Anconeus muscle transposition for failed surgical treatment of tennis elbow : Preliminary results.


Published online: Apr 27 2005

Ilse DEGREEF, Antoon VAN RAEBROECKX, Luc DE SMET

From the Orthopaedic Department, Pellenberg University Hospital, Lubbeek, Belgium

Abstract

The authors conducted a retrospective study on their first 10 patients treated with an anconeus muscle transposition after failed surgery for chronic lateral epicondylitis. All patients had initially been treated conservatively, and subsequently with a classical or percutaneous release of the common extensor origin. The secundary procedure involved wide excision of the common extensor origin, d├ębridement of the lateral epicondyle and rotation of the anconeus muscle into the defect. At follow-up the results were excellent in 3 patients, good in 4 and poor in 3. This appears as a valid salvage procedure for lateral epicondylitis, since the operation was performed as a second or even a third approach.