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Will I Need Surgery to Correct My Tennis Elbow?

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Just because the pain of tennis elbow may be drastic and severe, the means of correcting it doesn’t always need to be. Surgery definitely counts as a drastic treatment method for the condition, but you have other options that don’t involve invasive surgical procedures. Mild tennis elbow may respond to a period of rest and natural healing. Tennis elbow that requires medical intervention can still enjoy a conservative treatment method with safe and non-invasive stem cell therapy.

SmartChoice® Stem Cell Institute offers stem cell therapy as an alternative method of tissue healing and regeneration for a number of conditions and injuries. Tennis elbow is one of them. As one of the few physicians in the country that offers stem cell therapy as an alternative to surgery, Dr. Garg M.D. performs the procedure in an office setting using local anesthesia. Patients are not subjected to Tennis -elbow -350x 200surgery’s high risk of infection, side effects or complications and can often return to work as quickly as the following day.

Tennis Elbow Explained

Tennis elbow is an injury stemming from the overuse and muscle strain of the muscles in your forearm used to raise and straighten your hand and wrist. Stress and repeated motions of those muscles can leave small tears in the tendons that attach the muscles to the bony structure on the outside of your elbow.

Repeated motions that strain those muscles are the cause behind the condition. These include playing tennis or other racket sports as well as occupations or activities that use repeated motions that affect the same area, such as plumbing, painting, and cutting meat or other cooking ingredients. While people of any age can fall prey to the injury, tennis elbow is most likely to crop up in adults between the ages of 30 and 50.

If you leave tennis elbow untreated, the condition is only going to get worse. The pain in your elbow and arm can become chronic, accompanied by a weakened grip that makes it difficult to hold or lift objects, shake hands, open jars or even turn a doorknob.

Surgery vs. Stem Cell Therapy

Your first line of treatment can be resting the area, avoiding activities that exacerbate the pain and using an ice pack several times each day. If your condition doesn’t improve with rest, you probably want to move forward with a more proactive treatment method. Here’s where you can choose between surgery and stem cell therapy.

Surgery for tennis elbow consists of removing the diseased tissue and attaching the healthy muscle to the bone. Surgical procedure options involve using one large incision or several small ones, depending on your individual situation. Both choices comes with a number of risks that include infection, damage to blood vessels and nerves, possible loss of strength and flexibility, including lowered function due to scar tissue, a potentially extensive rehabilitation period and possible need for additional surgery in the future.

Stem cell therapy for tennis elbow involves taking stem cells from another part of your body and injecting them into the damaged area. The stem cells will then prompt tissue healing and regeneration in the affected tendons, restoring the elbow to its original strength and flexibility. Because stem cell therapy uses the patient’s own cells, there is no risk of rejection. You also avoid the long list of risks associated with traditional surgery and general anesthesia. Studies treating tennis elbow with stem cell therapy, such as one out of England in 2008, have shown an overwhelming success rate of more than 90 percent.

For more information on how stem cell therapy can work for you, contact SmartChoice® Stem Cell Institute today at 1-888-434-6841 or visit us online at


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