Elbow Arthroscopy

Internal inspection of the elbow

Last modified: December 21, 2011

Beatrice Woods
Licensed Practical Nurse

Elbow Arthroscopy

Elbow Arthroscopy

The elbow is one of the most used joints in the body. Pain in the elbow pain can be related to a variety of things such as an injury, cellulitis and arthritis. The most common cause of elbow pain is tendonitis. For minor elbow pain the application ice, resting the elbow and medication maybe the cure. For those people with continuous elbow pain arthroscopic elbow surgery maybe an option.

What is Elbow Arthroscopy?
Elbow arthroscopy is an orthopedic surgical procedure performed by an orthopedic surgeon using tiny optical instruments and small incisions to visualize the inside structure of the elbow. Performed for the purpose of diagnosis and treating disorders of the elbow.

Elbow Arthroscopy Surgery

Prior to elbow arthroscopy the patient is given general or regional anesthesia for the pain. Using sterile technique the orthopedic surgeon will make microscopic incisions called portals in the elbow joint. A tiny fiber optic camera is put into the portal allowing the surgeon to see inside the elbow from different angles.

The images from the camera are seen on a monitor inside the operating room. Depending on the findings and the purpose of elbow arthroscopy the surgeon may proceed to fix or repair any damaged areas of the elbow by inserting tiny surgical instruments through an extra portal. When the procedure is completed the small incisions are stitched closed and a bandage is applied. An elbow splint and sling maybe applied at this time.

Elbow Arthroscopy Recovery

Recovery and rehabilitation from elbow arthroscopy surgery will vary from person to person depending on what was performed during the procedure. After surgery elevation of the involved extremity is very important to reduce pain and swelling. Elbow arthroscopy is usually done as an outpatient surgery and typically you are discharged home on the same day.

Cost of Elbow Arthroscopy Surgery

The cost of elbow arthroscopy will differ depending on various factors including the location of the surgery, equipment use and findings incurred during the procedure.     

For a complete exam and determine if you are a good candidate for Elbow Arthroscopy Surgery contact a doctor in our system.

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