Arthroscopic surgery of the elbow is challenging because of the joint’s anatomy. The bones lie close together, and nerves and blood vessels are located very close to the joint. So choosing a good surgeon is must.
Although it is a difficult procedure, arthroscopic surgery is often the ideal choice for treating certain elbow conditions. An injury or arthritis can damage the ends of the bones and cause bone spurs to develop. These spurs can be painful and make it hard to move the elbow. The doctor can remove these spurs(extra bone formation) by using special instruments inserted into the joint through the portals or small incisions. After the spurs are removed, the elbow moves more easily and with less pain.
The surgery will be performed under a general anesthesia. Once you are asleep, you will be placed on your side and the arm to be operated on will be placed over an arm holder. Two or three small puncture holes are made to allow access of both the viewing camera and the operating instruments into the elbow joint.
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