Diagnosis and treatment with elbow arthroscopy

Elbow arthroscopy is a valuable diagnostic tool, providing a clear view of the joint's cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. This innovative procedure involves inserting a small camera, called an arthroscope, into the elbow joint through tiny incisions.

It helps identify the underlying cause of elbow pain, inflammation, or limited mobility, which may be due to conditions such as:

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis): Inflammation of the tendons on the outside of the elbow.
Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis): Inflammation of the tendons on the inside of the elbow.
Elbow Osteoarthritis: Degenerative joint disease affecting the elbow.
Loose Bodies: Small bone or cartilage fragments within the joint.
Elbow Fractures: Broken bones in the elbow.
Ulnar Nerve Compression: Irritation or compression of the ulnar nerve, causing cubital tunnel syndrome.

Once the diagnosis is confirmed through arthroscopy, our skilled surgeons can perform various therapeutic interventions in the same procedure. Depending on the specific condition, treatment options may include:

Debridement: Removal of damaged tissue, bone spurs, or loose bodies.
Tendon Repair: Repairing torn or damaged tendons in the elbow.
Ulnar Nerve Release: Relieving pressure on the ulnar nerve to treat cubital tunnel syndrome.
Osteophyte Removal: Removal of bone spurs caused by osteoarthritis.
Fracture Fixation: Stabilizing and aligning fractured bones using screws, pins, or plates.

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Benefits of elbow arthroscopy

Elbow arthroscopy offers several advantages over traditional open surgery, including:

  • Smaller Incisions: Tiny incisions reduce scarring and promote faster healing.
  • Minimally Invasive: Less disruption to surrounding tissues, leading to less pain and a quicker recovery.
  • Reduced Risk of Infection: Smaller incisions minimize the risk of infection.
  • Same-Day Procedure: Many elbow arthroscopic surgeries can be performed as outpatient procedures, allowing patients to return home on the same day.
  • Faster Recovery: The smaller incisions can allow faster healing than older open elbow surgery.

What is the treatment experience?

Arthroscopic elbow surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia, which means only the specific area is numbed. This type of anesthesia may include a nerve block or a local anesthetic injection. During the surgery, a small incision is placed, and an arthroscope, a thin, flexible tube with a camera, is inserted into the elbow joint. This allows our surgeon to visualize the internal structures of the joint on a monitor and identify any issues accurately. 

Compared to traditional open surgery, arthroscopic elbow surgery typically results in less pain, reduced scarring, and a faster recovery time. With the expertise and skill of our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, patients can expect a smoother surgical experience, minimal downtime, and a quicker return to their daily activities.

Leading, board-certified specialists for elbow surgery

Our fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeons at Hand to Shoulder Associates are highly skilled in performing elbow arthroscopy. We use the latest techniques and technology to ensure precise diagnosis and optimal treatment for various elbow conditions. Our team is committed to providing individualized care, guiding patients through every step of their arthroscopic journey, and helping them regain elbow function and return to their active lifestyle. If you are experiencing elbow pain or mobility issues, schedule a consultation to explore if elbow arthroscopy is the right solution for your elbow health. 

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Same-day appointments with a specialist in elbow surgery

At Hand to Shoulder Associates, we understand the importance of timely medical care, especially for painful or debilitating elbow injuries and conditions. We offer same-day appointments with a specialist, not a mid-level medical provider. Whether you're experiencing acute pain, have suffered a recent injury, or need urgent attention for a chronic condition, we are dedicated to accommodating your needs promptly.

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