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Elbow Surgery

The elbow is a complex joint. Injury, overuse, and age-related wear and tear are responsible for most elbow problems. Elbow arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms of many problems that damage the cartilage surfaces and other soft tissues surrounding the joint. Elbow arthroscopy may also be recommended to remove loose pieces of bone and cartilage, or release scar tissue that is blocking motion. If you have a painful condition that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment, an elbow arthroscopy may be recommended.

Common arthroscopic procedures include:

  • Treatment of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Removal of loose bodies (loose cartilage and bone fragments)
  • Release of scar tissue to improve range of motion
  • Treatment of osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis)
  • Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory arthritis)
  • Treatment of osteochondritis dissecans (activity related damage to the capitellum portion of the humerus)

Elbow replacement may be an option when nonsurgical interventions such as medication and physical therapy no longer help alleviate the persistent pain. When non-operative treatment is not effective, our surgeons can help you decide whether surgery is right for you and which type of procedure will have the best outcome. If surgery is needed, our surgeons are knowledgeable in all elbow surgery techniques.