Elbow Arthroscopy

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An Overview on Elbow Arthroscopy

Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows orthopedic surgeons the ability to inspect, diagnose and treat a number of elbow conditions. Arthroscopic elbow surgery utilizes a tiny camera and special surgical instruments to repair damaged ligaments, tendons and cartilage within the joint. Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California orthopedic elbow surgeon, Dr. Jervis Yau utilizes elbow arthroscopy whenever possible in order to achieve quicker recovery with less pain as compared to traditional open surgery.

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Recovery and Rehabilitation Following Elbow Arthroscopy

Arthroscopic elbow surgery is usually performed using general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Dr. Yau encourages patients to plan for at least 4 to 6 weeks of recovery time depending on the procedure. Even though the procedure is minimally invasive, surgically repaired elbows still need to be protected for healing purposes.

Pain and general discomfort can be expected for at least one week following surgery. Dr. Yau will prescribe pain medications that can be used as needed during the first several days after surgery. It is very important to ice and elevate the elbow after surgery to decrease pain and swelling.

Physical therapy will be initiated when safe following arthroscopic elbow surgery. The program is designed to restore elbow strength and range of motion. The rehabilitation program is critical to a successful outcome, so patients are strongly encouraged to follow all guidelines.

Elbow Arthroscopy Recovery Time

Many patients will be able to return to full activities following elbow arthroscopy. The exact recovery time depends on injury severity and the procedure performed by Dr. Yau.

To learn more about arthroscopic elbow surgery, or to determine if you are a candidate for minimally invasive elbow arthroscopy, please contact Dr. Jervis Yau, orthopedic elbow surgeon in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area.

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