Elbow Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique used to assess, diagnose, and treat conditions of the elbow. The procedure involves inserting a small camera, called an arthroscope, into the patient’s elbow joint. The camera transmits high-resolution images that the surgeon uses to access, scope, and repair any visible elbow damage. Elbow arthroscopy may be recommended to treat a variety of conditions such as arthritis, tennis elbow, and stiffness when traditional non-surgical methods have failed.
Elbow Arthroscopic Surgery Recovery
Elbow Arthroscopic surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and in an outpatient setting. Patients can return home the same day. After the procedure, the elbow is placed in a splint that enables the use of the hand. Some discomfort, pain, and limited mobility should be expected several weeks after surgery. Recovery after surgery often depends on the size and severity of the injury and the patient’s overall health. Participation in physical therapy is used to help strengthen and restore the elbow’s mobility.
While arthroscopic surgery provides many benefits over traditional elbow surgery, not every condition is treatable with this approach. Dr. Goldberg can help assess and determine the best treatment options for you, and if you may be a candidate for elbow arthroscopy. Schedule your appointment today with one of the most experienced elbow surgeons in the Southwest Florida area!
How do I know when I need to see a doctor about my pain?
If the pain you are experiencing persists and effects your daily living or hobbies it may be time to see a doctor.
Why do I need xrays at the doctor appointment?
An x ray is the first step in visually evaluating the bone. Many conditions can be diagnosed with just an x ray and often no further studies are required.
How long does it take to recover from elbow surgery?
Depending on the type of surgery performed most recover in four to six weeks and return to simple activities such as writing, use of phone, keyboards, etc. after a few days. Patients are usually back to their sports hobbies by six to twelve weeks depending on the procedure.
What can I anticipate after elbow surgery?
Patients can expect to be in a sling but still able to function and perform activities of daily living. Patients usually can drive a few days after surgery depending if they are still on pain meds.
Will I have to go to Physical Therapy after surgery and is a prescription required?
Yes, to increase range of motion and strength. It is an important part of the recovery process and frequently helps to reduce pain also. We can recommend several PT providers in the area that are close to where you live or work. Yes a prescription is required and will be given to you post-surgery.
Do I need an MRI for my doctors appointment?
Depending on the type of pain or condition that you have sometimes an MRI is ordered by us or your primary care physician. We do not require one for the first visit. It is best to have a physician evaluation first to determine if an MRI is needed. In many cases an X ray is adequate for the first visit.
Do you recommend steroid injections?
Depending on the condition of the injury and the evaluation by the doctor, but in many cases we do.
How do I know I need surgery?
It is best determined on a discussion between the surgeon and the patient based on the doctors evaluation.