Elbow surgery

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  1. michaelmm

    michaelmm New User

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    Hi everyone

    First time poster, long time reader

    I had tennis elbow for a long time 18 months+ and whilst it is not too bad now (especially after switching to 2hbh and to Volkl racquet), I insisted on doing an MRI and it showed mild tendon inflammation (TE) and also showed 3 small loose bits of calcified cartilage in the joint. I have no idea where they came from as I do not recall any acute injury - but then again I am 45 so who knows. I have done my share of stupid activities like arm wrestling and digging trenches in the past :) There is really not much arthritis - a slight thinning of one of cartilage surfaces is referred to in the report.

    The elbow also doesn't extend fully (there is around 10 degree angle restriction - I never noticed until I got the pain first time). It really doesn't bother me much but may be relevant. I have no idea how long it was like that. The left one is restricted to 3 degrees. Apparently the bits have nothing to do with this restriction (go figure).

    Never had any cortisone shots and will not because I am not interested in masking the pain/inflammation - want to sort the underlying problem. Neurofen did just fine for me to reduce inflammation.

    So basically, the doctors think the pain may be more to do with bits of cartilage irritating the joint than the actual TE - and sometimes it is hard to tell as pain is hard to localize.

    The doc recommended to take these bits out using arthroscopic surgery and at the same time to have a look at the tendon and clean it up if necessary. Whilst it makes sense, I thought I will get some opinions if anyone had, in particular, cartilage bits in the joint and if so what was done to it?

    The second question, does anyone know a good surgeon in Sydney (surely there are some Aussies on the forum)? The guy I saw seems competent but I would also consider someone recommended by fellow tennis players.

    Thanks in advance
     
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  2. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    I'd get a 2nd opinion before surgery which of course should be the last option to consider.
     
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  3. michaelmm

    michaelmm New User

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    Yes, I will do that, thank you.
     
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  4. superdave3

    superdave3 Rookie

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    Before surgery you might try low level laser treatments. They have only been approved here in the U.S. since 2003,and many NBA and NHL (pro basketball and hockey) teams are using them now. Injuries that used to take 4-6 weeks to heal are healed in one week. You might want to look on the internet for doctors or therapists in your area that use it.
     
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  5. michaelmm

    michaelmm New User

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    Thanks superdave

    I doubt if laser works on cartilage debris removal

    I suspect that most of pain is no longer tendon related
     
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