Surgery is often the last resort for the treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis or Tennis Elbow pain and its symptoms. When an orthopedic doctor considers treatment options for tennis elbow they may recommend surgery when months of medication, physical therapy, and rest have failed to reduce the pain in your elbow or restore its strength and flexibility. Lateral Epicondylitis Surgery Treatment can be effective in helping patients bounce back to their lifestyle. The physicians who are members of the referral line at the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center treat various orthopedic injuries including lateral epicondylitis, AKA tennis elbow. In this blog post, we answer five FAQs about post Lateral Epicondylitis surgery. Let’s begin.
1. Why does my hand feel numb after lateral epicondylitis surgery?
The anesthetic used before lateral epicondylitis surgery is what makes patients’ hands feel numb. The numbness lasts for a few hours after surgery. If the surgery is performed during the night, the numbness usually subsides by the next morning. How long a patient’s hand will remain numb due to anesthesia depends on their age, and varies from body to body.
2. Why does my hand exhibit swelling?
Swelling is common after lateral epicondylitis surgery. However, you can take a few smart steps to keep it to a minimum. Opening and clenching your fist might help. Try your best to keep the arm at the level of your heart. Your doctor may also prescribe certain medications such as ibuprofen, and recommend using an ice pack to reduce swelling.
3. How long after the surgery can I get my arm wet?
If your doctor has removed the hard splint/brace (used for providing support) and your original dressing after the first postoperative visit, you can bath and get your incision wet. However, if your arm is still wrapped in protective splint or brace, avoid getting your arm wet.
4. How do I know if my elbow is ready?
Your doctor will tell you when you are released to perform your normal daily functions. Your elbow might be ready for normal functions when:
- Lifting heavy weights and gripping objects firmly is no longer painful
- You are able to move and flex your arm without any trouble
- The operated elbow feels as strong as the other one
- Your arm is not swollen
5. When can I get back to my regular life?
This depends on what activities are part of your regular life. If you are a construction worker, and your regular life involves lifting heavy weights, then you will have to wait longer than other patients to return to your work. If, on the other hand, you are involved in a low impact job, that does not require you to lift heavy weights or move your hands a lot, you may be able to resume your work sooner. Typing, writing, and any other activity that involves fine motor skills might still take some time.
When all treatments have failed, lateral epicondylitis surgery can help alleviate tennis elbow pain and symptoms, helping you get back to your normal life. Physicians who are members of the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line can evaluate your condition to suggest a lateral epicondylitis treatment option that is best for you. They also provide you with information on how soon you can move your arm and get back to normal life after surgery. To schedule an appointment, fill out our appointment form or call at 1-888-608-4762.
Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.