Elbow Surgery: Golfers Elbow Release (Common Flexor Origin Release)

Indications for operation

Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis) which has not responded to conservative treatment.


General Anaesthetic (Fully asleep) or regional (the arm will be numb)

Local anaesthetic will be injected into the wound for post-operative pain relief

Operation type



A 3cm incision over the medial epicondyle (the tender area).


The common flexor origin is released from the medial epicondyle and scar tissue removed.

Wound Closure

A single non-absorbable suture running under the skin will be used to close the wound, paper stitches will be placed over this.


An Elastoplast dressing will be placed over the top of the paper stitches and an elastic support bandage over the top of this.

Immediate aftercare

You can go home when you feel comfortable.

Further instructions for Golfers Elbow Release rehabilitation.