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Are "knife and fork" good enough for day case surgery of resistant tennis elbow?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19096844     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This observational retrospective study was performed on 22 consecutive patients treated surgically in a day surgery unit for resistant tennis elbow to ascertain the effectiveness of the "knife and fork" procedure. All patients had an unfavourable response to nonsurgical treatment lasting at least six months. A simple and inexpensive "knife and fork" technique yielded excellent results in 90.5% of patients and a high percentage (95.2%) of satisfied patients at an average follow-up of two years. There were no fair or poor results and no complications. We conclude that the "knife and fork" technique is a simple and dependable day case procedure. In the present National Health Service (NHS) era of tariff and "payment by results", this approach is more cost effective than an arthroscopic alternative.
Amitabh J Dwyer; Raja Govindaswamy; Tariq Elbouni; Andrew F W Chambler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-12-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  International orthopaedics     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1432-5195     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Orthop     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-05     Completed Date:  2010-03-25     Revised Date:  2013-06-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7705431     Medline TA:  Int Orthop     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  57-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Yeovil Shoulder and Elbow Service, Department of Trauma, Yeovil District Hospital, Higher Kingston, Yeovil, BA21 4AT, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Ambulatory Surgical Procedures / economics,  methods*
Cumulative Trauma Disorders / complications,  physiopathology,  surgery
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
Occupational Diseases / surgery*
Patient Satisfaction
Postoperative Complications
Recovery of Function
Retrospective Studies
Tendons / surgery*
Tennis Elbow / etiology,  physiopathology,  surgery*
Treatment Outcome

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