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Old 12-02-2006, 04:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey peeps, I need your help. I have lateral & sublateral epicondylitus with a bone spur on my right elbow - basically I have "tennis/golfers/computer" elbow and I am scheduled for surgery (not orthroscopic) on Thursday, Dec. 7th. The surgeon will be going in to shave down the bone and fix the tendons but that is about all I know until they get in there and see the extent of the injury.

I don't know anyone who has had this surgery and I'm not sure what to expect - my brother who had surgery on his rotator cuff (shoulder) has told me horror stories about the pain and rehab and now I'm freaked.
This is where I need your help.
Has anyone had the surgery for "tennis elbow"? How long were you in pain after? How long before you could use your arm for the basics? How long until you were back to normal activities? What did you do for rehab? Any info you can give me is very much appreicated.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 12-02-2006, 05:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't speak from personal experience, but here's what I found:

After surgery, a sterile bandage and splint is place on the elbow. Patients will remain in a splint for about one week to allow the incision to heal. After that point, the splint is removed, and the patient can begin gentle motion of the wrist and elbow.
Patients will begin light exercises within several weeks of surgery and can begin strengthening after about 6 weeks. Patients who want to return to athletic activities can begin to do so after about 12 weeks from surgery.

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I can't speak from personal experience, but here's what I found:

After surgery, a sterile bandage and splint is place on the elbow. Patients will remain in a splint for about one week to allow the incision to heal. After that point, the splint is removed, and the patient can begin gentle motion of the wrist and elbow.
Patients will begin light exercises within several weeks of surgery and can begin strengthening after about 6 weeks. Patients who want to return to athletic activities can begin to do so after about 12 weeks from surgery.

Hope that helps

Thank you - it does help!
I've been given medical leave until February 2007 - thank goodness my jobskills don't include much lifting or anything althetic!
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Old 12-02-2006, 06:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The doctor should give you some pain medicine to help out with the post-operative pain. Yea, rehab will be a pain, but you just have to gut it out. My mother had a frozen shoulder(It's like a thickening on the shoulder joint. Yea, I know it's not tennis elbow), and she had to rehab it. She felt miserable at the time, but over time she felt much better.

You've got a couple of months to recover, so just enjoy the off time. I recommend watching some Bas Rutten fights.

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