What does an elbow arthroscopy treat?
An elbow arthroscopy may be recommended for these elbow problems:
- Loose cartilage or bone fragments
- Tennis elbow
- Elbow instability
- Loss of function
- Infection in the elbow
Elbow arthroscopy results
An elbow arthroscopy can restore function and eliminate pain in the elbow.
What to expect with an elbow arthroscopy
Patients may need to follow specific advice on what to do before an elbow arthroscopy. An elbow arthroscopy typically requires general anesthesia. This means the patient is unconscious for the duration of the procedure.
The surgeon first makes a small incision or incisions in the elbow area. This is large enough for small instruments, including a camera to guide the surgeon, to be inserted to perform the surgery.