....Then I decided to search for the effectiveness of corticosteroids for tennis elbow, and was horrified to learn that they are less effective than placebo, and actually increase the risk for long term injury by weakening the tendon.....
+1 to that
Onto my soapbox..
It blows my mind the number of folks who will put more time into researching the purchase of a new car or refrigerator and almost zero time into researching their heath care choices...present company excluded
Expert opinion aside you
are your best health care advocate. Whether a needle or surgery these are invasive actions that have pros can cons to be considered and lots of information is needed to make the right choice. The issue of weakened tendons being brought up about corticosteroids are a well documented side effect all too often glossed over in the discussion of their use on your
body. Too many times I have heard of, or been directly involved in medical treatment discussions where critical information was omitted or glossed over. Get multiple expert opinions and do a deep dive into any information you can find (hence your post here). Find a source to translate any technical mumbo jumbo into language you can understand. Before any surgery review the data on the surgeon's number of and successful outcomes for the procedure your about to have. Do not forget to look into the hospitals track record or managing the surgical process to avoid the wrong procedure being done (wrong shoulder) and most of all how well they manage infection in their facility. Have they had problems with super infections. Too bad, so sad, if the doctor takes offense to your questions. In fact, maybe another doctor is in order if they behave that way. My wife and I literally had a doctor tell us that we should not read the statistical research we were quoting as it was too confusing for laymen like us...That doctor was replaced that day!
OK off my soapbox
Larry, I am sure you will arrive at a course of action and an outcome that is best for you and restores you to a high quality of life.