Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Surgery for Tennis Elbow
tennis elbow may involve:
Surgery may be done using
arthroscopy, traditional open surgery, or a
combination of the two techniques, depending on the type of problem and the
method the doctor prefers to use.
Surgery can be done with
general or regional anesthetic and can require an
overnight stay in the hospital.
Recovery varies from person to person,
usually taking at least 3 to 6 months for a complete recovery.
You and your doctor may consider
Various surgical procedures are
used to treat tennis elbow. Some surgical research exists. But there are no
published, controlled trials that either strongly support or discourage the use
of any one procedure or prove that surgery is better than other
Most people are able to
return to their previous activities after tennis elbow surgery. Be sure to
change any previous technique, equipment, or activity that has been linked to
the elbow pain.
The risks of surgery for tennis elbow
Surgery for tennis elbow is
seldom needed because the condition usually improves with tendon rest and
Complete the surgery information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this surgery.
Buchbinder R, et al. (2011). Surgery for lateral elbow pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (3).
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Current as ofMay 22, 2015
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
I Want To...
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.