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The authors report the following potential conflict of interest or source of funding: The Alexander Gibson Chair Fund and the Pan Am Clinic Foundation provided funding for this study. T.C. receives support from University of Manitoba Alexander Gibson Fund. S.M. receives support from University of Manitoba Alexander Gibson Fund. J.L. receives support from University of Manitoba Alexander Gibson Fund. Y.Z. receives support from University of Manitoba Alexander Gibson Fund. J.D. receives support from University of Manitoba Alexander Gibson Fund. P.M. receives support from University of Manitoba Alexander Gibson Fund. Full ICMJE author disclosure forms are available for this article online, as supplementary material.
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- Editorial Commentary: Dealer's Choice for Arthroscopic Versus Open Lateral Epicondylitis Release? It's Not That SimpleArthroscopyVol. 34Issue 12
- PreviewThe most efficacious treatment for patients with persistent lateral epicondylitis who have not adequately improved despite undergoing extended nonoperative measures may be arthroscopic. One advantage is the capability of the surgeon to fully assess the elbow intra-articularly. Second, the incision is often considered less appealing to both patients and surgeons than portal-site incisions. A final potential benefit is the opportunity for the occasional elbow arthroscopist to take advantage of a “best-case” clinical setting to perform a thorough arthroscopic diagnostic evaluation of both the anterior and posterior elbow compartments and improve his or her elbow arthroscopic skills, because patients with lateral epicondylitis rarely have advanced arthritis or capsular contractures and have infrequently undergone prior elbow surgery.