Elbow arthroscopy: the basics

J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Jan;38(1):164-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2012.10.023.


Elbow arthroscopy has become an accepted surgical option for treating numerous conditions of the elbow, including septic, degenerative, or traumatic arthritis; capsular release; removal of loose bodies; synovectomy or plica excision; and chondral lesions of the capitellum. Surgeon experience, knowledge of elbow anatomy, patient positioning, and portal selection and placement are important factors for successful arthroscopy and avoiding complications. This article describes the basic surgical setup and technique for elbow arthroscopy.

MeSH terms

  • Arthroscopes
  • Arthroscopy / adverse effects
  • Arthroscopy / methods*
  • Contraindications
  • Elbow Joint / surgery*
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Patient Positioning
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control
  • Punctures
  • Tourniquets