elbow surgery - finding a good doctor

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  1. fingers

    fingers New User

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    An MRI is now showing that the tennis elbow I've been resting for 6 months is not healing because it's also torn and being next to a bone cyst (in addition to the tendonosis, which is what they call 'old' tendonitis).

    My question is does anyone have any tips on finding a good surgeon, and do I need a hand surgeon or an orthopedic surgeon? I live in Las Vegas but I have good access to LA and NY if that's what I need to do to get the right doctor.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. FastFreddy

    FastFreddy Semi-Pro

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    check out Dr Botwinick in NYC
     
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  3. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

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    Who has been treating you up until now (i.e. an orthopedic surgeon, or someone else)?

    It would be nice for you to have a second opinion and further treatment in Las Vegas, as even with surgery, there is a prolonged recovery and the need to do physical therapy.

    But the findings you discuss on your MRI are not specific, and don't quantify the amount of abnormality present, so it is not a foregone conclusion that surgery is necessary. That could only be determined after a full examination including a history and physical examination and a review of your MRI.

    Have you been doing physical therapy in addition to the rest you describe?
     
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  4. fingers

    fingers New User

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    An orthopedist who is not a surgeon went through the MRI with me and recommended a local hand surgeon as my best bet - I have an appt scheduled for May 4th.

    I saw an orthopedic surgeon back in Nov who took x-rays that showed nothing but the the tendonitis, but he has a decent reputation and will make an appt with him as well not that I have the MRI.

    I did 6 weeks of PT, and have kept in shape by doing yoga since I had to give up tennis and weightlifting.

    Thanks for the reply!
     
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  5. fingers

    fingers New User

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    How should I be looking to quantity the problem(s)?
     
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  6. charliefedererer

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    Your doctor (hand surgeon or othopod) will do that. He'll have to put together the course you have gone through so far, your current amount of pain and tenderness, what the MRI findings look like and how limited you are in activities of daily living as well as your tennis and how much that affects your life.
    When he makes a recommendation for a hard to treat problem like tennis elbow, he will of course have to tell you how likely that course of action would help his next hundred patients, based on the outcomes he has had in all previous cases like yours. He can't guarantee an outcome because no course of action will help you with certainty. It is that uncertainty that bothers patients so much, because if they could know for sure how quickly the problem would resolve they would have much more peace of mind.
     
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  7. rocky b

    rocky b Guest

    I had Surgery with Dr Josh Dines from hospital special surgery. I had tennis elbow for a year MRI showed a little inflammation most people on the board said don't due surgery. Will i did it and when he went in there was a lot of damage frayed tendons a total mess. So I had reason for all my pain that never would of healed it needed to be cleaned out. Its only two weeks and I am sore but my pain is gone no tennis for 3 months but cant wait to come back
     
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  8. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Wow, that is great news after only 2 weeks. Don't get tempted to come back earlier than what your doctor recommends.
     
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