Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis)
Although golfer's elbow can indeed develop from playing golf, in most of the cases the cause is not related to this sport. Pain can also occur for any person while bending the wrist or simply squeezing something in the hand.
At Schoen Clinic, you will receive comprehensive advice from our shoulder and elbow specialists and together with you, we will discuss which treatment is best for your symptoms.
Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis): aftercare
During surgery local anaesthetic is injected around the wound and the elbow is numb for a few hours. After this you will be given painkillers to take whilst in hospital and at home. Ice packs may also help reduce pain. Ice can be wrapped in a damp tea towel and applied to the elbow for up to 20 minutes.
Wearing a sling
At the end of the operation you will be placed into a bandage dressing and a sling. These are for comfort and can be removed after 48 hours.
Keyhole surgery is usually performed through small 5-10mm wounds. With open surgery, the wound will be a few centimetres in length. You may have dissolvable stitches or sticky strips over the wounds. You must keep the wounds dry and covered with a small dressing until they have healed. This usually takes 7-10 days.
Returning to work
This will depend on your job and your surgeon will advise you. You may be able to return to a desk job within a few days. However, manual labourers may need 8-12 weeks off work.
You may begin driving 4-5 weeks after your operation.
You will not be allowed to lift anything heavy or do anything very active for approximately 6-12 weeks. Contact or high-risk sports may need to be avoided for six months.
You will be seen in outpatients by your surgeon two to three weeks after surgery.
Before you go home your physiotherapist will teach you some exercises for you to practise several times every day. You should continue these exercises until you see the physiotherapist in outpatients. Recovery time can be slow due to poor blood supply in the area and slow healing of the tendons. Whilst some improvement can be seen after four weeks, it often takes between four and six months to regain good/full function and strength within the elbow.