Elbow Arthroscopy in St. Louis, MO
If you have a problem with the bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, or other tissue at your elbow, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend an elbow arthroscopy as the best means to address the situation.
Arthroscopy is a type of orthopedic surgery that allows your doctor to “see” inside the joint in order to diagnose and treat a wide variety of issues. Doctors and patients alike sing the praises of this minimally invasive procedure that can shorten your post-op pain, swelling and stiffness, which can significantly reduce your recovery time.
What to Expect During an Arthroscopy
During an arthroscopy, small incisions are made near the joint through which an arthroscope – a small, flexible scope with a fiberoptic camera and lighting system attached – can enter the area.
The incisions made are much smaller than typically required in a traditional surgery to open up the area for visual inspection during surgery. With an arthroscopy, magnified images of the area are sent to a video screen in the operating room that your physician can monitor in real time.
Very tiny surgical equipment are used to treat a variety of elbow problems. In most cases, an arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure that allows you to return home the same day.
What an Elbow Arthroscopy Can Treat
An elbow arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat a number of different conditions such as:
The procedure can release scar tissue, repair torn tissue, and smooth the surface of damaged bone to eliminate friction, alleviate elbow pain, and restore range of motion.
After the procedure, an elbow splint will immobilize the area while still allowing you to use your hand.
Elbow Surgery in St. Louis, Missouri
If elbow pain has driven you to seek medical attention, you can’t do better than seeing board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jason Browdy in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Browdy specializes in treating a variety of elbow issues using the least invasive means available, such as an elbow arthroscopy. Call (314) 991-2150 to schedule your visit or request a consultation now.