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Nirschl tennis elbow release with or without drilling
  1. A Khashaba
  1. Orthopaedic Unit, West Wales Hospital, Camarthen, Wales, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Mr Khashaba, 2 Colwyn Avenue, Perivale, Middlesex UB6 8JX, UK ahmedkhashaba{at}


Nirschl release appears to be a very successful technique for surgically suitable cases of tennis elbow. However, although the drilling or decortication aspect of the procedure was thought to be of benefit to the immediate outcome, this has not actually been confirmed. This randomised double blind comparative prospective trial shows that drilling confers no benefit and actually causes more pain, stiffness, and wound bleeding than not drilling.

  • Nirschl release
  • lateral epicondyle
  • tennis elbow
  • elbow
  • epicondylitis

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