Mr Robin Mark Seagger MBBS MSc FRCS

GMC No. 4536697

Twitter @fixmyshoulder

www.fixmyshoulder.co.uk

c/o Emma Shires

emma.shires2@bmichoice.co.uk

Tel: 01706 869025

Practice Address:

BMI Highfield Hospital

Manchester Road

Rochdale

OL11 4LZ

Tel: 01706 655121

Golfers Elbow TOPAZ Radio Ablation

Aim:                       

To alleviate pain due to Golfers Elbow

Pain classically felt over bone on inside of elbow down in to forearm

Worse on grasping/gripping

Symptoms related to tendon degeneration- over use/ age related changes/genetics

Restrictions:          

NO NON STEROIDAL ANTI INFLAMATORIES FOR 8 WEEKS

 

Surgery type:        

Open

Anaesthetic:         

General (asleep) usually with a nerve block

Objective:            

Small incision over inside of elbow

Common flexor tendon origin identified

Radio Ablation (TOPAZ) wand applied to tendon 20 times

Wand excites an inflammatory response in local area of the tendon

New blood vessels and inflammation can ‘heal’ degeneration within the tendon

NOT guaranteed outcome- 33% cured, 33% better but not perfect, 33% NO improvement

                               

Duration:              

20-30 minutes

Scars:                    

1 on inside of elbow- approx. 3-4cm

Sling:                     

2-3 days depending on pain

Thick bandage on elbow 10-14 days

Sports:                   

6 weeks- swimming

3 months- racquet sports, weights at gym (sooner if symptoms settle)

 

Work:                     

Sedentary jobs: 1-2 weeks

Manual jobs: 4-6 weeks as pain allows

 

Driving:                  

7-10 days as able with dressing