Elbow arthroscopy is a sterile procedure that allows direct visualization of the elbow joint to diagnose and treat several elbow conditions. This procedure is often used to release scar tissue, remove loose bodies or resurface the bone to decrease pain and improve range of motion.
Elbow arthroscopy can also be used to repair lesions of the cartilage or for diagnostic purposes. The process involves making 1-2 cm small incisions (2-6) for insertion of an arthroscope (pencil sized camera) and instruments. During the procedure fluid is pumped into the joint to allow for visualization and wash the joint of debris.
Elbow arthroscopy is most commonly an outpatient procedure, although some patients may be scheduled to remain inpatient depending on the procedure being performed.
Problems Treated with Elbow Arthroscopy
- Loose fragments in joint
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) , Golfer’s Elbow
- Elbow Instability after Fracture
- Elbow stiffness