What is elbow arthroscopy?
Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a lighted tube that is attached to a camera is placed into the elbow joint. The image of the elbow joint is broadcast throughout the operating room to digital monitors. With the assistance of several small probe and tools a variety of conditions can be affectively diagnosed and treated minimizing soft tissue injury and scarring allowing a quicker recovery and return of function than traditional open procedures.
When is elbow arthroscopy performed?
After a through workup including a clinical history and examination, x-rays, and MR-arthrogram or CT scan , indications for this minimally invasive procedure may exist when there is pain, stiffness and loss of elbow motion. It can be effective in the treatment of loose bodies, adhesions, contractures, fractures, ganglion cysts, lateral epicondylitis and arthritis of the elbow.
How is elbow arthroscopy performed?
The patient is placed on the operating table with the arm free. After going to sleep, the arm is sterilely prepped. The arm is then suspended in air through a sling attached to the hand. Through several small incisions, a 3.5 mm arthroscope and other fine instruments are used to perform the corrective surgery. After the procedure, the small wounds are closed with skin glue and local anesthetic placed into the joint. A splint or sling is placed.
Who should perform elbow arthroscopy?
Elbow arthroscopy should only be performed by surgeons with specialized training in this procedure and who have significant experience in this procedure with a great knowledge of the arthroscopic anatomy to minimize the risk of never damage or injury to the joint surface. Dr. Knight has significant experience in elbow arthroscopy and understands the importance of minimally invasive procedures to return the injured athletes back to their sports in a short period of time.
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