis surgery?
Lateral and medial elbow epicondylitis repair can be done with either minimally invasive or open surgery. In this technique, Dr. Mazzara will remove the diseased muscle for the elbow area and reattach healthy muscle back to the bone. A procedure called debriding will clean and remove damaged tissue and a tendon repair is performed to suture normal tissue to the bone to facilitate healing.
What is the recovery process after elbow epicondylitis repair?
The arm is placed in a dressing after surgery that should be left in place for two days. After that, the patient can remove the dressing and use the arm as tolerated. There are no activity related restrictions once patients are 48 hours from surgery. In fact, Dr. Mazzara believes that patients heal better and faster if they resume normal activities 48 hours after their surgery. Patients are given a set of instructions for care of the healing elbow and to manage pain. Dr. Mazzara will see patients in the office between 7-10 days after epicondylitis repair surgery. Physical therapy may then begin and will continue until the patient reaches a full recovery. Often a trainer is consulted to advise the patient on technique and how to avoid further lateral and medial elbow injury. Patients can expect to return to their normal activities after 4-6 months.
For more information on lateral and medial elbow epicondylitis repair, please contact the offices of Dr. James Mazzara, orthopedic elbow surgeon, treating patients in Manchester, South Windsor, Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.