Elbow Arthroscopy


Elbow Arthroscopy                                                    Elbow Arthroscopy

Elbow arthroscopy is a keyhole surgical technique that involves placing a camera and instruments into the elbow through small incisions (< 1cm). Elbow arthroscopy may be performed as a day procedure. The role of elbow arthroscopy continues to expand.

Elbow arthroscopy can be used to:

1. Remove loose bodies,


Elbow Arthroscopy                                                     Elbow Arthroscopy

2. Remove extra bone blocking motion in arthritis


Elbow Arthroscopy                                                     Elbow Arthroscopy


Elbow Arthroscopy                                                     Elbow Arthroscopy                                                      

Release contractures,


Tennis Elbow
Debride inflamed synovium in inflammatory arthritis
  • Washout infected elbow joints.
  • Debride loose cartilage flaps in OCD (osteochondritis dissecans)
Elbow Arthroscopy                   Elbow Arthroscopy

General Considerations

The risks of elbow arthroscopic surgery are small but include infection, stiffness, nerve injury and joint fistula. Each elbow diagnosis may have specific potential complications.

After elbow arthroscopy plaster cast immobilisation is rare. Patients are encouraged to reduce swelling, maintain adequate pain relief and restore early range of motion.

Slings are used for comfort and rarely required beyond 1-2 weeks post surgery.

Some elbow conditions require traditional open surgical approaches.

Useful Links

  • Royal Australian College Of Surgeon
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Prince Of Wales Private Hospital
  • South Sydney Sports Medicine
  • Sydney Orthopaedic Specialists