What is the recovery and rehabilitation process after epicondylitis repair?
Elbow epicondylitis repair for patients in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the surrounding communities of the Treasure Valley is generally successful when done by one of the orthopedic specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho. The following recovery process can be expected:
- After surgery the arm may be placed in a splint or sling depending on the surgery required. It may be important to keep the arm immobile so it is not reinjured.
- Ice may be applied to help with elbow swelling and elbow discomfort.
- Your physician will prescribe pain medication to be taken as directed.
- Once the splint and or elbow dressing has been removed, stretching exercises may begin. These will help reestablish flexibility and will improve movement in the elbow.
- A physical therapist may be required to aid in the recovery process by teaching you the correct way to do strengthening exercises and may monitor your progress.
- Return to work will be graduated depending on the degree of healing that takes place.
- Return to regular exercise and sports may occur four to six months after elbow epicondylitis repair depending on each patient’s particular surgery and degree of damage.
Tennis elbow surgery improves pain and movement in 80-90% of people who have it. It is important to follow your orthopedic surgeon’s protocol for proper healing.
Are there any complications with elbow epicondylitis repair?
As with any surgery, there are possible complications. Your orthopedic specialist at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho will work with you to minimize the complications. Here is what to be aware of:
- Reduced strength and flexibility can occur with this type of surgery
- Damage to the nerves or blood vessels
It’s important to call the office immediately if:
- There is severe pain
- Swelling does not subside after the first week
- Redness around the elbow that is hot to the touch
- Numbness or tingling in the fingers
- Drainage from the wound site
Most complications can be avoided with strict adherence to the post-operative protocols given after surgery.
To obtain more information about elbow epicondylitis repair or if you suffer from Tennis Elbow or Golfer’s Elbow and would like to understand your treatment options, please contact the orthopedic elbow specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho, serving patients in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the surrounding communities of the Treasure Valley.