Elbow Arthroscopy: A Closer Look
In an elbow arthroscopy, your surgeon will typically make 2-3 small incisions (poke holes) around the elbow. He or she then inserts a small camera and miniature instruments through the incisions. This allows your doctor to assess the structures in the elbow. This procedure may be recommended if you have a painful condition that has not responded to non-surgical treatments such as rest, medications, physical therapy and possible injections.
Trauma, overuse, and age-related degeneration are responsible for most elbow problems.
Common arthroscopic procedures include:
- Removal of loose bodies (loose cartilage and bone fragments)
- Release of scar tissue to improve range of motion
- Treatment of osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis)
- Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory arthritis)
- Treatment of osteochondritis dissecans (activity related damage to the capitellum portion of the humerus seen in throwers or gymnasts)