The elbow is a complex joint composed of the humerus, the ulna, and the radius. Articular cartilage covers bones' surfaces to act as a cushion that allows for smooth contact and movements. A tissue called the synovial membrane surrounds the rest of the joint and lubricates the cartilage to allow for the elbow joint's smooth movement. Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to treat various conditions affecting the elbow.
The surgeon uses a tiny camera (arthroscope) to evaluate, diagnose, or repair tissues inside or to surround the elbow during this procedure. The arthroscope displays a live video feed on television that allows the surgeon to use small instruments in the joint. Because the camera and surgical instruments are so tiny, your surgeon can utilize much smaller incisions. Our team at Dines Orthopedic is highly experienced in this kind of procedure. This procedure can result in less pain for patients and often shortens their recovery time.
Elbow arthroscopy might be recommended if you have a painful elbow condition that does not respond to non-surgical treatment. Overuse, injury, and general age-related wear and tear are responsible for most elbow problems. Some standard arthroscopic procedures include:
- Treatment of lateral epicondylitis
- Removal of loose cartilage and bone fragments
- Release of scar tissue
- Treatment of bone spurs in throwers