Endoscopic bursal resection: the olecranon bursa and prepatellar bursa

Arthroscopy. 2000 Apr;16(3):249-53. doi: 10.1016/s0749-8063(00)90048-3.


We treated 31 cases of olecranon bursitis and 19 cases of prepatellar bursitis. The average duration of symptoms before surgery was 1.1 years with a range of 3 months to 4 years. All patients had had preoperative aspiration and injection of cortisone. Patients underwent an arthroscopic bursal resection, removing all the bursal sack that could be seen. The results indicated that 86% of patients after olecranon bursectomy had no pain whatsoever. In the patients with prepatellar bursitis, 66% had no pain whatsoever, but we did note some residual tenderness in 24% of the patients, and 10% had pain on kneeling. There were 2 recurrences; 1 patient had rheumatoid arthritis and 1 repetitive daily trauma to the knee. There were no significant complications.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arthroscopy / methods*
  • Bursa, Synovial / pathology
  • Bursa, Synovial / surgery*
  • Bursitis / diagnosis
  • Bursitis / surgery*
  • Elbow Joint / physiopathology
  • Elbow Joint / surgery*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint / physiopathology
  • Knee Joint / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Measurement
  • Prognosis
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome