The three-portal technique in arthroscopic lateral epicondylitis release

  • Ashok Gowda Orthopedic Surgery Department, Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak, MI, United States.
  • Gannon Kennedy Orthopaedic Surgery Department, New York Medical College, Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY, United States.
  • Stacey Gallacher Orthopedic Surgery Department,Yale Medical School, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States.
  • Jennie Garver Orthopedic Surgery Department,Yale Medical School, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States.
  • Theodore Blaine | theodore.blaine@yale.edu Orthopedic Surgery Department,Yale Medical School, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States.

Abstract

Lateral epicondylitis, commonly referred to as tennis elbow, is a syndrome characterized by pain over the origin of the common extensor muscles of the fingers, hand and wrist at the lateral epicondyle. Reports of 70-90% response to conservative treatment at one year have been documented in the literature though refractory cases often require surgical management. Arthroscopic treatment of lateral epicondylitis allows for intra-articular visualization for concomitant pathology and localization of the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis tendon. Additionally, compared to the open technique, the arthroscopic technique has a lower morbidity and an earlier return to work and activity. Here we describe a three portal technique for improved visualization in arthroscopic lateral epicondylitis release.

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2017-01-04
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Keywords:
elbow, arthroscopy, epicondylitis, portal, technique
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Gowda, A., Kennedy, G., Gallacher, S., Garver, J., & Blaine, T. (2017). The three-portal technique in arthroscopic lateral epicondylitis release. Orthopedic Reviews, 8(4). https://doi.org/10.4081/or.2016.6081