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A new procedure to treat tennis elbow at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has been delivering results.
SINGAPORE: A new procedure to treat tennis elbow at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has been delivering results.
Some 20 patients who have gone through the procedure have reported that the treatment is effective, while 95 per cent of them had no recurrence during the one-year follow-up period.
Despite its name, most cases of tennis elbow occur in people who do not play tennis but have overworked tendons due to repetitive motions of the wrist and arm.
It is most commonly seen in adults between 35 and 55 years old.
SGH is the only centre in Asia to offer the surgical procedure, in which a small instrument the size of a toothpick is inserted into the affected area to remove damaged tissue. It does not affect surrounding healthy tissue, and stitches are not needed after the procedure.
The procedure can be performed in less than 20 minutes with local anaesthesia. A small bandage is used to cover the wound which heals within a week.
SGH sees about 20 to 30 patients with tennis elbow each month, but most recover after therapy and other non-surgical methods.
"A small 10 to 20 per cent still do not have their symptoms resolved after this whole process and hence, will require surgical intervention. It's something like a last resort," said Dr Joyce Koh, senior consultant at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at SGH.
"The surgery is not painful at all… compared to the pain I have every night (when I have tennis elbow)… The surgery is tolerable", said Elaine Chew, a patient.