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Current Orthopaedic Practice:
doi: 10.1097/BCO.0b013e31827072e9
Departments: Innovations in Practice

Treatment of chronic tennis elbow with radiofrequency coblation and localized arthroscopic synovectomy

Seitz, William H. Jra; Lall, Ajayb

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Background: This study analyzed outcomes of radiofrequency microtenotomy coblation using the TOPAZ coblation wand (ArthroCare, Sunnyvale, CA) paired with arthroscopic synovectomy of the radiocapitellar joint for lateral epicondylitis. The goal of this study was to evaluate the rates of patients’ early recovery and decrease in pain.

Methods: The authors followed 40 patients who underwent surgery at one institution since January, 2004. Patients were asked to fill out questionnaires regarding their preoperative and postoperative pain at set intervals and were asked to rate their function and satisfaction with the treatment.

Results: Results indicated a rapid decrease in pain postoperatively with a persistent average drop of 7.7 points (on a visual analog scale of 0–10) at 6 months after the operation. Mayo Elbow Performance Score results improved from an average of 55 to 95.

Conclusions: These results represent significant early improvement over other existing surgical techniques. The results have been maintained for a minimum of 1 year, and up to 4 years, postoperatively.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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