The three-portal technique in arthroscopic lateral epicondylitis release

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Ashok Gowda
Gannon Kennedy
Stacey Gallacher
Jennie Garver
Theodore Blaine *
(*) Corresponding Author:
Theodore Blaine | theodore.blaine@yale.edu

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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