An elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat elbow joint injuries or conditions.
What is an elbow arthroscopy?
An elbow arthroscopy is a surgical diagnostic procedure used to diagnose the cause of any elbow pain. The surgeon uses the arthroscope—a tiny camera—to look directly into the joint and surrounding area. This enables a more accurate diagnosis so the surgeon can decide on the best treatment option. The surgeon can then treat the elbow pain using small surgical instruments in addition to the arthroscope.
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 in most patients.
Preparing for an elbow arthroscopy
Patients may need to follow specific advice on what to eat and drink before an elbow arthroscopy.
What to expect with 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.
Recovery after an elbow arthroscopy
After surgery, the patient is taken to a recovery room to be monitored in case there are any complications. The procedure does not typically require an overnight stay. A patient must have someone on-hand to drive them home.
While each patient is different, arthroscopy typically allows for a shorter recovery period than more invasive surgical techniques.
Get an elbow arthroscopy with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and around the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for an elbow arthroscopy. Our surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcome with this procedure. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care. Combined with our patient-centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.
Next steps: Book your elbow arthroscopy consultation
If you are ready to discuss your elbow arthroscopy needs with our surgeons, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. To discover your health options your patient care coordinator will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Incision techniques
- Potential risks and complications