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Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

If you’re in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, or the surrounding towns in Missouri, visit Heartland Plastic and Hand Surgery to obtain relief from tennis elbow so you can enjoy being active without worry.

What Is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow simply refers to pain in the elbow that’s caused by the overuse of forearm and hand muscles. Although it is a common condition among tennis players, anyone who performs repetitive hand or arm motions may experience it. The medical term for this condition is lateral epicondylitis because it affects the area of the arm known as the lateral epicondyle, which is where the tendons and muscles of the forearm attach to the elbow.

What Is the Cause of Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is most often caused by repetitive motion in the arms or forearm, especially in an individual’s dominant hand. It can sometimes result from injury or trauma to the forearm or elbow as well.

What Are the Symptoms of Tennis Elbow Syndrome?

If you are suffering from tennis elbow, you may experience pain around the elbow that intensifies when squeezing or lifting objects with the same hand.

How Is Tennis Elbow Surgery Performed?

Several surgical methods are used to treat tennis elbow. One is arthroscopy, which involves inserting an arthroscope or thin tube that contains a small camera into the joint. This method allows the surgeon to make more precise incisions along the affected tendon. Open surgery involves making one or more incisions along the elbow or forearm to remove inflamed tissue or repair torn tendons. The exact method chosen will depend on the type of damage present in your tendons. Your procedure may also be performed under general anesthesia, which is designed to produce a full sleep, or regional anesthesia, which numbs a larger part of the body than local anesthesia yet does not result in unconsciousness.

Is Tennis Elbow Surgery Right for Me?

If traditional methods of treating tennis elbow such as cortisone injections and bracing have not been effective, tennis elbow surgery could be needed to eliminate the discomfort you feel.

What Does Tennis Elbow Surgery Cost?

Tennis elbow surgery is usually covered by insurance. For self-pay patients, a consultation and further medical testing is required to provide you with a cost analysis. During your consultation, we will discuss your cost as well as our convenient payment options, which include the following:

  • Financing through CareCredit® or medicalfinancing.com
  • Cash
  • Personal checks
  • Major credit cards such as MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover

Why Choose Heartland Plastic and Hand Surgery?

Dr. Deisher has more than 20 years of experience performing reconstructive and hand surgeries and has successfully treated hundreds of patients with tennis elbow during that time. Dr. Humphrey has received extensive training from leading physicians at the world-renowned Duke University Medical Center, along with additional training in microsurgical techniques from Kleinert Kutz Institute. Not only are both of our physicians extremely knowledgeable, but they also are well known for their commitment to patient satisfaction and overall level of care.

Isn’t it time you sought treatment for your hand or wrist disorder? If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of tennis elbow and need treatment, please contact our Cape Girardeau, Missouri office now to schedule an appointment.

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