Post Operative Instructions

Lateral Epicondylitis Surgery

Keep your elbow dressing dry and in place for 8-10 days. Use an elbow sling just as needed for comfort. You can ice the elbow for 20 minutes at a time, then nothing for 2 hours, then ice again for 20 minutes, and so on. Stay ahead of the pain. Ibuprofen is fine to take to supplement with the narcotic prescribed. When the pain is minimal, Ibuprofen alone without the narcotic is best. Stitches will come out in 8-10 days. Sensitivity and swelling on the outside of your elbow can be present for weeks but will slowly go away. Physical therapy is typically recommended to optimize recovery.