Also called elbow arthroscopy, this is a less invasive way of doing elbow surgery. Rather than openly cutting into the problem area, the surgeon uses small incisions and a thin camera to navigate the joint and fix the problem.

What is an Elbow Scope?

The surgeon uses a thin fiber-optic camera to make small incisions (this procedure is also commonly referred to as called minimally-invasive) to view the problem area in the elbow joint on a screen during surgery as they repair it.

Who should have an Elbow Scope?

An elbow scope may be recommended if conservative treatments like rest, medications, physical therapy, injections, or other treatments do not effectively treat an elbow injury. Elbow scopes can relieve the pain caused by injuries while playing sports, scar tissue, inflammation, minor fractures, loose cartilage and more.

Does an Elbow Scope work?

Elbow scopes work very well. The small incisions greatly reduce the risks of pain or infection and allow for recovery and rehabilitation much sooner.

What can I expect when I have an Elbow Scope?

You may need a pre-surgical physical to make any necessary accommodations based on your health history. When you arrive at the hospital, you’ll speak to your surgeon and anesthesiologist. You are likely to put to sleep (general anesthesia) for this surgery.

Afterward, you may be placed in a splint to keep your elbow from moving, depending on your exact procedure. You are very unlikely to be kept in the hospital overnight, and you will need to have someone drive you home.

Time off from work will be based on your job requirements, but for office workers, 1-2 weeks is typical.