Elbow Surgery

Men and Women from Vancouver and all across B.C. choose False Creek Healthcare Centre because of board-certified surgeons Dr. Peter Kokan, Dr. Jason Smith, Dr. Fadi Tarazi, and Dr. Thomas Goetz. Our teams of orthopedic surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performing elbow surgeries. Dr. Jason Smith in particularly renowned for his specialization in performing the “Tommy John” elbow surgery for UCL injuries.

Most elbow pain does not result from serious injury, but any pain can affect your life. For minor elbow pain, your doctor may recommend physical or occupational therapy to aid healing and help prevent future problems.

For more serious elbow pain, an elbow arthroscopy may be employed to diagnose the problem. Elbow arthroscopy is a surgical diagnostic procedure designed to aid in diagnosing and treating elbow pain and injury. Arthroscopy allows your surgeon to look directly into your elbow and the surrounding area to diagnose your injury and decide on the best treatment option for you.

Reasons for Elbow Arthroscopy

You may elect to have an elbow arthroscopy for the following issues:

  • Cubital or radial tunnel syndrome
  • Dislocation or fracture
  • Ligament sprains and tears
  • Olecranon bursitis: inflammation of a small sac of fluid on the tip of your elbow
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Tendinitis
  • Debridement

What to Expect

Elbow arthroscopy can take 1-2 hours, depending on how much work your surgeon needs to do inside your elbow joint. A sterile fluid will be pumped into your joint to help produce a clearer picture and then a surgeon inserts a fibre-optic video camera, or arthroscope, through a small incision which transmits images from inside the joint to a video monitor.

Your surgeon will use these images to examine your elbow joint and make a diagnosis. If necessary, they will also repair any damage or remove material that interferes with movement or causes pain in your elbow. Afterwards, the fluid is drained out and the incisions are closed with stitches or adhesive strips. A dressing and a bandage is then wrapped around the joint.

Next Steps

If you are ready to discuss your surgery needs with our board certified surgeons, request a consultation today. During your consultation your patient care adviser will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Pre and post-operative care
  • Potential risks and complications
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