Elbow Arthroscopy is a pinhole surgical procedure in which the surgeon puts a pencil-like instrument ‘arthroscope’ inside the elbow joint, which is connected to a TV screen with a camera. The surgeon can inspect, diagnosing and treat joint pathology in a single sitting. This procedure is far better than open surgical procedures in terms of the smaller incision, less pain, and early rehabilitation. Your doctor may recommend elbow arthroscopy if you have a painful condition that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment like medication and physiotherapy.
Conditions which may require arthroscopic intervention are
• Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
• Removal of loose bodies (loose cartilage and bone fragments)
• Elbow stiffness
• Osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis)
• Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory arthritis)
• Osteochondritis dissecans
The arthroscopic procedure is usually a daycare procedure. One can get to work earlier than the open surgical procedure. If you are suffering from elbow pain and not getting much relief.