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Elbow arthroscopy

What is elbow arthroscopy?

Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to diagnose and repair problems with the elbow joint, such as tennis/golfers’ elbow and arthritis.

Normal bending and straightening of the elbow joint occurs where the humerus (the long bone in the upper arm) and the ulna bones (the long bone found in the forearm that stretches from the elbow to the smallest finger) join, supported by the muscles and ligaments. Certain conditions cause damage and can result in pain, swelling and loss of movement.

What does elbow arthroscopy involve?

Elbow arthroscopy is normally carried out under general anaesthetic. Several small incisions will be made around your elbow and the arthroscope will be inserted. The elbow joint will be filled with fluid to enable your surgeon to see the structures of the joint more clearly and lessen the risk of injury to nerves and blood vessels during surgery. Images from the arthroscope will be shown on a monitor, enabling your surgeon to examine the joint. Small surgical instruments will be inserted via the incision sites, any damage will be repaired and debris, such as loose pieces of bone and bony spurs which can develop as a result of arthritis, removed. Sutures will be used to close the incisions.

Elbow arthroscopy

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