Arthroscopy is a way to find problems and do surgery inside a joint
without making a large cut (incision). Your doctor puts a lighted tube with a
tiny camera and surgical tools through small
incisions. The camera is called an arthroscope, or scope.
This surgery can treat several problems.
You probably will go home on the day of the surgery or the
next day. Your arm may be in a sling. You may need to do physical
rehabilitation (rehab) exercises for several weeks.
You may need about 6 to 8
weeks to recover. But if you have had treatment for a stiff elbow, you may need to wear a brace and do rehab exercises for 3 to 6 months. You may
have to limit your activity until your elbow strength and movement
If you have a desk job, you may be able to go back to work
a few days after the surgery. If you lift things or do physical labour at work,
it may be 1 to 2 months before you can go back.
After surgery and
rehab, you will probably have less pain and more movement in your
elbow. Some people have to avoid lifting heavy objects.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be
sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having
problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of
the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your surgery.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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