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Tennis elbow surgery at a glance

Tennis elbow surgery prices and locations

What is tennis elbow surgery?

Tennis elbow surgery is a procedure aimed at relieving elbow pain. It is usually done under general or local anaesthetic and takes around 30 minutes.

Types of tennis elbow release surgery

The type of tennis elbow surgery depends on the patient’s specific needs. Generally, consultants will examine the point where the tendon attaches to the bone and perform one of the following to release the area:

  • remove tissue or lumps of bone
  • repair or reattach tendon tears
  • cut the tendon to release the area.

When does tennis elbow need surgery?

Tennis elbow surgery is usually required when the tendons in the forearm become irritated or inflamed. Patients with tennis elbow may experience pain or discomfort when gripping small objects and when twisting or bending the affected arm.


Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain and tenderness. These are usually on the outer side of the elbow.

What’s the success rate of tennis elbow surgery?

Tennis elbow release surgery generally has a high success rate. Between 80-90% of patients report an improvement in their symptoms.

Risks and complications

While tennis elbow release surgery isn’t generally seen as a major procedure, as with any surgery, there are risks to consider. The specific complications of tennis elbow release include:

  • nerve damage
  • stiffness
  • no change in symptoms
  • arthritis.

Tennis elbow surgery reviews

“I had an op today in Emersons Green and wanted to say how well I was looked after and cared for. Truly wonderful!”

Laura Steer, Emersons Green patient

Tennis elbow surgery costs in the UK

Tennis elbow surgery costs in the UK range from anywhere between £3,500 up to £6,000 depending on location and the healthcare provider.

At Practice Plus Group, our tennis elbow release surgery costs just £2,649.

Ways to pay

There are 3 ways to access tennis elbow treatment at Practice Plus Group:

Waiting times for tennis elbow operations

According to the latest information on My Planned Care, the current waiting time for elbow operations on the NHS is between 7 and 11 months.

At Practice Plus Group, the waiting time for tennis elbow surgery is between 4-6 weeks.

Tennis elbow surgery – what to expect

While any surgery can be a daunting prospect, the information below details what to specifically expect from tennis elbow surgery.

Preparing for surgery

There may be a handful of necessary measures to take before surgery. These will likely include stopping taking specific medication if necessary and maintaining a good level of general health.

The procedure

The surgery itself will start with the administration of anaesthetic. The type of anaesthetic needed will depend on the surgeon’s recommendations. Next, the surgeon will make an incision along the elbow to perform the operation. Depending on the severity of the injury, the surgeon will carry out the following steps:

  • remove tissue or lumps of bone
  • repair or reattach tendon tears
  • cut the tendon to release the area.


Upon arriving home, patients will need to keep their arm in the provided sling for at least a week. The bandages and dressing will need to be changed regularly.

Consultants will be able to provide more information regarding the specifics of recovery, along with introductions to assigned physiotherapists.

Meet our surgeons and consultants

At Practice Plus Group, you can choose an experienced consultant to support you throughout your time with us, ensuring you receive first-class care.

You can search for consultants on our website by treatment, language or name.

Why choose Practice Plus Group?

At Practice Plus Group Hospitals we’re passionate about giving patients a positive experience and excellent clinical outcomes, with personalised care every step of the way. Whether you’re paying for yourself or using private medical insurance, with our short waiting times, unrivalled Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings and high levels of cleanliness and infection control, we’ll make sure you’re looked after. In fact, we were the first provider to have all services rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

Tennis elbow operation FAQs

Not quite found the information you’re looking for? Our dedicated tennis elbow FAQs may be able to help!

It depends on whether your consultant recommends surgery, but tennis elbow release surgery generally has a high success rate. Between 80-90% of patients report an improvement in their symptoms.

The answer to this depends on the recommendations and diagnosis of your consultant. They may suggest other treatment options such as physiotherapy or use of anti-inflammatory medication to manage the symptoms. If these steps prove ineffective, then surgery may be recommended.

As with other conditions, the longer they’re left without treatment, the worse they become. If left untreated, tennis elbow can become extremely painful and last for years.

Yes, tennis elbow surgery is considered a major surgery.

Tennis elbow surgery usually takes around 30 minutes.

This depends on the severity of your condition and the recommendations of your doctor.

No. You will be under anaesthetic (general or local) and won’t feel any pain during the procedure.

The answer to this question depends entirely on your specific circumstances. If you lead an active lifestyle but the pain from tennis elbow is stopping you from doing the things you want to do, then successful surgery will be worth your while.

If you follow the advice and guidance of your physiotherapist and surgeon, you should make a full recovery. The specific exercises included in your recovery plan are designed to reduce the risk of tennis elbow returning.

This differs from patient-to-patient but generally you can expect to return to normal activities after a few weeks. It usually takes between 4-6 months for patients to make a full recovery. You should be able to return to playing sports after this time.

Generally, tennis elbow patients can leave on the same day or the day after their operation. This will depend on whether your doctor is happy for you to go home.

This depends entirely on the patient. Some will experience pain for months following their surgery while others will experience very little. You should talk to your consultant for more information.

This depends on the patient and the severity of their operation. Some only require bandages while others will be fitted with a cast and splint.

You should try to sleep on your back with your affected arm elevated on a stack of pillows. This is to prevent swelling overnight or inadvertently rolling on your arm. Your doctor will be able to advise the best sleeping positions during your recovery.

This is the question most people want answered but the reality is that it depends on both the patient and your doctor. Some patients are able to get behind the wheel after just a week, while others need longer.

You should avoid lifting heavy objects following surgery. Your physiotherapist will prescribe a list of exercises to do. These will likely range from squeezing sock balls to bicep curls and are designed to help you make a full recovery. You should make every effort to attend physio sessions and do all the exercises.

This depends on the type of work you do. If you have a job that involves manual labour, you may not be able to return for some time. Desk-based roles could see you return within a few weeks.

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I attended [Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, St Mary’s Portsmouth] Treatment Centre on Sunday with my 7 year old daughter as she had broken her ankle and just wanted to feedback on our experience. The centre was exceptionally busy but every member of staff we encountered was amazing: positive, calm and just absolute stars! The situation could have easily felt really out of control with how busy it was but we were given regular updates to waiting times and to thank us for our patience. We were seen by a lovely woman on triage, the most smiley technician at X-ray and a doctor who took time to explain what was happening to my daughter. I just wanted to say thank you for everything you do.
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I would recommend Practice Plus Group and would use them again if I need to. So, so grateful to all of them.

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This is the best hospital I have ever been in. The care and efficiency were excellent. My operation was conducted by a top class surgeon and anaesthetist who made me feel relaxed and secure. The team in the Kingfisher ward were kind and professional with good bedside manners and sense of humour. There were no delays in the treatment. My stay was made as comfortable as possible and I thank everyone involved. I am now recovering well.

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Despite the most huge system demand, strikes and winter pressures the NHS still carries on, so grateful to Practice Plus Group for looking after me yesterday. You were incredibly slick, super friendly and got the job done!

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