These are just outdated layman’s terms. The pain comes from degeneration of the tendons causing separation from their bony attachments.
Reconstruction of the common extensor and flexor origin
This is the result of wear and tear. It is produced by the same forces that otherwise might wear out the elbow joint.
It often does. Surgery is only recommended when the pain is so severe or the symptoms have not responded appropriately to the non-operative treatments already instituted.
The problem is mechanical type pain from the tendon separated from the bone. Until the tendon is fixed back onto the bone, the pain will persist from the tendon rubbing on the bone.
You can but you may be very sore because of muscle spasm and it is best to stay in for some pain control.
You will be immobilised in a back slab for pain control. This stays on until your sutures come out – by then you should be quite comfortable to commence movements.
It depends on your occupation. If your work is physical then it would be prudent to wait until the tendon has healed. If you work in a non-physical job you can go back to work after your wound has healed and when you are comfortable.
No. You will be able to do everything that someone else with normal tendons can do. This means returning to sports when you are confident enough. The aim is to return your elbow to its normal function.