Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that involves inserting a thin tube with a camera on the end, known as an arthroscope, through a small incision to examine the elbow joint. Instruments are passed through other small incisions to repair the joint or remove damaged tissue. Fluid (saline) will be pumped into the area around the joint to expand the area and give greater visibility. Arthroscopic surgery is commonly known as ‘keyhole’ surgery.
Elbow arthroscopy may be the chosen procedure to treat an already diagnosed condition or injury, or it may be performed for diagnostic purposes. During a diagnostic arthroscopy your surgeon may be able to immediately treat the cause of your elbow pain.
Elbow arthroscopy procedures can be performed under a local or general anaesthetic and will take less than an hour. You will usually be able to return home on the day of your procedure. You will be provided with physiotherapy exercises designed to get you back to full strength as quickly as possible.
Arthroscopic surgery is less invasive than open surgery that requires larger incisions, so pain is often less and recovery faster. However you will still need a period of rest and rehabilitation, including the required time off work.
Elbow Arthroscopy Procedures
Many surgical procedures to treat elbow conditions can be done as open surgery or as arthroscopic surgery. Elbow arthroscopy procedures include:
Removal of bone fragments and torn cartilage tissue
Repair to the ligaments
Release of damaged tendons and treat Tennis Elbow
Treatment of Elbow Arthritis
Removal of bone spurs to improve mobility
At One Healthcare we can book you in to see a specialist Orthopaedic Shoulder and Elbow surgeon, usually within 48 hours, for an initial consultation. Elbow Arthroscopy Surgery is available at One Ashford Hospital in Kent and One Hatfield Hospital in Hertfordshire.
You can use your private medical insurance or pay for your Elbow Arthroscopy treatment. We offer competitive, fixed price packages as well as the ability to spread your cost with the option of 0% finance. If you are using your health insurance, please contact your insurer first for approval and let them know you’d like to be treated at either the One Ashford Hospital or One Hatfield Hospital.
Why One Healthcare
- Modern purpose-built hospital opened in March 2016 (Ashford) December 2017 (Hatfield)
- Fast access to diagnostics including MRI, Xray and Ultrasound
- Private, spacious, en-suite rooms
- Specialist Physiotherapy and nursing teams
- Little or no waiting time
- ‘Ultra clean air’ theatres
- Freshly prepared food
- Calm, dignified experience