When there is persistent pain and swelling in your elbow which does not get relieved after oral medication and physiotherapy given by the doctor, it becomes essential for the doctor to look inside your elbow joint and determine the cause of the problem and the treatment to be given thereof. The doctor may refer to a CT scan or MRI of the elbow and then perform arthroscopy to treat the problem.
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Some of the common diagnoses which may need arthroscopy include:
- Adhesions (soft tissue bands that block motion as a result of a previous injury to the elbow, such as a fracture)
- Contractures (a condition in which the muscle and tendons are abnormally contracted, thereby limiting range of motion)
- Loose bodies (fragments of bone or cartilage that break loose causing pain, catching and locking of the joint)
- Arthritis (a disease that involves pain in the joints)
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This keyhole surgery also known as Elbow arthroscopy is a procedure which is used by an orthopedic to examine, diagnose and treat pain, stiffness and loss of movement in the elbow joint.
The surgeon will use a very small camera which will be inserted inside the elbow joint by making about two to four small cuts around the joint. The doctor will then examine the problems in the joint and determine whether they need to be treated. If the problem needs arthroscopy, the surgeon will perform a minor operation on the joint from the other cuts.
To watch elbow arthroscopy being performed by Dr. Vikas Gupta
Arthroscopy will be done by the doctor after giving you either general or regional anesthesia which will make the operation painless for you. After the surgery your elbow will get put in a soft bandage or splint. The surgeon will also have you work with a physical therapist to regain motion and strength of the joint after the surgery.
Like any other operation elbow arthroscopy might also have complications but with complete guidance and medication by the doctor, recovery in arthroscopy is much faster.
FAQ – Elbow Arthroscopy
Arthroscopy is a procedure, technique that is used in the field of orthopedics to view the damage inside a joint, diagnose and then repair it.
Elbow Arthroscopy is a procedure in which the orthopedic inspects the damaged elbow joint from inside and then determining the cause of trauma, repairs it with the help of special instruments and optic camera.
Arthroscopy is recommended by the doctors when a painful condition in the joint has failed to be relieved by nonsurgical techniques. The common conditions that require elbow arthroscopy are removal of:
- Tennis Elbow
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Osteochondritis Dissecans
- Removal of loose cartilage, bone fragments or damaged soft tissue
Before the orthopedic moves ahead with the arthroscopic surgery he essentially ensures that the patient is healthy enough to bear the surgery. The orthopedic conducts a thorough physical examination and reviews the medical history of the patient with a complete detail input related to the patient’s bad habits such as smoking or alcoholic consumption if any and also medications that the patient has been taking.
Elbow Arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure ,commonly referred to as keyhole surgery. The patient is put to sleep by general anesthesia so that the surgery becomes painless for him. The surgeon then fills a fluid in the elbow joint to help him to easily view the inside of the elbow on the arthroscope. It is then inserted inside the joint with a minimal incision. The orthopedic surgeon then makes other few small incisions to insert surgical tools to repair the damage that is easily viewable on the camera. All the instruments used in arthroscopy are specially designed to perform this kind of surgery.
After the surgery the surgeon stitches back the incisions or covers them with skin tapes henceforth applying an absorbent dressing. The elbow is then immobilized in a splint or brace to enable faster healing.
Discomfort is a probability for the first week after the surgery. The pain and swelling are tried to be reduced by anti inflammatory medications and elevating the elbow along with therapy exercises. The patient has to ensure diligent follow up prescribed by the surgeon and keep the wound dry and clean to keep it safe from being infected.
Arthroscopy is relatively free from complications and is an outpatient minimal surgery yet recovery is different for each patient depending upon many factors. For mild repairs the patient can resume normal functioning within a short period whereas more complicated repair could take longer time to heal.
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