Elbow Surgery | DrBurke

Uniquely Important Joint

The elbow is a uniquely important joint, cycling one million times per year, allowing us to position our hands for work, wash our faces, and tie our shoes.  Unfortunately, injury will cause pain, limited motion, and weakness.  The elbow joint is particularly prone to stiffness and contracture with late or delayed treatment, making this joint one of the most challenging to return to best function.

The Fondren Orthopedic Group has surgeons who specialize in elbows and focus on the treatment of all elbow injuries and conditions.  These surgeons are ABOS Board-certified and have added Fellowship training in elbow surgery, as well as over 20 years of experience.  They have lectured on the elbow at national meetings and have published papers in the Peer Review Literature.  They are experts in treating elbow injuries and conditions using both operative and non-operative strategies.

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If surgery is needed, our surgeons are knowledgeable in all elbow surgery techniques, including minimally invasive surgery with arthroscopy, as well as latest state-of-the-art techniques, such as hybrid Tommy John surgery or OATS grafting for OCD of the capitellum.

Various Elbow Procedures:

  • Tommy John Surgery
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Capitellum OCD
  • Biceps Tendon Tear
  • Triceps Tendon Tear
  • Radial Nerve Compression
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression
  • Elbow Trauma
  • Elbow Sports Injuries
  • Contracture Release
  • Total Elbow Replacement

Elbow Surgery FAQ’S

What is involved in a physical elbow exam?

A physical elbow exam requires in-depth understanding of the elbow’s anatomy. The physician will ask you a series of questions. He/she will also analyze the elbow’s appearance, movement and position and perform in-office tests to determine what positions result in discomfort.

What are some common causes of elbow pain?

Playing tennis and golf are common causes of elbow pain. However, many other activities can create inflammation and pain in the tendons of the elbow. These include using a screwdriver, grasping, hammering, throwing, raking, and painting, among others.

What is tendinitis (or tendonitis)?

Tendinitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle.

What are some common causes of tendinitis?

Tendinitis is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, or from a sudden more serious injury. There are many activities that require repeated use of your elbow which can cause tendinitis. Some of the most common include gardening, raking, or painting. Recreational sports such as golf and tennis can also lead to tendinitis.

What is “tennis elbow?”

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a term for a common overuse injury where the muscle and tendon area around the outside of the elbow are injured. The injury got its name because tennis players sometimes suffer from lateral epicondylitis. The injury is also common for people who do not play tennis.