2017, Number 2
Results of Nirschl procedure in lateral elbow epicondylosis
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ABSTRACTBackground: lateral elbow epicondylosis, also known as epicondylitis or tennis elbow, is a common condition resulting in a non inflammatory tendinopathy of the extensor tendons at the lateral epicondyle, with an incidence between one and three percent in adult population per year. The clinical group of signs is characterized by pain in the lateral epicondyle, associated with weakness of the grip force and difficulties to lift objects in prone position. About a 15 % of the cases can undergo surgery.
Objective: to characterize the results of the Nirschl technique in patients with lateral elbow epicondilosis from September 2012 to September 2015.
Methods: a prospective, descriptive and transversal study was conducted. The non probabilistic sample was composed of 46 patients and 48 elbows, selected by criteria. Descriptive and inferential statistics techniques were used.
Results: women prevailed with 36 cases. The ill patients were in the 30 to 59 age group, and 35 cases began with the symptoms between eight and twelve month after surgery. The dominant limb was predominant with 43 cases and in two patients the affection was bilateral. Postoperatory evaluation showed excellent and good results in 46 elbows up to a year after surgery.
Conclusions: Nirschl technique for lateral epicondilosis is effective in the majority of the patients, because of the clinical improvement which last in time. It is considered a save therapy with less complications. The effectiveness and safety of this procedure depend on a pure technique and adequate selection of patients.
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