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Elbow Arthroscopy

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)


For specific instructions from your surgeon,