Some elbow conditions can be treated arthroscopically (where a surgeon can look inside the joint using a small cut with instruments the width of a pencil).
The benefit of arthroscopic surgery includes a quicker recovery as only small punctures through the skin are used to access the joint as opposed to formal, open incisions.
Elbow arthroscopy can be useful in diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, loose bodies in the joint, tennis elbow, stiffness and fractures.
After a physical examination and imaging, your surgeon may recommend arthroscopy for treatment of your elbow issue.
Arthroscopic elbow surgery is usually a day surgery procedure but is often associated with prolonged rehabilitation to avoid stiffness.
A physiotherapist is an important part of your post-operative rehabilitation.