During arthroscopic elbow fusion, the elbow joint is locked together with screws in order to reduce pain. This procedure is performed with a minimally invasive method that utilizes an arthroscope (a narrow tube with a video camera on its end) inserted through small incisions in order to guide the surgeon through the procedure.
Also Known As:
- Arthroscopic joint fusion-elbow
- Arthroscopic elbow joint fusion
- Arthroscopic elbow arthrodesis
- Elbow arthroscopy
- Arthroscopic surgery
- Elbow fusion
Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Elbow Fusion:
Arthroscopic elbow fusion is utilized in order to treat elbow pain, elbow injury, chronic sepsis, a failed elbow replacement, and arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow.
Non-surgical alternatives to arthroscopic elbow fusion include pain medication, anti-inflammatory steroid injections, physical therapy, strength training and the use of an elbow brace. Elbow replacement is a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Elbow Fusion:
Arthroscopic elbow fusion can be performed with an epidural anesthetic. It can also be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Elbow Fusion:
Possible risks following arthroscopic elbow fusion include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible to experience reduced mobility and for the bones to fail to fuse together.
Prognosis after Arthroscopic Elbow Fusion:
The prognosis for a positive end result following arthroscopic elbow fusion is very good. In most cases, joint pain is relieved.