In general, most elbow conditions are caused by injury, overuse and age-related wear and tear. Elbow arthroscopy is a procedure used to inspect, diagnosis, and repair problems inside the elbow joint. During elbow arthroscopy, a small camera the size of a pencil is inserted into the elbow joint. With the Dr. Shani is not only able to visualize but also treat the entire elbow joint. In addition, the incisions are very small and heal in less than a week.
Elbow arthroscopy is used to treat the following conditions:
- Treatment of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Removal of loose bodies (loose cartilage and bone fragments)
- Release of scar tissue to improve range of motion
- Treatment of osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis)
- Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory arthritis)
- Treatment of osteochondritis dissecans (activity related damage to the capitellum portion of the humerus seen in throwers or gymnasts)
Elbow arthroscopy is typically recommended only after unsuccessful non-operative treatments which include rest, non-inflammatory medications and physical therapy.
Elbow arthroscopies are usually outpatient orthopedic-surgery, so you get to go home after your procedure. Depending on the specific procedure, it typically takes an hour to an hour and half to perform. After surgery, it can few weeks to fully recover and the first week requires active pain management. Icing your elbow for about 48 hours after your surgery helps reduce the pain. If you are placed in a splint after your surgery, you should follow your discharge instructions on how long the splint should be worn.
Rehabilitation is a key component after elbow arthroscopy and based on your specific procedure, a personalized rehab protocol will be designed. Typically, a full recovery will take about 6-8 weeks.