Elbow stiffness is a common reason for consultation. In recent years, arthroscopic techniques in elbow surgery have progressed, but there are still some contraindications to performance of arthroscopic synovectomy and release in this joint (elbows with anatomic deformity after multiple procedures, malunion, presence of osteosynthesis material, severe stiffness of >80 degrees, instability, or previous transposition of the ulnar nerve). Therefore, knowledge of a safe and reliable open approach to achieve elbow release and/or synovectomy is essential. We report the technical details of the modified lateral approach between extensor carpi radialis brevis and longus muscles, as well as the clinical results of 43 elbow release and/or synovectomy procedures, illustrating its feasibility. The modified lateral approach, providing visual control of the radial nerve and good anterior exposure of the elbow joint, is detailed. From 1994 to 2016, this approach was used in 43 release and/or synovectomy procedures of the elbow in 41 patients, 30 men and 11 women, with a mean age of 40.56 years (range, 17 to 84 y). Using this procedure, 38 elbows (93%) recovered full extension and 5 subtotal extension with an average deficit of 11 degrees (range, 5 to 20 degrees). All elbows were stable. No neurological complications were reported. The modified lateral approach preserves the insertion of the lateral epicondyle muscles that are major dynamic stabilizers and reduces the risk of instability. Initially described for the treatment of radial tunnel syndrome, it should also be recommended for elbow release and synovectomy.