During arthroscopic elbow synovectomy, inflamed membrane that lines the elbow is removed. 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:
- Elbow arthroscopy
- Arthroscopic surgery
Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Elbow Synovectomy:
Arthroscopic elbow synovectomy is utilized in order to treat hemophilia, pigmented villondular synovitis, synovitis, and arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow.
Non-surgical alternatives to arthroscopic elbow synovectomy include pain medication and anti-inflammatory steroid injections. Open elbow synovectomy, elbow joint replacement and elbow fusion are surgical alternatives.
Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Elbow Synovectomy:
Arthroscopic elbow synovectomy can be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure. Local or regional anesthesia can also be used.
Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Elbow Synovectomy:
Possible risks following arthroscopic elbow synovectomy include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience joint scarring and reduced elbow mobility.
Prognosis after Arthroscopic Elbow Synovectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following arthroscopic elbow synovectomy is good. However, the synovium will likely become inflamed in the future.