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Journal of the Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand 2017;22(1):1-12.
Published online March 31, 2017.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12790/jkssh.2017.22.1.1   
Recent Updates on the Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis
Kyoung Hwan Koh, Hyun Il Lee
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, Goyang, Korea. osdoc.koh@gmail.com
Received: 12 January 2017   • Revised: 3 March 2017   • Accepted: 3 March 2017
The natural course of lateral epicondylitis is widely regarded to be self-limiting within 1 year of symptom duration in 90% of all patients. The spectrum of treatments include simple ‘wait and see', bracing, physical therapy, corticosteroid injection, and recently some biologic injection such as autologous blood and platelet rich plasma. However, recalcitrant lateral epicondylitis which are not responding to conservative treatments can be treated with surgical treatment although much remains unclear regarding the ideal treatment. Debates surrounding open procedures are the management for the defect after resection of pathologic tissue, necessity of decortication, selective denervation procedure, etc. Since the trend is changing to minimal invasive surgery and arthroscopic release of extensor carpi radialis brevis tendon are becoming more popular these days, surgical tips and pitfall to obtain good results and avoid complications have been reported recently. Bipolar radiofrequency (RF)-based microtenotomy or percutaneous tendon release is another surgical procedures reported to be effective in lateral epicondylitis. However, there are some patients who present with persistent pain after surgical treatment. Thus, selection of ideal candidates for surgery, thorough evaluation of all pathologies prior to surgery, and adequate surgical procedures would be essential in the surgical treatment of lateral epicondylitis.

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