Orthopaedic Surgeons of the Elbow
What is an elbow arthroscopy?
An elbow arthroscopy is a procedure used to assess any damage to the elbow joint and surrounding structures. It is performed by inflating the joint with fluid and inserting a telescope to view inside the joint. several small incisions are made.
How long will I be in hospital for?
An elbow arthroscopy is generally performed as a day procedure, which means you will go home the same day.
Will it be very painful afterwards?
Generally you will have some discomfort which can be relieved by taking Panadol, Panadeine or Panadeine Forte tablets.
How will I need to care for my elbow after the surgery?
You need to keep the dressing ON and DRY.
You should not do any heavy lifting with the elbow.
The bandage can be removed 4-5 days following the surgery but the sterile plasters under the bandage need to be KEPT ON until you see Mr. Salmon for
your post-operative visit.
You can drive a car 5-7 days following surgery if it is comfortable to do so
Exercises for the elbow
You can commence exercises straight after the surgery. The elbow will be sore but early movement is the best way to prevent stiffness.
Exercises to do are:
Rotation of the forearm.
Bend and straighten elbow.