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Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2002 Dec;122(9-10):514-7. Epub 2002 Jul 10.

Surgical treatment of resistant lateral epicondylitis. Follow-up study of 19 patients after excision, release and repair of proximal common extensor tendon origin.

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Mercy Private Hospital, East Melbourne, Australia. nahumrosenberg@hotmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Lateral epicondylitis resistant to conservative treatment is a rare yet disabling condition. When diagnosed, it should be treated surgically. The appropriate surgical treatment relies on a precise diagnosis, usually based on physical examination. Exclusion of other pathologies in the lateral elbow area is essential.

METHODS:

We report on an outcome in a group of 19 consecutive patients treated by excision, release, reattachment and repair of the common extensor origin. These patients were followed clinically for at least 2 years.

RESULTS:

Eighteen patients reported recovery from pain and a satisfactory subjective gaining of strength in their forearm on average 3 and 4 months after the surgery, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

The presented treatment method is highly effective in the treatment of resistant lateral epicondylitis.

PMID:
12483332
DOI:
10.1007/s00402-002-0421-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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