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Tennis elbow release

Surgery for humeral epicondylitis

A surgical procedure to remove or repair damaged tissue and relieve the pain of tennis elbow

About tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is a common injury caused by the overuse of muscles and tendons in your forearm. It affects around 5% of adults, and despite it's name, the condition isn't necessarily caused by racket sports.

If non-surgical methods don't improve severe or long-term pain associated with tennis elbow, your consultant may recommend surgery.

Need to know

  • What happens during a tennis elbow release? icon plus

    The procedure is done under general anesthetic. Your surgeon will make a small cut on the outside of your elbow. They will then expose the bone spur and excise it. The tendon is then repaired. Some surgeons may prefer to do this procedure arthroscopically (keyhole). They make a few small cuts on your elbow and insert a tiny surgical camera (arthroscope), allowing them to see inside your elbow joint and guide them during the operation. They will use instruments alongside the arthroscope to remove any bone spurs and cut or repair damaged muscles and tendons. They close the cuts with stitches. The procedure will take 45 - 60 minutes.
  • How to prepare for your procedure icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. You may be asked to have an MRI scan to help pinpoint and understand the extent of the damage to your elbow. Because you will be having general anaesthetic, your consultant will let you know how long you need to avoid eating and drinking before your procedure.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After your surgery icon plus

    You should be able to return home the same day as your surgery. You may need to wear a sling for a few days while your elbow heals. Your consultant will let you know what to expect, and you may be given a number of physiotherapy exercises to help you regain strength and flexibility. It will take several weeks to make a full recovery. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.

Our shoulder and elbow consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic consultants, who specialise in joint problems of the shoulder and elbow, from trauma or a sports related injury. 
Consultant in theatres

Our locations

From complex shoulder and elbow surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • HCA UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

    52-54 Alderley Road

    Wilmslow

    SK9 1NY

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 01615 160 961

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

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    31 Old Broad Street

    31 Old Broad Street

    London

    EC2N 1HT

    Call 020 7496 3522

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    Chelsea Outpatient Centre

    280 Kings Road

    London SW3 5AW

    Call 020 7881 4114
    Opening times 8am - 8pm

Request a shoulder or elbow appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced upper limb consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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