The elbow is the synovial hinge joint between the humerus in the upper arm and the radius and ulna in the forearm. The elbow consists of 3 joints, which form a functional unit enclosed within a single articular capsule. The elbow is the link between the powerful motions of the shoulder and the intricate fine-motor function of the hand. To provide that link, the motions of the elbow include extension and flexion as well as pronation and supination of the forearm.

Elbow injuries are common, especially among athletes such as tennis players. Elbow arthroscopy is a procedure used to diagnose and treat problems inside the elbow joint. It can help ease symptoms and improve mobility in conditions ranging from arthritis and sports injuries to fractures and infection.

Arthroscopic Treatment for

Loose Body Removal

Loose bodies within the elbow joint could arise from various conditions including osteoarthritis, osteochondritis dissecans, or traumatic injuries. These loose fragments of bone or cartilage can cause pain, swelling, and impaired joint movement. Arthroscopic loose body removal is a minimally invasive procedure that aims to extract these fragments from the joint, thereby alleviating symptoms and restoring normal joint function.

Synovial Disorders

Disorders of the synovial tissue in the elbow, such as synovitis or synovial chondromatosis, can cause joint pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. Arthroscopic synovectomy is a procedure employed to remove inflamed or diseased synovial tissue, thus alleviating symptoms and potentially halting disease progression. This minimally invasive approach allows for quicker recovery and less post-operative pain compared to open surgery.

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Tennis elbow is a common condition characterized by pain and tenderness on the outer elbow, often caused by repetitive motion or overuse. Arthroscopic treatment for tennis elbow may include debridement of the diseased tendon tissue, and in some cases, repair of the tendon. The goal is to relieve pain and restore function to the affected elbow.

Post Traumatic Arthritis

Following a significant injury to the elbow, post traumatic arthritis can develop, causing joint pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Arthroscopic treatment may include debridement of the joint to remove loose bodies, scar tissue, or bone spurs that are contributing to the symptoms. Additionally, arthroscopic surgery can smooth out irregular surfaces within the joint to improve movement and reduce pain.

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