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Elbow Arthrocentesis

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Elbow Arthrocentesis

What is Elbow Arthrocentesis?

A minor surgical procedure, elbow arthrocentesis involves the use of a needle in order to aspirate synovial fluid from the elbow.

Also Known As:

  • Elbow arthrocentesis with synovial joint analysis
  • Elbow joint aspiration
  • Aspiration of elbow fluids
  • Elbow surgery

Conditions Treated with Elbow Arthrocentesis:

Elbow arthrocentesis is utilized in cases of blood collection in joints, septic arthritis, inflamed synovial fluid and synovial fluid analysis for diagnosis.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Elbow Arthrocentesis:

There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to elbow arthrocentesis.

Anesthesia with Elbow Arthrocentesis:

Elbow arthrocentesis may be performed with a local anesthetic.

Potential Complications from Elbow Arthrocentesis:

Possible risks following elbow arthrocentesis include bleeding, swelling, joint infection and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience an infection at the needle entry site.

Prognosis after Elbow Arthrocentesis:

The prognosis for a positive end result following elbow arthrocentesis is good.

Recovery from Elbow Arthrocentesis:

Total recovery from elbow arthrocentesis takes one to two days.

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