Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that improves visualization inside a joint and can therefore improve diagnosis and treatment of joint conditions. Before the procedure, Dr. Samimi makes a small incision in the skin. He then inserts a pencil-sized camera through the incision into the damaged joint. With the camera, Dr. Samimi is able to magnify and illuminate the inside of the joint, which improves his ability to accurately diagnose and treat the injury. Dr. Samimi specializes in the treatment of both complex and routine elbow conditions that may be treated with arthroscopic techniques.
Technological advances made arthroscopy a very effective tool for treating a variety of elbow problems. For example, Dr. Samimi uses both high definition monitors and high resolution cameras to visualize the inside of the joint.
Most of the benefits of arthroscopy derive from the minimally invasive nature of the approach. It is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, is associated with minimal risks and complications, and pain, scarring, and recovery time are low.
There are several common elbow conditions for which arthroscopy is useful. Some of the common conditions and techniques are:
- Inflammed synovial tissue
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Capitellar OCD
- Capsular Release
- Elbow Arthritis
- Removal of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
What happens during the procedure?
Dr. Samimi uses arthroscopy to diagnose elbow conditions, as well as to repair or remove injured tissue.
Once Dr. Samini has inserted the arthroscope through the small incision in your arm, he is able to see inside your elbow on a video monitor that is connected to a camera on the arthroscope. He inspects all elbow joint tissues, including the cartilage, capsule, and ligaments. He then fixes or removes any damaged tissues using small instruments that are inserted through more small incisions in the arm. Two or three incisions are usually all that is required for elbow arthroscopy, and the procedure is usually completed within an hour.
After elbow surgery, your incisions will be closed with stitches and covered with a bandage. You should then be able to return home and begin a course of physical therapy. You may need to use a splint or bandage for about a week.
Recovery from elbow arthroscopy is quicker than recovery from traditional open elbow surgery. However, it is important to follow our guidelines during your recovery to ensure and efficient and safe recovery. Part of your recovery may include a formal physical therapy program.