Dr. Bert Perey
Tennis Elbow Surgery Success Rates
The problem with surgery for tennis elbow is that it doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, the surgical results are probably not as good as other things that we do.
The results from surgery for tennis elbow aren’t always very reliable. Approximately two thirds of the patients will have relief from the symptoms following surgery, although it may take six to eight weeks for those results to start appearing.
So the problem with surgery is not so much the complication rate, it’s the lack of success rate. So if somebody’s frustrated enough with their problem, they could seek attention from their family physician to get referred to a doctor who looks after this.
And that doctor may explain to them exactly what the results are. But in general, approximately two thirds of the patients will have some change in their symptomotology for the better with intervention.
If you think you may have tennis elbow, or you have questions about tennis elbow, you should seek attention from your family physician who may direct your care to the appropriate person who manages this entity.