Elbow arthroscopy

TREATING ELBOW INJURIES USING KEYHOLE SURGERY

If you're experiencing elbow pain, arthroscopy diagnoses and treats a number of different elbow conditions

About elbow arthroscopy

This procedure treats elbow injuries using keyhole surgery inside your elbow joint (arthroscopy). It's also used to inspect and diagnose conditions.

There are many benefits to this procedure. As the arthroscope and surgical instruments are thin, the incisions made to your skin are smaller. This means less scarring and shorter recovery times.

Elbow arthroscopy treats a number of conditions:

Need to know

  • What happens during an elbow arthroscopy? icon plus

    This procedure happens under general anaesthetic. You'll either lie on your side or stomach so your surgeon has easy access to your elbow. Your elbow joint will be filled with a special fluid which helps your surgeon see your joint structures on the screen.

    This clear view of your elbow means less risk of injury to your nerves and blood vessels. Your surgeon will then make small incisions around the elbow joint and insert the camera. By looking inside like this the surgeon can identify and assess the problem.

    Depending on what the surgeons finds, they may be able to treat the problem at the same time, for example by repairing the nerve or removing loose bone. The cuts are then stitched or covered with tape at the end of surgery.
  • How to prepare for your arthroscopy icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After your arthroscopy icon plus

    As arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive, you'll be able to go home after a few hours. Your consultant will check your progress and nurses will provide pain relief. You'll need someone to drive you home after the procedure.

    Recovery from an elbow arthroscopy can take weeks or even months. Gentle exercise can help and sessions of physiotherapy will help you build strength and regain function of your elbow. Your consultant will let you know how long your recovery will take and how long you will need off work.

Our shoulder and elbow consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic consultants who specialise in conditions and injuries of the shoulder and elbow. 

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From complex shoulder and elbow surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request a shoulder or elbow appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced upper limb consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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