An Overview on Elbow Arthroscopy as a Minimally Invasive
Elbow arthroscopy has been used for many years to inspect, diagnose and repair elbow injuries and degenerative conditions within the joint. This minimally invasive elbow surgery requires Dr. Nikhil Verma, orthopedic elbow surgeon serving the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois area, to insert a small camera into the joint and use special surgical instruments to repair the damage. The camera, otherwise known as an arthroscope, allows Dr. Verma to inspect the damaged area and reach a definite diagnosis. Once the elbow injury is diagnosed, Dr. Verma will use special surgical instruments placed into the joint to repair damaged tendons and cartilage and remove any loose bodies.
Elbow arthroscopy allows a patient to recover more quickly with less post-operative pain and complications in most cases. Generally performed on an out-patient basis under general anesthesia, this elbow surgery technique is highly effective at treating a number of elbow injuries that did not respond well to non-operative measures such as rest, ice and physical therapy.
Arthroscopic elbow surgery is used to treat a variety of elbow injuries, including:
- Ligament and/or tendon tears
- Elbow arthritis
- Loose bodies
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)