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Elbow Arthroscopy Specialist

Orthopedic Specialists -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Palm Harbor, FL

Elbow Arthroscopy Q & A

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What is arthroscopy? 

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive operative technique. It uses a pen-sized camera attached to a screen to enable the surgeon to better view the inside of a joint, as well as perform some surgical procedures.

Among its advantages: Improved visualization, less pain, small incisions, lower complication and infection risk, and shorter recovery time. It is not indicated for all conditions.

What elbow conditions can arthroscopy examine and treat?

Our surgeons commonly use arthroscopy for examining and treating certain elbow conditions, such as repairing tendons and ligaments and removing loose pieces of bone or cartilage from a joint. These may include:

  • Elbow arthritis
  • Removal of loose bodies
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) – select cases
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) – select cases
  • Scar tissue release
  • Damage to cartilage of the elbow
  • Synovitis (inflammation causing pain and swelling around the elbow joint) 

Can all elbow surgeries be done arthroscopically? 

Some cases require open surgery, such as fractures, elbow replacement, Tommy John surgery (ulnar collateral ligament, or UCL, reconstruction), and some cases of tennis and golfer’s elbow. Incisions may still be small, however, depending on the scope of treatment. 

Call our office and schedule an examination if you are experiencing symptoms in your elbow or forearm such as pain, swelling, loss of movement, or tingling/numbness. Our expert doctors will perform a thorough examination, create an accurate diagnosis, and offer the treatment options that provide the best possible outcome.

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